Mar 8th 14
In this second giving of the law, Moses cautioned the people to listen carefully.
4:2 Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the LORD your God…
Adding to God’s commands has been a problem from the beginning in the garden when there was but one prohibition— You may eat from any tree but the tree of the knowledge of good...
Feb 20th 14
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 against those who reject him and are hostile towards him. The point of his warnings against those who reject him was to get their attention in hopes they would repent and return to him...
Jan 29th 14
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 master… I don’t want to go...
Jan 25th 14
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...
Jan 22nd 14
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...
Jan 19th 14
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 arranged for...
Jan 8th 14
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 God and God...
Jan 6th 14
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 suggestion to have sex with...
Dec 30th 13
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...
Dec 12th 13
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...