Challenging Authority

Several times in today’s Bible reading* we see challenges to authority. And challenging authority was not a good thing! Anyone who’s had children knows that children will at some point challenge authority. They will test boundaries. We see it in nature, too as young lions challenge the dominant male. These are natural challenges. It’s part…

God’s Blessings and Discipline

Today’s Bible reading* includes some incredible blessings for those who unwaveringly hold fast to God and His ways. For those who are fully obedient to the entire counsel of God, God promises safety and security. No conquering enemies. No wild animals. Bountiful crops. Plenty to eat. (Leviticus 26:3-13) And best of all, God Himself would…

“Be Holy, Because I Am Holy” — God

One very important thing to remember about today’s Bible reading* (and all of our Bible reading and study) is that God’s Word is written for God’s people. When God says, “Be holy,” (Leviticus 19:2, 20:7, 26; 21:6; 1 Peter 1:16) He isn’t telling everyone in the world to be holy. He’s specifically addressing His people….

First-Hand Knowledge of God is Far Better than Hearsay

In today’s Bible reading we see the final word from God and Job. God’s statements involve two mighty creatures, Behemoth (a hippopotamus?) and Leviathan (a fire-breathing dragon-like sea creature that must have become extinct since Job’s story was written). Although both of these are creatures, God reminds Job that he can’t even get his own…

Abram Follows God’s Call

In today’s Bible reading, Abram follows God’s call to leave his home in modern-day Southern Iraq, up the Fertile Crescent into modern-day Syria and down through modern-day Lebanon, Israel, across to Egypt, and back up into Israel, settling in Hebron. The trip was over 3200 miles. On foot. And Abram had a lot of stuff…