And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said To morrow is a feast to the LORD.
Exodus 32:4-5 (KJV)
Gods – Why is this plural? The Israelites knew full well who brought them out of Egypt. They knew it was the Living God – singular. Moses made sure that was clear to everyone, even Pharaoh. So why would Aaron build one golden calf and refer to it in the plural form? Well there’s a few mistakes happening here, not just Aaron’s. Continue reading “Aaron’s Mistake”
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Matthew 24:34 (KJV)
Generation – Boy does this cause some confusion. Is the text really saying that no one among that living generation will die until all those signs happen? If so, then Yeshua had to have returned already, right? Well that’s what the Preterists believe. Me, not so much. Continue reading “A Long Generation”
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
Matthew 1:19 (KJV)
Just – We can really open up a can of worms with this one. So let’s start with this: do you believe that it’s impossible to keep the law of God? Is that what you’ve been taught? Well then you need to take a look at this word, dikaios, which means “keeping the commandments of God”. Joseph was a dikaios man. He kept the law of God. So rather than making excuses as to why you can’t, you need to take on the motto of Nike and… just do it. Continue reading “Just Do It”
And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
Genesis 25:21 (KJV)
Intreated – Did it ever occur to you that out of all the procedures and laws for bringing a sacrifice to the LORD, there is none that instruct us how to pray. Nowhere in the Tanakh will we read a step-by-step guide to prayer. Prayer isn’t about clasping hands and closing eyes. It’s not about signaling hand gestures across the heart, or standing a certain way. And it’s definitely not about memorizing words. Hebrew prayer is much different than we might think about it today. Continue reading “How to Pray”
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:44 (KJV)
Draw – Often times we’re like little miserable untrained children. If left to our own devices we’d surely choose to satiate our fleshly desires and our lives would be about the immediacy of what we want. And if we were ever deterred by some other means than our own, we’d start kicking and screaming… like little children. “No!” we’d yell. And we’d fight with every bit of strength that we have to resist. Continue reading “Kicking and Screaming”
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Philippians 3:20 (KJV)
Conversation – The famous Billy Graham once said, “My home is in heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” He, like many of us, believe this to be very true. When a believer dies, they go to heaven, right? While there are several verses that might give this impression such as this one in Philippians, it is hardly the case. Continue reading “A Home In Heaven”
And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.
Joshua 24:2 (KJV)
Flood – Although this verse is in Joshua, it speaks of a time so close to the beginning in Genesis, it speaks of the time of Abraham and his father, Terah. So when reading this, the word “flood” seems to reflect the one flood with which we’re all so acquainted – Noah’s flood. And immediately we start questioning whether or not Noah’s flood was local to a specific area or whether it covered the whole earth. In fact this verse is often quoted by those who declare Noah’s flood to be localized because how can someone live on the “other side of the flood” if it was world wide? Continue reading “A Localized Flood?”
And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
Ezekiel 37:17 (KJV)
Stick – Have you read this prophecy? God instructs Ezekiel to take two “sticks”. On one write the name of Judah (symbolizing the House of Judah, Judah being the dominant tribe of the southern kingdom) and on the other write Joseph (symbolizing the House of Israel, Joseph’s child, Ephraim being the dominating tribe of the northern kingdom). Then take these two “sticks” and join them together to become one “stick”. In a nutshell, God is prophecising about the reuniting of the kingdom – all 12 tribes. You see, Ezekiel lived about 400 years after the kingdom divided upon King Solomon’s death. His life existed in a time when the kingdom was still split in two. And the kingdom never came together again… it hasn’t happened yet. So this is clearly a prophecy of a future time. Continue reading “One Tree”
Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
Romans 7:1 (KJV)
Know – Modern day Christianity loves to apply Paul’s writings as if he was speaking to us personally in our current day culture. But he wasn’t. He was speaking to a specific audience that had specific issues during a specific time period. He didn’t write his letters with the assumption that some group of people 2000 years from then would be reading them. For instance, in this chapter of Romans, Paul is writing to those who “know the law” – does that sound like mainstream Christianity? Continue reading “Is He Writing to You?”
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 17:17 (KJV)
Truth – This is the classic example of Greek vs. Hebrew thought. What is truth? Or more importantly what is Yeshua’s implication when He declares that God’s word is truth? We’ll quickly recognize the differences as we break down the word truth in both the Greek and then into Hebrew. Continue reading “Understanding the Truth”