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…

Everyone Gets a Do-Over in the Year of Jubilee

Today’s Bible reading* has a lot to say about the Year of Jubilee: Everyone gets a do-over. A reset. A recalibration. God goes into great detail about what this looks like. Debts are cancelled. Properties are returned to their original owners. Slaves are released. All in one year. The Year of Jubilee occurred every fifty…

“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….

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…

Returning to Bethel: The House of God

In today’s Bible reading, Jacob (now named Israel) returns to Luz, which he had named Bethel (Bethel means House of God). You may remember that previously (Genesis 28), Jacob/Israel had an encounter with God and dreamed of a stairway to heaven with God’s angels ascending and descending the stairway. Jacob/Israel was so moved by this…