In the Wilderness

In the Wilderness

“The Israelites traveled on from the Wilderness of Sinai, moving from one place to the next until the cloud stopped….” (Numbers 10:12) One of the first things that comes to mind when I think of Israel is her miraculous escape from Egyptian slavery and her subsequent wandering in the wilderness. The Hebrew word midbar is […]

A Sea of Troubles

A Sea of Troubles

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9–10) Throughout most of Israel’s history, the nation was essentially landlocked; […]

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. (Psalm 8:1) Imagine reading an exciting novel but skipping chapter 1. Who’s the hero? The villain? What challenges must be overcome? There will be holes in the story, plot twists you can’t follow because […]