Fathers in the Bible: Moses, Father to the Israelite’s

Moses had two sons during his years of exile.  He married Zipporah, the daughter of Reuel or Jethro.  While there they had two sons: Gershom—meaning a sojourner there Eliezer—meaning help of my God “After Moses had sent away his wife Zipporah, his father-in-law Jethro received her 3 and her two sons. One son was named Gershom,[a] for Moses said, “I have become a foreigner in […]

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Hall of Faith: Moses, was flawed

            Last week, we ended the book of Genesis with a look at Joseph. The next person listed in the Hall of Faith is Moses, who picks up the story of the Israelite’s several hundred years later, in the book of Exodus. In the Hall of Faith, Moses story is summed up as “ By faith […]

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Second Chances: Moses

We’ve been discussing people in the Bible who received a second chance.  We’ve already taken a look at the second chances Jonah, Job and Rahab received.  Today we’re going to take a look at Moses. Moses was actually given three chances.  We first meet Moses as an infant, who should have been killed at birth.  However, his mother saved him […]

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Couples in the Bible: Amram and Jochebed

Jochebed was the daughter of Levi. {Numbers 26:59} She is the wife of Amram and also believed to be his aunt. {Exodus 6:20} Amram and Jochebed had three children Aaron, Miriam and Moses. The little we know about this couple comes from Moses birth story. Pharaoh decreed all baby boys thrown into the Nile. He feared the Jewish people would […]

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Behind the Song: Holy Ground

Have you ever had an experience where you felt you were standing on Holy Ground? Moses was told “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” {Exodus 3:5; see also Acts 7:32-33} The song We Are Standing On Holy Ground was written by Geron Davis. The song […]

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Behind the Song: Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is a well-known and popular African American spiritual. The song was written by Wallis Willis,  a Choctaw freedman in the old Indian Territory in what is now Choctaw County, near the County seat of Hugo, Oklahoma sometime after 1865. Historians believe he may have been inspired by the sight of the Red River, near where he […]

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Names of God: HaShem

HaShem is used for the name of the Lord, as a replacement to speaking his given name. The Jews did not want to blaspheme the name of the Lord or show irreverence.  “The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name with a curse; so they brought him to Moses.”  {Leviticus 24:11} “If you do not carefully follow all the […]

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Names of God: Yahweh- Qanna

 Yahweh- Qanna means the Lord is jealous. The word derives from the Hebrew kanna. The Lord tells us he is a jealous and envious God. “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth […]

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Names of God: Yahweh

Yahweh was the god of the Israelites.  This was the name revealed to Moses. This is regarded as the personal name of God. Scholars believe the personal name of God was known long before Moses and used at least by the Levites. After the Babylonian exile, this name was replaced with the more common name Elohim, meaning God, the universal […]

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Names of God: The Lord of Hosts

David uses the term Yahweh Tzevaot which means “the God of the armies of Israel”. In Hebew Tzevaot, Tsebaoth or Sabaoth refers to the armies or armed hosts of the Isrealites in Exodus and of Isaiah and he prophets. The King James Version usually translated this into the “Lord of Hosts” or “Lord God of Hosts”. The term is also […]

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The Disciples: Bartholomew Nathanael

Bartholomew is almost always mentioned in connection to being with the disciple Philip.  In the book of John, he is referred to as Nathanael. The name Bartholomew in Greek meaning son of Talmai or son of the furrows in Aramaic, while the Hebrew name Nathanael means gift of God or God has given. In the first three gospels, Bartholomew is […]

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The Disciples: Philip

Philip is a Greek name meaning friend and friend of horses.  Many believe the disciple Philip may have spoken Greek. We first meet Philip right after Jesus has called Andrew and Simon Peter to follow him.  It is possible that Philip was one of two {the unnamed} disciple who was following John the Baptist.  When John the Baptist saw Jesus […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Aaron

Aaron was the brother of Moses and the high priest of the Israelites.  He had four sons: Eleazer—means God has helped; he succeeded his father upon his death; appointed in charge of the sanctuary; Moses grew angry with him and Ithamar for not eating a sin offering as required; responsible for carrying oil for lampstand, incense and anointing oil; assisted […]

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Names of God: King

A king is a ruler of an independent state. The symbolism of a king appears in the Pentateuch {first 5 books of Old Testament}.  First in the treaty of God with the covenant he made with Moses on Mt. Sinai, where he provided the Ten Commandments.   Secondly, as the ark and tabernacle are set up ion the wilderness as a […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Amram

Amram was the grandson of Levi and husband to Jochebed. The couple had three children, two of which were sons. What we know of the men are more as brothers and leaders, than as sons. Aaron was their oldest son and helped his brother, Moses, confront the Egyptian king.  He originally acted as Moses assistant.  He, along with Hur, held […]

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Sons in the Bible: 12 Sons of Jacob

Jacob fled to his Uncle Laban, where he met his cousins.  He immediately fell in love with Rachel and worked for her 7 years, which felt like no time.  However, he was tricked into marrying Leah.  After their wedding week finished, he also married Rachel. Rachel was jealous when her sister provided Jacob with children and she could not.  She […]

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Hymn Story: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah was written by William Williams Pantycelyn. Williams was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales in 1717. He was the son of John and Dorothy Williams. His father was a prosperous farmer. He grew up as an Independent and Calvinist. He intended to be a doctor, but upon hearing Howell Harris preach he became a Christian.  He […]

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