Jesus: I Am the Burning Bush

Today’s Reading: Exodus 1-4 In John 1, we read that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Rightly, we understand that this is Jesus. We know that Jesus came into the world. Wrongly, many of us think that this is the first time that Jesus appeared in the world. The Word made flesh …

Why Was Jacob’s Name Changed to Israel and What Is Its Significance?

Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. Perhaps you are familiar with the story. But, in case you are not, I will tell it to you. God appeared to Jacob as he came from Paddan-aram and blessed him. God said that his name was Jacob, but Jacob should not be his name any longer. From now …

In That Day, Here I Am

TODAY’S READING: ISAIAH 50-52 “‘Now therefore what have I here,’ declares the Lord, ‘seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Their rulers wail,’ declares the Lord, ‘and continually all the day my name is despised. Therefore my people shall know my name. Therefore, in that day they shall know that it is I …

Jesus Is the Key to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Today’s Reading: Genesis 32-35 Since Genesis 12, we have been reading the story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But, the story we have been reading is also about (and perhaps more importantly about) the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. The first time we fully see this is in …

How Does God Discipline Us for Our Good?

TODAY’S READING: HEBREWS 11-13 “It is for discipline that you have to endure…he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12.7, 10-11) A …

A Short Journey Becomes a Wilderness Wandering

TODAY’S READING: DEUTERONOMY 1-2 Deuteronomy 1:2 says, “It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-barnea.” But, instead of the journey lasting eleven days, it took Israel 40 years. What happened? JOURNEY FROM HOREB Israel was to start its eleven day journey at Horeb. Why did Israel’s journey begin …

Who Is Jesus?

TODAY’S READING: JOHN 7-8 “So they said to him, ‘Who are you?’” – John 8:25 The Jews asked Jesus, “Who are you?” Who is Jesus? is the question that dominates John 8:12-59. Jesus definitively answers this question in John 8:58 when he says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” Who …

Sandals or No Sandals Reveals Who’s Side You Are On

TODAY’S READING: JOSHUA 5-7 “When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, ‘Are you for us, or for our adversaries?’ And he said, ‘No; but I am …

The Stones Moses Prophesied To on Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim

TODAY’S READING: DEUTERONOMY 26-27 In Dueteronomy 27, Moses gives a fascinating prophecy. At first glance, the list of curses to those on Mt. Ebal is probably what stands out to most. But, I think a careful study will show that Moses’ prophecy was about stones, the building material of God. Because I’m not going to …

Jesus Takes a Stand Against Your Opposition

TODAY’S READING: NUMBERS 22-24 Numbers 22 through 24 recounts Balak’s attemptĀ to get Balaam to curse the people of Israel. But, while Balaam was going with the princes of Moab to meet Balak, “The angel of the Lord took his stand in the way as his adversary.” Who is the angel of the Lord? What does …