Whatever happened to Moses’ wife and sons? They disappear from the narrative, but their presence is implied by the visit of Jethro to Moses after the exodus. It can’t be just because they are not wholly descendants of Israel. Neither are the two sons of Joseph who go on to become half tribes of Israel, nor are several of Jesus’ ancestors.
Has anyone ever done a study of the Midianites and their role as a catalyst (inspired by God?) in the history of Israel?
Scripture and our own daily prayers often offer blessings to God. How can God’s creatures bless the one who is the source of all blessings?
As human beings we are able to offer blessings of a limited nature to one another through gifts of substance, encouragement, special honors and wishes for good fortune. Do we sometimes, perhaps too often, confuse our limited human blessings for Godly blessings and then take unwarranted credit as if we were agents of God? When we are authentic conduits of God’s blessings into the life of another, how do we know that or do we need to know that?
Jesus told his disciples that whoever is not against us is for us. But he also said that whoever is not with me is against me. What an interesting set of statements. Logically it reduces Jesus’ true opponents to a very limited number. Consider, for instance, the Dali Lama, a non-Christian who has gone out of his way to encourage Christians in their faith. Where do you think he fits in from the point of view of Jesus?