Deuteronomy 32-34: The end of Moses’ life.

January 27, 2015. Reading: Deuteronomy 32-34. Background: Deuteronomy 39-31. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 32 The song of Moses: The majority of the text in this chapter is dedicated to the song of Moses that the Lord had given him to teach the people. Remember that this song was given as a witness for God against the…

Deuteronomy 29-31: A choice set before the people.

January 13, 2016. Reading: Deuteronomy 29-31. Background: Deuteronomy 26-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 The covenant renewed: Continuing to prepare the children of Israel to enter the promised land, Moses gathers them together here to remember and renew the covenant that their God had made with their fathers. He relays to them the great provision…

Deuteronomy 7-9: The Lord’s chosen people.

November 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 7-9. Background: Deuteronomy 4-6. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 7 Set apart from the world: In this chapter, Moses addresses the children of Israel to teach them what kind of people that are and ought to be. The children of Israel were a holy people, not because of their own…

Exodus 32-36: Sin and renewal.

June 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 32-36. Background: Exodus 29-31. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 32 The golden calf: The account of the golden calf that Aaron and the people of Israel made when they thought Moses was not going to come back down from the mountain is a well known story in both Judaism and…

Exodus 29-31: Wrapping up temple and worship instructions.

May 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 29-32. Background: Exodus 25-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 Concentration of the priests: This chapter gives the ceremonial practices that were to be done to consecrate the priests before the Lord that they might minister before Him for the people without being consumed. Notice the attention to both detail and…

Exodus 9-12: The final plagues and the passover.

April 20, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 9-12. Background: Exodus 5-8. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 9 1. The fifth plague- Death of Egyptian livestock: With the fifth plague, the Lord continues His distinction between Israel and the Egyptians, causing only the livestock of the Egyptians to die an not the livestock of the Israelites who dwelt in…

Exodus 5-8: Moses and Aaron before Pharaoh.

April 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 5-8. Background: Exodus 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 When it’s darkest before the dawn: Have you ever been in a position where it seemed like the more you tried to do the will of God, the harder your situation became? This was precisely what Moses and Aaron were…

Exodus 1-4: The birth and call of Moses.

April 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Exodus 1-4. Background: Genesis 48-50. Exodus is the second book in the Pentateuch, detailing much of the leadership of Moses and the exodus (thus the name of the book) of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage and their history thereafter. It picks up right where the book of Genesis…

Joshua 11-15: The inheritance of the promised land.

January 20, 2014. Daily Reading: Joshua 11-15. Background: Joshua 6-10. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 11 The Lord is in control: One of the most prominent themes that runs through the book of Joshua is God’s charge of “do not be afraid.” The first chapter of the book has this phrase several times as God is…

Finishing strong.

December 24, 2014. As the year comes to a close and we start to prepare for the next year, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the concept of a strong finish. Though this will not necessarily be the end, it is in some sense the end as 2014 is quickly coming…

3 Reasons to remember your history/heritage.

December 20, 2014. “These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab. It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea. In the fortieth year, on the first day…

The Christian mid-life crisis.

November 15, 2014. We all know that point in someone’s life where they go out an buy the sports car they always wanted, a drastic move to another state that they have always been drawn too or even a simple reorganization of life plans, goals and recreation. Though we would never mention it to them…