The Execution of Abimelech’s Brothers

“And he entered his father’s house at Ophrah and executed his brothers, the sons of Jeruba’al, seventy men upon a single stone. Yet, Jotham, the youngest son of Jeruba’al, remained because he was hidden. And so he gathered all the leaders of Shekem and all of the house of Millo and they went and enthroned… Read More

The Cost of Silence

“And the Spirit of Yahweh was upon him and he judged Israel. And he went into battle and Yahweh gave into his hand, Cushan Rishathayim. And the land was peaceful for 40 years. And Othniel, son of Qenaz died.” (Judges 3:10-11) Isn’t it interesting that in this first cycle, the paradigm against which all of… Read More

The Idol of Self

“And the Sons of Israel did The Evil in the eyes of Yahweh: they forgot Yahweh their God. Thus, they served the Ba’als and the Ashtoroth.” (Judges 3:7) We have already seen the language that refers to “The Evil,” earlier in the text of Judges, so we understand that the people are not simply doing… Read More

Warnings from Israel’s Past: Egypt (Idolatry)

“Now I want to remind you, though you have known all these things, that the Lord once saved a people from the land of Egypt and afterward destroyed those who did not believe.” (Jude 5-7, ESV)   Within this section that offers warnings from the history of Israel, we find three sins that are being… Read More

Idols Do Not Growl (Psalm 115:5-7)

“Mouths are theirs, yet they do not speak; eyes are theirs, yet they do not see; ears are theirs, yet they do not hear; noses are theirs, yet they do not smell. There are hands, but they do not feel; there are feet, but they do not walk; there is no utterance in their throats.”… Read More

Our God in Heaven (Psalm 115:2-3)

“Why should the nations say, ‘Now, where is their God?’ Our God is in the heavens— All that he delights in, he does.” (Psalm 115:2-3)               Indeed, those who have made gods to worship out of gold and silver do look at us and ask us how we can worship a God that we… Read More