The Ten Commandments – Part One – Devotion to God (Exodus 20)

God, in his great love, has offered to each of us a new freedom and a better way of life. We are given freedom from death through eternal life with Jesus Christ, and a freedom from the shackles of our past as we live each day, one at a time. We are free to partnerContinue reading “The Ten Commandments – Part One – Devotion to God (Exodus 20)”

God’s Timing: Life in the Desert – Exodus 17

Freedom did not come easily for the Israelites.  The Lord freed them after years of slavery in Egypt under the hand of the Pharaoh. He protected them during the ten plagues he used against their captors to finally force them out.  The final plague, the death of the first born during the Passover, finally convincedContinue reading “God’s Timing: Life in the Desert – Exodus 17”

Wandering in the Desert – Exodus 16

Have you ever felt like you were wandering around in a desert, without direction and not sure which way to turn?  All followers of God have days like that. After the Israelites were miraculously freed from slavery in Egypt by a loving God, He wanted to have a daily relationship with them.  He wanted themContinue reading “Wandering in the Desert – Exodus 16”

The Call of Moses – Exodus 3

12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for fourContinue reading “The Call of Moses – Exodus 3”

Judah and Tamar – Genesis 38

26 Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him.  Genesis 37:26-27 ESV Judah spared theContinue reading “Judah and Tamar – Genesis 38”

God and Dreams – Genesis 37

By grace, God chose Jacob’s son, Judah, to be the ancestor of Jesus Christ, but He chose younger brother Joseph to have a much bigger impact on the development and growth of the Jewish nation until the time of King David.  The fascinating story of Joseph, his godly interpretation of dreams and his critical riseContinue reading “God and Dreams – Genesis 37”

The Lion of Judah – Genesis 29

35 And she (Jacob’s wife Leah) conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah (meaning “Praise”).  Genesis 29:35 ESV Despite making a series of deceptions and questionable choices, Jacob was blessed by God with a large, though complicated, family.  It makes for interestingContinue reading “The Lion of Judah – Genesis 29”

God Appears to Jacob a third time – Genesis 35

35 God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.”2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him “Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purifyContinue reading “God Appears to Jacob a third time – Genesis 35”

God Appears to Jacob a second time – Genesis 31-32

 31 Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, “Jacob has taken all that was our father’s, and from what was our father’s he has gained all this wealth.” 2 And Jacob saw that Laban did not regard him with favor as before. 3 Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of yourContinue reading “God Appears to Jacob a second time – Genesis 31-32”