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Red Sea

When introducing people to the cross of Jesus it’s very common to hear this objection: “Hang on!  If you’re saved from judgement by Jesus’ sacrifice, won’t you just keep on wallowing in sin?  Doesn’t the cross mean that Christians will be complacent about sin and go on indulging in it?” Actually the opposite is true.  […]

Passover

John the Baptist was a wild and holy prophet whose whole mission in life was to prepare the way for the LORD Jesus.  And when his big moment came to announce Christ onto the world stage, what did John say? “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) […]

Hard hearted

Hard´-heart`ed    (~härt`ĕd) a. 1. Unsympathetic; inexorable; cruel; pitiless. The wisdom of Solomon gave us this proverb: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  (Proverbs 4:23) Our lives are governed by our hearts.  What we love determines who we are. Unsurprisingly philosophers might define a human being as […]

Plagues (of biblical proportions)

If you watch news footage of disasters in the third world you see people who know what to do.  This is a sad time.  The people are sad.  They weep and wail and mourn.  And this is entirely appropriate. But watch news footage of disasters in the west and what do you see? Not weeping […]

Taskmasters

Moses and Aaron deliver the LORD’s message: Let my people go. But Pharaoh is singularly unimpressed. “Who is the LORD?”  (Exodus 5:2) “I’ve heard of Ra, Amun, Osiris, Isis, Seth, Nephthys, these gods I know.  Who is this LORD??” Pharaoh has no time for weak men preaching a weak message about an unknown God.  Baffled […]

Let my people go

Moses was 80 and his brother Aaron was 83 when they confronted Pharaoh.  They went as a double-act – Moses putting words in Aaron’s mouth. Their message has become famous Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go,  (Exodus 5:1) A chapter previously the LORD put it slightly differently: Israel is my […]

Putting words in his mouth

If you accuse me of putting words in your mouth you’re probably complaining that I’m misrepresenting your views.  Perhaps I have elaborated on your statement in a way you never intended.  “Stop putting words in my mouth,” you’ll say. But the biblical origin of the phrase is a little different. In the bible, Moses is […]

A land flowing with milk and honey

Egypt was not a bad land.  In fact it was a very good land.  Genesis 13:10 describes it as “like the garden of the LORD”!  And under the wise and righteous rule of Joseph it had flourished with the Israelites enjoying “the fat of the land.” But since Joseph had been forgotten (Exodus 1:8) it […]

I AM THAT I AM

I wonder whether Reebok and their celebrity endorsers even knew they were ‘taking the LORD’s name in vain’? But then again the font they use is rather biblical in appearance don’t you think?  And anyone who says “I am what I am” must be aware of what a divine pronouncement they’ve uttered.  They are giving […]

Burning Bush

Usually when we talk of a “burning bush experience” we mean a divine encounter of grand proportions.  A happening so earth-shattering it awakens you to spiritual realities. Yet, when you think about it, a burning bush isn’t the most arresting vision conceivable.  In fact for the director of Exodus the Movie, the special effects required […]