Radiating God’s Glory (Exodus 34-35)

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. (Exodus 34:29) There's something about being in God's presence that makes a difference.  After Moses spent time in God's presence, his face radiated with God's glory.  It wasn't Moses' glory - it was ... [Continue Reading]

Look Out For The Donkeys (Exodus 23-24)

If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it. (Exodus 23:5) I haven't seen too many donkeys collapsing under the weight of a heavy load, but the picture is certainly an interesting one.  I can't imagine leaving such a donkey by the side of the road even if it did belong to my enemy.  But ... [Continue Reading]

The One Who Changes Hearts (Exodus 10-12)

(The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh’s officials and by the people.) (Exodus 11:3) God is the one who changes hearts.  Period.  It's remarkable to me that this side note even exists in Exodus.  The purpose for Moses including it in the account is clear: the reasons the Egyptians (other ... [Continue Reading]

Your Life Isn’t In Your Hands (Genesis 30-31)

'If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed.  But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you.' (Genesis 31:42) One of the greatest lessons of Genesis is the continued understanding that, though we may think otherwise, our lives truly are not ... [Continue Reading]

It’s No Accident (Genesis 22-24)

Then [Abraham's servant] bowed down and worshiped the Lord, saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master.  As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.” (Genesis 24:26-27) All throughout the Old Testament we begin to get the idea that nothing really ... [Continue Reading]

Unstoppable (Job 40-42)

"I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted." (Job 42:2) God is an unstoppable, and there is nothing that you or I can do to get in His way or to keep Him from accomplishing His purposes here on earth.  The encouraging thing is that that there is nothing the Enemy can do to thwart God's plans, either. The account of Job began with Satan ... [Continue Reading]

What Goes Around Comes Around (Job 35-37)

But if people are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction, [God] tells them what they have done—that they have sinned arrogantly.  He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil.  If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.  But if they do not listen, they will ... [Continue Reading]