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Commentary on Exodus (Manna and Quail)

| October 27, 2014

Following the crossing of the Red Sea, the Israelites continued to travel south in the desert of the Arabian peninsula. As they moved further away from Egypt, they simultaneously moved further away from civilization. They became more and more hungry because there were few plants and animals for them to eat. This is the situation […]

What Was Dividing the Corinthian Church?

| September 22, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  We’re all familiar with the verses in 1 Cor 1:10-12: I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in […]

Commentary on Exodus 14 (Parting of the Red Sea)

| August 25, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In chapters 12 and 13, the Israelites escaped from Egypt due to the mighty hand of God, and have traveled some distance to the southeast, but not out of Egyptian territory. Chapter 14 begins the account of one of the most famous miracles performed by God for the Israelites, the parting […]

Commentary on Exodus 7-11 (The 10 Plagues)

| July 16, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt In chapters 7-12, the power of God would be demonstrated to Pharaoh and all the people of Egypt. Recall that Pharaoh told Moses and Aaron that he did not know their God, and God promised that he soon would. Ten plagues would be visited upon the Egyptians, with each successive plague […]

Commentary on Exodus 5 (Bricks Without Straw)

| July 4, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  After successfully convincing their fellow Israelites that the God of their ancestors had sent them, Moses and Aaron boldly approach Pharaoh and request that he let them go to the desert to worship. Pharaoh’s response frames the events that will take place in chapters 7 through 12 of Exodus. Pharaoh’s response […]

Commentary on Exodus 4 (Moses Returns to Egypt)

| July 2, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Chapter 4 of Exodus can be split into 3 sections: Miraculous Signs for Moses, Moses’ Return to Egypt, and the Reunion of Moses and Aaron. The first section (Miraculous Signs for Moses) starts at verse 1 and goes through verse 17. In verse 1, Moses expresses, for the third time, his […]

Commentary on Exodus 3 (Moses and the Burning Bush)

| June 20, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Chapter 3 of Exodus recounts one of the most famous passages in all of Scripture, the story of Moses and the Burning Bush. Moses is tending his father-in-law’s flocks near a mountain called Horeb. Some scholars believe that this mountain is identical with Mount Sinai, where Moses would later receive the […]

Commentary on Exodus 2 (Birth of Moses)

| June 16, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  After Pharaoh’s previous failures, he tries yet another approach to break the will of the Hebrews. In verse 22 of chapter 1, he decrees that every male child of the Hebrews must be thrown into the Nile River. One boy, however, is not immediately thrown into the Nile, but is hidden […]

Commentary on Exodus 1 (The Israelites Oppressed)

| June 9, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Verses 1-5 remind the reader that 70 people came down to settle in Goshen, which is a district of Egypt situated in the northeast corner of the nation. The twelve sons of Jacob (Israel) are listed and grouped according to their birth mothers. The numbering of 70 is a reference back […]

Do the Genealogies Allow Us to Date the Events of Genesis 1-11?

| May 28, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  A few Christians have mistakenly supposed that they can use the genealogies in Genesis 5-11 to add up the number of years between Adam and Abraham.  By doing this math, they surmise that the world was created somewhere around 4000 BC. Hebrew scholars, however, have pointed out that the genealogies are […]

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