Genesis is the book of beginnings / origins. This narrative is His Story, where we find our story. It reveals the redemptive virtues of God and sets forth great Christian doctrines in seed-form.
The theme of Exodus is the Deliverance of God's people. Chapter 1 gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the events leading up to their redemption. 1. The Need for Deliverance (1-6) When Jacob and his family came to Egypt to escape famine, there were only seventy. Now, there were thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands). They … Continue reading Getting Ready for Deliverance
Idolatry is not just doing bad things; it’s not committing crimes. Idolatry is making good things the ultimate; it is elevating good above its proper place; it is prizing anything above who God is or what God wants for you. Christians don’t usually forsake their God to accept other gods, they just use One to get more from the other. For example, we might pray to Almighty God to supply more of what we really crave – even though it might be spiritually unhealthy.
Two hundred years after Christ, China's Han Dynasty began its ruthless conquest of neighboring territories. During a particular battle, an enemy soldier, knowing he was defeated, stripped off part of his shirt and waved it in the air. It was an act of surrender - thus began the tradition of ending a battle by waving the white flag. For the 1st-century Roman soldiers, their 'white flag' was their shield. When surrendering, a centurion would drop his sword and raised his shield above his head - an act of surrender.