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The Merarites: Carrying tent pegs (Numbers 4:29-33)

The people of Israel were a tribal people. Jacob (also known as Israel) was the nation’s founding father and he had twelve sons. Each of these sons became head of a tribe and these twelve tribes made up the nation. One of the tribes was the tribe of Levi. God set apart the Levites for […]

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Zeruiah: Mother of Warriors (1 Chronicles 2:9-17)

The early days of the kingdom of Israel were turbulent times.  Saul, Israel’s first king, drifted away from following God.  His rebellion meant that God rejected him as king and instead looked for a man after God’s heart.  Upon Saul’s death the kingship passed to God’s chosen man, David son of Jesse. However, as on […]

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Gomer: The Prostitute who was Loved (Hosea 1-3)

The book of Hosea is extremely challenging.  The message of the book shines like a powerful beam of light highlighting the unrelenting faithfulness of God’s love in stark contrast to the persistent faithless rebellion of His people.  It is set in Old Testament time where, despite the covenant relationship between God and His people, the […]

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The Magi: Gifts for a King (Matthew 2:1-12)

The nativity accounts of the birth of Jesus contain some famous characters.  Some of those characters are the Magi, or wise men, whose appearance is described in Matthew 2:1-12.  These Eastern mystics travelled a long, long way from their homeland because they believed they had seen a heavenly sign that a special baby had been […]

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Tychicus: God’s Postman (Colossians 4:7-9)

Very often we define ourselves, or find ourselves defined by, what we do.  Upon meeting someone, after exchanging names our second question is usually, ‘So what do you do?’  Our occupation, field of work or career therefore communicates to others something about us which begins to define us as a person. So on that basis […]

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Joseph of Arimathea: Emerging from the shadows (Mark 15:42-47)

The four Gospels give a coherent and complementary account of Jesus’ life.  However, relatively few stories are included by all four writers.  The account of Joseph of Arimathea is one of those which does feature across the Gospels – see Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56 and John 19:38-42 – and the picture which is […]

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Zechariah: Interrupted by God (Luke 1:5-25 & 57-80)

Luke 1:2-25 & 57-80 Zechariah was a priest from a priestly family.  He had married Elizabeth who was herself a priests’ daughter (v5).  They are described by Luke as being ‘righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord’ (v6).  What an outstanding introduction for the first […]

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