Now,…just who was Deborah?

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I get somewhat intrigued by what we would normally consider “obscure” comments in the Bible.  I’m of the inerrant/infallible school of theology, not that I don’t have plenty of questions for the other side of eternity.  Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop me from trusting the Author for what’s in the Book, even if some of its contents keeps me scratching my forehead. 

So here’s one of those parts to the story of the patriarch Jacob and his burgeoning family that I find interesting:

“Soon after this, Rebekah’s old nurse, Deborah, died. She was buried beneath the oak tree in the valley below Bethel. Ever since, the tree has been called Allon-bacuth (which means ‘oak of weeping’).”

I was curious why God put a little honorarium to this Continue reading “Now,…just who was Deborah?”

So shut up, already!

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The “you-meant-it-for-evil-but-God-meant-it-for-good” concept is so beautifully embodied in the story of Joseph.  Sold into slavery because of his brothers’ offense and jealousy, the young man Joseph goes through some pretty incredible adventures to eventually become the Number Two chariot in Egypt.  It is a foreshadowing of what God was planning to do through Jesus.  The Romans and the Jewish leaders meant it for evil, but God’s plan always trumps man’s.

 Always.

Many years later, his own brothers come knocking at his door wanting to buy food due to the terrible famine, and, not recognizing Continue reading “So shut up, already!”