The Command Most Think They Haven’t Broken (And Why They Have)

The 6th commandment is usually the one that makes most people (thankfully) go, "Aha! Here is one I haven't broken." Not so fast. 😉 It simply says, "You shall not murder." (Exodus 20:13) This one leaves us pretty smug until we read Jesus' interpretation of it. “You have heard that it was said to those of … Continue reading The Command Most Think They Haven’t Broken (And Why They Have)

Honoring Your Parents (Even When It Is Hard)

The fifth commandment says this, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you." (Exodus 20:12) Let's look first at the promise God gives with this commandment, because it is a pretty amazing promise. In Deuteronomy 5:16, also referenced by Paul in Ephesians 6:3, the … Continue reading Honoring Your Parents (Even When It Is Hard)

Honoring His Beautiful Name

The third commandment is about the name of the Lord. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7) So, what does this mean? Well, probably the best way I can explain this commandment is through examples … Continue reading Honoring His Beautiful Name

The Difference Between Sinful and Righteous Jealousy

God preceded the giving of the Ten Commandments with this statement: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. (Exodus 20:2) God was not merely introducing himself here. They knew who he was. What is being given here is the law that will govern … Continue reading The Difference Between Sinful and Righteous Jealousy

A Kingdom of Priests & A Holy Nation

In Exodus 19, the nation of Israel is encamped at the base of Mount Sinai. Here, the Lord is going to reiterate the covenant promises that He has already made to Adam, Noah, and Abraham (and to Abraham's son Isaac and grandson Jacob). To Adam, God had promised that life outside of the garden was going … Continue reading A Kingdom of Priests & A Holy Nation

Wise Counsel on Leadership

In Exodus 18, Jethro, Moses' father-in-law meets with him to encourage him and give him some administrative insights. Now that Moses was the leader of a nation of thousands, his workload was intense. (Exodus 18:18) Jethro proposed to Moses what we would call an organization chart - Moses would lead leaders, who would lead the people … Continue reading Wise Counsel on Leadership

Water for the Thirsty

Exodus 17 is one of the "thirst" passages in Scripture. I have always been drawn to this theme, which is literally throughout Scripture, of Jesus being the "Living Water" that quenches our deepest thirsts. The church the Lord used me to help plant was called The River. The youth ministry I served was called H2O. … Continue reading Water for the Thirsty

God Provides Bread and Teaches Dependence

In Exodus 5:20-21, the leaders of Israel said this to Moses after the Egyptians forced them to make more bricks without straw: "The LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” God responded by … Continue reading God Provides Bread and Teaches Dependence

Moses’ Song

In Exodus 15, Moses and the nation of Israel bust out in song, worshipping the God who miraculously helped them cross the Red Sea and saved them (again) from the Egyptians. I can't help but smile at the irony that, in Exodus 14, the people of Israel were griping and complaining about how it really wasn't all … Continue reading Moses’ Song