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Category: Exodus Era

The Distance Between the Promises of God and Their Fulfillment

A promise made is a promise kept.  God assures the first generation of Israelites His blessing for their obedience after liberating them from Egyptian captivity,  “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them . . . I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God and you shall be My people” (Leviticus 26:3,11).  God keeps His promise as He tabernacles (mobile Tent of Meeting)... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, August 4, 2019
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King's Singers—Learning Joy in Service

Seven hundred years earlier in the  Exodus Era , God had assigned each tribe its camping space around the Tabernacle—Judah to the east, closest to the Tabernacle entrance, with other tribes arranged in armies, clockwise in order (Num. 2). None of the tribes lived in direct contact with the Tabernacle, however; God reserved that honor for the Levites. The sub-tribe of Gershon camped to the west (3:23), behind the Tabernacle; Kohath to the south (3:29); Merari to the north (3:35); and... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, July 14, 2019
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You Are Whose You Are

Confusion characterizes those who don’t know whose they are.   In 2005 W. Bradford Wilcox wrote an insightful article about donor conception for The Weekly Standard called “Who’s Your Daddy? (There’s more to fatherhood than donating DNA)” where he associates confusion with fatherlessness: But there are good reasons to worry about this latest manifestation of fatherlessness. Listening directly to the voices of donor-conceived children should give us... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, March 15, 2019
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Good Government and A Major Problem

Good government sounds like an oxymoron.  Since the Fall men have sought unsuccessfully to govern themselves. Everything created by fallen man, including systems of government, is tainted with sin (pride, selfishness, greed, prejudices, etc.). Human governments promise lift without redemption, justice without covenant, and end up exploiting the masses while enriching those who govern. Power always attracts exploitation.  Therefore, good governance must come from outside of... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, March 8, 2019
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The Baby Steps of a Nation

The land of Canaan provides the womb in which the patriarchs of Israel were born while Egypt provides an incubator, physically, morally, and racially, for the newborn nation to grow. Noted theologian Paul Benware describes this Egyptian incubator: “First, it protected Israel physically . Although the Egyptian army was unaware of it, they were guarding Israel against countless kings and robber bands that could have wiped out this young nation in a matter of hours. Second, Egypt... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Thursday, February 28, 2019
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God's Care For Women

God is for women. Period. Throughout Leviticus God gives Moses rules that reveal His care for and protection of women.  Chapter twelve, verses 1-8 highlight the regulations regarding childbirth. If a woman has a son, she must undergo a time of purification that lasts forty days. If a woman has a daughter, that time is doubled. The days of purification permit physical healing and require sexual abstinence; therefore, the husband must practice self-control during this time. Certainly,... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 22, 2019
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The Divine Presence, A Living Reality

God embeds Himself within the community of Israel through the Tent of Meeting. And, like the hub of a wheel, the Tent of Meeting is located at the very center of Hebrew life. God with us.  The Tent of Meeting accomplishes four tasks:  The design for the Tent of Meeting is revealed to Moses from heaven and dispenses a link to the eternal counsel of God. All religions are man’s futile attempts to ascend to God. The God of the Hebrews, however, crosses the eternal divide... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 15, 2019
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Personal Identity is Community-based

Most introductions demonstrate this truth: “I am mother of . . . spouse of . . . sibling of . . . member of (PETA, AA, Democrat or Republican party, GLAAD, religious institution, sport team affiliation, etc.).” Since the Fall, every person is born with a need to belong to a community and will find that need met somewhere. No greater community exists (except the church) than that group who has the Living God as its originator and sustainer—Israel. The Ten Commandments given... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 8, 2019
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God Works Generationally

Three primary promises given by God in Genesis drive His activity in Exodus: Genesis 3:15 - “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis12:3 - “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  Genesis 15:13-14 - “Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Friday, February 1, 2019
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Reading Leviticus And Dry Toast

Reading Leviticus is like eating dry toast. Boring and seemingly useless to 21st readers. Or not. Our youngest son is a trend eater. Years ago when he was around eight years old he only wanted four slices of dry toast for breakfast. Without jam. Without butter. For six months. Needless to say, I worried about the quality of his nutritional intake. Until one morning when I removed four slices of bread to place in the toaster and noticed these words on the plastic bag, "Fortified with... Read More
Posted by Blog Archive at Friday, February 16, 2018
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