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…

Duties of the Kohathites

There’s a good reason the book of Numbers is called that: it lists a bunch of numbers. It’s a census of the people of Israel. And there were a lot of people! If you’ve ever seen Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic film “The Ten Commandments” (shown on network television every year since 1973 during Easter/Passover…

“Be Holy, Because I Am Holy” — God

One very important thing to remember about today’s Bible reading* (and all of our Bible reading and study) is that God’s Word is written for God’s people. When God says, “Be holy,” (Leviticus 19:2, 20:7, 26; 21:6; 1 Peter 1:16) He isn’t telling everyone in the world to be holy. He’s specifically addressing His people….

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…

First-Hand Knowledge of God is Far Better than Hearsay

In today’s Bible reading we see the final word from God and Job. God’s statements involve two mighty creatures, Behemoth (a hippopotamus?) and Leviathan (a fire-breathing dragon-like sea creature that must have become extinct since Job’s story was written). Although both of these are creatures, God reminds Job that he can’t even get his own…