Posts Categorized: Israel

Exodus 38:24 – Plunder & Miracles

Have you ever considered how much plunder the Israelites actually took from the Egyptians in their Exodus, and the implications of that? God told Moses that the people would plunder their former captors, and they did so as we learn in Exodus 12:35-36: The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for…

Exodus 35:30-31 – God-Given Skills

God gives to His people all that they need to serve Him well.  In the account of the building of the tabernacle and its many accouterments, Yahweh singles out two men whom He has appointed to lead this effort.  Earlier in Exodus 31:1-11 God first calls Bezelel and Oholiah.  When He provides more details as…

Matthew 21:33-46 – Parable of the Tenants

This parable is the story of Israel.  God chose Israel to be His special inheritance (Deuteronomy 32:9).  When mankind rebelled at the Tower of Babel and Yahweh scattered them into nations, He effectively divorced the majority of men for the time being in order to raise a nation loyal to Him.  From that time, Israel…

Exodus 25-26 – God’s Mercy Seat

In reading detailed descriptions in the Bible, lists of laws, or genealogies, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the text.  Often, people attempting to read their entire Bible get bogged down in these portions of Scripture and lose their resolve to remain faithful to God’s Word.  What I typically recommend for these passages initially is…

Exodus 20:18-21 – Near or Far from God

As God was introducing Himself to the Israelites during the Exile through various encounters, in which Moses was the intermediary, an interesting dynamic comes into focus.  The passage in Exodus 20:18-21 gives us an indication of this interplay: “Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of…

Matthew 19:28 – Ruling & Judging

A time is coming when Jesus will sit on His throne in Jerusalem.  The nations of the earth will no longer go their own way to follow any god but Him; the peoples throughout the world will bow down and worship the King of kings.  Jesus will rule and reign, and He will bring peace. …

Exodus 13:9 – A Sign on Hand & Forehead

As Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, God communicated several key points He wanted them to recognize.  They were to remember this day through the eating of unleavened bread and the consecration of their firstborn.  God wanted them to know that He was bringing them into a land of His choosing through…

Exodus 12:12 – Judgments Upon the gods

In delivering His children from the fiery furnace of slavery in Egypt, God had very specific objectives to accomplish through the Exodus.  The Egyptians served other gods.  They did not know or worship Yahweh.  The Hebrew people had lived in that environment for 430 years.  In their verbal history, they knew of Yahweh, but had…

Exodus 7:5,16 – The God of the Hebrews

The peoples of the earth served gods that were not the Lord God, Yahweh, the great I AM.  Rather, their allegiance was to the sons of God (bene Elohim) who were over the nations.  Following the Tower of Babel incident in Genesis 11, in which man was disobedient to God and did go out into…

Matthew 16:18 – The Gates of Hell

One of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible is Matthew 16:18 where Jesus, speaking to Peter and His disciples, says: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Most of us are aware that the Catholic…