Monthly Archives: July 2011

Exodus 4:1-17 — Concerns? Or excuses?

When God called Moses to deliver his people, Moses had no end of excuses.  “Who am I to go?  For that matter, who are you?”  After God answered those questions, Moses brought up more objections to his going to Egypt. … Continue reading

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Exodus 3:11-17 — Who God is. Who we are.

Moses didn’t seem to want anything to do with delivering the Israelites from Egypt.  He had tried to do so once years before, and had his own people turn on him.  And now, here is God telling him, “Go back … Continue reading

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Exodus 2-3 — Where is God?

Where is God? When we’re going through tough times in our lives, that’s a pretty common question. “God!  I’m suffering here.  Don’t you see?  Don’t you hear?  Where are you?” That’s probably how the Israelite people felt in Egypt.  It … Continue reading

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Exodus 2:11-22 — Outcast

I kind of wonder how Moses felt growing up as a Hebrew in the palace of the Pharaoh.  Was he completely accepted by the Pharaoh and the other court members?  Or was there always some kind of stigma that he … Continue reading

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Exodus 2:1-10 — God’s sense of humor

Sometimes people wonder if God has a sense of humor.  One comedian answered, “Of course!  Haven’t you ever seen a duckbill platypus?  That’s either a joke or a mistake, and God doesn’t make mistakes.” I don’t know if the duckbill … Continue reading

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Exodus 1 — Who do you fear?

And so we hit Exodus.  I kind of get the impression it’s going to take some time to get through the Bible at this pace.  Much longer than a year, anyway. I think that Moses must’ve gotten a kick out … Continue reading

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Genesis 50 — Truly forgiven

Joseph had many reasons for tears in his life.  His being sold to Egypt as a slave.  Being falsely accused and thrown into prison.  Being confronted with his past as the brothers who had sold him into slavery came before … Continue reading

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Genesis 49 — How to lose a blessing

The idea of blessing is a very prominent one in the book of Genesis.  The word is mentioned over 60 times, usually in the context of God blessing someone, or in fathers blessing their sons with God’s blessing.  It’s fitting, … Continue reading

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Genesis 48 — God’s blessing, God’s will

Very interesting interaction between Joseph and his father Jacob here.  His father is dying and calls in Joseph and his sons in order to bless them.  But Jacob can’t see very well, so Joseph puts Manasseh, his older son, on … Continue reading

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Genesis 47:13-26 — Bought

“It’s my life!” “It’s my body!  I have the right to do whatever I want.” We often hear these phrases as people try to justify sin in their lives.  But is it true? The people of Egypt went through a … Continue reading

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Genesis 46:28-47:12 — Separate from the world, and yet touching it

One of the more interesting scenes in Genesis is aged Jacob, standing before Pharaoh, the most powerful man in a powerful nation. What would you have done  in that situation?  If you were standing before the president of the United … Continue reading

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Genesis 46:1-4 — God’s silence through our suffering

There are many stories of God’s people suffering throughout the Bible.  I don’t know that any of them suffered any more than Jacob.  Oh sure, Job’s suffering was far more intense.  But it was over a far shorter period of … Continue reading

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Genesis 42-45 — Forgiveness

As I read the story of Joseph dealing with his brothers, this is yet another time when I wish we could look into the mind of a character in the Bible.  What was Joseph really thinking throughout this entire episode … Continue reading

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Genesis 41:50-52 — A powerless past. A fruitful future

Joseph went through a lot in 13 years.  Sold off to be a slave in Egypt by his own brothers.  Made the head of one of Pharaoh’s official’s household, only to be framed for rape and thrown in prison.  And … Continue reading

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Genesis 40-41 — Telling it like it is

“REPENT!  YOU’RE ALL GOING TO HELL!!!” Sounds kind of like the thing you’d hear from one of those street preachers on a soap box in the States.  But one day I was walking with a Christian friend in Kobe, and … Continue reading

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Genesis 39 — Faithful under fire

If there was someone that had a right to be bitter, it was Joseph.  His biggest crime was that he had a loud mouth.  And for that “crime” he was thrown into a cistern and left there for a few … Continue reading

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Genesis 38 — Unwanted and unloved

As I read Genesis, I’m struck by how many ugly stories there are, and how many involve women.  Leah and Tamar come to mind.  Leah got married to Jacob only through the deception of her father Laban.  And as a … Continue reading

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Genesis 37:12-36 — Cold hearts

In Japan, the divorce rate is way lower than it is in the States.  However, the number is going up.  I read a while back that divorces by people in their 60s are on the way up, especially since a … Continue reading

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Genesis 37:1-10 — Learning when to keep your mouth shut

I kind of wonder if Joseph was just really cocky or really naive when he told his brothers about his dreams.  Did he say it like, “Hey guys!  Listen to this cool dream I had!  I had this dream where … Continue reading

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Genesis 35 — New names

When my wife got pregnant, we were debating what to call our new child.  We threw around a lot of names.  I was kind of thinking of Emily, but that kind of got tossed to the side when my cousin … Continue reading

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Genesis 34 — But I have a right to be angry!

The Bible relates a lot of ugly incidents and sometimes people wonder why.  Basically, it’s to show us just how bad things get when people walk away from God and his ways. Chapter 34 is ugly in more ways than … Continue reading

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Genesis 33:18-20 — The god of Me. The God of me.

Jacob had come a long way in his relationship with God during his journey from Canaan to Haran and back to Canaan again.  He started out having only heard stories about God from his grandfather and father, but never really … Continue reading

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Genesis 33 — Am I really forgiven?

Jacob’s reaction to Esau’s forgiveness makes me think of how some people react to God’s forgiveness in their lives. Here is Jacob, trying his best to buy off his brother’s anger, when he finds out that God had already taken … Continue reading

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Genesis 32-33 — Wrestling with God

I admit it.  I’m a pro wrestling fan.  Yes, I know it’s not “real.”  I know all the matches are predetermined.  But it’s still kind of fun to watch. Well, in this passage, we see the very first wrestling match.  … Continue reading

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Genesis 30-31 — How to wreck your relationships

Several months ago, I watched an old “Alfred Hitchcock Hour” show called “How to get rid of your wife.”  It was a black comedy about the lengths one man went through to get rid of his wife.  Essentially, he convinced … Continue reading

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Genesis 29-30 — Using people? Loving people?

This is by far one of the more bizarre stories in the Bible.  And sad.  Jacob falls in love with Rachel, and her father Laban says, “If you work for me for 7 years, I’ll let you have her.”  That’s … Continue reading

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Genesis 28:10-21 — Encounter

I grew up in a Christian home, so I’ve gone to church all my life.  I became a Christian at the age of 7 or so, but while I grew in head knowledge, I never really grew as a Christian.  … Continue reading

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Genesis 28:1-9 — Not enough

It strikes me that Esau’s response to his parents in this passage is very similar to people’s response to God sometimes.  Esau married some Hittites, who didn’t believe in God, and it deeply upset his parents.  Esau didn’t even realize … Continue reading

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Genesis 27 — Do the ends really justify the means?

There are a lot of questions I’d love to ask God about this passage.  First, how much did Isaac really know?  When God told Rebekah that Esau was to serve Jacob, did she pass that on to Isaac?  And if … Continue reading

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Genesis 26:12-33 — But it’s not fair!

I had a dormmate once when I was living in Osaka.  To say that we didn’t get along that well would be an understatement.  One thing that particularly bothered me was that he wasn’t very good at keeping his word.  … Continue reading

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Genesis 26:1-11 — Afraid

It’s amazing how Isaac could do the exact thing to Rebekah that Abraham did to Sarah:  deny that she was his wife, and say that she was his sister instead.  Amazing because Isaac wasn’t even born when Abraham had his … Continue reading

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