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…

Duties of the Kohathites

There’s a good reason the book of Numbers is called that: it lists a bunch of numbers. It’s a census of the people of Israel. And there were a lot of people! If you’ve ever seen Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic film “The Ten Commandments” (shown on network television every year since 1973 during Easter/Passover…

Just as the LORD had Commanded Moses

Ten times in today’s Bible reading, we see the phrase, “Just as the LORD had commanded Moses.” (Exodus 39:1, 5, 7, 21, 26, 29, 31, 32; 40:19, 32). God had given Moses the blueprint for how He wanted to be worshiped. God’s blueprint included minute details for everything in the Tabernacle from the dimensions of…

God Gets the Last Word — Every Time

Job has raised his questions and voiced his complaints. His friends have spoken their peace. We have seen all of this unfold for thirty-seven chapters. Now, in today’s Bible reading, in just two short chapters and two verses, it’s God’s turn to ask the questions. “Hey, Job, so you think you’re “all that”? Were you…

Mining for Wisdom

Job recounts mankind’s attempts to mine gold, iron, gemstones, and other precious things in today’s Bible reading. But he asks where can someone mine wisdom, which is of far more value than these material things. He then points to God, saying that God knows where to find wisdom and fearing Him is wisdom, and turning…