God is a Jealous God

In today’s Bible reading,* God tells Moses to execute His vengeance against the Midianites. One thousand from each of the twelve tribes of Israel went out and did just that, killing every male, including the kings. And they took the women and children captive. Moses was furious when he learned that the women were still…

Israel Breaks the Top Commandments

Do not have other gods besides me. Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth. Do not bow in worship to them, and do not serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am…

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…

Moses Intercedes for the People

Last year, I preached on intercession, mentioning Abraham’s intercession for his nephew Lot and the people of Sodom. In today’s reading, we see the same theme play out with Moses and the Israelites. In today’s Bible reading*, we read about God’s contempt for His people because of their idolatry. While Moses was communing with God,…