10.19.20 – 10.25.20

Readings  Deuteronomy 34:1-12 • Leviticus 19:1-18 • Psalm 1 • Matthew 22:34-46 • I Thessalonians 2:1-18 Context Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Our readings through the journey with Moses takes a huge leap this week as we are transported from God revealing himself to the death of Moses (it is actually a tragic leap for we are missingContinue reading “10.19.20 – 10.25.20”

10.12.20 – 10.18.20

Readings Exodus 33:12-23 • Psalm 96:1-13 • Isaiah 45:1-7 • Matthew 22:15-22 • I Thessalonians 1:1-10 Context Exodus 33:12-23 God and Moses are, once again, in a conversation.  It is a very interesting dynamic that exists between these two, especially as we add this particular element of the relationship. Moses is feeling alone in hisContinue reading “10.12.20 – 10.18.20”

10.05.20 – 10.11.20

Readings Exodus 32:1-14  •  Psalm 23  •  Isaiah 25:1-9  •  Matthew 22:1-14  •  Philippians 4:1-9 Context Exodus 32:1-14 This is most likely a very familiar story for you, while Moses is gone from the Israelites for 40 days, in his absence, the people become afraid.  While Moses and God are talking about God’s gift of the Law to the Israelites, the people, inContinue reading “10.05.20 – 10.11.20”

09.21.20 – 09.27.20

Readings Exodus 17:1-7 • Ezekiel 18:1-32 • Psalm 25:1-9 • Philippians 2:1-13 • Matthew 21:23-32 Context Exodus 17:1-7 The Israelites are in the midst of learning the life of deliverance and freedom.  They are learning that is not really easier than living in slavery, it is just a different struggle (at least at this point). Continue reading “09.21.20 – 09.27.20”

09.14.20 – 09.20.20

Readings Psalm 145:1-8 • Exodus 16:2-15 • Jonah 3:10-4:11 • Matthew 20:1-16 • Philippians 1:21-30 Context Psalm 145:1-8 This Psalm can best be summed up in verse 8, a proclamation of who God is that echoes the understanding that Jonah has about God, and therefore, his grievance against God. It is our best baseline ofContinue reading “09.14.20 – 09.20.20”

09.07.20 – 09.13.20

Genesis 50:15-21 The context needed going into our passage for this week is fairly simple (although, those who lived it out would see not way to call it simple, instead, words like painful, complicated, dysfunctional, excruciating would be chosen). Since we are able to look back at the story, in a very non emotional mannerContinue reading “09.07.20 – 09.13.20”

08.24.20 – 08.30.20

Readings Exodus 3:1-15 • Jeremiah 15:15-21 • Psalm 26:1-8 • Matthew 16:21-28 • Romans 12:9-21 Context Exodus 3:1-15 The events of the life of Moses between the heroic acts of the five women who risked their own lives to safe the life of the 3 month hold Moses, and the time of this week’s passage are theContinue reading “08.24.20 – 08.30.20”

08.17.20 – 08.23.20

Reading Isaiah 51:1-6 • Exodus 1:8-2:10 • Psalm 138:1-8 • Matthew 16:13-20 Context Isaiah 51:1-6 This can be a very difficult passage to understand, especially when we come to it in this fashion – not really doing a deep study of it but just reading select passages.  We have covered the basics however, so, weContinue reading “08.17.20 – 08.23.20”

08.10.20 – 08.16.20

Readings  Genesis 45:1-15 • Psalm 67 • Isaiah 56:1-8 • Matthew 15:10-28 • Romans 11:1-20a, 29-32 Context Genesis 45:1-15 The story of Joesph is an amazing story, and, sadly,  this time around, we have not had the time it takes to get a full appreciation for this interesting character.  You probably feel like you alreadyContinue reading “08.10.20 – 08.16.20”

07.27.20 – 08.02.20

Readings  Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 • Genesis 32:22-31 • Isaiah 55:1-5 • Matthew 14:13-21 • Romans 9:1-5 Context Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 Psalm 145 is used in more Jewish prayers than any other Psalm.  It is best described as a mini-summary of the Jewish faith – ‘God is to be praised from the beginning to the end’ everyday, good days and bad days.Continue reading “07.27.20 – 08.02.20”