Daily Archives: May 29, 2020

DEFINITION OF THE DAY (LOTS)

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Objects of unknown shape and material used to determine the divine will. Often in the ancient Near East people, especially priests, made difficult and significant decisions by casting lots on the ground or drawing them from a receptacle. Several times Scripture mentions the practice. We do not know exactly what the lots look like. Nor do we know how they were interpreted. We do know that people of the OT and NT believe God (or gods in the case of non-Israelites or non-Christians) influenced the fall or outcome of the lots (Prov 16:33). Thus, casting lots was a way of determining God’s will. Continue reading DEFINITION OF THE DAY (LOTS)

SIGNS AND SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE (BOOK/SCROLL)

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The word Bible is actually a borrowed term from Latin (biblia) meaning “book.” For Christians, the Bible is the Book above and beyond all books. Jews and then Christians have long been called “the people of the Book,” highlighting the point that Judaism and Christianity both see the Book God has given as the most reliable guide to God’s direction for our lives. For Jews, this is restricted to the Old Testament; for Christians, both the Old and New Testaments from the complete Book that God authored. Continue reading SIGNS AND SYMBOLS OF THE BIBLE (BOOK/SCROLL)