Amos 5:6-7, 10-15: Brooding in Rebellion

In the eighth century BC, the people brood in rebellion. Though everything appears fine, Israel’s foundations crack in one place and crumble in another. Underneath an external veneer of strength lurks a coming catastrophe. After King Solomon’s death, a once-united country splits in two, Israel up north and Judah down south. The environment is rife […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 17: A Look at the Lord’s Supper

Last week, we finished looking into Paul’s use of Israel’s sins during the Old Covenant as examples of what not to do for the Corinthian Christians in the New Covenant. At first glance, it simply looked as if Paul’s examples were Israel being unfaithful to God (and they were, but the question is, “In what […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 14: Learning from Old-Covenant Israel

Paul continues to deal with the issue of whether it’s okay to eat the meat that was earlier sacrificed to idols.  Paul used himself as an example to show how he understood Christian freedom: It was not to serve the self, the view that some in Corinth had taken, but to build up the body […]

Exodus, Lesson 29: The Golden Calf

Moses has just finished receiving his instructions from God on how He was to be worshiped.  Yet, while Moses was receiving God’s instructions for 40 days (Exodus 24:18), the people at the foot the mountain began to do things their own way, not knowing what had happened to Moses. The Golden Calf Read Exodus 32:1-6 […]