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The Woman with the Issue of Blood

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While he was on his way to heal a young girl, a woman who had in issue of blood for twelve years (Luke 8:43; Mark 5:27-28) came up behind Jesus and touched him, hoping to go undetected. She believed that by touching Jesus she would be healed, and she thought that going to him among the thronging crowd her presence and purpose would go unnoticed. She was immediately healed, and her bleeding stopped (Luke 8:44). Mark 5:29 says that the woman felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. What she did was reach out and touch one of the four fringes or tassels, which hung from Jesus’ outer garment (Luke 8:44; cf. Numbers 15:38-39; Matthew 23:5). They were there to remind devout Jews of the Lord’s commandments and one’s duty to obey them. It had a set apart or holy significance (Numbers 15:40) that the woman reached out to touch, hoping to be made whole. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Prisoners of War and Slavery

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No matter what the age, and no matter what country one might speak of, prisoners of war present a local problem for that country, and those prisoners are usually put to work (sometimes for a small wage) in some manner within the nation who captured them. This was no less true for ancient Israel. Certainly, most of these gentiles were uncooperative. Certainly they would have been held against their wills, and certainly they would have been made to work under armed guard. This is no less true for POWs in America during World War II than it was for ancient Israel under its kings (cf. 2Samuel 12:31; 1Kings 9:15, 20-22).[1] Yet, though POWs were forced to serve their captors, who would conclude that this was slavery in the same vein as the slave institution that was practiced in early American history? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2015 in apologetics

 

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The Dignity of the Poor Under the Law

Hammurabi CodeOnce we understand that it was God’s desire to eliminate poverty in the land (Deuteronomy 15:4), the Scriptures that concern servitude take on new meaning, especially when one considers that in the year of release (every 7th year) the master was to load down the released servant (the poor) with gifts (Deuteronomy 15:13-14).[1] In other words the wealthy were called upon to offer an image of God in their persons, in that, because their ancestors were once bondservants in Egypt and God released them, so they were to do for their servants as God had done for their ancestors. Therefore and unlike accusations coming from the new atheists meant to denigrate God, great dignity was afforded the poor, just as Israel was given great dignity in the eyes of the Egyptians when God redeemed his people from bondage in Egypt. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Helping the Poor in Ancient Israel

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The problem of the poor is with us even today.[1] I wonder, in the event that someone is able to show he is qualified to judge, who met or meets the need of the poor better—affluent America or ancient Israel under the Law of Moses. Certainly, neither America nor Israel can be held up as offering the ideal problem-solving method, because the poor existed throughout Israel’s history, and they still exist in America today. No nation in history has ever solved the problem of the poor in their societies. Even if many were cared for, many were not. Even if many were fed, clothed and sheltered, few (if any) were taught to feed, clothe and acquire shelter for themselves. So, which method is better, and who is qualified to judge? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in apologetics

 

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The Immodest Lady Wrestler

Eye for and Eye principle

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Several ANE cultures called for bodily mutilation for certain crimes.[1] For example, the Laws of Hammurabi prescribe one person’s tongue cut out for denying his or her adoptive parents were indeed his or her parents. In another case, if a child struck his father the child’s hand would be cut off.[2] Yet in Israel even the “eye for an eye” references in the Old Testament are not to be taken literally, but figuratively for justice should fit the crime.[3] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Does God Condone Rape?

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Some view Deuteronomy 22:28-29 as God excusing the act of rape or at least not being sensitive to the victim—a young woman. Is this true, and how can we answer such a charge? First of all, we should never take a few lines of Scripture out of their context and think to make an accurate appraisal of the intended meaning. The judicial decision in Deuteronomy needs to be placed within the context where it is found in order to understand its meaning.[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in apologetics

 

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The Spirit of Jealousy Trial

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In Numbers 5:11-31 we find a very strange ceremony, at least by modern standards, whereby suspicion of guilt over adultery is satisfied by one drinking holy water. First, the water is mixed with the dust of the Tabernacle, making it bitter (Numbers 5:17). Afterwards, an offering is made by burning barley meal on the altar of God (Numbers 5:12-15, 23-26). The point is, if the person is guilty, that one’s belly would swell up and the thigh would rot (Numbers 5:27)—presumably death would follow. Nevertheless, if death did not follow, the Law does prescribe public execution (Leviticus 20:10).[1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2015 in apologetics

 

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