Posts Tagged: bible

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 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…

Matthew 18:11 – Missing Verses

Depending on your Bible translation, you may have noticed that periodically throughout the New Testament there are seemingly missing verses.  If you look more closely, you’ll typically see that a footnote on the page says something like “some manuscripts add verse”  so and so, and the verse is shown.  This has caused a number of…

Exodus 2:3,10 – What Moses Represents

Certain incidents in the Bible often foreshadow other events yet to come.  This idea comprises the concept of typology.  Typology is a symbolic representation, usually showing something in the Old Testament in one manner to portray what will happen in the New Testament. An familiar example of typology may be the Exodus of the Hebrew…

Matthew 15:8-9 – Wayward Hearts

The milquetoast Jesus, i.e. the timid and feeble Jesus in the minds of many in the church today, is a figment of their imagination.  He is a Jesus they have conjured up out of the depths of their sin because they don’t want to hear or know the hard teachings He brought.  Better in their…

Genesis 47:20-21 – Serfdom

Lord Acton in the 1800s famously said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  This has always been true since man first sinned, and always will be true until the Lord eradicates sin upon the earth. In the passage in Genesis 47:13-26 that describes Joseph’s work on behalf of Pharaoh in the midst…

Genesis 44:5 – Divination

God has made it abundantly clear in His revelation that the practice of divination is forbidden, yet in Genesis 44:5 the text tells us this about Joseph: “Is it not from this that my lord [Joseph] drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this.’” A few verses later…

Matthew 13:12 – Abundance or Not

Jesus began a period of His ministry in which He spoke only in parables.  His most famous of these is the Parable of the Sower.  Most of us are familiar with this teaching, as we’ve likely heard it preached on many times.  There is one verse that is probably less known in this account.  In…