The Bronze Snake

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him” (John 3:14-15). The Israelites were at it again! They had been wandering around in the wilderness for a while as a result of their rebellion against…

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The Prophet Elijah

“And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come” (Matthew 11:14) The nation of Israel was in big trouble. It hadn’t rained in many years, all the crops had failed, and there was a severe famine throughout the land. It was in this context that God sent word…

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The Widow of Zarephath

“I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when… there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.” (Luke 4:26) God’s prophet Elijah had been given a thankless task. God sent…

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Moses and the Burning Bush

“Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” (Mark 12:26-27) Moses…

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The Men of Nineveh

“The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah,…” (Matthew 12:41). The reluctant prophet Jonah finally came to Nineveh after his encounter with God in the belly of the fish (see Jonah chapters 1 and 2). God had told Jonah,…

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Jonah in the Fish

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:40) Jonah was having a really bad day. God spoke to him and told him to go to the city…

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The Shewbread

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when…

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The Lesson of Sodom and Gomorrah

Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen…

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In a Better Place

Last week two men in my circle died. The first was a 57-year-old husband and father of four. The other was a 71-year-old husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. I have no doubt that over the next few weeks the families of both men will comfort themselves and their loved ones by saying they are “in…

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Approach God with Confidence

In his book Jesus the King, Tim Keller describes the elaborate preparations the high priest had to make before he was able to go into the holy of holies to offer the required sacrifices on the mercy seat to atone for the sins of the people. Only one priest was allowed to go into the holy of…

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