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...

June 12, 2018

What do you think provides the key for understanding of biblical texts like Exodus 26-27? 

Do you need to possess training as a scholar or preacher? Possessing seminary training should help, yes. After all, hearing men who spend years of their lives studying these thing...

June 4, 2018

When Adam and Eve took the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Genesis 3, they lost their fellowship with God. They broke the one rule, the one “thou shalt not” they had, and thus, they broke their relationship with their Creator. God cast them out o...

May 21, 2018

So often the Old Testament, particularly the legal material, seems so distant. The people to whom God delivered the Law lived in a much different time and place. Despite differences, at heart, their identity remains the same. They stood in need of saving from their own...

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 16, 2018

In Mark 12:31, when Jesus answers the question of which commandment stands above the others, Jesus not only provides the answer to the question, but he goes farther. He answers an unasked question: which command takes second place to the greatest? His answer to the sec...

April 10, 2018

In Mark 12, Jesus tells a scribe that the greatest of all the commandments of the old covenant is “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your...

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