Posts Categorized: Bible study

Exodus 20:18-21 – Near or Far from God

As God was introducing Himself to the Israelites during the Exile through various encounters, in which Moses was the intermediary, an interesting dynamic comes into focus.  The passage in Exodus 20:18-21 gives us an indication of this interplay: “Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of…

Matthew 19:28 – Ruling & Judging

A time is coming when Jesus will sit on His throne in Jerusalem.  The nations of the earth will no longer go their own way to follow any god but Him; the peoples throughout the world will bow down and worship the King of kings.  Jesus will rule and reign, and He will bring peace. …

Exodus 13:9 – A Sign on Hand & Forehead

As Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, God communicated several key points He wanted them to recognize.  They were to remember this day through the eating of unleavened bread and the consecration of their firstborn.  God wanted them to know that He was bringing them into a land of His choosing through…

Exodus 12:12 – Judgments Upon the gods

In delivering His children from the fiery furnace of slavery in Egypt, God had very specific objectives to accomplish through the Exodus.  The Egyptians served other gods.  They did not know or worship Yahweh.  The Hebrew people had lived in that environment for 430 years.  In their verbal history, they knew of Yahweh, but had…

Matthew 18:11 – Missing Verses

Depending on your Bible translation, you may have noticed that periodically throughout the New Testament there are seemingly missing verses.  If you look more closely, you’ll typically see that a footnote on the page says something like “some manuscripts add verse”  so and so, and the verse is shown.  This has caused a number of…

Exodus 7:5,16 – The God of the Hebrews

The peoples of the earth served gods that were not the Lord God, Yahweh, the great I AM.  Rather, their allegiance was to the sons of God (bene Elohim) who were over the nations.  Following the Tower of Babel incident in Genesis 11, in which man was disobedient to God and did go out into…

Matthew 16:18 – The Gates of Hell

One of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible is Matthew 16:18 where Jesus, speaking to Peter and His disciples, says: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Most of us are aware that the Catholic…

Exodus 2:3,10 – What Moses Represents

Certain incidents in the Bible often foreshadow other events yet to come.  This idea comprises the concept of typology.  Typology is a symbolic representation, usually showing something in the Old Testament in one manner to portray what will happen in the New Testament. An familiar example of typology may be the Exodus of the Hebrew…

Matthew 15:8-9 – Wayward Hearts

The milquetoast Jesus, i.e. the timid and feeble Jesus in the minds of many in the church today, is a figment of their imagination.  He is a Jesus they have conjured up out of the depths of their sin because they don’t want to hear or know the hard teachings He brought.  Better in their…

Genesis 47:20-21 – Serfdom

Lord Acton in the 1800s famously said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  This has always been true since man first sinned, and always will be true until the Lord eradicates sin upon the earth. In the passage in Genesis 47:13-26 that describes Joseph’s work on behalf of Pharaoh in the midst…