Miserably Miserable

while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4 Elijah was depressed. God had used Elijah mightily. Elijah’s…

A Set Apart Privilege

The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart, he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the Lord, to minister before him and to pronounce blessings in his name forever. 1 Chronicles 23:13 Aaron and his descendants were set apart forever. David now old and full of years makes…

Authentication, And Proof

Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah. 1 Chronicles 1:1-3 Genealogies have their own place of significance. Chronicles opens with a genealogical record. This to most of us seems irrelevant and boring. We tend to skip over these pages, right? But if it is in the Bible it has to be there…

Why Not Me?

The Lord said to Moses, “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.” Numbers 31:1-2 The Lord tells Moses to exterminate the Midianites. This is the first time in Israel’s history that God is mandating a war of extermination. And this is a story that troubles…

Washed, Dressed, Anointed

Moses then said to Aaron and his sons, “Cook the meat at the entrance to the tent of meeting and eat it there with the bread from the basket of ordination offerings, as I was commanded: ‘Aaron and his sons are to eat it.’ Leviticus 8:31 Moses did as the Lord commanded him. This is…

Before It’s Too Late

If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it. Genesis 4:7 Cain was working late. Another day was drawing to a close. But today was different. As…

Through the Seasons of Life

Ruth 2:23 (NIV) – So Ruth stayed close to the women of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished. And she lived with her mother-in-law. To glean is to obtain, to get, to draw, to take. The biblical concept of gleaning is first found in Leviticus 19:9. When wheat and barley fields were…

An Ongoing Process

Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV) – Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. David had sinned and greatly! When prophet Nathan, inspired…

On Whose Side Are You Leaning On?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Solomon who had found God to be worthy of being trusted is advising his son to live a life of trust in Yahweh. “The word…

A Disciple’s Agenda

Luke 9:23 (NIV) – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Peter has just made his famous declaration of the fact that Jesus is truly the Messiah. Immediately after, the Lord predicts His imminent rejection, suffering, death and resurrection….