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1 Samuel 12 – Like the nations

1 Samuel 12
Another child born to a barren woman – Samuel. Hannah cries out to the LORD in prayer for a child. Eli the High Priest is so spiritually blind that he thinks she is crying and muttering not in prayer but in drunkenness. Upon realising her genuine desperation before God, Eli…

Ruth – A New Hope

Ruth 1-4
The book of Ruth begins with the words: In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine. Those were the worst of days when everyone did what was good in their own eyes. Judges ended with Israel sounding very much like Sodom. It is in this context that…

Judges 2 – The worst of days

Judges 2
They were the worst of days, but they should have been the best of days. By the end of the book of Joshua God’s people (Israel) are living in the land (Canaan) with the blessings of God dwelling in their midst – the new Adam in the new Eden. However,…

Joshua 24 – Lakes, Stones, Tress, and Funeral Markers

Joshua 24
Joshua 13-24 is mostly a list of which parts of the promised land are given to which tribes. The description of the land includes lakes, rivers, hills, gorges, plateaus, valleys, seas, wadis, stones, mountain passes, springs, deserts, ravines, plains, and forests. Each stone and tree points to God’s faithfulness in…

Joshua 6 – Earthquakes and Hailstones

Joshua 6
As Adam and Eve were created in the wilderness and then brought into the land of Eden by grace so too Israel was formed in the wilderness before being brought into the land of Canaan by grace. At the end of Numbers and Deuteronomy, Israel is on the eastern side…

Deuteronomy 30 – The Law

Deuteronomy 30
Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy all contains law/instruction (as does Genesis also). These books are about the formation of a new people of God. God has made Israel his people by his promises to Abraham, his separating/gathering activity in Egypt, at the Red Sea and at Sinai, as well as…

Exodus 24 – The Tabernacle

Exodus 24
The Law given to Moses (chapters 20-23) is called the Book of the Covenant and is read to the people. Having offered a sacrifice Moses says, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” Moses, Aaron and seventy of…

Exodus 19 – Meeting God at Sinai

Exodus 19
As Adam and Eve were God’s people in Eden, Israel is to become God’s people in Canaan – the first stage of God redeeming humanity. Israel becomes God’s people by his election of Abraham and by His work of new creation. In the Exodus Israel was separated from Egypt even…

Exodus 14 – The Red Sea

Exodus 14
Having been redeemed and ransomed from Egypt, Israel is trapped between the Sea, the mountains and the Pharaoh’s advancing chariots. The LORD promises that he will divide the Sea so that Israel may pass through on dry land. Two divine acts take place. The first is that the angel of…

Exodus 1 – Creation undone in Judgment

Exodus 1
The Exodus story begins with Joseph having been forgotten by the Egyptians but not by God. In 1:7 we are told the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them. The language echoes the original mandate…