As we approach the Christmas season, I would like to recommend a book to you. Our Christmas carols are filled with “earth receiving her king,” and “born is the king of Israel,” and “ransom captive Israel.” But what does all of that mean?
The Old Testament is where we learn about the character and nature of God. Without the foundation of the Old Testament, it is impossible to fully understand who God is and what He desires from us.
Often times, when we are reading a passage, or researching a topic, we can get so caught in the weeds of that particular topic. “What does the Bible say about ______?”
Over and over again we read about their sin, rebellion and failures. We are introduced to the false idols they worship and the life of selfishness and idolatry that they partake in time and time again.
This week the preschoolers are learning about the Israelites and the bronze snake. I always find the story of the bronze snake a bit odd. The Israelites stop being obedient to God and so he sends venomous snakes to bite and kill them.
Man, those Isrealites sure have a short attention span….good thing we aren’t like that….!
I was reading through the Passover account in Exodus 12. This event was a foreshadowing of Jesus as the once-and-for-all sacrificial Lamb who would justify us by his death. But then I realized something while I was reading…
I love this story for many reasons. First of all the power of God is incredible. He commands the wind and seas. Think about the sheer volume of water that he stopped on either side of the Israelites as they walked through the Red Sea on DRY ground.
As we consider the past year and the year to come, a common (and valuable) practice is to “count your blessings”. We who have been called into the family of God the Creator have been blessed. However, I recently was reading through the book of Numbers and realized that I often mistake God’s provision for God’s blessing.
I really am amazed at this story. Job had enough insight into God’s nature and character to know that He permitted these things to happen; and even though He could have stopped them.