When I was about ten years old, my dog managed to put a hole in a rather important vein in my wrist when I had tried to take something out of its mouth. Somehow, at ten, I knew to put pressure on the wound and was close enough to home to get it all bandaged up before any real damage could occur.Read More
Have you ever forgotten God?
If we’re honest with ourselves, we all must answer this question in the affirmative. When things are going well, it’s easy to get distracted by this life. We may spend our days jumping from one activity to another, forgetting to pray, to engage with the Bible, even to worship.Read More trouble, distractions, forgetting God
Although it was once their place of captivity, the people of Israel still looked often to Egypt for help and protection. Yet Isaiah tells us that swift judgment is coming to Egypt. The Lord himself will come “riding on a cloud” to punish them.
Just as Israel sought help from Egypt, the Egyptians will turn to various sources for wisdom and guidance.Read More wisdom, advice, guidance
Sometimes when I start to think my life is tough, I say to myself, “At least you aren’t an Old Testament prophet.” Yes, I’m joking…mostly. After all, many times prophets had to deliver bad news, such as Samuel telling Saul that the Lord is rejecting him as king. And then there are prophets like Elijah who spent much of the lives fleeing from those who were out to murder them.Read More judgment, prophet, other people’s lives
Isaiah now turns to prophesying about Jerusalem and Judah. He refers to these areas as the “Valley of Vision”. They were in fact the areas where the Lord himself was known. The people in these areas knew God by name and had heard the prophets’ visions.
Despite knowing God, they had neglected to follow him.Read More leadership, responsibility
We read in Chapter 23 of the coming demise of the great city of Tyre. The people of Tyre have become wealthy through shipping and trading. That’s about to end though as the Lord’s judgment falls upon them.
One thing stands out to me more than the pronouncement of Tyre’s financial collapse.Read More security, identity, being forgotten
This Psalm is about two cities – Jerusalem and Babylon – the city of God and the city of Satan.
Jerusalem, yrw meaning ‘the city’ and salem meaning ‘of the god Shalem’, was, and will be, God’s capital of the world. It’s name is first mentioned in Genesis 14:18 as the city where King Mechizedek, the priest of God Most High, came from.Read More Babylon