Hasn’t God already Given You an Order?

“She sent for and she called Baraq, the son of Abinoam, from Qedesh-Naphtaliy, and said to him,  ‘Has not Yahweh, the God of Israel, given an order to you? ‘Gather to Mount Tabor and bring with you 10,000 men from the Sons of Naphtaliy and from the Sons of Zebulun and I will gather to… Read More

The Escape!

“And Ehud went out of the window and he had closed the doors to the upper room behind him and secured them.” (Judges 3:23) Once again, depending on how you understand the visual imagery of what is going on will depend on how you translate this passage. For example, some commentators who interpret NØwdVv√rAÚp (parshedon)… Read More

Fabian Tactics in the Church

“These are the peoples which Yahweh caused to remain settled to train Israel by them — all those who did not know all the wars of Canaan. It was only in order that the descendants of the Sons of Israel should know, to teach them war — only those present who did not know.” (Judges… Read More

Yahweh’s Burning Nostrils

“Thus they forsook Yahweh and they served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. And the nose of Yahweh burned toward Israel and he gave them into the hand of plunderers and they plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their enemies that surrounded them and they were not able to stand in the… Read More

Initiated into Excellence and Failure

“I also know how to be humbled and I know how to excel. In anything and in everything I have been initiated. Either food or hunger, excellence or failure, I can do all things in the one who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12-13) I expect that it is a fair statement to say that Philippians 4:13… Read More

Hatred of Christ

“For many are walking — as I frequently told you, and even now tell you with tears — as ones who hate the cross of Christ.” (Philippians 3:18) What happens when someone refuses to follow the model of Paul as Paul follows the model of Christ? Sadly, Paul reminds us, that person demonstrates their hatred… Read More

Our Lifeblood

“Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always been obedient, not only in my presence alone, but now also even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for God is the one working in you, even to will and to work for satisfaction.” (Philippians 2:12-13) The word, “His,” is… Read More

Preferences and Desires

“Now, I am absorbed by the two. The longing I have is to depart and be with Christ for that is much more preferable; but to remain in the flesh is more needful on your account.” (Philippians 1:23-24) This is one of the major themes of the book of Philippians…considering the needs of others as… Read More

Crucify! Crucify!

“Thus, when they saw him, the chief priests and the assistants screamed out, ‘Crucify! Crucify!’ Pilate said, ‘Take him yourself and crucify, for I find no cause in him.’” (John 19:6) Pilate is playing a dangerous political game with the Jews at this point. On one level, his contempt for being manipulated by these Jewish… Read More

Faithful Obedience, Not Miracles

“When Herod beheld Jesus, he was very pleased for he had wanted, for a long time, to see him because he had heard about him and he hoped that he might do some sign for him. So, he questioned him with many words, but he would not answer him.” (Luke 23:8-9)   We all want… Read More

The Great King is to be Feared

“For Yahweh Elyon is to be feared — Great King over all the earth.” (Psalm 47:3 {verse 2 in English Translations})   As kids we were always told that it wasn’t nice to call people names — at least bad names… Yet, there is a practice of scripture of attributing names of honor to God.… Read More