Everyone Gets a Do-Over in the Year of Jubilee

Today’s Bible reading* has a lot to say about the Year of Jubilee: Everyone gets a do-over. A reset. A recalibration. God goes into great detail about what this looks like. Debts are cancelled. Properties are returned to their original owners. Slaves are released. All in one year. The Year of Jubilee occurred every fifty…

Things We Don’t Talk About

Wow, where do I begin with a devotional on today’s Bible reading? There are so many practical applications to today’s reading, but I’ll only mention a couple Today’s reading covers some issues we don’t talk about in church. But all of God’s Word is God’s Word. And we shouldn’t be ashamed to talk about those…

God Gives the Ten Commandments for Our Protection

Just before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments in today’s Bible reading, He warned the people not to come onto the mountain, Mount Sinai, where God’s presence was veiled with smoke. God told Moses to put a boundary around the mountain to keep the people and animals from accidentally setting foot on the mountain. Put…

Another Blessing Goes to the “Wrong” Son

In today’s Bible reading, we see another blessing pronounced on a younger son, skipping the older one. A few days ago, I wrote about the importance of passing along a blessing to one’s children. Today, Jacob/Israel pronounces a blessing to Joseph’s sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. Joseph recognized that his father’s hands were on the wrong…