When is an Army Not an Army?

I saw something in today’s Bible reading that I’ve never seen before in all of the times I’ve read these chapters. God tells Moses to bring out the Hebrews “according to their military divisions”[1] in Exodus 6:26, 7:4, 12:17, 41, 51. I’ve never seen that terminology before. Why? Well, it comes down to Bible translations….

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…

Rebekah “Falls” for Isaac

In today’s Bible reading, we read the story of when Rebekah falls in love with Isaac. The culture of the Twenty-first Century Western World is very different than that of Isaac’s day. Abraham sends his servant to the land of his relatives to find a wife for his “firstborn son” Isaac. Abraham was concerned that…

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…