Posts by John Stephen Smith (Page 26)

Familiar Aren’t They 1 of 2

Exodus 3:1 – 4:17 Every Christian would do well to study our scripture above. Indeed the great story of Joseph and how God made provision to save the Hebrew nation from starving to death during the 7 year draught was an amazing record of events. But now the news from the home front is not so good. A different Pharaoh has come to power and is bent on destroying the Hebrews ability to join with an enemy and destroy his…

Learning from Moses Early Years Exodus 2:1ff

Acts 7:24 “And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian.  25 For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand.” Stephen the first recorded Christian martyr bases his defense before the council in part on the events in Exodus two. Moses is 40 years of age and witnesses an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. When he…

Shiphrah & Puah Protect Israel

An amazing thing about the bible and all the bible characters we have been and are about to study is this. They are regular human beings doing their jobs and fulfilling a need in their lives or in others in a Godly fashion. Shiphrah and Puah were two such real people. They, (perhaps along with many others) went about their occupation to help deliver the Hebrew babies. They were midwives this was their job. In the midst of doing their…

Lessons from the Life of Joseph

The life of Joseph seems to be an incredible journey. From favored son to slave to prisoner to jailer and dream interpreter and then over all Egypt just under Pharaoh.  Finally, the savior of the people of God who had sold him into slavery 20 plus year later. Indeed Joseph life was incredible. Yet it is a life which can, and often does resemble many today. By way of example he was both loved and hated within his own family.…

Job; The Right Stuff of His Friends.

Anyone who has been following these weekly articles knows we have been camping out in the Book of Job. There have been many great lessons in the first few passages, some of which we have presented. The remainder of the book contains several conversations between Job & his three friends, and Elihu a young acquaintance of the friends and Job. Also included toward the end is God’s discourse, and should not be missed. With this in mind we need to…

God, Satan, Man- A trilogy of Life’s Struggles

As we have noted in our last article the scene for the book of Job was set in the first few verses. The unthinkable trilogy, God, Satan and Man. While it is an unthinkable trilogy it is a familiar one. Certainly, this trilogy has been in existence from the time of Adam and Eve. Man as always sought to please our Creator through our lives and have had to struggle to ward off the temptations of the evil one. As…

Job; “Greatest of all the People of the East”

Certainly, the text describes a man of great wealth, great family ties and great influence in his region of the world. The phrase “Greatest of all the people of the East” clearly express the thoughts of all who knew him but also of what God thought of him as well. Job was highly thought of and his viewpoint sought after not only because he had great wealth but because he followed after God and worked hard to maintain that relationship…