God knew that one day, Israel would have her own king to rule over them. Throughout the history of Israel, there were good kings and there were bad kings. Good kings brought in the blessings of God and the nation would prosper. Bad kings departed from God’s ways and would bring the nation into disaster. So the character and spiritual life of the king was of utmost importance. It is most interesting to see how God instruct the future kings of Israel on how to be king. It had s
Solving the social problem of poverty is the concern of every government in the world. Even political systems were devised to do just that. Socialist systems aim at the equal distribution of wealth while capitalist systems boost up the supply of wealth in order to help the poor and needy with a good economy. One is from the bottom up and the other is from the top down. We can say that, to date, none of these systems are working perfectly. You may wonder what God has to say ab
The student of geography would agree with the assessment of the Lord: agriculture in Canaan would be very different than that in Egypt. In the land of Egypt, the farmers got their water through their lifeblood, the Nile. People relied on water of the river that they also idolized. There they sowed the seed and irrigated it, like a vegetable garden. The land of Canaan would be a land of hills and valleys that drank water by the rain from heaven, a land that the Lord cared for.
Israel was about to cross the Jordan and dispossess the nations greater and mightier than themselves. The cities there were great and fortified and the people were big and tall, the sons of the Anakim. They really needed help to accomplish the task. God assured them that He would go before them as a consuming fire. He would destroy them and make them perish quickly. God’s presence as fire was a sign of His judgment, removing all darkness and sinfulness. The Israelites were no
At the invitation of Simon, the Pharisee, Jesus was reclining at the table when a woman who was a known sinner, came and anointed Jesus with oil in an alabaster flask. She stood behind Him at his feet, weeping and began to wet His feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with ointment. Simon was offended by Jesus’ reception of the woman’s touching because she was a sinner. Jesus responded by telling a story about money
Our lives are made up of little moments, some of them are memorable and some not so great. No matter how you look at them, they become part of God’s intrusion into your life and we should not underestimate them. History is made up of recordable moments and we see a lot of them in the Gospels. The record of Luke begins with a desperate and hopeless moment when the widow of Nain had to bury his only son. You may imagine how heart-broken she would have been. Jesus saw her and ha
Moses compared the nation of Israel with other nations on earth and there were big differences. No nation was as wise and understanding as Israel, and no nation had the Lord God so near to them that they could call on His name. No nation had statutes and rules so righteous as the law that God had given to Israel. Israel was uniquely God’s people and the law of God set them apart from all other nations of the world. With this in mind, Moses continued further and told the peopl
The Lord was guiding the Israelites through the wilderness. He first told them that they had spent enough time on the mountain and they must get going. Here, the Lord rebuked them for going around in circles around Mount Seir for many days. They must change their direction and go north instead of repeating the same route again and again. Doing the same thing repeatedly has its attractions, the route is familiar and we do not have to think twice about what is coming up ahead.
Very few people are aware of their own thoughts, most of us act by instinct without going into the nature and condition of our thoughts. When we are not guarding our thoughts, we allow the enemy to send his thoughts and ideas into our mind. Most of the thoughts are suggestions for us to go one way or the other. If we do not stop wrong or evil thoughts, they will cause us to do things against God’s will. The devil wants us to challenge God and His thoughts. He speaks lies and
The Lord gave the Israelites very clear instructions on how to enter the Promised Land of Canaan. They were to drive out all the inhabitants there and destroy all their figured stones, metal images, demolish their high places (for Baal worship) before they took possession of the land and settled in there. But if they did not do a thorough job of cleansing the land, the remaining original inhabitants would become barbs in their eyes and thorns in their sides. They would then n