The Christian And The Law

There are few things more confusing to the average Christian than the question of how he or she should relate to the Old Testament Law.

Equal But Not The Same – Case Study In The Book of Numbers

This is a classic case of “right principle, wrong application”: They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly ofContinue reading “Equal But Not The Same – Case Study In The Book of Numbers”

God Is Not Unreasonable

God is not “permissive”, but neither is he unreasonable. Reasonable exceptions to general rules are peppered all across the pages of Holy Scripture. In Numbers 9 verses 1-3 for example, we read: And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had comeContinue reading “God Is Not Unreasonable”

A Bridegroom of Blood

If you were to make a short list of the strangest paragraphs in the Bible, Exodus 4:24–26 would almost certainly be on it. Moses has just met God at the burning bush and been given an exalted commission: go and speak to Pharaoh, and serve as God’s agent for the redemption of his people. He’s been calledContinue reading “A Bridegroom of Blood”

Will This Suffering Make Us Stronger?

This is the highwater mark in the Book of Job – and the greatest single expression of Job’s faith under enormous pressure: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,Continue reading “Will This Suffering Make Us Stronger?”

How The Book Of Job Makes Us Better Friends And Better Christians

One of the reasons that the Book of Job is in the Bible; not the primary reason, but an important reason; is to explore the question of how we should relate to friends and loved ones who are hurting. The first two chapters of the Book of Job provide the narrative detail that serves asContinue reading “How The Book Of Job Makes Us Better Friends And Better Christians”