Monthly Archives: November 2015

Daniel 3: Making choices (1)

One way of looking at this chapter of the book of Daniel is to think about making choices – and about facing the consequences of those choices. There are some things that we can’t choose, because not everything that happens … Continue reading

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Love hurts: idolatry and immorality

Hosea 4:10-14 Why were the people of the living God looking to omens, fortune-tellers and inanimate objects for advice and guidance – surely a mark of desperation! Why did they prefer their local hilltop shrines (such ‘nice’ places!) to Yahweh’s … Continue reading

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Daniel 3: a children’s story?

The story of the fiery furnace is one of the old Sunday School classics, and you can see why: it’s full of high drama, excitement and suspense. The main characters have wonderful names (like Nebuchadnezzar and Abednego) that roll off … Continue reading

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Dealing with uncertainty

Most people find uncertainty uncomfortable. We prefer to be sure of things, if at all possible. This is very obvious in a medical setting: it is common for people to feel relieved when given a serious diagnosis (such as cancer … Continue reading

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Priests of the Lord: our High Priest

Two things set the high priest apart from the other priests: his ornate robes, and the beautifully fragrant smell of the oil with which he had been anointed. Once he inherited the office from his father, he could not lay … Continue reading

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Love hurts: In the divorce court

Here the main part of Hosea’s prophecy begins. As we read it, we must remember that God does not want to condemn His people – He is trying to call them back from the brink of disaster. Accusation (verses 1-3) … Continue reading

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Priests of the Lord: Spiritual leadership

There was always a risk that the priests, once accustomed to dealing with holy things, would be tempted to treat God’s holiness casually. The dramatic deaths of Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu, on the very first day of their priestly … Continue reading

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