Numbers 21:4-9: The Snake on the Pole

Most Christian churches display at least one.  This church is no exception.  On the crest of our steeple, you’ll find one, our building’s highest point.  Another is atop a wooden rod, on display, when we begin the service with a procession.  Behind the altar, you’ll spot one, the size of a monument, made by carpenters of this congregation. … [more]

Numbers 21:4-9: The Snake on the Pole Numbers 21:4-9: The Snake on the Pole

Isaiah 12:1-6: Drinking From the Wells of Salvation

With faces still wet from the mist of the Sea, the Israelites sing out, celebrating their deliverance from Egypt.  So momentous the event, their tongues cannot stay silent, their melodic praise becoming the first song recorded in Scripture (Exodus 15).  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob remained faithful to His pledge, not forgetting His oath spoken… [more]

Isaiah 12:1-6: Drinking From the Wells of Salvation Isaiah 12:1-6: Drinking From the Wells of Salvation

The Apocrypha, Lesson 2: How We Lost the Apocrypha

Last week, we learned what the Scriptures were for Jesus and his Apostles: The Septuagint, the Greek-language version of the Old Testament.  Jesus also affirmed this in His Scripture quotes, which favored the Septuagint and when He told the Sadducees they didn’t know the Scripture, referring to the book of Tobit (Matthew 22:29).  In 397 AD, the… [more]

The Apocrypha, Lesson 2: How We Lost the Apocrypha The Apocrypha, Lesson 2: How We Lost the Apocrypha

John 16:16-22: The Church as a Woman in Labor

The saints in the struggle, the Church on earth, is a woman in labor.  The saints at rest, the Church in eternal glory, is compared to a mother whose birthing pains are past.  No longer in contractions, she now beholds her baby born, her anguish long forgotten. The people of God, described as a pregnant mother in the throes of childbirth, is a… [more]

John 16:16-22: The Church as a Woman in Labor John 16:16-22: The Church as a Woman in Labor

The Apocrypha, Lesson 1: Background–The Jews Lose their Hebrew

In Jesus’ day, Greek was the “universal” language around the Mediterranean world.  Earlier, most Jews lost their ability to read and speak in Hebrew during their captivity in Babylon.  Hebrew became the domain of rabbis, who learned it to read the Scriptures.  We learn of this loss in Nehemiah. Read Nehemiah 8:1, 5-8 The household language… [more]

The Apocrypha, Lesson 1: Background–The Jews Lose their Hebrew The Apocrypha, Lesson 1: Background--The Jews Lose their Hebrew