"Sunday Sermon" Introduction I attended the National Conference on Jewish Law for several years. The participants were devout Jewish law professors, rabbis, judges, lawyers, and one non-Jew -- me. On Saturday, I was taking notes on one of the lectures. The man seated to my right nudged me with his elbow and snapped, “It’s Shabbat.” … Continue reading Law of Noah (Telestial), Moses (Terrestrial), and Jesus (Celestial)
"Sunday Sermon" Moses instructed Joshua, his military commander, to prepare the Israelites for battle against Amalek and his people. While Joshua fought in the plains, Moses oversaw the battle from a hill top. “I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.” Aaron and Hur accompanied Moses. … Continue reading The Role of Counselors – Moses, Aaron, and Hur (Exodus 17:8-13)
One of the challenges of studying the Old Testament is knowing which verses were meant to be interpreted literally and which verses were intended to be interpreted figuratively. Studying ancient literature, I learned that certain numbers were not meant to be taken literally. They were intended to be figurative, symbolic, or even magical. I discovered … Continue reading Is the Number “40” in the Bible Literal or Figurative?
"Sunday Sermon" Genesis Account: "Where art Thou?" In the Genesis account, after Adam and Eve transgressed by partaking of the forbidden fruit, God asked them the all-important question. “Where art thou?” (Gen. 3:9) In other words, “Where are you?” God was not asking Adam and Eve where they were located physically. He already knew that. They … Continue reading God’s First, and Most Important Questions, to Mankind
"Sunday Sermon" In the ancient creation account we read: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. When God created the light, and the sun and moon and stars, He saw that it was “good.” (Gen. 1:4-5; Moses 2:4-5) When God created the lands and the seas he saw it was “good.” (Gen. … Continue reading The Crowning Creation of Eve