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Hidden Manna

Hidden Manna

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In Revelation 2:17 Jesus changes his general address in order to speak directly to believers who have ears to hear. That is, he is addressing those who have not closed their hearts and minds to his word (cp. John 1:11-12; 3:32). However, the promises he makes are made only to those who endure to the end and overcome the attacks of the enemy both from within and from outside the church. In other words, out of the church of Pergamos, Jesus singles out those who have not closed their hearts and minds, but out of this smaller group, Jesus addresses a yet tinier group of believers who endure all things for his namesake. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What Was the Sin of Eli’s Sons?

When Eli was the high priest during the days when Samuel was yet a boy, his sons despised the offerings of the Lord. They did this through a practice of their own devising. The people who came to worship before the Lord brought wave offerings and peace offerings out of which the sons of Aaron were to receive the breast or the shoulder (Exodus 29:27-28; Leviticus 7:34), depending upon the type of offering made before the Lord. However, Hophni and Phinehas, Eli’s sons, sent their servants among the Israelites who had come to worship. Their servants would use a large three pronged fork to stick into the boiling pots, and whatever the fork brought out they took for themselves. When Eli’s sons desired raw flesh, their servants went to the Israelite worshipers and demanded it of them even before the fat was offered to the Lord (1Samuel 2:14-15). In this they not only showed they despised what the Lord had given them, but they caused all Israel to despise what was offered to the Lord (1Samuel 2:17). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Jesus, Religion

 

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