OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES "Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan." Exodus 22:22"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits." Exodus 23:6"During the seventh year, let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do … Continue reading 200+ Scriptures from the Bible about Loving, Serving and Seeking Justice for the Poor
The great theologian Augustine of Hippo, when reflecting on his many discoveries of Jesus in the Old Testament, said: “He was concealed in the Old, and revealed in the New.” Rarely would I dare to improve on anything St. Augustine said, but I am not convinced that Jesus is all that hidden in the Old … Continue reading Jesus in Every Book of the Old Testament
This week our children have been learning a phrase at Vacation Bible School that I love for them to be hearing from such a young age: "Always Be Ready". There are so many cases in the Scriptures when God tells someone (or someones) to pick up and go, often without them knowing exactly where they … Continue reading Would you pick up and go? Could you?
When God commanded Abraham to take his son Isaac to the top of Moriah so that he might sacrifice him before the Lord, it probably seemed like God was just like the other "gods" of the ancient world. The ancient gods of Mesopotamia were erratic, bloodthirsty, obsessed with sexuality, and always focused on self-appeasement. Human … Continue reading This God is Different
This morning I preached on the "second" Jacob and Esau story -- the deception by Rebekah and Jacob which ultimately resulted in Jacob, and not Esau, receiving their father Isaac's blessing. There were two points from the message that I've been asked to share. The first comes from an article I read recently by a … Continue reading Making Yourself Miserable — Scripture Impressions and Digressions
He hated Christianity. He hated Judaism. He even hated the pagan religions. He thought all religion was without merit. The Roman Emperor Julian (emperor from AD 361-363), was also known as "the Apostate" because of his atheism. Despite his disdain for their religious traditions and practices, Julian was impressed with the way both Christians and … Continue reading Mishnah and Peah: What the Jews knew about the poor has been forgotten.