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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 […]

Why Did Moses Separate the Virgins and Non-Virgins of Midian?

| May 21, 2015

In Numbers 31:18, Moses commands the officers of the army to kill all the women who have had sex and only keep alive the girls who are virgins. What is going here? Why would Moses give this command? In order to understand this verse, we first have to understand the background. The Midianites, under the […]

Commentary on Numbers 25-31 (Vengeance on the Midianites)

| May 18, 2015

Following the prophecies of Balaam in chapters 22-24, the author of Numbers, in chapter 25, records the last rebellion against God before the Israelites enter the Promised Land. Verses 1-4 describe the catastrophe that occurred. The Israelite men are seduced by Moabite (and also Midianite, as we’ll learn later) women. These women, by the thousands, […]

Why Does God Order the Killing of Canaanite Livestock?

| May 4, 2015

During the conquest of Canaan, the Israelites were sometimes commanded to kill all the domesticated animals living among the Canaanites. Why would God command this? The simple answer is this: the Canaanites were having sexual relations with their animals. OK, I know this is totally disgusting to us moderns, but that is how it was […]

Why Don’t Christians Sacrifice Animals to Atone for Sins?

| February 13, 2015

There are many commands given by God to the Israelites at Mount Sinai that Christians do not obey, animal sacrifice being one of them. Aren’t we disobeying God by not following his commands? Skeptics of Christianity love to read through the Book of Leviticus and point out how inconsistent we are in obeying God’s commands. […]

#3 Post of 2014 – Why Don’t Christians Stone People to Death?

| December 26, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  If you are a Christian, how many times have you heard a skeptic say, “If you believe that the Bible is really the Word of God, then why don’t you [fill in the blank with a divine command from Leviticus]?” Since the first five books of the Bible (aka the Pentateuch, […]

Did God Promise to Commit Genocide?

| November 14, 2014

In Exodus 23:23, God says, “My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out.” It seems from this verse that God is going to kill all of these people only because of their nationality. Is that […]

Does God Punish Children for Their Parents’ Sins?

| November 7, 2014

In Exodus 20:5-6, the text says “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Many people mistakenly presume […]

Why Did Paul Tell Women to Cover Their Heads?

| September 8, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In 1 Cor 11:5-6, the apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that a woman should cover her head when praying or prophesying at church assemblies. Some churches today still adhere to this command, but should they? What was the context of Paul’s statement? Authors E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien provide […]

What Did Jesus Mean by Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm?

| September 5, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  One of the most familiar passages in Scripture is Rev 3:15-16, where Jesus addresses the Laodicean church: “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” […]

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