“Gilead settled on the far side of the Jordan and Dan, why did he journey as an alien in trading vessels? Asher dwelt on the shore of the sea and on his landings he dwelt. Zebulon is a people who provoked his life even to death and Naphtali, also — on the high places and… More Brothers Fighting Alongside Each Other
“Then the survivor of the prominent people went down; Yahweh went down to me, with the champions. From Ephraim, their root in Amalek, following you, Benjamin, and your people. From Machir came down those who rule and from Zebulon, scribes who write with a stick. And the princes from Issachar are with Deborah and Issachar… More Lying Down Under the Saddlebaskets
I’ve not posted here of late as I have been finishing two books, one, on pastoral theology that is now out, and the other on the Atonement. Here is an excerpt on Hebrews 10:11-15. “And every priest stands daily serving and over and over again he brings sacrifices to offer which can never have the… More On Christ’s One Sacrifice
“Awaken! Awaken, Deborah! Awake! Awake with words of a song! Rise up, Baraq! And lead the captives away, son of Abinoam.” (Judges 5:12) The question that must be asked, as we engage this verse is, “who are the captives that are being spoken of?” Our initial answer might be to say that the captives are… More Leading the Captives
“You who ride on white donkeys and who sit in robes and who walk along the road, speak of it! To the sound of the divisions between the watering places, there repeat the righteousness of Yahweh — the righteousness of the leaders in Israel. Then to the gates went the people of Yahweh.” (Judges 5:10-11)… More Speak of the Righteousness of God…Everywhere!
“When they chose new gods, then there was war in the gates; if only a shield or a spear could be seen among forty-thousand in Israel. My heart is toward those who make decrees for Israel who enlisted themselves with the people. Bless Yahweh.” (Judges 5:8-9) There is a simple principle at work here…it is… More God Keeps the Gates Secure
“The leaders ceased in Israel — they ceased! Until I arose — Deborah arose — a mother in Israel.” (Judges 5:7) The translation of the second word of the Hebrew text (leaders) is debated. The Hebrew term in question is NØwz∂rVÚp (perazon). In technical terms, this word is a “hapax legomenon,” which means, it only… More No Leaders or No Villagers?
“In the days of Shamgar, the son of Anat, in the days of Jael, the way ceased to be; and those who walked, walked by paths.” (Judges 5:6) As we see so often in Hebrew poetry, there is double meaning within these words if we look closely. The most obvious and surface meaning is a… More God’s Ways or Man’s Paths
“Hear, O kings! Listen, O dignitaries! I, to Yahweh, I will sing and sing praise to Yahweh, the God of Israel. Yahweh, in your going out from Siyr, in your confident stride from the field of Edom, the ground shook and also the heavens flowed down — also the clouds flowed with water. The mountains… More The World in Submission
“With the leaders wholly dedicated in Israel, the people volunteered; bless Yahweh!” (Judges 5:2) The first part of this verse is cryptic and is the subject of a good deal of debate. The word in question is oårDp (para’) and it is used twice (back to back) at the beginning of this verse, initially as… More When Leaders Lead