1 Samuel 3: Here I Am

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

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Judges 6 part 1: Gideon and The Angel

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

Joshua 5: To This Day . . .

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

Joshua 4: Out of the River

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Confession: I was wrong. I take back what I said yesterday about the limited amount of space given to the crossing of the Jordan. Joshua 4 actually gives a lot of airtime to the ceremony following the crossing. My bad. I spoke too soon. The New Moses Remember what Moses’ name meant? “Out of the … Continue reading

Joshua 1: Hello, Joshua

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Oh man! Can you feel it? Everything is so new! We’re kicking off Joshua today, I have new markers and a new binder for my manuscript, Spring is in the air, I saw The Avengers on Saturday and couldn’t fall asleep because I was thinking about how awesome it was. Maybe I didn’t need that last part … Continue reading

Deuteronomy 32: Rock Song

In the last chapter we were promised a song. Not just any song, but a song that would be a witness against Israel should they turn from the LORD and follow other gods. And boy, does Deuteronomy 32 deliver! But what kind of song is it? What is the tone? The lyrical structure? The emotion? … Continue reading

Deuteronomy 29: Not Quite As Scary as The Last Chapter

One of my students asked me yesterday why I left him hanging with Wednesday’s post about Deuteronomy 28.  Well, the chapter didn’t resolve nice and neat so neither should my post. Duh! But fear not! Today we had a slightly less scary description of the consequences of disobedience and a hopeful promise to close the … Continue reading