Exodus 7-10 – Plagues 1-9 (Part II)

After his first appearance before Pharaoh ended with disastrous results for both Moses and Israel, the scene and power begin to change as God starts to work.  Whereas Pharaoh showed his authority over Israel in the incident with the bricks, God now shows His sovereignty over Pharaoh and all of Egypt with the plagues.  In […]

Exodus 7-10 – Plagues 1-9 (Part I)

After his first appearance before Pharaoh ended with disastrous results for both Moses and Israel, the scene and power begin to change as God starts to work.  Whereas Pharaoh showed his authority over Israel in the incident with the bricks, God now shows His sovereignty over Pharaoh and all of Egypt with the plagues.  In […]

Exodus 5:1-6:9

The events in this story wonderfully illustrate how different God’s viewpoint is from our own (similar to the first two lessons from Exodus).  However, in this passage we’ll find out that God’s wholly different perspective affects obedience too.  Moses will obey with disastrous results (from his perspective) but God will say the results are exactly […]

Exodus 2:11-3:22

Moses lives through two-thirds (80 years) of his life in this passage.  God takes him from a miraculous birth to a privileged upbringing to a decades-long lesson in humility and survival.  Throughout this portion of his life – though it’s certainly not obvious to Moses – God prepares him to be the deliverer of Israel […]

Exodus 1:1-2:10

Genesis ended on a high note.  Jacob reunited with his long-lost son and died a satisfied man.  Joseph – after being used by God to save the civilized world from starvation and becoming the second most powerful man in the world – lived to see four generations of his offspring.  The family of Jacob was […]

II John

Unlike I John, which was written as a public document to be circulated among groups of churches, II John is directed to a specific local church.  It is written as a personal letter rather than as a treatise.  Interestingly, it basically summarizes the message of I John.  Many of the same themes appear and warnings […]

I John 5:21

These are John’s final words to his readers.  After 84 verses stressing love, obedience, and belief and after a section full of encouragement centered around the things we know (eternal life, confidence in prayer, the evil of the world, the truth of the Son of God), John decides to leave his spiritual children with one […]