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…

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…

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….

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…