When the Jews were rescued from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, God gave them the Law. This was much more than what we normally think of as the law. It comprised all the things that God wanted them to do to represent him as their God.Read More
The Jews traced their ancestry back to Abraham, a man who first came to Israel from Ur of the Chaldees (in present day Iraq) to settle in the Promised Land. They put a lot of stock in the fact that they were God’s chosen people, They were circumcised as a mark of this. When the Christian gospel came to people outside the Jewish faith, this raised a burning issue for the Jews.Read More acceptance with God, circumcision, faith, gentiles, Jews
Doesn’t it sometimes feel like the world is falling apart? The morning news brings reports of murders, bombings, warfare, financial trouble and more. Our own lives experience illness – our own and that of others, fractures in relationships, difficulties at work. The list goes on and on.Read More king, Near Eastern imagery, trouble, water
What makes a person – a woman, a man – good and noble is their character, not what they do or how they look or who they know. As Jesus noted, we must start with our hearts if we want to be good (Matt 23:25–26).
Proverbs 31 is a long list of examples of fruits that a good wife bears.Read More character, wife, woman, work
Adam, the first man, sinned when he listened to the voice of the serpent and ate the forbidden fruit in the garden. He was exiled from the Garden of Eden, and passed sin on to all of us (Genesis 3:22-24). We all do wrong.
Sometimes people think of sin as breaking God’s commands which he gave to Moses.Read More death, law, sin, the cross