There is a certain population in American, I call it “churchdom” that believes something needs to be done to make the Holy Bible relevant for today. After all, it is an ancient book and needs to be modernized, right? I hear stuff like that and then read something like Psalm 37 and am amazed at how relevant it is without twisting its meaning.
This week we find ourselves putting verse four under the microscope.
4 Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Where do you turn when you are discouraged? How do you deal with injustice? What do you do when fear suddenly overwhelms you? When will you feel safe and secure again? Why does discouragement, injustice, fear, and despondency seem to descend upon our nation like a cloud that refuses to lift these days? Can we do anything about any of this?
Maybe you’ve become depressed just reading these questions. I want to, first of all, acknowledge that if you are feeling any of these things it is understandable and you are not alone. In these tumultuous times, all of these ...
No matter your Bible of choice it is a good idea to be familiar with what the publisher has done to try and assist you in your understanding of the Bible. You can often take note of what they’ve done in the first few pages. Although I generally ignore them I thought I’d spend a few minutes talking about pericopes. A pericope is not obvious in the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, and they should not be considered inspired. They are publisher helps you will find in most modern-day Bibles. Simply put a pericope is a section of scripture within a chapter. A pericope title ...
I try to write each article to be timeless. My goal is to focus on the examination of God’s Word. I want to understand the Bible the best I can and write about what I learn. My goal, of course, is to glorify God and draw attention to the Word of God. I would love nothing more than to create a hunger in someone else for the Holy Bible.
What do I mean by timeless? I try to avoid commentary on current social-political events. I don’t want my scriptural exposition to be tied to modernity. I don’t believe in trying to make the scriptures relevant to today. In ...
We’ve been talking about Numbers 13-14 where Moses sent twelve spies into the land. Ten came back saying “no way, don’t go, we can’t do it” and two came back saying “We are able, Yahweh will bring us into the land”. Read the historical account for yourself in Numbers chapter 13-14.
The people respond in terror to the report of the ten spies (Numbers 14:1-3). The people accuse Yahweh God of meaning to harm them (14:3) and turn their hearts back toward Egypt (14:4). They reject Yahweh and they reject Moses while planning to select a new leader to take ...
As we talked about last time, Numbers chapters thirteen and fourteen tell the story of the spies being sent into the land. Ten spies came back with a bad report, and only two, Caleb and Joshua, came back with a good report.
This bad report by ten of the twelve spies terrified the whole nation (Numbers 14:1-2).
Look at the next two verses.
3 Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” ...
Numbers chapters thirteen and fourteen tell the story of the spies being sent into the land. Ten spies came back with a bad report, and only two came back with a good report. I hope you will read the account for yourself. I just want to highlight a few things in this detailed account.
So what really happened here? These two verses summarize it perfectly.
30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
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 ...
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 ...
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 embell...