The book of Proverbs ends with a tribute to an excellent wife.
 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life. Read the rest of this entry
God told Moses to designate six cities in the promised land as cities of refuge where someone who killed another accidentally could flee to avoid punishment.
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall select cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person without intent may flee there. The cities shall be for you a refuge from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation for judgment. And the cities that you give shall be your six cities of refuge.”
When someone asked for refuge there would be an inquiry to find out if he was entitled to it.
But if he pushed him suddenly without enmity, or hurled anything on him without lying in wait or used a stone that could cause death, and without seeing him dropped it on him, so that he died, though he was not his enemy and did not seek his harm, then the congregation shall judge between the manslayer and the avenger of blood, in accordance with these rules. And the congregation shall rescue the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he had fled, and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.
But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the boundaries of his city of refuge to which he fled, and the avenger of blood finds him outside the boundaries of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood.
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It is an online forum dedicated to the discussion of the Bible and Christianity. Here it its mission statement:
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I am a member of the forum and my username is theophilus. I invite all who read this to join this forum so we can share our knowledge of the Bible and get to know each other better.
John the Baptist called on people to repent and then baptized those whose lives showed that they had done so. Some wondered if he was the Christ. He responded to this by saying that the Christ would not baptize the way he did.
John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Jesus Christ was the one he was speaking of. He baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire and he separates all of humanity into wheat and chaff. Read the rest of this entry
Anyone who has read the Bible knows about Solomon’s temple and the temple that the Jews built when the Persians allowed them to return to their land. The second temple was enlarged by King Herod in an attempt to win the loyalty of the Jews and was the one where Jesus worshiped.
Those who have studied Bible prophecy might know about the temple the Jews will build when they reestablish the sacrificial system. If you have never heard of this temple you can find out about it here:
The last part of Ezekiel, beginning at chapter 40, contains a description of the temple that will exist during the Millennium.
But there was one temple that many Bible readers are unaware of. Read the rest of this entry
When God tested Job to prove his loyalty three of Job’s friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, came to him to comfort him. They assumed that Job’s suffering was the result of some sin he had committed. Eliphaz asked these two questions,
“Who that was innocent ever perished?
Or where were the upright cut off?”
When Eliphaz asked the questions they were unanswerable because Jesus Christ had not yet appeared on earth. Now that he has come we know the answers.
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The first chapter of Genesis tells us that God made the earth is six days. Here is what he did on the fourth day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
It would appear that he created the rest of the universe at this time. The problem with this belief is that many of the stars are so far away that it takes millions of years for the light from them to reach the earth. Young earth creationists have come up with several explanations for this problem. You can read some of them here: Does Distant Starlight Prove the Universe Is Old?
I believe there is a different explanation. The Bible says that God placed lights in the sky; it doesn’t say he created the bodies that produced those lights at that time. I have written a post in which I explain the reasons I believe this: Young earth, old universe . Read the rest of this entry
When Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land they began their conquest with a victory over the city of Jericho. If you aren’t familiar with the story you can read it here .
The next city they attacked was Ai. The outcome was different.
Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” And the men went up and spied out Ai.
And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few.”
So about three thousand men went up there from the people. And they fled before the men of Ai, and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.
Many critics of the Bible claim that it begins with two contradictory creation accounts. They say that chapter 1 describes a six day creation in which plants and animals are created before humans and chapter 2 describes the creation of plants and animals after the first human was created.
Actually the first two chapters of the Bible contain three creation accounts and if you study them carefully you will find there are no contradictions between them. Read the rest of this entry
Luke’s gospel describes something that happened when Jesus was 12 years old.
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances, and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.”
And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
The next thing Luke tells is the baptism of Jesus and the beginning of his public ministry.
Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age.
A lot of people have wondered what Jesus was doing in the 18 years between these two events. Here are two of the theories they have come up with. Read the rest of this entry
My tenth list of good internet articles.
Do you have any Bibles or Christian books that you never read anymore? Rather than letting them sit around gathering dust, wouldn’t it be better to give them to someone who can get some good out of them? There is an organization called Christian Resources International that can help you do that.
Our Mission Cry at CRI—to share, send and sow—started over 60 years ago with a simple man with a simple but profound dream, and a heart to fulfill Matthew 28:19—to go and make disciples. The Word of God does not return void, so what better way to train, lead, and equip than to send Bibles—the word of God!
Christians in other countries need access to Bibles but lack the money to get them. In America, studies show that the average home has 7 extra Bibles sitting around the house.
Abraham’s faith was tested many times. The first test that we are told about came when God told him to leave his home in Ur and go to an unknown land. (It is likely that he faced tests while he was still living in Ur. If his faith hadn’t previously been strengthened by exercise he wouldn’t have been willing to leave his home at God’s command.) When he entered the new land God told him he would become the father of many nations and he continued to believe this promise even though it was 25 years before Isaac was born.
His greatest test came after Isaac was born.
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
Most of us, if we saw a man who had been attacked and robbed, would try to get help for him. In the parable of the good Samaritan Jesus told about a man who did more than this.
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’”
Pascal’s Wager is an argument for believing in God even if you see no convincing evidence that he exists. It was proposed by the 17th century mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal.
It is based on the premise that by the way we live we are betting on whether or not God exists. If we bet that God exists and we are right we gain eternal life. If we are wrong we simply cease to exist when we die and don’t suffer any penalty. If we bet that there is no God and are wrong we suffer eternal pain. If we are right we cease to exist at death and gain nothing.
Pascal’s conclusion is three fourths correct. If there is no God it doesn’t matter whether or not we believe in him. If we live as if there is no God and in fact there is one we will suffer eternally. But if there is a God, simply living as if he exists is no guarantee that we will receive eternal life. Read the rest of this entry