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The Feasts of the Lord: Going Through the Motions

Spring FeastsPassover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles – lots of Feasts, each with different instructions for observing them. Sometimes when we’re just starting out observing the Feasts, or approach a new season of Feasts, we can easily think of all the instructions and do’s and don’ts, and forget the richness of each Feast.  It can feel – and in fact become – like we’re just going through the motions.

I can imagine that’s how the Hebrews must have felt when they heard the instructions for the first time as well.  Exodus 12 is 50 verses full of instructions for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  And the instructions are not exactly intuitive or logical.  What were they to make of killing a lamb and smearing its blood on their door frames?  Had that ever saved them from death before?  Was this a common practice?  And what’s so bad about leavened bread?  What does that have to do with saving their firstborns? (more…)


The Blessing of the 10 Commandments: A Case in Point

Image271In an earlier post, we reviewed the lifestyle of following the 10 Commandments and the blessings it produces based on Deuteronomy 26:16-19.  But God’s blessings go beyond human logic.  It’s not only that if you do this, then that will happen. While that is certainly true in the natural realm, when we pursue God’s commands, the spiritual results are compounded beyond what we can imagine. (more…)


The 10 Commandments – A List or a Lifestyle? (1-4)

God's guidance“He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.”  (Deut. 26:19)

Those are blessings I’d like to receive!  But before we “name it and claim it”, let’s look at the context. (more…)


The 10 Commandments: A List or a Lifestyle? (5-10)

Walk in the WoodsAt the end of Deuteronomy there’s a blessing for those who keep the commandments described throughout the book.  The summary of them is in Deuteronomy 5, known as the 10 Commandments.   But these commands are more than what we typically think of when we hear that reference–more than a list of do’s and don’ts, more than a checklist of how we’ve done in being a good person.  These commandments describe a lifestyle in alignment with God’s character and heart and His will for us.  In this 2-part blog, we’re looking at the lifestyle behind each command to see just how this blessing comes about as we align with Him.  (more…)


Abraham, Isaac and Jasher: The Story of a Son Loving a Father

DAN_0109To many, the account of Abraham offering up Isaac to God in Genesis 22 is one of the hardest stories in the Bible to read and comprehend.  You don’t have to be a parent to feel the anguish Abraham must have felt, to question how he could attempt such a heartbreaking act, and even to doubt the goodness of God.

In addition to the emotion it raises, there are several unanswered logical mysteries as well.  What did Abraham tell Isaac they were doing?  Was Isaac really that gullible?  The fact that Abraham had Isaac carry the wood up the mountain indicates that Isaac was stronger than Abraham.  How did Abraham wrestle him onto the altar?  Furthermore, the surrounding information indicates Isaac would’ve been an adult, probably near 37 years old.  Just how did Abraham get him to go along with this preposterous plan?  There are enough holes in the report to make us wonder if we’re really hearing the whole story.  (more…)


Working for His Purposes

Image1At one point in my career, I had not been demoted, but it certainly felt that way.  Our administrative help was let go, and I was asked to take on her work in addition to my own.  The new arrangement was working, so there was no hope of it changing any time soon.  But I grew restless and sometimes frustrated.  It also began to change other peoples’ perceptions of my capabilities and my status in the organization.  I considered looking for another job, but in the current economy, this was not the time.

I asked a question I often use to glean answers and direction from God:  “Who in the Bible has felt this way, and what did he or she do about it?”  Two Bible giants came to mind — Joseph and Moses.

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The Dangers of Discontent, Part 3: The Missed Revelation

God's guidanceIn our review of Numbers 11, we’ve seen how rejection of God’s provision (Part 1) and replacement with their own desires (Part 2) forces God’s presence out of the Israelites’ wilderness camp.  But that’s not all.  The story includes details that provide clues about something more God had planned.

In His mercy, I believe God hid a blessing in the midst of the incident for those who would pursue the path He laid out.  While, there’s no account of any of the Israelites doing so, it serves as a lesson to us today of how God provides us a way to correct our path when we’ve gone astray.  It’s a testament to God’s patience and tenacity in His pursuit of us and shows us how to stay in His will and presence.  It’s a revelation the Israelites missed. (more…)


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