Two extremes of Bible Study, random reading and rightly dividing Random Reading Randomly fan the pages of an open Bible and stick a pin in a random verse on a random page and sing this little ditty as you try to apply that verse for you today… This can’t be correct because the Bible contains the true and accurate accounts of many historical situations. The Bible contains quotations from God, angels, godly men and women, ungodly men and women, Satan, Continue reading A balanced look at “Rightly Dividing”
What is the trinity, the three-in-one, triune God? This is an important question, which has caused lots of division between Christians. Some describe the trinity like an egg with a shell, egg white, and yolk or an orange with a skin, juicy meat, and seeds. Although these metaphors help illustrate the concept of three-in-one, they fall far short of describing God. Therefore, let’s consider the Biblical pattern of the tabernacle in the wilderness, which God showed to Moses (Exodus 25-31) Continue reading The trinity of the tabernacle in the wilderness
There is not only one nation under God, because God is above all the nations, so every nation is under God. This is not about the United States, it is about your nation. This is not about the founding fathers, it is about God. This is not about man’s government, it is about God’s kingdom. God deposes kings and establishes kings In the second chapter of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him. He called all his magicians, diviners, Continue reading One Nation Under God
My favorite verse in the Bible for witnessing to Jewish people is… Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’ (Zechariah 8:23 JPS) Because I worship the God of Abraham, Issac, and Continue reading Christian vs. Jewish Ten Commandment Law
There used to be a commercial for Hebrew National hotdogs that claimed they had a better product because “They answered to an even higher authority.” It was a silly commercial, but I still remember that tag line. I have endeavored to make it the tag line for my life. No, I can’t do something that is illegal, immoral, unethical, improper, or dishonest, because I answer to an even higher authority. This should be true of all Christians. God requires Christians to submit to the Continue reading Christian vs. Government Authority
During the early months of Jesus’ ministry, an influential member of the Sanhedrin, came to Jesus at night to seek assurance that Jesus was from God. But, Jesus, reading his heart, answered the hidden problem. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NLT) Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, except anyone be born from above, he is not able to Continue reading What about born again?
Let’s consider a verse that is often used to justify dictatorial over-lording in Christian fellowships. The reasoning goes something like this: when there were no humans to control them, these people did whatever was right in their own eyes, so you need to submit to those humans that are over you in the Lord or else you will fall into the same sins. This gives them an excuse to order your lives. It ignores your salvation, it ignores the Holy Spirit, Continue reading All the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes
Please consider adding Halley’s Bible Handbook to your library. This is the closest thing I have ever seen to a behind-the-scenes edition of the Bible. It is a great place to start understanding the Bible. It’s like the Siri or Google Assistant of the Bible. It’s the first place I turn when I wonder random things like what was happening in Ephesus when the Apostle Paul wrote the Letter to the Ephesians. Halley’s Bible Handbook was born out of Henry Continue reading Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley
It is natural to assume the Old Testament is the first half of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, but that’s not quite right. The Old Testament is a conditional contractual promise between God and the Jews. It is also known as: The Old Covenant, The First Covenant, The Ten Commandment Law (although that’s really just a part of the covenant), and for clarity it probably should be called The Mosaic Covenant. Covenant: Literally, a contract. In the Bible, an agreement Continue reading What is the Old Testament?