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Commentary on Joshua 3-6 (The Fall of Jericho)

| July 3, 2015

In chapter 3, the Israelites are finally ready to enter the Promised Land, but to get there, they have to cross a river, the Jordan River. Given that there were tens of thousands of Israelites, young and old, along with all of their supplies, how would they do this? The Jordan River was not a […]

Did God Bless Rahab for Lying?

| July 1, 2015

In Joshua chapter 2, Rahab lies to the king of Jericho by telling him the spies had already left the city and that the king’s men could track them down and capture them as they returned to the Jordan River. In reality, Rahab was hiding the spies on the roof of her house. The Bible […]

Gay Marriage Is Forcing Us to Get Straight on the Old Testament

| July 1, 2015

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Recently I wrote a blog post on why Christians don’t stone people to death. I then wrote a 4-part series on how Christians should apply the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament). What do these posts have to do with gay marriage? In a nutshell, Christians are quoting from […]

Commentary on Joshua 1-2 (Rahab and the Spies)

| June 29, 2015

Joshua is the first book following the Pentateuch and it begins the series of books in the OT that are called the Historical Books (Joshua – Esther). The author of Joshua is unknown, although large portions of the book appear to have been written by a person who experienced the events recorded in the book. […]

Commentary on Job 38-42 (Job Meets God)

| June 22, 2015

Through Job 37, Job has listened to three “friends” and Elihu speak to him about why he is suffering so badly. Job, in turn, has responded to each of them, declaring his innocence and demanding that God give him answers. Finally, in Job 38, Job gets his wish. Out of a violent storm God speaks […]

Commentary on Job 21

| June 17, 2015

In the previous 20 chapters of the book of Job, Job’s three friends have argued that Job is being punished for sins he has committed. Their theology is simple: God always and immediately punishes the wicked and always and immediately blesses the righteous. In chapter 20, Zophar summarizes this theology: “Surely you know how it […]

Commentary on Job 1

| June 10, 2015

Having finished the book of Deuteronomy, we now move to the book of Job. Although the events of Job cannot be easily dated, there is some consensus that they occurred during the period of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). Or, to put a wide range of dates on the events of Job, we can […]

Commentary on Deuteronomy 31-34 (Joshua Succeeds Moses)

| June 5, 2015

Moses’s speeches and admonitions to the Israelites are about to come to an end. Chapter 31 begins with Moses telling them that he is 120 years old, and thus he is no longer able to lead the people. In addition, God has commanded that Moses not cross into the Promised Land because of his sin […]

How Did People in the Old Testament Please God?

| June 3, 2015

Moses states in verse 25 of Deuteronomy 6, “And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” A casual reading of this verse might lead you to believe that all the Israelites had to do was follow the rules […]

Commentary on Deuteronomy 6 (Love the Lord your God)

| June 1, 2015

In chapter 5 of Deuteronomy, Moses reviewed again with Israel the Ten Commandments. After this review, chapter 6 begins with Moses reminding the Israelites why they must follow the Law given to them by God, through Moses. It is “so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God […]

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