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…

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 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…

How Can a Person Be Justified Before God?

In today’s Bible reading Job asks the question (Job 9:2) that was asked by the Reformers, “How can a person be justified before God?” In fact, the question lit the match that started the Reformation in the early Sixteenth Century. Martin Luther read Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, and Galatians 3:11, “The righteous shall live by…

The LORD was with Joseph

Three times (Genesis 39:2, 21, 23) in today’s Bible reading, Moses brings out that the LORD was with Joseph. Moses uses God’s Covenant-making, Covenant-keeping name Yahweh to emphasize that even though it seemed that Joseph’s world was falling apart, God was right there with him in the midst of it all. God was with Joseph…