'Moses' Tagged Posts (Page 8)

'Moses' Tagged Posts (Page 8)

FAITH HAS A THOUSAND FACES

Faith has a thousand faces.  The famous “Heroes of Faith” chapter  (Hebrews 11) lists some of them:  Enoch and Noah, Abraham and Isaac, Moses and Joshua.  There are others we recall:  Jeremiah in his pit, John the Baptist in his dungeon, Paul, Athanasius and Martin Luther against the world. Add to those thousands the face of 27 year-old Meriam Ishag, recently sentenced to…

“JUST AS HE SAID!”

In Matthew’s account of Easter morning, the angel says to the women:  “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” The angel knew why the women were there, what low expectations they brought with them, unmindful that Jesus would rise “as He said.” We are so used to promises that are not…

THE GREAT EXCHANGE

We remember the dramatic scene at the judgment seat of the Roman governor.  “When the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, ‘Which one do you want me to release to you:  Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’ ” It was an annual custom.  It seems the Romans took it over from the Jews themselves – to release a prisoner of their choosing at Passover time when the Jews…

OASIS OR MIRAGE?

You’ve probably seen a few mirages in your day.  Drive down the highway on a hot summer day and sometimes the pavement up ahead looks like a lake – and then keeps melting away as you approach it. It’s just a mirage.  Light bends differently on the hot air near the surface of the road. Look into a glass of water with a pencil in it and the pencil seems to be broken or…

THE PARTING OF THE WAYS

Our Gospel lesson from John reports the reaction of the crowd when Jesus finished His famous “Bread of Life” sermon:   “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” Every veteran pastor knows what this is like – the sullen look that says, “No!” to some plain word of God and storms out. This parting of the ways has been there: ever since…