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 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…

Abraham Offers His Only Son — His “Only” Son?

Abraham offers his only son in today’s Bible reading. Yes, you read that correctly: “his only son”. But didn’t Abraham have a son by Sarah’s servant Hagar? Yes, he did. Ishmael was born fourteen years before Isaac. So why does Moses refer to Isaac as Abraham’s “only” son? Elsewhere we’re told that Isaac was Abraham’s…

Don’t Pit the Bible Against Science

Today’s Bible reading reminds us that it’s important to not pit the Bible against Science. Did you know that today’s reading talks about “Continental Drift” (aka plate tectonics)? Today’s reading also addresses the issue of the division by languages of people on our planet. Genesis 10:25 tells us about a man named Peleg. Moses (who…

Come Out and Be Separate

In today’s Bible reading, John records the fall of Babylon the Great. I won’t go into the theories of what Babylon the Great is. But I will point out the command from God for His people: Come out and don’t participate in the sin of the world. (Revelation 18:4-5) While the rest of the world…