Category Archives: Old Testament

Ex. 7-11, 14 Plagues, Hardness of Heart, and God

This section of Exodus is both troubling and freeing. The trouble comes with the plagues meant to convince Pharaoh to send the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses still needs convincing that he is God’s leader and speaker. Then the LORD said … Continue reading

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Ex. 5-6 “I will”

Have you ever been in the position where something good is forming in your life as you begin a new phase? You expend all your energy in it. The potential in the future is visible, great, and satisfying. And then … Continue reading

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Ex. 3-4 My Name

Moses had fled from Egypt due to his fear of Pharoah (Ex. 2:15). And he couldn’t turn to his people (Hebrews) because of his unwanted interference in a dispute. He settled in Midian. Now 40 years later, God appears in … Continue reading

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Ex. 1-2 Not Forgotten

Genesis ends on a very positive note. With Jacob now deceased, his sons continue in their restored relationship. They have grown as a people, and have the favor of the Pharoah and the people. But then… In Exodus 1 and … Continue reading

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Gen. 48-50 Promise Renewed-Protected

The Promise to Abraham and… The conclusion to the Genesis story brings together many strands. First and foremost is the reiteration and passing on the covenant promises to Abraham. In Gen. 12:1-3, 7 we find the fourfold promises to Abram/Abraham … Continue reading

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Gen. 45-47 But God…

Gen. 44 ends with the distress of Joseph’s brothers, and the confession of sin by Judah. We had to wait a day for the resolution. But the text is a continuous read. Thus, it is not a delay in the … Continue reading

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Gen. 42-44

Sin Will Find You Out The Sting of Being Caught This section provides detailed conversation between Joseph, his brothers and his brothers and Jacob. The tragedy of the brothers’ treatment of Joseph now catches up with them. Little did they … Continue reading

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Gen. 36-38

[Note: I had this written several days ago, but life and ministry took priority. Sorry for the delay] Following the pattern earlier in Genesis, when a decendant of the promise is not in the line of promise, the genealogy is … Continue reading

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Genesis 32-35

Jacob had fled from his father and mother and Esau, spending 20 years with Laban. The aninosty between Jacob and Esau was great when Jacob left. So much so that Esau wanted to kill Jacob because he had gotten the … Continue reading

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Gen. 29-31

Jacob leaves his family to find a wife from his mother’s family, Laban her brother. As he approaches Haran, Jacob meets Rachel at the watering hole. She takes him to her father. Jacob desires to take her as his wife. … Continue reading

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