Saturday, August 31, 2013

Moms in the Bible - Eve

Chapter 5 – Eve

It seems that everyone has heard of Adam and Eve and has a general concept of the story of how they got kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Let’s look at what happened next: Eve got pregnant, gave birth, and became the first mother. Poor Eve has gotten a bad rap for the whole serpent-apple-sin thing so she needs a second chance to redeem her reputation. And she does so with the first words out of her mouth as a mother: “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Notice how she

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Hebrew Letter Quph, part 1

The 19th Hebrew letter is quphpronounced koof. It’s a lot like our letter Q. Its symbolic meaning is the eye of a needle and in both the Hebrew and the English letters you should be able to visualize the round opening of the needle and a thread going through. In Crossing the Scriptures I show how each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet match up with the 66 books of the Bible in an amazing and phenomenal way.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Moms in the Bible - Eunice

Chapter 4 – Eunice

What you possibly find out about a person who is mentioned by name in only one verse in the Bible? Quite a lot, actually. In Saint Paul’s second letter to Timothy he says: “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” There she is: Eunice, Timothy’s mom. Close family, don’t you think? Grandma, mom, son – all with sincere Christian faith. In other scripture referencing Timothy we are told that he was the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jesus in the Psalms, part 2

The New Testament illustrates virtually the whole history of salvation in the light of the Psalms. As I showed last week in part 1, various Psalms show that Jesus was the Son of God, the Shepherd, spoke in parables, calmed the storm, was rejected, was conspired against, and was betrayed.
But wait, there’s more: these Psalms show

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Moms in the Bible - Elizabeth

Chapter 3 – Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist

Did you know that every male descendant of Aaron (Moses’ brother) was automatically a priest? Such was Zechariah, husband of Elizabeth. To be the wife of a priest a woman had to be of absolutely pure Jewish lineage and it was even more elite if the wife was also of Aaron’s line, which Elizabeth was. That’s the good news; the bad news was

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Jesus in the Psalms, part 1

The Psalms were written by various authors spanning a time period of almost 1000 years. Among the authors were Moses, David, and Solomon, and also priests or Levites who were responsible for providing music for sanctuary worship during David's reign. Fifty of the psalms designate no specific person as author. The oldest psalm in the collection is probably Psalm 90, the prayer of Moses and the latest psalm is

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Moms in the Bible - Bathsheba

Chapter 2 – Bathsheba, Raped (??) then Widowed then Mother of a King

One evening King David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of his palace. He was probably pacing because his men were at battle and this was the first time he wasn't leading them. Perhaps there was a bit of guilt that he wasn't where God wanted him to be. From his rooftop he could see the rooftops of his people and he spied a beautiful woman bathing. He should not have been looking down on his neighbors’ rooftops for this was the time of day that a woman would perform the ritual bath if it was the seventh day after the start of her period.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Today is Brought to You by 2nd Chronicles

2nd Chronicles was written by Ezra. This book continues the history from 1st Chronicles, telling about the reign of King Solomon and how he built the temple. Then it records the rule of Jeroboam and Rehoboam and the growing apostasy once again of Israel. The kingdom was split into two parts as two tribes accepted Rehoboam (Solomon’s son) as their king and they became known as Judah. The other 10 tribes refused to accept him and were known as the kingdom of Israel. The information in 1st and 2nd Chronicles covers the same history as 1st and 2nd Kings, but focuses more on Solomon and the kings of Judah. The kings of Israel are only talked about when they

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Moms in the Bible - Abigail

Chapter 1 – Abigail, Wife of a Fool, then Wife of a King

The happy ending of Abigail’s story is that she married King David and bore him a son named Daniel. Her first husband, however, was a fool. (Many women can relate to that.) Abigail was married to Nabal, whose name means “dolt” or “fool”. He lived up to that name when he foolishly refused to give David’s men food and supplies, hurling insults at them instead.  When David heard of this he told his men to get ready to attack. Abigail learned of her husband’s stupid response and out of fear for her family and in direct opposition to her husband she