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Cleansing the temple

Jews were required to sacrifice animals at the temple.  Sometimes they didn’t have the required animal and had to buy one.  Dealers made a living by selling them the animals they needed.

Eventually these dealers began doing business inside the temple.  They didn’t operate in the temple building but in courts outside of it, which were considered part of the temple.  When Jesus began his public ministry he visited the temple and found this going one. Read the rest of this entry

What the rich man didn’t say

Jesus once told about two men.  One was rich and the other was a beggar.

There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.  (Luke 16:19-21)

The two men died and their fates were very different. Read the rest of this entry

The four living creatures

Revelation chapter 4 describes John’s being carried in the spirit up to Heaven, into the throne room of God.  Among the sights he sees there are four living creatures that surround the throne.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”

Revelation 4:6-8

Many believe these creatures are cherubim because their description resembles that of of the cherubim that appeared to Ezekiel.

As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle.
Ezekiel 1:10

Both descriptions include similarities to a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle.  But there is one difference.  Each individual cherub resembled all four of these; each of the living creatures was like one of them. Read the rest of this entry

Tulips & Honey

Christian, wife, mom, homeschooler, podcaster

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