Hard Hearts

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Exodus 8-10 Again and again we read of Pharaoh hardening his heart. We need to realize that the Bible teaches we were born with hearts as hard as stone. Only by the gracious work of the Holy Spirit, the work of regeneration, are our hearts soft and submissive to God. Let us realize that were it not for …

No One Said it Would Be Easy

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Exodus 5-7 Moses’ attempt to do what God wants runs into stiff resistance on the part of Pharaoh. He has an arrogant attitude toward Moses but also toward God. There are people like that today. From this biblical story, we see that such people are in big trouble. How do frail human beings dare rebel against Almighty God. …

God Calls Moses

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Exodus 1-4 Exodus is the book that contains the great event of the Old Testament: God’s deliverance of his people from the slavery of Egypt. In a sense, the book of Genesis is a prelude preparing us for this event. The Egyptians forget the great blessing Joseph, the Israelite, had been to them. They see his family, which …

Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 48-50 As Jacob nears the end of his life, he looks back and speaks of “the God who has led me all my life long to this day” (48:15 RSV). God is always willing to lead us in ways that are good for us. The only question is, are we ready to follow? It is good to …

Do Not Be Afraid

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Genesis 46-47 Why are the words “Do not be afraid” found so often in the Bible? Because Bible characters were just like us. There were many times when they were afraid. But God tells us that we need not be afraid. Usually, when God tells us this, he gives us this powerful reason: “I myself will go down …