September 10, 2018

As Exodus draws to a close, we see the tabernacle of God finally pitched in the wilderness and indwelt by the presence of God. So much of his glory enters into the tabernacle Moses himself cannot bear to remain inside. All of the build up of instruction and assignment...

August 23, 2018

What’s the value of a story? 

Entertainment?

Instructional metaphor?

Applied philosophy?

At one time or another, we look to narratives to provide all of these things. For entertainment, we might read a story like one of Brian Jacques’s Redwall books. I have one on my night...

July 16, 2018

Can one accurately observe and make conclusions about another person based on what that person wears? Can dress indicate anything about a person? Seeing a garment or two, can an observer draw an accurate conclusion?

Generally speaking, yes.

We see uniforms at a store or...

May 29, 2018

Exodus 24 provides an excellent example of a slippery text to teach. The difficulty does not arise from the text itself; every word of the text came from God himself. Therefore, the origin of the text’s teaching difficulty cannot come from the actual text. Rather, it c...

May 14, 2018

In 2005, the film V for Vendetta made rebellion cool for suburban kids again. Guy Fawkes, a man famous for his part in a thwarted attempt to reestablish a Catholic monarchy in England, became the symbol for resistance, anarchy, and rebellion. Even if you missed the mov...

May 7, 2018

When folks attempt to read through the Bible in canonical order, they have a tendency to falter in Exodus. The narrative turns to legal material. No more extraordinary promises fulfilled or plagues to weather. Instead, one finds precepts and principles, rules and regul...

April 30, 2018

The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbade murder, but God did not leave the matter up for much in the way of debate over the actions constituting murder. Exodus 21:12-32 provided the paradigms necessary for adjudicating matters of suspected wrongful death among the peo...

April 23, 2018

Teaching through whole books of Scripture, verse-by-verse has its blessings. Most certainly, the practice brings its challenges as well. The church receives blessing due to its becoming acquainted with all parts of Scripture, regardless of how often these texts come in...

April 4, 2018

When we see a text like Exodus 19, we might stop to ask ourselves if God changed since then. The people of Israel receive warning to take three days to prepare themselves, washing their clothes (no small task for them), stay away from the Mount Sinai, and even abstain...

March 26, 2018

These few verses serve as one of the reasons why the Pentateuch lays at the foundation of our understanding of Scripture as a whole. Does one need a deep, rich understanding of it to come to Christ? No. Does a Christian, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, need...

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