Musty Museum Piece

Musty Museum Piece

Genesis 12:2 “I will bless you and make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing.” Observation: The context of this and surrounding verses is part of the Abrahamic Covenant, in which God promises unilaterally to cause...

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Genesis 8:15–16 “Then God spoke to Noah saying, ‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.’” Observation: The flood had ended and waters receded to the point of revealing dry ground upon which the ark had lodged. At last the...

You Must Be Kidding

You Must Be Kidding

Leviticus 14:34 “When you enter the land of Canaan that I am giving you as a possession and I place a mildew contamination in a house in the land you possess.…” Observation: These are among the instructions the Lord gives for dealing with contaminations that would...

The Glutton’s Waistband

The Glutton’s Waistband

Psalm 12:8 “…what is worthless is exalted by the human race.” Observation: The psalmist has declared that there are no faithful ones remaining in the human race, that everyone has become liars speaking from deceptive hearts. He concludes by saying, “The wicked wander...

Dark Bartering

Dark Bartering

John 2:15 “After making a whip out of cords, He drove everyone out of the temple complex, with their sheep and oxen.” Observation: This is the first of two instances where Jesus cleared the temple complex, but this one is interesting because it occurred at the...

Cattle Call

Cattle Call

1 Samuel 16:7 “Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him.” Observation: Samuel has been grieving over the Lord’s rejection of Saul as king of Israel (16:1), but the Lord had said, in essence, “Buck up! Get over it!” “Go to Jesse of...

The Pointer

The Pointer

Psalm 116:7, 12 “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me?” Observation: The whole of Psalm 116 celebrates the Lord’s deliverance from death. Verse 3 remembers, “The cords of death...

DeMille’s Opportunity

DeMille’s Opportunity

Daniel 1:2 “And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God.” Observation: Daniel’s beginning sets the stage for some troubling personal reflection. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had besieged...

Searching for Daddy Warbucks

Searching for Daddy Warbucks

Lamentations 5:3 “We have become orphans without a father.…” Observation: The Jews are in Babylonian captivity, having lost everything. Their inheritance (v. 2) had been “turned over to strangers,” their houses had been forfeited to aliens. Everything they needed...

Loaded for Bear

Loaded for Bear

Ezekiel 20:1 “Now it came about in the seventh year, on the fifth month on the tenth of the month, some of the elders came to inquire of the Lord, and sat before me.” Observation: Ezekiel was Israel’s prophet-in-exile. He had been captured by Nebuchadnezzar’s army and...