The Logical Way was the Dangerous Way Much can be learned by analyzing well-known historical events. Such an incident may be found in the Bible book of Exodus, as the Israelites made their exciting but illogical escape from Egypt and slavery. Here’s a short recap starting with how they became slaves. Israel’s Family Welcomed in Egypt One of 12 Jacob’s (Israel’s) sons, Joseph was hated by his brothers. They sold him to traders who again sold him in Egypt. Unjustly accused, he spent time in a prison. Able to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, he warned of a coming 7-year famine. As a reward he was put in charge of the country’s food supply. To get food Joseph required the people to sell their land, property and later themselves to Pharaoh. To obtain food his father, 11 brothers and their families moved to Egypt, settling and prospering in the fertile land of Goshen, increasing to over 1 million. A new Pharaoh didn’t know Joseph but was afraid of the Israelites, so sought to kill all newborn boys. One, Moses, was adopted and grew up in the royal family. After killing an Egyptian, he fled and started a new life, then encountered God in a burning bush. God told humble Moses to return to Egypt and demand the new Pharaoh to free the Israelite slaves. As a convincer for the Israelites and...Read More
Miracle n. an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs Around 700 B.C. “The Assyrians” captured most of Judah and Israel. Sennacherib, (Sin-ak-er-ib) their king with 185,000, fully-equipped, crack troops surrounded a weak Jerusalem, blaspheming God and His power to save the city. (I don’t know about you, but that sounds hopeless.) Soon, they’d all die. Let’s consider how large his fully-equipped army was. (The city of St. Louis is approximately 345,000 people in an area of 62 square miles.) This army with its horses, supply wagons, battering rams, support staff, cooks/kitchens, bathrooms, etc. would have had to take up considerable space. But let’s say it was only 11% of St. Louis’ land area or 7 square miles. That’s a lot of soldiers! Gravely concerned, Hezekiah ordered the Jerusalem’s inhabitants to pray while he sought advice from the prophet Isaiah. (I Corinthians 14:3 defines prophecy as edification, exhortation and comfort to men NOT prediction of the future.) Hezekiah was told, “Fear Not!” Sennacherib shall NOT come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, etc. “For I (God) WILL defend this city to save it for My own sake.” Question: Would you believe a national leader backed by 185,000 troops at your doorstep – or GOD? Isaiah’s account says: The Angel of the Lord killed all the Assyrian soldiers. The next day when the people of Jerusalem awoke,...Read More
The Bible calls women – Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding AND the FIRST thing God ever created. Actually, from the very beginning it’s been a partnership. No one can argue with the fact, women were with God before men. YES, God is Male!Read More
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