172 results for author: Mark Hathaway


180 – Numbers 12 – Mediator

Context, context, context. “Oh no! Here he goes again! I’m so sick of hearing about CONTEXT”! I promise I’m not trying to “beat a dead horse” as the saying goes. You’ve maybe heard me say the concept of context is arguably the most important Bible study principle we could exercise. So I don’t need to repeat it here. Usually, when we say “context, context, context”, we say it three times for emphasis. I like repeating it three times because it reminds me of three different types of context, textual, cultural, and historical. Obviously, the more work we do to discover a given passage’s context, the better we will understand ...

179 – Numbers 12 – As Elohim

When it comes to the Bible I am, I think, an unconventional and independent thinker. Sometimes it gets me in trouble because I end up saying things that others may believe are not “theologically” framed. Maybe I don’t use the commonly accepted Biblical terms to describe something. But I think that’s ok. I believe my role in writing these devotional posts is to stir you up, stimulate thought, and invite you toward getting into the word of God for yourself. I want to be correct, but I don’t have to be because I’m not the standard. The Holy Bible is always correct and is the standard by which we should be judging all truth claims.  ...

178 – In Crisis!

We’ve been working our way through the book of Numbers, with a few detours to other scriptural passages along the way. According to the Bible, the author of the first five books of the Bible was Moses. I watched a movie last night named “Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy”. Not that I was surprised, but the film reveals that many scholars contest Moses’ authorship of the first five books of the Bible. The claim is these early books were probably written a couple of hundred years after Moses. The skeptics further claim that the text had been embellished as it was passed down orally through the generations before it was captured ...

177 – Numbers 11 – The power of complaining

I hope you are not the type of person who believes the Old Testament is somehow less important than the New Testament. It is important that we all understand that the Whole Bible is God’s message to mankind. We would be foolish to ignore any part of what God has communicated to us. If He wrote it to us, we should read and understand it. We should spend considerable time and effort to understand as much of God’s Holy Word as we possibly can. If you never cracked open the Old Testament you would be hard pressed to notice the power of complaining as demonstrated in the first five books of the Bible. There is both a plus side and a negative ...

176 – Acts 6 – Serving tables

The only way I know who reads each devotional post is if an individual leaves a comment. My guess is the majority of my readership are people from my church since this is a Truth Fellowship Live devotional. This would mean that the majority are believers in Jesus Christ. Beyond that, I have no idea if any non-believers ever stumble across these short articles. Whoever my audience might be I want to share something personal with you before I explore a scriptural passage. I’ve known about God all my life. I was aware of his presence from about the age of three. I remember playing on the floor. I turned a toy dump truck upside down on its box ...

175 – John 4 – Why Samaria?

Do you know the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John chapter four?  John 4:4       4       But He needed to go through Samaria.   I’m gonna trust you to read the first four verses of John chapter four. If you do, you’ll understand that the antecedent for “He” in verse four is Jesus. Jesus needed to go through Samaria.  Have I run out of interesting Bible verses to talk about? What could we learn from this simple, straight forward verse? Why stop to consider it? Is there any way we could misunderstand this simple statement? I mean who cares, right? Ok, stick with me. Let’s look at the ...

174 – Good News!

I’ve been writing devotional posts for a little over three years. If memory serves I have never commented on current events, nor even allowed said events to influence my topic or content. But as they say, “there’s a first time for everything”! We’ve been studying in the book of Numbers but this week I feel a sense of urgency to comment on a New Testament passage. I don’t follow the news very closely because I easily become saddened and even despondent. However, one would have to be living with one’s head in the sand to not be aware of at least some of what has been in the news. Wuhan virus, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, ...

173 – Numbers – Chapter 11 – How do you perceive God?

If you’ve been following along in our study of the book of Numbers, you may recall that we are two years into the Exodus from Egypt. Just imagine what the Israelites have witnessed while following God, by the hands of Aaron and Moses. It all started with Moses going before the elders throwing down his staff, the staff becomes a snake, Moses picks the snake up by the tail, it becomes a staff again. Then he puts his hand in the fold of his clothes - it becomes leperous, puts it back in his clothes, and it comes out clean. Then Moses declares,  “God, who calls Himself the ‘I am’, the self-sufficient, self-sustaining, all-powerful and only ...

172 – Numbers 10 – First time for everything

The last time we were in Numbers chapter ten we talked about the two trumpets in the first ten verses of the chapter. The second part of the chapter details the first time Israel breaks camp because the cloud was “taken up from above the tabernacle”. They would spend forty years breaking and setting up camp in obedience to the direction of Yahweh.  Numbers 10:11-13            11       Now it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle of the Testimony.             12       And the children of Israel set out from the ...

171 – Where in the Bible are you?

If I have counted correctly, including this one, I have written one hundred seventy-one weekly devotional posts. Nine of them were topical in nature and the remaining one hundred sixty-two were specific to a Biblical book. Thirty of those posts were specific to New Testament books, and one hundred and thirty-two of them were about Old Testament books. Obviously I spend more time studying the Old Testament than the New Testament, but why? I’m not sure I could explain it clearly, but I’ll try. The Old Testament draws me like a powerful magnet. If I’m not following some Bible reading plan I will find myself gravitating to the Old Testament. ...