Tag Archive: Exodus

Jul 01

Who is Jesus?

Jesus is the Creator How do you begin a story with no beginning? Matthew and Luke begin with the supernatural birth. Mark begins with the preaching of John the Baptist. John’s Gospel begins at the ultimate beginning. His first words “In the beginning” jolt us to Genesis.  Jesus was the uncreated Creator God.  When time …

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Jan 15

Did God make us or do we make God and why does it matter?

God is beyond our comprehension The Jewish people were confronted with the greatness of God as they camped at Mount Sinai. He had brought them out of Egypt with many miracles and he spoke from the mountain in a voice heard by the entire nation at they gathered at its base. (Exodus 20) God was …

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Jan 13

Who makes an agreement and gives away all of the copies?

We keep important papers safe We have safety deposit boxes in banks or fireproof safes at home. We have hurricane or tornado or forest fire files ready in case of a quick evacuation. Certain documents are important to us. We need to prove the parts of our agreements The treaty When God made his covenant …

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Sep 30

What were the two reasons for the Jewish Sabbath and what can we learn from them?

Wherever there is Law there is Talmud A principle that I have often seen in life is that “wherever there is Law there is Talmud.” When you have principles people look to find the exceptions and the borders. How much can I do and still be in bounds? I live in Naples Florida and in …

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Sep 03

God does things differently than we do

Good Figs and Bad Figs When the Babylonians first took the Jewish King and others into exile the people who remained in the Promised Land assumed that they had God’s favor and the exiles were abandoned by God. God revealed to Jeremiah that the opposite was true. He would rebuild the Jewish people through the …

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Dec 08

Three things that happen when you meet God

Everything was ready. Everything had happened according to plan but something was missing. God had spoken to Joshua and called him to take Moses’ place. He told him that he would be with the Jews and they would conquer the land promised hundreds of years before to Abraham. (Joshua 1:1-9) The people swore allegiance to …

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May 20

Faith and Experience- Moses and the Jewish elders- Experiencing the presence of God

The Jews Experienced the Power of God The Jews who were part of the generation that was liberated from Egypt experienced the power of God in ways that few have seen. There have been three periods of intense miraculous signs. The first was the time of the Exodus when God defeated Pharaoh and the gods …

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May 08

Go and Tell… and …Come and See

Come and See Just before his death, Moses spoke to the Jews who were about the enter the land promised to Abraham. He restated the law that was given to their parents who came out of Egypt. He spoke about how attractive their nation would be if they obeyed God’s law. Gentiles would wonder at …

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Apr 15

Why did God judge the Canaanites?

Wringing out belief from rebellious humanity When I was in seminary, one of the professors gave an illustration about God’s judgements on the earth. He said that sometimes God was trying to wring every bit of belief from rebellious humanity. God is patient. God told Abraham that his descendants would be slaves in another land …

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Mar 11

God used a Pagan Prophet to Bless his People.

Who was Balaam? The blessing of the Jews by the pagan sorcerer Balaam in Numbers, chapters 22-24, is a perplexing series of events. Balaam is also known from a text outside the Bible. An inscription has been discovered near the junction of the Jordan and Jabbok rivers in the language of the Ammonites, descendants of …

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