The Paradox of Leaders

In today’s Bible reading* we see a familiar theme: A king comes to power and “does what is right in the eyes of the Lord”. However, the king isn’t wholly committed to walking with God; he allows idolatry in the land. It’s a paradox of leaders of God’s people. As I mentioned earlier and in…

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

Today’s Bible reading* has a brief sentence that echoes something we saw a few weeks ago: Obedience is better than sacrifice. Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.Proverbs 21:3 (CSB) Then Samuel said: Does the LORD take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying…

Saul Sins By Trying to Help God

In today’s Bible reading*, Saul commits a serious sin as he attempts to help God. A few days ago we looked at the people’s demand for a king. Yesterday, we saw that God chose Saul. There’s nothing inherently wrong with what Saul did. He simply made a sacrifice. But Samuel had told Saul to wait…

Making Vows

Twice in today’s Bible reading* we see people making vows to God. The first is a judge named Jephthah. Although human sacrifice was strictly forbidden to God’s people he made a vow that if God would deliver the Ammonites to him, he promised to sacrifice the first person that went through the doorway when he…

Because God is Holy

Because God is holy, today’s Bible reading begins the bloody sacrificial system. Before Aaron and his sons are ready to serve the Lord before the people, they must be clean. For them to be clean, three animals had to be slaughtered. Once their sacrifice has been made, they had to offer another sacrifice before beginning…