One House for You, and Another for You

And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.

Exodus 1:21 (KJV)

Houses – So did God actually come down and build a house for each of the midwives? Some translations have the word “families” instead. Maybe God gave the midwives families? Continue reading “One House for You, and Another for You”

Abstract vs. Concrete – Part 2

Yet in this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God,

Deuteronomy 1:32 (KJV)

Believe – Back to our study about abstract and concrete concepts. Remember that Hebrews are very concrete in their language, so the Biblical concepts and worldviews will be rooted in concrete meanings that appeal to our senses. Greek concepts tend to be very abstract and are intangible. Continue reading “Abstract vs. Concrete – Part 2”

Abstract vs. Concrete – Part 1

And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.

1 Samuel 2:35 (KJV)

Faithful – Hebrew is a language rooted in concrete meanings. Ancient Hebrew was written in ways that were tangible and touched the five senses. Greek and the Greek worldview are more familiar with abstract meanings. We see this in English translations all the time. Continue reading “Abstract vs. Concrete – Part 1”

No More Sacrifices

13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:
14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose […]

Deuteronomy 12:13-14 (KJV)

Choose – Let’s say, back in the early 2000’s, you crafted an item that you wanted to sell to the public, and the government agreed, but passed an everlasting law that you could only sell this product outside of Borders Bookstores. And the product had to be sold by a Borders Bookstore representative who was trained to sell it. This was good news, and you began to sell your products down at the nearest Borders. Continue reading “No More Sacrifices”

Quantum Physics in God’s Voice

And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord:

Exodus 6:2 (KJV)

Spake – Scientists recognize that one of the smallest elements that make up everything in the world is the atom. An atom is formed of a nucleus with electrons that circle around it. And in between the electrons and the nucleus is a large gap of empty space. If the nucleus was the size of a penny, the space from it to the nearest electron would be about 1.5 miles away. So that means there’s a lot of empty space in everything. Continue reading “Quantum Physics in God’s Voice”

What is Prayer?

And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

1 Samuel 1:15 (KJV)

Soul – When we think of prayer, we think of our needs or requests. Often times our prayers include phrases like “Heal me.” “Redeem me.” “Have mercy on me.” “Forgive me.” It’s very me focused. Prayer’s relevance arises when we have lost some sort of control and need God to help us get a handle on it again. That’s our Greek mindedness — retaining that control. But what if our perception of prayer was all wrong? Continue reading “What is Prayer?”

Sukkot, the Place

That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 23:43 (KJV)

Booths – When you compare the three holy days; Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Sukkot (Feast of Booths), it’s difficult to understand why Sukkot is among them. In Deuteronomy 16:16 God commands all Israel men to appear before the Lord and bring an offering to the Temple on each of these holy days. These are the pilgrim feasts because all men were required to travel to Jerusalem. Let’s take a look at them. Continue reading “Sukkot, the Place”

Good and Evil

And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Genesis 1:31

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Good – Would it surprised you to know that the word good is not based on morality? When God saw everything that he had made, he wasn’t saying that everything was righteous or morally good. He wasn’t stating that it was pleasant to look upon and enticing to the eye. So what was His meaning? Continue reading “Good and Evil”