Tag Archives: ANE

The Sin of Census

Ref: 2 Samuel 24 — This came up in a Bible study today and a great many people fail to understand the full context. Recall that the Covenant of Moses was inherently tribal and feudal. God says that no one … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus — Matthew 16:13-28

The underlying theme that ties this whole passage together is getting a proper image of Jesus inheriting the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s too easy to forget this all takes place in the context of Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) culture. A … Continue reading

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We Need Ehud

If we disobey, we leave a door open for demonic presence in our lives. Obedience is the hedge of protection. You don’t have to pay attention to what follows — it’s kinda long — but I must write it. Read … Continue reading

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The Blood Is Sacred

First, I refer you to a couple of references: Genesis 31:25-35 (emphasis on the last verse) and Christine’s post about feminine blood. Second, I remind you that a great deal of Moses’ Law pulled in existing ancient custom and belief. … Continue reading

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A Toothless Lion’s Roar

Were you aware that megachurches were suffering the same political turmoil as the rest of America? From time to time I’m asked to comment on this or that big scandal. First and foremost: The first churches in the New Testament … Continue reading

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Regret or Not?

Jay and I were discussing on the forum about the paths we take in our lives. I made the comment that I always felt driven by the Spirit of God from a very young age. I was surely confused about … Continue reading

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Teachings of Jesus: Matthew 10:28-33

This is the ultimate otherworldly statement: This life is expendable; don’t cling to it. There is a life for each of us after this that no one can take from your Father. People love to nitpick over the precise meaning … Continue reading

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