The Worst of Times

A Hearing Heart   In 1 Kings 3:3, God appeared to King Solomon in a dream as he offered sacrifices in Gibeon and said, “Ask what I shall give thee.”  Solomon’s request is recorded in verse 9: “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart.”  God told Solomon that his prayer was answered and hence Solomon became[…]

Needed: Spiritual Vision Check

Needed: A Spiritual Vision Check Reading Numbers 22 you will note that the Hebrew word דֶּ֖רֶךְ (‘deh-rech‘ meaning ‘way’ – Strong’s #1870) is used 8 times [verses 22, 23, 24, 26, 31, 32, 34].  Often it has the Hebrew letter bet ( ב) as the prefix to indicate ‘the way’ or ‘in the way’ – בַּדֶּ֖רֶךְ (b-derech). These verses[…]

God’s Voice in the Desert

Hearing God’s Voice in the Desert   This Torah portion is a favorite of mine, maybe because of what F.B. Meyer wrote about God’s appearance to Moses at the burning bush.  F.B. Meyer is one of my favorite authors from days past.  I want to reprint Meyer’s words about Moses’ encounter and may it have[…]

Lesson from Three Stones

The first word is the name of this Torah portion – וַיֵּצֵ֥א -vayetze.  The root is (יצא) and means ‘to go out’ or ‘to come out’.  The same root is in the ha-Motzi prayer (המוציא) – the blessing over the bread.  In this prayer, God is He who “takes out bread from the earth”.  […]