It’s a dangerous business, telling God where you are. When those words come out of your mouth, you can’t take them back. They have been spoken, heard, and heeded before you will ever get a chance to think about their implications. One day you are minding your own business. The next day you are on … Continue reading
Things got bad in Post-Deborah Israel. Real bad. Midian took over. And they did something that no other nation had done: destroyed Israel’s crops and livestock. They were like locusts. The only way Israel could survive was to hide in the mountains and caves. So that’s what Israel did. And that’s exactly what our plucky … Continue reading
This is going to be one of those times I latch on to one verse and milk it for all it’s worth. In Good Company Now Joshua was old and advanced in years; and the LORD said to him, “You are old and advanced in years . . .” Aside from God’s penchant for stating … Continue reading
Do you think if the Israelite men knew they were going to get circumcised upon crossing the river they still would have done it? I don’t know. I’m just asking. Geez! Well, apparently this generation of Israel was not so hot on cutting off their sons’ foreskins because none of them are circumcised. And we … Continue reading
And the book of Numbers closes on a somewhat awkward chapter about inheritance. Remember Zelophehad’s daughters? Well, from now on if they want to keep that inheritance they got, they have to keep it in the tribe. It’s ok though, they have some strapping young cousins on their father’s side to marry. Once again, this … Continue reading
Have you ever read Exodus 32? This chapter is INSANE! I am splitting my response to it into two sections because there is no way 500 words could do it justice. A golden calf. A heated argument. A change of mind. A shocking sight. A murderous rampage. A plea for grace. Not bad. A Golden … Continue reading
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Today is an important milestone for “The Whole Dang Thing.” What is that milestone? Good question! I am glad you asked. I am officially halfway through Genesis! And to commemorate the journey thus far I would like to share a haiku for our beloved Abraham who passed away at the ripe old age of 175. … Continue reading
Genesis 22: God calls an old man who has longed his whole life for a son to sacrifice that son, whom he loves, as a burnt offering. And the man agrees. No questions. No objections. He just rises early in the morning, like he did with Ishmael, and heads to the place God will show … Continue reading
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Sometimes I read one of these chapters and I know exactly what I am going to write about it. I am finding that this happens when the chapters themselves are focused on one topic. Other times I finish reading and wonder how in the world I will be able to make any kind of coherent … Continue reading
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I’ll come right out and say it, Genesis 20 got me a little fired up. It is the story of two people who do things they “ought not have done” and a God who seems to act very unfairly towards them. I figured the best way to explain this was to play a little game … Continue reading