Malachi 1:6-14 – God is not the God of Leftovers

God now moves the conversation from proving to Israel that He loves her to His first accusation against her.  He says the priests of the nation do not honor Him with the honor He is due.  God makes it clear in the remainder of this chapter that while He is a Father who loves His […]

Malachi 1:1-5 God Loves Us Because He Chooses To

Overview of Malachi Malachi, along with Haggai and Zechariah, is a prophet to Israel after the people return from the Babylonian exile.  The exact dates of his prophecies are unknown, but he probably speaks to the people some time around 450 to 420 BC.  He may be a contemporary of Nehemiah. By the time Malachi […]

Exodus 32:1-14 – The Golden Calf

This text tells a key story in the life of Moses and marks a key event in the journey of Israel to Canaan.  It is a story told from two perspectives – the bottom of Mount Sinai and the top; with two main human characters – Aaron and Moses; who have two responses to a […]

Exodus 16 – Manna

Thirty days out of Egypt the people have a food problem.  They’re in the wilderness, their provisions have run out, and there’s no visible means of feeding themselves.  The conditions are ripe, therefore, for a show of faith in the God who so miraculously delivered them from Egypt and has brought them to where they […]

Exodus 19-20

Israel belongs to God because of His covenant with Abraham; its status is based on God’s choice and isn’t conditional.  In this text, however, God makes another covenant with the people and its promises come with conditions.  God promises them peace, prosperity, longevity and a place in the world as His special representatives IF they […]

Exodus 13:17-14:31

The Israelites leave Egypt after the tenth plague amidst the panic of the Egyptians and a destroyed country mourning its dead.  God has clearly demonstrated His power over Egypt and its gods and humiliated Pharaoh.  Amazingly, however, God isn’t done glorifying Himself at Pharaoh’s expense.  As a result, even though Pharaoh ordered Moses to go […]

Exodus 11-12 – Plague 10

When God commissioned Moses in Midian He told him three things would happen upon his return to Egypt: God would strike Egypt with great miracles (3:19-20); He would enable the Israelites to leave Egypt with great riches (3:21-22); and He would kill Pharaoh’s firstborn son (4:22-23).  The first of His predictions has come true with […]