The books of Samuel and the Kings tell the story of the Israelite Monarchy. They are full of sweeping battles, conquests, and catastrophes. Larger than life characters and deeds fill their pages. Yet the story of the kings begins with the story of a woman whom all but a few had written off. She had … Continue reading
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are … Continue reading
Remember that incident with Midian a little ways back? Well, let’s say that some guys from Israel engaged in some inappropriate hanky-panky with some women from Midian resulting in some rather unfortunate idolatry which resulted in a plague that killed 24,000 people. And do you remember how during that time there were a lot of … Continue reading
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I am splitting Genesis 30 into two posts because there was just so much yummy goodness to write about. Look for part two on Monday! Genesis 30 would make great reality television. I’m talking serious “Real Housewives of Haran” meets “The Duggars” here! Interpersonal drama, buckets of kiddies, sex, backstabbing, everything! Bravo Network, are you … Continue reading
Genesis 29 started out looking like an adorable love story. It ended up as a “hilarious” comedy of errors that would make The Bard proud. And by hilarious I mean awkward, tragic, horrible, and awkward! Jacob meets Rachel at a well and falls madly in love with her. He tells her father/his uncle Laban that … Continue reading