Contradictions

I absolutely love contradictions in the Bible. Yep, you heard me right. When I find a contradiction in Scripture, I know there’s something deeper going on that isn’t visible on the surface.

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)

But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering. (Leviticus 5:11)

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Enter Into That Rest

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:9-11 (KJV)

That rest – The argument presented by the author of the book of Hebrews isn’t new. In chapter 4, he explains that while there is one type of rest (the seventh-day Sabbath) there is also a final rest which is to come. Many Christians today use this to justify a spiritual Sabbath. And because there is a spiritual Sabbath, then there’s really no need to keep the literal seven-day Sabbath anymore… because, hey, we’re spiritual, right? Continue reading “Enter Into That Rest”

Replacement Theology

For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Hebrews 8:8 (KJV)

House of Israel & house of Judah – Stop right here, and answer this question: who is the new covenant made with? Continue reading “Replacement Theology”

The Science of Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

Substance – This is an interesting word – hypostasis. In the Greek, it’s related to science and medicine. It’s the sediment, or residue of something that has settled. It is the evidence that something has happened. Continue reading “The Science of Faith”

When Words Get Added

For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

Hebrews 8:7 (KJV)

Covenant – Does the word “covenant” show up in your Bible for this verse? Is it italicized, or noted somehow? You should know it’s been added by the translators and doesn’t appear in any of the Greek texts.

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Leaving the Doctrine of Christ

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Hebrews 6:1 (KJV)

Leaving – Why is the author of the letter to the Hebrews encouraging us to leave the doctrines of Christ? Shouldn’t we embrace them, keep them, and even remain in them… always? If anyone told me to leave the doctrines of Christ today, I’d rebuke them and declare Yeshua as my everything! So why is this here? Continue reading “Leaving the Doctrine of Christ”

A Renewed Covenant

For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Hebrews 8:8 (KJV)

New – Boy don’t we love these words! If there’s a new covenant, then surely we can dismiss that old one which was full of laws and regulations. We might conclude that Yeshua created a new covenant for a new time – the age of Christianity. If this was the case, then the author of Hebrews would have surely used the Greek word neo denoting something “new in time”. But this isn’t the word being used. The Greek word here is kainos which has a different meaning. Continue reading “A Renewed Covenant”