Posts Tagged: Sons of God

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…

Genesis 44:5 – Divination

God has made it abundantly clear in His revelation that the practice of divination is forbidden, yet in Genesis 44:5 the text tells us this about Joseph: “Is it not from this that my lord [Joseph] drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this.’” A few verses later…

Matthew 6:24 – Believing Loyalty

When Jesus speaks about the problem of serving two masters in Matthew 6:24, His teaching goes to the heart of our relationship with God: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot…

Genesis 11 – Babel

The typical Christian thinking is that sin is the only problem in the world that Jesus came to overcome.  In fact, the ancient Jewish concept of what’s wrong provides a much bigger picture, and it actually paves the way for all that Jesus has done and will do prophetically so as to redeem the earth….

Genesis 6:1-5 – Sons of God

Genesis 6:1-5 is one of the most fascinating and troubling passages in the entire Bible.  Some people want to make what is conveyed here an entirely human scenario, but that completely misses what’s really going on and the larger Biblical narrative. The text tells us that the sons of God (bene Elohim – Hebrew) took…

Gods Over Nations – Then & Now

Have you ever considered the cultures described in the Old Testament and wondered why today we don’t see similar practices?  How could there be such depravity in those times and not in our current era?  What happened to the gods, the idols, the sexual perversions, the abominations with children, even the cannibalism?  Did all this…

Prophecy Update: Chaos – Connect the Dots

Lately we’ve seen an incredible outbreak of violence around America.  At one point I Googled “list of cities with violent protest.”  From Wikipedia I ended up with a forty-five-page document showing every state with cities large and small plus a description of the protest activity.  How should we as Christians view all this? This essay…

Idols: Then & Now

In our westernized, Christian worldview, the idols of old made of stone and wood make little sense.  We wonder how the peoples of the Ancient Near East (ANE) could be so foolish as to think that a statue of some sort was worthy of worship.  How stupid could they have been back in those days? …

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…