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Why

Oftentimes, when something bad or unpleasant happens to us, our first response is to ask God, “Why?”  I find it interesting that even people who don’t consider themselves particularly religious often ask this question. Moses sure asked God many questions that began with the word, “Why?”  Take for example in Number 11, as the Israelites […]

Sabbath

I am reading through Leviticus at the moment. This morning I read in chapter 23, which outlines many of the days of celebration or remembrance.  And in several Old Testament law books, it is evident the Lord desired that the Sabbath be a day of solemn rest. As a child growing up in the 60’s […]

Thankful

Earlier today I went to the laboratory to give blood.  For the last several months, some of my numbers for my liver have been abnormal.  So, after a month of taking some medicine that the gastro doctor prescribed, I had to give blood today to see if the numbers are better. While sitting in the […]

Glory

Moses was able to experience God is ways that most people will never have the opportunity.  As I read through Exodus this morning, I was struck by Ex 33:18 when Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” The Lord instructs Moses what He will do so that Moses can “see” Him. While Moses desired to […]

Obey

Why is it so hard to obey?  Isn’t it easier than disobeying?  These were the questions going through my head as I read Exodus 19-20. The Lord had one “simple” request as He spoke to the Israelites: “if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among […]

Fear

Fear can trigger emotions that can paralyze us or move us to action.  Often one can only have moments to process the fear, determine the risks and react. Moses was leading a large number of people from Egypt toward the land the Lord had promised them.  They were already in a heightened sense of urgency […]

Hardened

The word “harden” or “hardened” is used nineteen times in the ESV version of Exodus.  In every case, it referred to Pharaoh and the hardening of his heart. Miracle after miracle the Lord showed Pharaoh through his servants Moses and Aaron, yet, Pharaoh would not listen and his heart became more against Moses and the […]

Impossible

Have you ever tried to do something that was impossible (or seemed impossible)?  How did you decide to begin?  What was the outcome? God called Moses to what seemed an impossible task.  God told Moses to return to Egypt and ask Pharaoh to let the people go into the wilderness for a feast.  Well, of […]

Cost

This morning as I was reading Exodus 2-3, I was struck by a few of things.  First, it is so great to see how God orchestrated that Moses’ mom put him in a basket that floated and that Pharoah’s daughter found him. Second, Moses encounters God in a burning bush that wasn’t consumed. God speaks […]

Love

After Israel (Jacob) dies, his son’s take his body from Egypt and buried him with his fore-fathers.  Upon returning to Egypt, imagine the thoughts going through Joseph’s brothers heads… They had sold him into slavery and he endured years in jail. So, in Genesis 50, the brothers sought forgiveness for their actions, via a “message” […]