Sometimes a Donkey is Smarter than a Prophet

We read about a prophet and his donkey in today’s Bible reading*. If you’ve been around church for very long, you’ve probably heard about Balaam. It seems that he saw himself as a mercenary prophet, a prophet for hire. After seeing what the people of Israel did to the Canaanite King of Arad and the…

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…

Who Hardened Pharoah’s Heart?

Today’s Bible reading tells us that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart. (Exodus 7:3 and Exodus 4:21 from yesterday’s reading as well as future readings of Exodus 10:1-2, 20, 27, 11:10, 14:4) But in Exodus 8:15, 32, we’re told that Pharaoh hardened his own heart. Several times, we’re told that Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, though we don’t…

God Remembers His Covenant

We begin reading about God’s delivery of the children of Israel from their slavery in Egypt in today’s Bible reading. It’s a tremendous story of God’s faithfulness in watching over and providing for His Covenant people. Before reading the book of Job, we finished reading Genesis where God had saved Jacob and his family from…

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…