Posts Tagged: Israelites

Judges 6:31 – Contending for Baal

Why is it that those who follow other gods feel they have to protect their god; that he cannot do the work of protecting himself?  I’m thinking specifically of Islam right now with the followers of Allah, but this certainly applies to every other god.  All of them apparently need their followers to act in…

Luke 1:45 – She Who Believed

There are some number of us who lament the fact that few in the church today take an interest in Bible prophecy.  We see that as a lack of teaching and preaching from the pulpit, and the subsequent disinterest in the congregation because they’re not inspired to search deeper into the Word of God in…

Deuteronomy 9:3 – A Consuming Fire

God created us with an ego, but that sure can get out of hand!  The Oxford English dictionary says about ego that it’s “a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.”  Certainly the self-esteem part of the definition is critical simply so we can function on a daily basis.  We have to feel a sense of…

Numbers 33:55 – Trouble in the Land

Because of what the Israelites had learned in Egypt over their 400 years of captivity, Yahweh had a deconditioning project to accomplish with them.  They had been in the midst of a pantheon of pagan gods and gotten used to deities whose image they could see.  The verbal history of their people had probably taken…

Numbers 25:1-3 – Yoked to Baal

The Israelites had a constant problem.  Despite the presence of Yahweh in many forms, and in their witnessing His awesome majesty, the children of Israel simply couldn’t help themselves.  They seemed to have an irresistible urge to follow any god but the One who actually delivered them from slavery. While in Moabite territory,  the Israelites…

Numbers 11:4 – Rabble Rousers

The effects of discontent can carry over well past an initial display of someone’s grievance.  They can have disastrous consequences that go beyond one person’s bad thinking about something.  There’s a contagious aspect about dissatisfaction; an infestation of sorts that creates a festering wound. The Israelites had a problem.  They’d known nothing of Yahweh for…

Numbers 5:15 – Trial by Ordeal

Certain passages of the Bible make us shake our heads in confusion before we move on in our reading, because we don’t understand what’s going on at a deeper level.  In our westernized Christianity, we don’t have the appropriate context to discern the true intent; rather than digging deeper, we add these things to our…

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…

On Eagles’ Wings

Our God is a supernatural God.  We see that throughout the Bible in the many miracles, signs, and wonders that He performs.  In the Book of Exodus, He brings about ten terrible plagues upon Pharaoh and the nation of Egypt in the earth, the heavens, and upon man.  No doubt, he can do anything, even…