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John the Baptist

John the Baptist - 1In the past few studies I’ve been looking at the book of Malachi, as this book is drawn from in the New Testament, and using this knowledge of the relationship between Malachi and the New Testament to define the eschatology of the New Testament writers. So far, it has been somewhat surprising to understand the magnitude of the influence this little book has had upon what we read in our New Testament scriptures. Nevertheless, this little journey has not only been surprising for me, it has also been pleasant and encouraging. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 29, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Good Samaritan

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In view of the fact that both the priest and the Levite passed by the wounded man without helping him, it seems the reason for their lack of compassion was to remain ritually pure (cf. Numbers 19:11). However, ritual purity was unable to alter the course the priest and the Levite had taken. They were on the road to death,[1] and nothing they could do or not do could prevent their attaining that goal. Jesus’ parable places the lawyer’s question into an illogical framework. Once he has left God (viz. living in Jerusalem, the city of blessing), he was unable to do anything, apart from God, to attain or inherit eternal life. He is cursed and will die no matter what he does or doesn’t do. In other words, mankind, no matter who he may be, is helpless. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Trusting God while Living in the World

We’ve already seen that Abraham testified that he did not consider himself to be as those with whom he dwelt. In other words he was not a citizen of the land of Canaan, but a pilgrim dwelling in their land. Moreover, by seeking to purchase a piece of that land for a burial plot, he showed he no longer considered either Ur or Haran his home. Rather he looked for a land he did not yet possess. Knowing this, what can we say about the details of this purchase of Sarah’s burial plot, which turns out to be the first business transaction recorded in the Bible? It may be interesting to see how such mundane matters can be turned into one’s testimony of faith. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Walking with God

 

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