Joseph’s story: God’s plan, providence and purposes

Sin.  Betrayal.  Evil.  Joseph’s brothers’ evil intentions to kill him shaped his life forever. The consequences from their actions are part of his history.  Joseph doesn’t excuse their behavior or act as if it never happened. BUT he sees God’s hand in his brothers’ treachery. He believes that God was working His purpose out through their sinful … More Joseph’s story: God’s plan, providence and purposes

Can you see God in these long passages of Isaiah?

As we approach some days of long readings in Isaiah, let’s pause to understand Isaiah’s purpose in writing.  Isaiah was a well-educated man, married with two sons and called to preach in Jerusalem during the period of 740 BC until after 701 BC.  This was the period after King Uzziah died (ch6) and the succeeding … More Can you see God in these long passages of Isaiah?

Seeing God’s hand moving behind the scenes

Bob Deffinbaugh comments: A slight shift in the events recorded in Esther would have doomed the Jews, except as Mordecai said, “help would come from someplace else.” Nevertheless, success in the small details mattered. As an Agagite, Haman may well have used his position against the Jews at the first provocation, whether it came from … More Seeing God’s hand moving behind the scenes

The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness

And David answered and said, “Here is the spear, O king! Let one of the young men come over and take it.  The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the Lord gave you into my hand today, and I would not put out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.  Behold, … More The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness