Making Good Decisions (Joshua 9-10)

The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord.  Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath. (Joshua 9:14-15) Not all wisdom is created equal.  There is a difference between wisdom that comes from man and wisdom that comes from God.  One of the dangers of gaining wisdom is ... [Continue Reading]

Picking Teams (Joshua 5-6)

Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”  “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” (Joshua 5:13-14) Do you remember picking teams in elementary school?  There was really only one place ... [Continue Reading]

Leadership Privileges (Deuteronomy 17:14-20; 18, 29-30)

When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests.  It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his fellow ... [Continue Reading]

Being Near to God (Exodus 32-33)

Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here." (Exodus 33:15) The point at which God was not going to move forward with Moses and the Israelites into the Promised Land was the point at which Moses no longer wanted to move forward.  The sins of the Israelites were huge: they had fashioned a false god out of gold, and the Lord ... [Continue Reading]

Greatness Forgotten (Exodus 1-3)

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. (Exodus 1:8) Every time I read Exodus 1 I am reminded that Joseph, even though he was one of the greatest leaders in the Bible, was forgotten when his days were over.  He died, Pharaoh died, and a new government took over: a government that didn't recognize Joseph or his accomplishments in saving Egypt ... [Continue Reading]