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June 2, 2024 – 1 Kings 20 – ‘Slay Each His Man’

A war with the Syrian king Benhadad prompts an unnamed prophet to promise King Ahab victory. But he fails to finish the job by executing Benhadad – “A man whom I appointed to utter destruction.”  The story reveals an underlying … Continue reading

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May 12, 2024 – More on Mt. Horeb and 1 Kings 19

Rabbinical tradition considered Mt. Horeb (Sinai) as a sacred mountain, and found references to mountains serving as types for Israel and even the Messiah.  Elijah’s experience of the “still, small voice” of God there embodied a whole host of meanings … Continue reading

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April 27, 2024 – 1 Kings 19:9-21 – Elijah Travels to Mr. Sinai

We find the prophet Elijah depressed and at the lowest point in his life. He flees to Mt. Sinai (Horeb), where God speaks to him in a “still, small voice.” On his return he calls Elisha to be his companion. … Continue reading

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April 21, 2024 – 1 Kings 19:1-8 – A Dejected Elijah Flees to the Wilderness

After Queen Jezebel hears of Elijah’s victory over the prophets of Baal at Mt. Carmel, she vows to kill him. Suddenly experiencing a loss of faith, Elijah flees into the wilderness, burdened by despair, taking shelter under a Juniper tree. … Continue reading

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April 14, 2024 – Reading Melito of Sardis’ Passover Homily

This Sunday we will celebrate the Christ’s Resurrection by reading through the Passover Sermon of Melito, the second-century bishop of Sardis in what is now Turkey. The homily dates from around 190 A.D. (some date it earlier, around 170 A.D.) … Continue reading

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April 6, 2024 – We Celebrate Passover

We celebrate Passover this year on Saturday, April 6, by first sweeping away any spiritual leaven from our lives, and then reading through the Haggadah and to experience the seder meal with an explanation of the Passover elements, and how … Continue reading

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March 31, 2024 – Preparing for Passover

Two things led up to Passover and prepared the people for the Exodus: – God rained down plagues on the Egyptians and their false gods. – Before the Passover ceremony, the people swept their houses clean of any leaven. The … Continue reading

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