257 – Acts 7 – Cut to the heart

I want to talk about what Stephen said in the last part of Acts chapter seven, to those who rose up against him following the sermon he preach to them. But first, we need to provide some context, which actually begins at the top of chapter six. For the most enriching experience, you’ll want to read chapters six and seven together for yourself (hint: start in the last verse of chapter five), but for now, let me summarize. The number of disciples (students) was multiplying! It seems their rapid growth contributed to some logistical problems requiring attention. ...

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257 – Acts 6 – Service

Acts chapter six begins with some practical “house cleaning” information the early church needed to address. Reading verse one you might never expect there to be any “spiritual” content in the chapter. Acts 6:1 (NKJV) Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. The “twelve” addressed the issue by saying (my paraphrase), “we can’t leave the word of God to serve tables. So here’s what we’re ...

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256 – Psalm 149 – Reading someone elses Mail

Do you ever think about how the Old and New Testaments of the Bible fit together? Are you of the opinion that the Old Testament is named “old” because it has been replaced by the “New”? Do you see the Old Testament as not relevant to the modern-day believer? It’s just full of a bunch of stories about people before Jesus showed up on the scene? Do you kind of pick through like you would a discount bin deciding which verse is good and which one isn’t? I would like to suggest that both the Old and New Testaments together are the word of God and are just as ...

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255 – Psalms 149 – Praise!

You may not have known, but I am sure it will come as no surprise to you that, according to the Teacher’s Commentary, “The Hebrews knew the Book of Psalms as the Hallel, the Book of Praises”. We should pause a minute to think about that for a minute. The book of praises. So what could be the theme of this book? Would it be about praises, or would the book be about the object of those praises? So if I wanted to praise one of my children for a job well done would I thumb through this book until I found a “praise” that I could appropriately quote to them? I ...

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254 – Numbers 36 – Details Details

I published my first post in the book of Numbers on July 14, 2019. Almost three years later we come to the last chapter. For the Israelites, the journey through the book of Numbers spanned about forty years. Thinking back to when Yahweh called the descendants of Israel out of slavery, who could have imagined the impact they would have upon the history of the world.  I have often wondered what it was like to go from living under the heavy hand of cruel taskmasters one’s whole life, to suddenly finding oneself in a caravan of people heading to freedom from said ...

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253 – Numbers 35 – City

The thirty-fifth chapter of the book of Numbers could be divided into two parts. Numbers 35:1 begins with the words, “Yahweh spoke to Moses on the desert plains of Moab…”, and 35:9 begins with, “Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying…”. In verses 1-8, our first section, Yahweh commands the children of Israel to give the Levites cities since they have no land inheritance of their own. They were given both cities to live in, and cities of refuge for the accidental murderer to flee to, which are explained in subsequent verses.  I consider verses 2 & 8 taken ...

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252 – Numbers 34 – Just an Address

Though not many people give it a thought, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that chapter and verse markings are not a part of the original biblical manuscripts.    According to GotAnswers.org,    “The chapter divisions commonly used today were developed by Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury. Langton put the modern chapter divisions into place in around A.D. 1227. The Wycliffe English Bible of 1382 was the first Bible to use this chapter pattern. Since the Wycliffe Bible, nearly all Bible translations have followed Langton’s ...

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251 – Numbers 33 – The Will of God

Numbers 33:1-2 (LEB) 1 These were the journeys of the ⌊Israelites⌋, who went out from the land of Egypt according to their divisions, by the hand of Moses and Aaron. 2 Moses wrote down their movements according to their journeys on the command of Yahweh, and these are their journeys according to their movements. The first 37 verses of Numbers 33 chronicle for us the forty-year path the Israelites took. Verse 2 informs us Yahweh commanded Moses to write down exactly where they had been. As we work our way through the scriptures it becomes obvious that Yahweh ...

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250 – Numbers 32 – Is this That?

I hope you’ll spend a few minutes reading the forty-two verses of Numbers chapter thirty-two. The descendants of Reuben and Gad, two of the tribes of Israel make an unusual request of Moses, Eleazar the priest, and to the tribal leaders. Verse five summarizes their petition and verses six and seven communicate Moses’ initial response. Numbers 32:5-6 (LEB)            5       They said, “If we have found favor in ⌊your sight⌋, let this land be given to your servants as property; do not lead us across the Jordan.”           ...

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249 – Numbers 31 – Vengeance!

I’m going to share four verses with you that I’m convinced are not always well received by readers. Too often verses like this are either dismissed as Old Testament and therefore no longer relevant to today’s reader, or Yahweh is called into the courtroom of human justice and accused. To dismiss any passage of Scripture because it is from the Old Testament demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of God’s word. God’s word, His whole word is relevant. I’ve said more about this in previous posts. Maybe you are thinking, “I would never put God on ...

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