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What Was Dividing the Corinthian Church?

| September 22, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  We’re all familiar with the verses in 1 Cor 1:10-12: I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in […]

Commentary on Exodus 14 (Parting of the Red Sea)

| August 25, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In chapters 12 and 13, the Israelites escaped from Egypt due to the mighty hand of God, and have traveled some distance to the southeast, but not out of Egyptian territory. Chapter 14 begins the account of one of the most famous miracles performed by God for the Israelites, the parting […]

Commentary on Exodus 7-11 (The 10 Plagues)

| July 16, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt In chapters 7-12, the power of God would be demonstrated to Pharaoh and all the people of Egypt. Recall that Pharaoh told Moses and Aaron that he did not know their God, and God promised that he soon would. Ten plagues would be visited upon the Egyptians, with each successive plague […]

Commentary on Exodus 5 (Bricks Without Straw)

| July 4, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  After successfully convincing their fellow Israelites that the God of their ancestors had sent them, Moses and Aaron boldly approach Pharaoh and request that he let them go to the desert to worship. Pharaoh’s response frames the events that will take place in chapters 7 through 12 of Exodus. Pharaoh’s response […]

Commentary on Exodus 4 (Moses Returns to Egypt)

| July 2, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Chapter 4 of Exodus can be split into 3 sections: Miraculous Signs for Moses, Moses’ Return to Egypt, and the Reunion of Moses and Aaron. The first section (Miraculous Signs for Moses) starts at verse 1 and goes through verse 17. In verse 1, Moses expresses, for the third time, his […]

Commentary on Exodus 3 (Moses and the Burning Bush)

| June 20, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Chapter 3 of Exodus recounts one of the most famous passages in all of Scripture, the story of Moses and the Burning Bush. Moses is tending his father-in-law’s flocks near a mountain called Horeb. Some scholars believe that this mountain is identical with Mount Sinai, where Moses would later receive the […]

Commentary on Exodus 2 (Birth of Moses)

| June 16, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  After Pharaoh’s previous failures, he tries yet another approach to break the will of the Hebrews. In verse 22 of chapter 1, he decrees that every male child of the Hebrews must be thrown into the Nile River. One boy, however, is not immediately thrown into the Nile, but is hidden […]

Commentary on Exodus 1 (The Israelites Oppressed)

| June 9, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Verses 1-5 remind the reader that 70 people came down to settle in Goshen, which is a district of Egypt situated in the northeast corner of the nation. The twelve sons of Jacob (Israel) are listed and grouped according to their birth mothers. The numbering of 70 is a reference back […]

Do the Genealogies Allow Us to Date the Events of Genesis 1-11?

| May 28, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  A few Christians have mistakenly supposed that they can use the genealogies in Genesis 5-11 to add up the number of years between Adam and Abraham.  By doing this math, they surmise that the world was created somewhere around 4000 BC. Hebrew scholars, however, have pointed out that the genealogies are […]

Commentary on Genesis 44-45 (Joseph Reunites with His Family)

| May 14, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Background In chapter 37, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. When we pick up the story in chapter 44, 22 years have passed, so Joseph is now 39 years old (1876 BC). So what has transpired in the last 22 years? While serving in Potiphar’s household, Joseph is falsely […]

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