Archive for February, 2013

#38 Praying through the Bible – Exodus 34 – Praying for a Second Chance Again

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Everyone deserves a 2nd chance, a 22nd chance, and even a 222nd chance; until God decides no more. God not only is the giver of grace, He is the only one qualified to decide when the last chance is. No human sinner is authorized to arbitrate the end of grace because we don’t know how […]

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Praying through the Bible #37 – Exodus 33:7-23 – A Prayer of Closeness

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

My imagination is not vivid enough to paint the picture of Exodus 33. That might be why this scene has always been intriguing. I wish I could hide with Moses. But if I focus on seeing what was seen, I will miss seeing what is really there. It begins with an amazing proclamation of fellowship. […]

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Praying through the Bible #36 – Exodus 32:1-35 – A Prayer of a Peacemaker

Monday, February 25th, 2013

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they are like the Son of God.” Not an exact quote, but fitting since brokering peace can cost us personally. It did for Jesus; will it for Moses? Geographically, we are at Mt. Sinai, the place of the Ten Commandments and the Golden Calf. Israel is worshiping Yahweh (Ex 32.5-6a); […]

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Praying through the Bible #35 – Exodus 32:1-14 – A Prayer that is a Puzzle

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Pick up one piece in a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, and what do you see? Nothing. Stare harder, and you imagine things that will later prove ridiculous or at least obviously wrong. There is only one way to know for sure, and two ways of doing this. First, (cheat?) look at the picture on the […]

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Praying through the Bible #34 – Exodus 22:22-26 – A Prayer that is a Cry

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

My son was mesmerized by a card with a picture that changed shapes when the card moved. Technically they are called “lenticular 3D holograms.” His brother playfully mocked, to which I replied, “Hey, I am fascinated by simple things too, after all, I am fascinated by you!” In the language of those “in the know,” […]

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Praying through the Bible #33 – Exodus 18:13-26 – A Prayer that is Seeking Advice

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Warning! Read Slowly – Praying to God is inquiring of God, and while we would never pray to a man to inquire of God, we could inquire of a man when we inquire of and pray to God. I had fun typing that! Tiresomely, from morning to evening (18.13,14), Israelites would surround Moses “to inquire […]

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Praying through the Bible #32 – Exodus 17:7-16 – A Prayer that is Acted Out

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Every day, Israel needs God, for provisions and protection. The Amalekites “came and fought against Israel” (Ex 17.8). This is their first war. On the time-line of their journey, this is probably within the first few months (16.1). Israel is still a slave-like nation in mentality and ability (13.17). Once again God saves in a […]

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#31 Praying through the Bible – Exodus 17:1-7 – A Prayer from Testing

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Nowadays they don’t stone the prophets, they just fire the preachers. That “Perryism” is brought to you courtesy of a preacher who has been fired…and thankful he didn’t get stoned. David Tant, “comforted” me saying, “No preacher is worth his salt, who hasn’t been fired.” While surely hyperbole, there is truth. In Exodus 17.4, Moses […]

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Praying through the Bible #30 – Exodus 16 – A Prayer that is not a Prayer

Friday, February 15th, 2013

A prayer that is not a prayer? Patience, and we all might learn an alarming but needed lesson, especially for those days when our “cup of complaints runneth over.” On the 15th day of the 2nd month after being powerfully freed from bondage, Israel impatiently complains to Moses (Ex 16.1-3). Running low or completely out […]

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Praying through the Bible #29 – Exodus 15:22-27 – A Prayer of Bitterness

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

When is a legitimate complaint wrong? That question will be experienced time and again by Israel in the wilderness. Looking inwardly, what did we do that last time someone complained to us? I’ve learned the uncomfortable lesson that a complaint to me about anything is often a complaint about me. After crossing through the Red […]

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