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Category: Gems from the Old Testament

GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
Although I saw some as a kid, I never wished upon a shooting star. Probably because I never saw the movie Pinocchio and heard the song therein. Neither did my parents ever talk about the old myth of so wishing. If anything, we talked about how King Solomon was given and granted his wish from Read More

REMEMBER

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Human beings, young and old, forget. We forget promises, events, names, and locations. Then, something happens to trigger a long-forgotten memory. It comes back to mind. How is it with God’s memory? In Psalm 25:6-7, we read, “Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
Most people seem fascinated by contests, whether they be athletic games, car races, or spelling bees. TV programming has brought us fight-to-the-death encounters between mongooses and cobras, alligators and Burmese pythons. They once even showed a fight between a bear and bull. The poor bull Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT “How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isaiah 52:7) In the hierarchy of human body parts, feet don’t get a lot of love. Gallons of poetic ink Read More

Refuge

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Many seek refuge in all the wrong places. But because God is our refuge and strength, we can confidently say, “We will not fear—anything.” Psalm 46:1-3 describes a scene of chaos and upheaval: the earth removed, mountains cast into the depths of the sea, waters roaring and troubled. This may be a cataclysmic event in nature, or the images Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
In my younger days I worked for the US Soil Conservation Service. One of my tasks was to check on the stands of perennial grasses in recently planted fields that were part of the Conservation Reserve Program. Since one tract consisted of about eleven square miles, I used a three-wheeler for Read More

SHAMÁYIM

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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
“Heavens” What comes to mind when you hear the word heaven? Are there thoughts of glory, of joy, of intimate fellowship with Jesus? Indeed, we should have such thoughts, because we are told that God “sits in the heavens” (Psalm 2:4) and that the heavens have received Jesus (Acts 3:21) Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.” (Psalm 90:1) Moses likely wrote Psalm 90 near the end of his life. As an old man, Moses did what old men do: he reflected. He reflected on his own life. He reflected on the sad history of the Israelites. Ultimately, he reflected Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
Big events have big results. Generally, the bigger the event, the wider its consequences. The bombing of Dresden destroyed that city, impacted Germany, and perhaps intimidated the Soviet Union. But the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima changed our world. So also the Genesis Flood had world-wide Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT (Read Psalm 27) In this psalm King David expresses an awareness of the reality that all believers face in this world: we have enemies who are determined to harm us. They’ll destroy us if they can. Ephesians 6 describes them as principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this age. Our soul is the ultimate Read More