Jericho and Rahab

Week Twenty Two: Joshua 1–8; 23–24
Rahab, the harlot of Jericho, maybe a woman you might want to judge for her mistakes, as in the earlier story of Tamar, the daughter-in-law of Judah. Some scholars think she might have been an innkeeper; other scholars think she probably was a prostitute, which is why she could so easily hide two men in her apartment without any trouble. Read More

Lessons learned in the Wilderness

Week Twenty One: Deuteronomy 6–8; 15; 18; 29–30; 34
Malcolm Gladwell made the 10,000-hour rule a big hit with the simple concept that mastery of a skill comes after someone practices it for 10,000 hours. The children of Israel were under the tutelage of the Lord for 40 years. Calculating their learning time, keeping it to only 12 hours per day, the children of Israel experienced 175,200 hours of learning in the wilderness. Hopefully, the children of Israel obtained mastery in following the law and following the Lord. Read More

Ten Commandments for Us

Week Seventeen: Exodus 18–20
When my father began teaching economics in the 1950's he was befriended by a humanities professor named Sterling Wheelwright. Professor Wheelwright and his wife Edna adopted our family. We called them Uncle Sterling and Auntie Edna and treasured the idea that we had an uncle and auntie because, in fact, we had no living relatives nearby due to the Holocaust...Read More

Jethro’s Good Advice

Week Seventeen: Exodus 18–20
Most of us have received spiritual guidance from someone we have looked up to. This could be a parent, a church leader or even an in-law. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, not only took Moses in when he was lost in the wilderness but taught him the gospel and ordained him to the Melchizedek Priesthood.[i] Armed with this power, Moses climbed Mt. Sinai alone to face the burning bush and receive the direction to return to Egypt...Read More

Passover, The Feast of Tabernacles and General Conference

Week Fourteen: Exodus 7–13
The last plague of Egypt was conditional. The house of Israel could be spared the death of their first born if they would follow the instructions of the prophet. Moses told the people to sacrifice a lamb without blemish and put its blood “…on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” (Exodus 12:7-9) The feast beginning that night would last for a week and would be a memorial of the miracle the Lord had done on their behalf “therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever.”...Read More

Ten Plagues or Ten Commandments

Week Fourteen: Exodus 7–13
Moses at age 80 and Aaron at age 83 were sent by God to speak to Pharaoh, asking the ruler to allow the children of Israel to leave the land of Egypt and worship Jehovah. But this was going to be a long and arduous process for the Egyptians because of the hardened heart of Pharaoh. In the King James version, the Lord said, “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt... Read More