A Woman Named Jael

A Woman Named Jael

Who is the Deliverer?   One of the fabulous things about the Bible is the varied genres it contains. The story of Deborah and Barak, Jael and Sisera, is told twice: once in narrative prose (Judges 4), and again in poetry (Judges 5). Following the death of Ehud, Israel fell into the hands of Jabin, king of Hazor. Judges 4 emphasizes that it was

Hoping for a Better World Than John Lennon Ever Imagined

Hoping for a Better World Than John Lennon Ever Imagined

Looking for Jesus   Hankow, China, mid–1930s. A missionary family is having their morning devotions. Little Billy Clark listens with rapt attention as they read about the second coming of Christ in the Great Controversy: Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man's hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the

God the Husband: A Parable on Jeremiah 3

God the Husband: A Parable on Jeremiah 3

The man is haggard, dark circles under his bloodshot eyes; he has been crying. He is not sure when his wife last slept next to him. He has not slept much in her absence . . .   The following is a parable based on Jeremiah 3. But first, a brief introduction. Each time I read Jeremiah 3, I see the image in my mind of a distraught, rejected husba

Reflections on Jeremiah 2: Broken Cisterns

Reflections on Jeremiah 2: Broken Cisterns

I have a scrapbook full of all the ticket stubs, program notes, pressed flowers, and museum brochures that I collected while my husband and I were dating. Each slip of paper or withered petal reminds me of a particular moment, a place and time etched in my memory, tinged with all the happiness and excitement of romance. Sometimes I look over all th

Reflections on Jeremiah 1: A Fortified City

Reflections on Jeremiah 1: A Fortified City

I have been struggling to find my purpose in life. I think it has something to do with being a young MA graduate, recently relocated to a strange new town, overwhelmed by the task of finding a job in a much larger pond.   The struggle has impacted my devotions. I needed to read something reassuring that still related to my present state of cha