Leviticus 26-27 / Mark 2   

God’s Warnings are Designed to Turn His People Back to Him                   Chapter 26 is full of God’s personal declarations of who he is and what he has done for his people, as well as what he will do for those who obey him and what he will do for those against him, who reject him with hostility. The point of his warnings against those who reject him was to get their attention in... read more

Exodus 21-22 / Matthew 19

 Our Law Giver and Judge is Full of Goodness and Mercy            God provided civil law and established social responsibility for many areas of everyday life. Among those addressed was a means of repaying a debt by becoming an indentured servant. However, God declared the slave must be given his freedom in the seventh year of indentured servitude. 21:5-6 But the slave may declare, `I love my... read more

Exodus 12-13 / Matthew 16

The Passover Lamb        The month Israel was released from captivity became the first month on their religious calendar. Hence, Passover became the first celebration of the year for Israel. The LORD instructed Moses and Aaron to tell the people to select a one-year old lamb or goat without blemish on the tenth day of the first month. They were to observe the lamb for defects for three days and then... read more

Exodus 4-6 / Matthew 14:22-36

Facing our Fears                   As an infant, Moses had survived Pharaoh’s edict to exterminate all male babies. He had grown up with privilege and wealth in the Egyptian palace as an adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter. But as an adult, he wanted to identify with his own people. Evidence suggests the people resented his good fortune while they lived in slavery. Fear made Moses very... read more

Genesis 46-48 / Matthew 13:1-30 

God Turns Pain into Fruitfulness              As Jacob and his family left to join Joseph in Egypt, Jacob stopped to offer sacrifices to the God of his father, Isaac.  Jacob received assurance God would be with Jacob and his family and would one day bring them back to the land promised to them. At this point Jacob’s family had grown to more than seventy people. When they arrived in Egypt, Joseph... read more

Genesis 20-22 / Matthew 6:19-34

Value God Above All Else             The LORD kept his promise and Sarah gave birth to Abraham’s son in their old age. When the boy was older, the LORD tested Abraham. 22:2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” We know Abraham believed... read more

Genesis 16-17  / Matthew 5:27-48

Living a Life of Faith Transformed by God             Many years passed after God told Abram he would have a son. At 86 he still had no children. Sometimes when it feels like God has gone on an extended coffee break and isn’t coming through for us, we can get desperate and assume we need to take matters into our own hands.  This is exactly what happened when Abram followed Sarai’s... read more

God & the Lamb are the Temple in the New Jerusalem

Zechariah 13-14         The central point of all prophecy is Jesus. As the book of Zechariah closes, the focus is clearly on Jesus. Below is a frequently quoted reference to Jesus’ death and his disciples’ reaction. 13:7  …”Strike down the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered….” God’s judgment of Israel will provide salvation for one-third of the... read more

God Judges Israel / Jesus Disciplines Those He Loves

Hosea 9-11             9:1  O people of Israel, do not rejoice as other nations do. For you have been unfaithful to your God, hiring yourselves out like prostitutes, worshiping other gods on every threshing floor.  No longer allowed to stay in the LORD’s land, Israel was forced to return to Egypt and be exiled to Assyria. The time of Israel’s punishment had come! 9:17  My God will reject... read more

God is Faithful—Israel Idolatrous / Message to Seven Churches

Hosea 1-4             Hosea’s personal experience became an allegory of God’s experience with Israel in which we see God suffers when his people are unfaithful; he cannot condone sin; and yet, he continues to love his people and seeks to win them back. When Hosea was commanded to buy Gomer back from prostitution, he was representing Jesus’ redemption for us on the cross. 3:3  Then I said to... read more
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