Illogical Idols

In the books of Kings and Chronicles, the kings of Israel and Judah are often described in one of two ways: those who “did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord” and those who “did that which was right in the sight of the Lord.”   A few kings started out with… Continue reading Illogical Idols

The Man Who Questioned God…and Received Encouraging Answers

I thought I knew the story of Moses well, from baby in a basket, to avenging prince, to desert shepherd, to leader of God's people on a very long, very circuitous wilderness trek. He is perhaps best remembered as the powerful, faithful, longsuffering leader of the Israelites, who certainly required an abundance of patience. But… Continue reading The Man Who Questioned God…and Received Encouraging Answers

Lives That Inspire: Shiphrah and Puah, Hebrew Midwives

Exodus begins with the story of two God-fearing women whose actions change the course of Israelite history: the Hebrew midwives Shiphrah and Puah. In Exodus 1, the Writer sets the scene for their story. From the time of Joseph, the Israelites had lived comfortably among the Egyptians for generations. But a new Pharaoh observes that… Continue reading Lives That Inspire: Shiphrah and Puah, Hebrew Midwives

Lives that Inspire: Bold, Steadfast Caleb

In Numbers 13, the Israelites have escaped the land of Egypt and are set to conquer the land of promise, Canaan.But when Moses selects a spy from each of the twelve tribes of Israel to do some reconnaissance in Canaan, the reports aren't encouraging. Ten spies point out that the cities are well defended and… Continue reading Lives that Inspire: Bold, Steadfast Caleb