Expensive Soup

June 19, 2018 Good Morning Fellow Travelers, Read: Genesis 25:19-34 “And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?”  Genesis 25:32 Brothers do not always get along well.  Parents who engage in partiality between their children do them a great disfavor.  Nothing justifies such partiality, and it is likely that Isaac and Rebekah’s partiality contributed to what happened in today’s Bible reading. When Esau came home ravenously hungry and asked for some of Jacob’s lentil soup, Jacob decided to bargain with him: “I’ll trade this soup for your birthright.”  What happened next is unbelievable.  Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of soup! The birthright…

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Take Off Your Shoes

June 12, 2018 Good Morning Fellow Travelers, Read: Exodus 3 “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14 Throughout the Old Testament, we see the spectacular manifestations of the presence of God. At creation, He spoke and worlds came into being. At Sinai, He came with storm and fire and tempest. At the dedication of the temple, He came in a cloud. In our story here, He came in a burning bush that was not consumed. He creates with a word. He destroys with a breath. He cures blindness with spittle and…

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Prayer Is Warfare

June 5, 2018 Good Morning Fellow Travelers,  Read: Exodus 17 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”  Ezekiel 22:30 The situation described in today’s key verse moves me.  Was Israel really in such straits that there was not one man to intercede for them?  God said that He had found none.  This brings up another question: Will God use just one man to stem such a flood of sin?  Would just one fill the gap or make up the hedge? From the account in Exodus, it appears that this…

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