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Who Was the Pharaoh of the Exodus?

The peoples of the Middle East witnessed a great exodus of Israelites from the land of the Nile following the initial Passover in Egypt, which was a long awaited deliverance for thousands of people who began an arduous journey to…

The Nature of God–Part One: How the Word was Made Flesh in Jesus

Who is God?  That is a simple question.  However the answer has become increasingly complicated.  And this is understandably so because Scripture has been subjected to various methods of interpretation—some good, some not so good—with some accepted biblical interpretations being formulated in either liberal or conservative traditions, which makes it ever more difficult for people to…

What We Can Know about Melchisedec

Melchisedec was a priest and a ruler of the city of Salem in the land of Canaan during the days of Abraham’s sojourn in the Land of Promise.  But to the apostles of Jesus, Melchisedec was a…

The Nature of God–Part Two: Created in the Image of God

When the Apostle Paul taught the oneness of God in contrast to the belief in many gods, he made it clear to the developing first century church that there was only one God, the Father, which affirmed the agreement held by the…

What was the Testimony of John the Baptist?

The Apostle John tells us that the utterance was with God and the utterance was God and in the utterance that was God there was life, and this “life” was the “light of men” and the “true light that..

The Nature of God–Part Three: Genesis of the Last Adam

Moses wrote that in the beginning God created the heaven and earth, and Moses described how the heavens and the earth were ordained and fashioned for the habitation of humanity and the “genesis” of the…

John the Baptist and Christianity’s Monotheistic Paradox

When we examine the monotheistic religions of the world we find that there are three notable religions that claim a common heritage in the patriarch Abraham, whose God is considered to be the God of…

Was Jesus Born Again?

Nicodemus was a member of the Pharisees and a ruler among the Jews who recognized that Jesus was a teacher who had come from…

How Long did Jacob Wrestle with Laban?–Part One

The patriarch Abraham was a prosperous merchant and sojourner in the Middle East who came from the Sumerian city-state of Ur in a land of the Chaldeans.  These Chaldeans lived in the lower valley of the Euphrates at the head of the Persian Gulf (Bitter Sea), and they—like other peoples in the region—were caught up in the various warring conflicts among the developing city-states of Mesopotamia…

How Long did Jacob Wrestle with Laban?–Part Two

If we accept the story about Jacob’s wives and the births of his children as it is presented in Scripture, we can certainly understand why some people would attempt to solve some of the inherent chronological problems and issues regarding the number of years Jacob lived with and worked for Laban in Harran…

Working Through the Unleavened Bread Issues–Part One

The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread have their beginning in an historical event that took place in the land of Egypt more than 3000 years ago, and they are historically a part of a tragedy for the Egyptians.  However, these same festivals marked a time of liberation for the people of Israel, which began with the…

Working Through the Unleavened Bread Issues–Part Two

The Apostle Paul admonished the churches beginning at Corinth to “keep the feast” in reference to the Festival of Unleavened Bread.  He also reminded the congregation that they were “unleavened” in the context of Jesus being “our Passover.”  Such statements doubtless reveal Paul’s unreserved support for the observance of these festivals and…

Working Through the Unleavened Bread Issues–Part Three

If we define a day in the context of Scripture, we must be careful that our definition of a day doesn’t arbitrarily change, because in some cases traditional interpretations can reason an earlier time for sunset, which of course loosens the moorings of the day from the calendar date…

Working Through the Unleavened Bread Issues–Part Four

When the time came for the Exodus from Egypt the blood of the Passover sacrifice was carefully placed on the lintels and doorposts of the houses.  Then following the Passover meal—hurriedly eaten with unleavened bread—the people of Israel anxiously waited until morning when they would begin their departure from…

The Azazel Goat and the Empty Debate

There is much symbolism to be found in Scripture, and much of that symbolism is understood by analogy, as it is with the paschal lamb that pointed to the sacrifice of Christ.  However, some analogies have been cultivated within the evolving development of Christian doctrines, and these analogies…

Is There an Unpardonable Sin?

The Pharisees and Sadducees attempted to disqualify Jesus as the begotten son of God by demanding evidence to prove that he was the messiah, and so “the Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him…

Taken to Where the Eagles are Gathered

While Jesus was on the Mount of Olives the disciples approached him and asked him about the signs of his coming and the end of this age because they understood from Jesus’ teachings, and from his…

Crossing the Threshold of 6000 Years

We are currently standing at the threshold of a new millennium—or perhaps better said a seventh millennium—of human experience that began nearly 6000 years ago with the creation of the…

 

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