Bible Note #15 — Exodus 34:29-35

Exodus 34:29-35 There is, in this passage, an interesting small but important detail that I have never really noticed before.  It lies behind the widely recognized, though certainly bizarre, fact that Moses’ face acquired an intense radiance as a result of close time spent in the physical presence of God.  The people were quite terrified … Continue reading

Bible Note #12 — Exodus 25:1-9

In this passage (Exodus 25:1-9), God calls on Moses to receive an offering from the people for the purpose of building and furnishing the tabernacle.  He emphasizes that the offering is to be strictly voluntary — “from everyone whose heart stirs him to give.” (v. 2; HCSB) What follows then is a list of the … Continue reading

Bible Note #11 — Exodus 3: The Call of Moses

God routinely goes out of his way to incorporate human partnership in the accomplishing of his purposes in the world.  The fact is so plain that it is regularly overlooked by most of us as we read Bible stories about God’s dealing with human beings. Here in Exodus 3 in the story of God’s calling … Continue reading

Sermon #10 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 1: God in Himself

This sermon is the first in a series of seven sermons in which we delve into the big — well, really, infinite — topic of who God is.  This particular sermon, preached at North Presbyterian Church in Elmira, NY on September 11, 2011, explores Moses encounter with the burning bush in the desert of the … Continue reading

Sermon #2 — Exodus 16:1-35

This is now the second sermon in a series on the manna and quail of the wilderness journey.  In this sermon, I explore how the values and priorities of ancient paganism aren’t all that far away from the modern, westerner’s wrestling with faith. Here’s a link to the text of Exodus 16:1-35. Here’s the link … Continue reading

Bible Notes #3–Exodus 13:17-18

“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near.  For God said, ‘Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.’  But God led the people around by way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea.  … Continue reading