A Hardened Heart

And the Lord said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.

Exodus 4:21

Harden – The picture here is that YHWH actively hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he would become stubborn. Whereas Pharaoh was previously softer and possibly could have been merciful, YHWH caused it not to be so. Imagine the philosophical problems that arise from this. Continue reading “A Hardened Heart”

The River

And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

Exodus 1:21 (KJV)

Cast into the river – Israel has an amazing history with “the river”. This is the scene that sets in motion the redemptive power of YHWH. And it is here where Moses’ life begins, when so many other Hebrew boys die. Continue reading “The River”

Love the Sinner

Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 104:35 (KJV)

Sinners – Love the sinner, but hate the sin. Isn’t this how we’ve come to understand it? Shouldn’t we have compassion and patience toward those who are sinful and work with them in love to bring them to Yeshua? Well not according to David, or should I say, not according to most English translations of this specific verse (NIV, NASB, NRSV, ESV, etc.). Continue reading “Love the Sinner”

Law of Liberty

And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

Exodus 32:16 (KJV)

Graven – So many of us look at the law as a burden, or restrictive. We definitely don’t refer to it as freedom, or life-giving. But the Hebrew language provides a little gem here in verse 16 that might just cause us to rethink our bias. Continue reading “Law of Liberty”

Perfection in Plainness

And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

Genesis 25:27 (KJV)

Plain – In all my readings of Jacob as a young man, I am baffled at how he could possibly obtain the mercy of God and be found just and good. The Bible accounts of Jacob being deceptive (exactly what his name means) toward his older brother, and even to his father. He robbed Esau of his birthright, and later tricked Isaac to give him Esau’s blessing. He was fearful of the consequences of his deceit and fled to his uncle Laban’s house for a while until Esau’s anger subsided. And the King James Version would have us believe Jacob was “plain” and a homebody. Continue reading “Perfection in Plainness”

Healing for a Purpose

And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people.

2 Chronicles 30:20 (KJV)

Healed – Healings are among the most magnificent of all miracles. To witness someone in sickness and pain receive a healing will surely reinvigorate hope and faith in our Living God. A Healing can strengthen the people, not just the individual. And in an environment such as ours, full of pain and suffering, healings are a sigh of relief. Continue reading “Healing for a Purpose”

First Day of Seventh Month

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

Leviticus 23:24

First day – There is so much this commandment teaches, but our limited patience, and our planning nature, causes us to miss these teachings. We like to know in advance when this first day of the seventh month occurs so we can plan our calendar accordingly. So rather than relying on the sighted new moon, we turn to a almanac of sorts that gives us a close estimation of the date. But because a conjunctive moon can remain hidden for up to 3.5 days, it’s impossible to predict when the sighted new moon will appear, despite the calendars of man. I know this because I’ve seen it happen time and time again. Continue reading “First Day of Seventh Month”

YHWH is a Heavy Guy

So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.

2 Chronicles 5:14 (KJV)

Glory – Have you ever been squished in an elevator because of a heavier set person? Maybe struggled through some chairs or tables because of an overweight individual sitting near you? It’s difficult to move around. I don’t bring this up in a negative way toward heavy set people, but rather to compare this with the experience of the priests as YHWH’s heaviness pushes them out of the temple. You see, YHWH is a heavy guy. Continue reading “YHWH is a Heavy Guy”

Where is Our Desire?

I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.

Song of Solomon 7:10 (KJV)

Desire – Where is our desire? I know it seems like such an obvious answer, right? Most of us would say, “Our desire is for God”, and I would imagine that’s a wonderful answer, but let’s review this word further. Continue reading “Where is Our Desire?”

A Consuming Fire

For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 4:24 (KJV)

Consuming fire – My family and I have been camping a lot this year. During that time I’ve made plenty of camp fires and enjoyed the warmth, the light, and the skill of actually creating a fire from simple materials. But mostly I’ve noticed that my children are completely entranced by the flickering of the flames and the danger involved with such a primitive thing. They asked daily for me to create a fire so they could poke at it with sticks, dump pinecones into it, or roast marshmallows over it. And so we’d have a fire going in the morning when I awoke, and another before we went to bed. It was a highlight of our camping adventures. Continue reading “A Consuming Fire”