Why Is the Story of Herod’s Slaughter in the Bible?

This comes from a segment of a paper I wrote for a New Testament class in seminary.  Perhaps Matthew includes the story of Herod because it paves the way for how Jews will respond to Jesus throughout his Gospel. The reason seems more significant, however. In this lesson, we will discern why Matthew included Herod…

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day! Do I say that with any particular celebratory delight?  Not at all. But it’s still fun because spring is here and that means people are much happier than they were three months ago. According to the most reliable source online, Wikipedia, the earliest May Day celebrations “appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival…

God is Always Behind the Scenes.

As I read Isaiah 45:1-13, there is one, single, consistent, mind-numbing, eternity-changing, thought: God equips, empowers, and energizes even those who do not know him as Lord and Savior in order to accomplish his majestic purposes. I ask, “Why does he do this?” The answer comes in verses 5-6: So that everyone, from east to…

Where do you run for safety?

This morning I was reminded of the things I go to for salvation other than God. The list was quite depressing. In the prophet Isaiah’s day, the people of Israel went to a literal savior, whose name was Egypt. Assyria was going to attack and Israel made a political alliance with Egypt — the same…

That’s One Way to Prevent the Swine Flu

To prevent the swine flu (or any other flu) from spreading, most people wash their hands, quarantine themselves, or wear a doctor’s mask.  In Egypt however, their strategy is a bit different, as the Associated Press reports: China quarantined more than 70 Mexican travelers and Hong Kong isolated 350 people in a hotel as a…

God-Thoughts from Isaiah 31

This chapter tells us so many things about God.  Here’s four thoughts: God knows exactly what is going to happen in the future (vv. 8-9).  Open Theism is heretical because it puts human restrictions on a non-human God.  Open Theism says that God does not know and cannot see the future. This chapter plainly shows…