Even Now?

So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. John 11:6 Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. This probably was the most remarkable miracle Jesus performed. “There is no parallel whatever for the raising of a man who had been dead for four days and whose body had…

Would You Dare?

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8 Nebuchadnezzar confiscated more than the holy things from the temple. He brought to Babylon the young and brightest minds of Judah. Daniel, and his three friends…

Plow and Prepare

This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem: “Break up your unploughed ground and do not sow among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts. Jeremiah 4:3-4a God is calling His people to repent. Fallow ground is uncultivated farmland. Land that was ploughed before but now has…

Beyond the Questions

“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’? Isaiah 45:9 Israel’s deliverance is coming but from unexpected sources. This chapter begins with the…

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…