Parenting according to Jethro

Parents, your job in the first instance is to be judges who set free, who deliver, who point out the wonders of God, and call your children to freedom. Discipline is not a jail sentence; discipline is not prison time. Discipline is a jail break. Discipline is an Exodus. Sin is the jail. Rebellion is…

Eighth Sunday after Epiphany: Exodus 18

IntroductionEpiphany means manifestation. When God was born as a man, God was revealed to the world. The same Spirit who bore Jesus into the world and empowered His ministry, was poured out in the Church to continue that same revelation. Last week, we saw that God is revealed in our support for one another. The…

Fathers and Judges

In a very helpful conversation with CJ Bowen and Joshua Appel, they pointed out how Jethro acts as a father and a judge in Exodus 18, and this is a type of Yahweh. Yahweh is the Father and Deliverer-Judge of Israel; He has brought Israel out of slavery and bondage to a false father-judge (Pharaoh)….

Bread before Fire

Peter Enns points out that Jethro eats bread with Moses just before Yahweh speaks with Moses in the burning bush at Mt. Sinai (Ex. 2:20, ch. 3), and later, Jethro shows up to eat bread with Moses and the elders just before Yahweh speaks with Moses and Israel at Mt. Sinai (18:12). And whereas only…

Not Good to be Alone

In the beginning, God saw that it was “not good” for man to be alone, and He created woman to be man’s helper. After the birth/re-creation of Israel out of Egypt, Jethro saw that it was “not good” for Moses to judge Israel all alone, and he counseled him to create a number of helpers.

Kingdom of Priests

In Exodus 19:6, Yahweh says that He is making Israel a “kingdom of priests.” In the context of Scripture to this point in the story, we only have three examples of “priests”: Melchizedek priest of Salem, Potiphera priest of On in Egypt, and Jethro priest of Midian. This creates a striking picture of “priests.” So…

Sodom=Egypt=Jerusalem

Revelation 11:8 aligns Sodom and Egypt “where also our Lord was crucified” which is of course Jerusalem. Sodom is a type of Egypt which is a type of unbelieving Jerusalem. In Sodom, God’s people were vexed and mistreated, and the messengers of God were persecuted. And ultimately, Sodom was destroyed. In Egypt, God’s people were…

The Church and War

“If the church as a matter of habit tolerates the use of force and planning for warfare on the part of the state, then she will not even know when the exceptional time has come when it would be justified for her to say a Christian ‘yes.’” John Howard Yoder, summarizing Karl Barth’s views, Karl…

Atonement Theories

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not…

New Music

So tell me… If I were to download one new song today… what should it be? What if I downloaded two?