Yahweh Speaks

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (v. 1) Of the many gods (elohim) in that ancient world, the only real God (Elohim) was the one that Abraham came to know. This God had a personal name; traditionally in English Bibles it is “Jehovah” or “LORD” in capital letters. It was probably pronounced something like “Yahweh.” Not till long …

Which God?

Michael Wilcock

Read: Joshua 24:1-15 And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. . . (v. 2) When the Old Testament authors write about God, which of course they do a great deal, their regular Hebrew word for him is Elohim. This word is there from the outset, when the very first verse of …

A Peculiar Family

Michael Wilcock

Read: Genesis 11:27-32 Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot. (v. 27) What an uninspiring introduction to one of the Bible’s grandest stories! You might also find some of it rather curious. Terah’s three sons, for instance. Why is “Abraham” spelled “Abram”? Isn’t Haran the name of a town? And as for Nahor, did he actually marry his own niece? Yes, he did. Odder still, we learn later that Abraham’s …

The Cost of Hospitality

Jon Opgenorth

Read: Deuteronomy 10:12-22 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners. (v. 19) Beginning in Deuteronomy 5, Moses recounted the love of God for his people and the kind of obedience God required in response. The spirit of God’s requirements is not rigid obedience to the dictates of the law. Rather, he wants their heart: “Fear the LORD . . . walk in all his ways . . . serve the LORD your God with all your heart” (v. 12). …

Our God Fights for Us

Kelly Brace

Read: Psalm 18 In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. (v. 29 NLT) The term mama bear is meant to be endearing, used of a loving mother who would do anything for her family, a mother who protects her family with ferocity. The Bible offers several passages that describe this kind of fierce intensity, including Hosea 13:8, where God said of himself, “I will fall upon them like a bear robbed …

Clothed in Beauty

Kelly Brace

Read: Proverbs 3:27-28 If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” (v. 28 NLT) Clothes. Unless you’re a toddler, you have to wear them regularly. Whether you enjoy shopping or dread it, do you ever think about who made your clothes? Where did the materials come from? Who sewed it all together? How long did it take? Recently, I’ve begun to buy my clothes from Fair Trade Certified or Certified B …