First and 2 Kings trace the history of Israel during the four hundred years from the death of King David to the destruction of Jerusalem. Each king is judged on whether he was obedient to God or did evil in His sight. Many lessons follow from these stories.Continue reading WHAT’S THE POINT OF READING ABOUT ALL THESE ANCIENT KINGS?
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THE TAX MAN UP A TREE
On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus comes to the oasis town of Jericho, a thriving city known for its year-round fruits and vegetables. He has about another 20 miles to go, a full day’s walk. Zacchaeus lives in this crossroads town near what is now Israel’s eastern border, a few miles from the Jordan River. He’s in charge of collecting taxes throughout the region, including trolls for produce and other goods shuttled in or out of the city.Continue reading THE TAX MAN UP A TREE
BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (EQUAL ACCESS TO GOD)
This veil, or curtain, separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place in the Jewish temple at Jerusalem. Only the high priest was allowed behind this curtain, and he could go into the Most Holy Place only once a year-on the Day of Atonement-to offer sacrifices to atone for the sins of the people (Lev 16:34).Continue reading BIBLE CUSTOMS & CURIOSITIES (EQUAL ACCESS TO GOD)
BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (A MAN WITH AN INKHORN)
In Ezekiel’s vision, he saw six men from the north arrive in Jerusalem. They probably represented the Babylonian army, whom God had appointed as His instrument of judgement against His people because of their sin and idolatry.Continue reading BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (A MAN WITH AN INKHORN)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY (MATTHEW 25:1-15)
15 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?Continue reading SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY (MATTHEW 25:1-15)
DEFINITION OF THE DAY (HOST OF HEAVEN PT 2 OF 2)
Manasseh, king of Judah (697 – 642 BC), built altars in Jerusalem for all the “host of heaven” (2 Kings 21:5). He attempted to merge the worship of other gods with the worship of Yahweh. Manasseh’s efforts were reversed when Josiah came to the throne (2 Kings 23:7).Continue reading DEFINITION OF THE DAY (HOST OF HEAVEN PT 2 OF 2)
DEFINITION OF THE DAY (FIRST BORN PT1)
First son born to a couple and required of newly married people was believed to represent the prime of human vigor (Gen 49:3; Ps 78:51). In memory of the death of Egypt’s firstborn and the preservation of the firstborn of Israel, all the firstborn of Israel, both of man and beast, belonged to Yahweh (Exod 13:2,15; cp. 12:12-16). This meant that the people of Israel attached unusual value to the eldest son and assigned special privileges and responsibilities to him.Continue reading DEFINITION OF THE DAY (FIRST BORN PT1)
JESUS’ CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE
After this short visit to Capernaum, Jesus apparently traveled to Jerusalem to observe the Passover festival. Here He found the outer courts of the temple cluttered with merchants who were selling sacrificial animals to pilgrims who had come to the Holy City for the annual Jewish holiday. Other agents were busy exchanging foreign currency for the Jewish coins needed to pay the annual temple tax (John 2:13-25).Continue reading JESUS’ CLEANSING OF THE TEMPLE
BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (BARABBAS, NOT JESUS)
At the annual celebration of the Passover in Jerusalem (see note on Matthew 26:19), the Roman governor released on Jewish prisoner who was selected by the people. This was a gesture of goodwill to the Jews, who resented the Roman occupation of their country.Continue reading BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (BARABBAS, NOT JESUS)
A LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT (SHILOH)
Jerusalem was not Israel’s first capital. Shiloh was-for at least a century.
A high plains village nearly half a mile above sea level and thirty miles north of Jerusalem, in Israel’s hill country, Shiloh was where Joshua and the Israelites pitched the tent of God, or the worship center called the tabernacle. This is where the Israelites came to offer sacrifices to God and to celebrate religious holidays.Continue reading A LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT (SHILOH)