Posts Tagged: sin

Deuteronomy 28:15 – All These Curses

Let’s do a thought experiment.  Suppose at the founding of America, God spoke to the men who led us so capably, who devised our Constitution, and who created our Republic.  Imagine that these men heard directly from God, who laid out some basic principles for our nation to follow.  Picture God saying to our founders…

Numbers 33:55 – Trouble in the Land

Because of what the Israelites had learned in Egypt over their 400 years of captivity, Yahweh had a deconditioning project to accomplish with them.  They had been in the midst of a pantheon of pagan gods and gotten used to deities whose image they could see.  The verbal history of their people had probably taken…

Leviticus 27:28-29 – Surely Be Put To Death

Leviticus brings us God’s holy laws for the Israelites.  When they obeyed His laws and walked in the ways that He commanded, He promised His people great blessings.  If they turned from God to follow other gods and chose to live as they wanted, God made it abundantly clear that He would punish them with…

Mark 1:4 – Baptism of Repentance

Do you know what has largely been lost in these ending days of the Church Age?  Do you understand why so many are falling away and churches becoming apostate?  There’s a very simple answer. One message was preached from the beginning of the Gospels that was a necessary requirement for entering the Kingdom of Heaven. …

Leviticus 16:8 – For Azazel

For those of you who read Leviticus closely, you may have wondered about the passage we’ll discuss today.  Leviticus 16:8 (ESV) reports the Lord commanding Moses: And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. “But wait,” you say, “my Bible (i.e. NIV, KJV,…

Exodus 25-26 – God’s Mercy Seat

In reading detailed descriptions in the Bible, lists of laws, or genealogies, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the text.  Often, people attempting to read their entire Bible get bogged down in these portions of Scripture and lose their resolve to remain faithful to God’s Word.  What I typically recommend for these passages initially is…

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…

Genesis 24:6,8 – Old Life Before Christ

There are many principles that God illustrates to us through the lives and actions of the people who populate the Old Testament.  In Genesis 24:6,8 we see one of these principles enacted through Abraham’s servant Eliezer when Abraham sent him to the place of his extended family in Ur to seek a wife for his…

Why Calvin’s Total Depravity is Wrong

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Calvin’s total depravity as follows: Definition of total depravity: a state of corruption due to original sin held in Calvinism to infect every part of man’s nature and to make the natural man unable to know or obey God. In one sense this definition is correct.  Total depravity comes from original…

Marijuana & This Present Darkness

For those of you who have read This Present Darkness, you may have seen what author Frank Peretti wrote about so vividly enter your own communities.  The novel depicts the town of Ashton that has been targeted by dark forces that intend total domination.  It portrays spiritual, geographical, territorial entities that control this community combatted…