We don’t often talk about the story of Puah and Shiphrah, though their story is one of courage and mettle, standing together against forces of evil seeking to destroy a nation. (a twenty minute tale)
So, while God was giving Moses all the law, and the instructions for the tabernacle, a beautiful meeting place between heaven and earth, the people were losing hope and losing trust.
Moses was up on the mountain for forty days, with a sense of excitement and challenge, as God laid out the blueprints and decorating details for God's earthly tabernacle.
“My soul is crushed with longing for You, make me understand You, enlarge my heart for You, revive me!”
Ten days after the Feast of Trumpets came Yom Kippur, which was a time of self-examination and repentance and forgiveness. centuries later, Christians would see Jesus as both sacrifice and high priest
the entire nation of hungry, bedraggled people, whose life skills include making mud bricks, had turned on against their leader, Moses. They hinted that Moses had been either foolhardy and rash and was in the process of killing them by accident, or worse, he had—perversely—been been intending all along to kill them by the slow and gruesome death of starvation.
God’s people standing stunned on the opposite shore of the Red Sea, as they watched God cause the waves to come crashing in on the mighty armies of Egypt. It only makes sense that they broke out into song.
All of us hit bottom sometimes, when there is nowhere else to look, but up, and that is the moment when God has our undivided attention.
Each contest included a cycle of three plagues. In this talk, originally delivered at New Hope Chapel, Arnold, MD, I pick up the series at the seventh plague, and show a pattern emerging of a progressive revelation of God.
I want you to think about a vivid episode from your childhood. Could be happy or sad, good or bad, just so that it’s a vivid memory. Might even be a story about you that’s been told and retold. And, the very first thing that came to mind, that’s the one I want you to … Continue reading Miriam, Exodus 2