I’m sure we can all remember a time when we have faced what seems like an insurmountable problem. No matter how we look at the situation we cannot see a way out. Well it doesn’t get much more difficult than it did for the people as they fled from Egypt. Huge sea on one side, massive army on the other, and probably around 2 million people!!!
Continuing with my focus on what happened to Moses and the company that came out of Egypt, as they journeyed through the wilderness to their appointment with Yahweh on the mountain, we have now come to the Red Sea. This is probably one of the most well known parts of the story. The people facing a vast expanse of water, the Egyptians thundering down upon them, Moses raising his staff, the people escaping and the Egyptians drowned.
I don’t know about you, but during the early days of this virus wreaking havoc in the earth, my inbox and Facebook page were awash with prophetic voices declaring what God was doing. There was so much noise!!!! And yet, I felt that God was saying this was a time for being at rest with Him in the stillness and hearing what He had to say.
Genealogies – don’t you just love them! When Matthew sat down to write his gospel, he understood how important it was to grab the reader’s attention with the first few paragraphs. So what did he do? He chose to use the first 17 verses to trace the ancestry of Yeshua back to Abraham, 41 generations in all!
Holy Spirit? Surely that has more to do with Pentecost doesn’t it? Most people when thinking of the Christmas story completely miss the point when it comes to Holy Spirit. But he (yes, Ruach Ha’kodesh is a he, not an it) played a vital role in our story, and without him, there would have been no virgin birth.
“We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar”… so goes the popular carol depicting the journey of the “wise men”, written by an Episcopalian deacon in New York in 1857. The carol was written for an elaborate holiday pageant, and the “kings” were given names: Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar.
Much of Herod’s life has been recorded by Josephus Flavius, a 1st century historian, based on the writings of Nicholas of Damascus, Herod’s personal secretary. As there is a lot of material about Herod’s life to be found on Wikipedia, I have not felt it necessary to go into great detail about his life; I feel it would be more helpful to try and discover the kind of man he was and why he turned out the way he did.
Apart from Michael the archangel, the only other angel in Scripture who is specifically named is Gabri’el. His name means "God is my strength," or "mighty one." Though he is never specifically referred to as an archangel, he is a high-ranking angel. He stands in the presence of God and to him are given messages of the highest importance in relation to the kingdom of God.