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BIBLE SIGNS & SYMBOLS (FORTY)

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We should note at the outset that in the era before clocks and precise record keeping, numbers were often an estimation. Three and five signified a little, and forty a lot more. That is not to say that forty was never an accurate number, only that precision was not the intent of biblical authors.  Continue reading BIBLE SIGNS & SYMBOLS (FORTY)

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BIBLE SIGNS & SYMBOLS (NINEVEH)

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As a city symbolic of man’s power in rebellion against God, Nineveh ranks second only to Babylon. Yet it also stands out as an example of cultural repentance-the population of a large city recognizing the holiness of God and humbling themselves before him. Three of Israel’s prophets-Jonah, Nahum, and Zephaniah-had dealings with the city. Nineveh Continue reading BIBLE SIGNS & SYMBOLS (NINEVEH)

BIBLE SIGNS AND SYMBOLS (NINEVEH)

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As a city symbolic of man’s power in rebellion against God, Nineveh ranks second only to Babylon. Yet it also stands out as an example of cultural repentance- the population of a large city recognizing the holiness of God and humbling themselves before him. Three of Israel’s prophets- Jonah, Nahum, and Zephaniah-had dealings with the city. Nineveh

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BIBLE SIGNS AND SYMBOLS (JONAH IN THE GREAT FISH)

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Jonah’s story is summed up in one verse: “The LORD sent a big fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights” (Jon 1:17). Jonah was an ordinary man, called by God to preach to Nineveh. But he is also a satirical and ridiculous figure, an example of what a prophet should not be. Fearing that the hated Ninevites might repent, Jonah refused God’s call and tried to run from God by boarding a ship bound for the

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MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE BIBLE (AGRICULTURE) “PART 1OF 2”

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When the Jewish people entered Canaan and took up agriculture after the seminomadic life of forty years in the wilderness, they were entering into work that went back in their own history for hundreds of years and into a country that was extremely rich in plants. Ur of the Chaldees, where Abraham had come from, was sustained by healthy agricultural system based on irrigation ditches from the river bank, stone ploughshares, and flint

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THE TRINITY (THREE)

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The number three and groups of three occur frequently in Scripture. As the second prime number, three maintains the indivisibility of the number one and introduces a concept of a more-than-one number that is not easily divisible. In the area of relationships, three expands the possibilities greatly. Between A and B is one relationship. Between A, B, and C there are at least seven relationships (AB, AC,BC; A-BC,B-AC,C-AB,ABC).

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