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Book Of Genesis – Lesson #6

Lesson 6:  Genesis 6

WARNING!  Genesis Chapter 6, verses 1-7 is one of several “Twilight Zone” areas of the Bible.  The concepts involved are so weird, far-reaching, and just plain ‘mind-boggling” that most people (including Bible teachers) just WON’T GO THERE.  However, our goal as Bible students is to follow the evidence wherever it leads, and to allow God’s Word to speak to us, rather than us telling God’s Word what IT must mean.  Buckle your seatbelts, folks; the roller-coaster is about to leave the station. To quote William Shakespeare, “Horatio: O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!    Hamlet: And therefore as a stranger give it welcome. There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”  Hamlet Act 1, scene 5 Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: The Counsel Of The Ungodly

Scripture References: Psalms 1 and Philippians 4:4-9

Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Philippians 4:4-9
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Sermon Audio: The Ministry Of The Gideon’s

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Sermon Audio: Draw Closer To The Bible This Year

Scripture Reference:  2 Timothy 3:1-17

 

Pastor Roy’s Commentary:

The apostle now gives Timothy a description of conditions that will exist in the world prior to the Lord’s coming. It has often been pointed out that the list of sins that follows is very similar to the description of the ungodly heathen in Romans 1. The remarkable thing is that the very conditions that exist among the heathen in their savagery and uncivilized state will characterize professing believers in the last days. How solemn this is! Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #19 The Rabbinic View Of Women In the NT

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The “Rabbinic” View of Women in the New Testament Era, and the Contrast with Jesus’ Interactions with them

The rabbis of Jesus’ day had little use for women. Their attitude, reflected in the sayings and rulings of the sages recorded during the two centuries after Christ, seem especially strange today. Take for example the dictum of Yose b. Yohanan of Jerusalem, “Talk not much with womankind” (mAbot 1.5). Rabbinic writings contain many comments on this pronouncement. The Mishna (IV, 493) notes, “They said this of a man’s own wife; how much more of his fellow’s wife,” while the Talmud says, “It was taught: Do not speak excessively with a woman lest this ultimately lead you to adultery” (bNed.201). Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #13 – The Witch of En Dor, Bathsheba and Tamar

Women of The Bible  –  Lesson  13

THE WITCH OF EN DOR

Scripture references:  1 Samuel 28:5–25

We know little of the “witch of En Dor,” who was a medium, a woman who had contact with a familiar spirit. It is not at all certain that this woman was a Hebrew. During the conquest, En Dor was a Canaanite stronghold that the Israelites had not been able to possess (Josh. 17:11). The city did lie in Israelite-controlled territory, however, and Saul, in obedience to Deuteronomy 18’s condemnation of occult practices of every kind, had set out to exterminate all mediums and spiritists (1 Sam. 28:9).

However, when the Philistines invaded Israel, and every attempt of Saul to seek counsel from the Lord was refused, the desperate king demanded that his servants find him a medium. When one was located at En Dor, Saul went there in disguise to consult with the demon that was her spirit contact.

The woman was reluctant to conduct a seance for the disguised Saul. When promised immunity, however, she did as asked. Even then, when Samuel actually appeared, the woman “cried out with a loud voice” (v. 12). Her reaction showed that the spirit that appeared was not the familiar spirit she had called upon, but Samuel himself, who then informed Saul that he was destined to die in the coming battle with the Philistines.  Her reaction shows the true “happening” of séance’s; namely, that the so-called “loved one” who appears is actually a demon in disguise.  The voluntary acceptance of demonic presence opens a person up to spiritual deception and destruction. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #6 – The Midwives, Jochebed, and Pharoah’s Daughter

The women of the rest of the Pentateuch

With one exception, we know much less about the women than the men we meet in the five Old Testament books that relate the story of Gods people during the Exodus and the conquest of Canaan. It is not that these women are unimportant. It is simply that Scripture now moves at a faster pace. Rather than taking time to develop character, as Genesis does in the case of men as well as women, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and even Joshua focus on the story of what God is doing for an entire people, not His workings within a single family.

With the exception of Miriam, we will not come to know the women in this period of history in the depth that we came to know Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and the others. We will meet women, however, both named and unnamed, who played significant roles in bringing Gods plan of Old Testament redemption to fulfillment. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #5 – Dinah, Tamar, and Other Women In Genesis

 DINAH

Scripture references:   Genesis 30:21; 34; 46:15

Date:   About 1850 b.c.

Name:   Dinah [DIE-nah; justice]

DINAHS ROLE IN SCRIPTURE

Dinah was the daughter of Leah, born after her six brothers. Perhaps she was spoiled by them, as little sisters often are. When Dinah was raped, her brothers were incensed and demanded not the justice implied in her name, but revenge.

Dinahs life story (Gen. 34; 46:15). Dinah was still a young girl when Jacobs family returned toCanaan. She likely was just reaching marriageable age, then thirteen or fourteen years old. When the family stopped for a time near the city ofShechem, Dinah went looking for other girls to talk with.

Tragically, as she approached the city a young man saw her and raped her. While we are used to hearing of rape as epidemic in our society, we need to remember that male predators have preyed on women from the beginning of history. Rape was an ever-present danger in the ancient world too, and Gods Law specifically teaches that women like Dinah are to be held guiltless if they are attacked. Deuteronomy 22 states that if a young woman is forced in the countryside, you shall do nothing to the young woman, for even if she cried out there was no one to save her (Deut. 22:25, 27).  This law, given centuries after Dinahs experience, would have been small comfort to her. But it reminds us not to blame Dinah or any of her sisters who are violated by men. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible – Lesson #3 – Noah’s Wife Sarah

THE DAUGHTERS OF MEN Noahs Wife Sarah  (Scripture reference:   Genesis 6:15)

The phrase daughters of men, from Genesis 6:2, is easy to overlook but fascinating to study.  The central issue in this passage is the identity of the daughters of men and of the sons of God. Some scholars have assumed that the passage describes intermarriage between the godly line of Seth and the line of Cain. There are, however, problems with this interpretation.

First, why use the phrase sons of God for Seths line, which like Cains line has been corrupted by the Fall?

Second, how would this union have produced giants (Gen. 6:4)?

Third, the phrase sons of God in other Old Testament Scriptures doesnt seem to refer to humans at all!

Should this passage suggest an unnatural union of women with fallen angels, the role of these women was significant indeed. For this strange practice is closely associated with the Flood which shortly afterward destroyed life on earth.

One phrase in Genesis 6 seems to exonerate the women involved in this practice from personal fault. The text says that the sons of God took wives for themselves of all whom they chose (Gen. 6:2). Women did not take the initiative in this relationship, whatever it was. If we can find any parallels in Greek and Roman mythological tales of their deities involvement with human women, we can be confident that the taking was often by rape, sometimes by deceit, and never to the advantage of the women involved.

The women portrayed in Genesis 6 were victims, not partners in the betrayal of their race, for the beings who took them so wickedly were far more powerful than any human. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible – Lesson #1 – Eve ‘Mother Of All Living’

“Mother of all Living”  (Scripture Reference: Genesis 2:18  &  Genesis 3:21 )

The Creation Of Eve (Chap. 2)

In the process of naming the animals and birds, Adam would have noticed that there were males and females. Each one had a mate that was similar to itself, yet different. This prepared Adam for a helper who would be comparable to himself. His bride was formed from one of his ribs, taken from his side as he slept. So from Christ’s side, His Bride was secured as He shed His life’s blood in untold agony.

God gave headship to man before sin entered. Paul argues this fact from the order of creation (man was created first) and the purpose of creation (woman was made for the man) (1 Cor. 11:8-9). Also, although it was Eve who sinned first, it is by Adam, the head, that sin is said to have entered the world. He had the position of head and was thus responsible.

With the words of verse 24 God instituted monogamous marriage. Like all divine institutions, it was established for man’s good and cannot be violated with impunity. The marriage bond illustrates the relationship that exists between Christ and the church (Eph. 5:22–32). Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Women’s Life In The Old Testament Era

For most of the Old Testament era the majority of people lived a rural life. This was certainly the case in the time of the judges, which extended roughly from the 1370s, after the death of Joshua and the elders who ruled with him, to David’s provision of a united monarchy around 1000 b.c. Even afterIsraelbecame a united nation, daily life changed little for most men and women. The majority lived in small village settlements, not in cities. Most people grew their own food and met other needs within the household. A few developed household industries such as making pottery or catching and drying fish.

Life in the age of the judges was difficult inIsrael. Hebrew armies under Joshua had put down organized resistance inCanaanand divided the land among the twelve Hebrew tribes, but pagan strongholds still existed. God ordered the tribes to drive out the remaining Canaanite peoples as their own population grew and they needed additional land. However Judges 1:19 sums up in a single verse the reality of the situation. Continue Reading Here

Pastor’s Commentary: Conformed To The Word

By:  Pastor Roy Crane

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In marked contrast to false teachers was the life and ministry of Paul. Timothy was well aware of the nine prominent features which characterized this servant of the Lord. He had followed Paul closely and could testify to the fact that here was a man who was faithful to Christ and His word.  The apostle’s doctrine or teaching was true to the word of God and loyal to the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. His manner of life, or conduct, was consistent with the message he preached. His purpose in life was to be separate from moral and doctrinal evil.

Persecution is an integral part of a devout Christian life. It is well that every young Timothy should be reminded of this. Otherwise, when he is called upon to go through deep waters, he might be tempted to think that he has failed the Lord or that the Lord is displeased with him for some reason. The fact is that persecution is inevitable for all who desire to live in a godly manner. The reason for this persecution is simple. A godly life exposes the wickedness of others. People do not like to be thus exposed. Instead of repenting of their ungodliness and turning to Christ, they seek to destroy the one who has shown them up for what they really are. It is totally irrational behavior, of course, but that is characteristic of fallen man.

The Holy Scriptures are spoken of as being continually able to make men wise for salvation. This means, first of all, that men learn the way of salvation through the Bible. Salvation is through faith which is in Christ Jesus. We should mark this well. It is not through good works, baptism, church membership, confirmation, obeying the Ten Commandments, keeping the Golden Rule, or in any other way that involves human effort or merit. Salvation is through faith in the Son of God.

When Paul speaks of all Scripture, he is definitely referring to the complete OT but also to those portions of the NT that were then in existence. In 1 Timothy 5:18, he quotes the Gospel of Luke (10:7) as Scripture. And Peter speaks of Paul’s Epistles as Scriptures (2 Pet. 3:16). Today we are justified in applying the verse to the entire Bible.

Because the Bible is the word of God, it is profitable.  The Bible is profitable for doctrine, or teaching. It sets forth the mind of God with regard to such themes as the Trinity, angels, man, sin, salvation, sanctification, the church, and future events. Again, it is profitable for reproof. As we read the Bible, it speaks to us pointedly concerning those things in our lives which are displeasing to God. Also, it is profitable for refuting error and for answering the tempter. Again, the word is profitable for correction. It not only points out what is wrong but sets forth the way in which it can be made right. For instance, the Scriptures not only say, “Let him who stole steal no longer,” but add, “Rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need.” The first part of the verse might be considered as reproof, whereas the second part is correction. Finally, the Bible is profitable for instruction in righteousness. The grace of God teaches us to live godly lives, but the word of God traces out in detail the things which go to make up a godly life. Through the word, the man of God may be complete or mature. He is thoroughly equipped with all that he needs to bring forth every good work which makes up the goal of his salvation (Eph. 2:8–10).

In verses 3–6, the apostle gives two strong reasons for the charge he has just given. The first is that there will be a general turning away from wholesome doctrine. The second is that Paul’s time of departure is at hand.

The apostle foresees a time when people will show a positive distaste for health-giving teaching. They will willfully turn away from those who teach the truth of God’s word. Their ears will itch for doctrines that are pleasing and comfortable. To satisfy their lust for novel and gratifying doctrine, they will accumulate a group of teachers who will tell them what they want to hear.

The lust for inoffensive preaching will cause people to turn their ears away from the truth to myths. It is a poor exchange—to sacrifice truth for fables—but this is the wretched reward of those who refuse sound doctrine.

Commentary: We’re Still Here!

By:  Pastor Roy Crane

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As to the exact day and hour of His Second Advent, “no one knows”.  This should warn against the temptation to set dates or to believe those who do.  We are not surprised that angels do not know; they are finite creatures with limited knowledge.

At the close of chapter 1, Peter referred to the prophets of the OT as men who spoke, not by their own will, but as moved by the Holy Spirit.  Now he mentions that in addition to the true prophets in the OT period, there were also false prophets.  And just as there will be bona fide teachers in the Christian era, there will be false teachers as well.

These false teachers take their place inside the church.  They pose as ministers of the gospel.  This is what makes the peril so great.  If they came right out and said they were atheists or agnostics, people would be on guard, But they are masters of deception.  They carry the Bible and use orthodox expressions.

Peter predicts that they will attract a large following.  They do this by scuttling the biblical standards of morality and encouraging the indulgence of the flesh.

False teachers are greedy.  They have chosen the ministry as a lucrative profession.  Their great aim is to build up a large following and thus to increase their income.

They exploit people with false words.  Darby said, “The Devil is never more satanic than when he carries a Bible.”  So these men, with Bible in hand, pose as ministers of righteousness, give out well-known evangelical hymns, and use scriptural expressions.  But all this is camouflage for heretical teachings and corrupt morals.

Commentary: The Divine Rule of Christian Faith and Practice

By: Pastor Roy L. Crane

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SCRIPTURE means the Old and New Testaments, which make up the Bible, God’s written Word. God gave to the world His living Word, Jesus Christ, and His written Word, the Scriptures. Although the Bible was written by prophets and apostles, the Bible originated not with their wills, but with God’s (2 Pet. 1:20–21). “All Scripture,” Paul wrote, “is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16).

After Jesus, God’s living Word, returned to heaven having accomplished the Great Work of salvation, the Bible, God’s written Word, remained on earth as God’s eternal guide for mankind. The written Word is durable and has remained  unchanged in its message since it was first inspired by God.

Because the Bible is God’s inspired Word, it is able to make us “wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). The Scriptures testify of Christ (John 5:39) and are understood and received as He opens our understanding to the revealed will of His Father (Luke 24:27). Like the Berean Christians, we should search the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11) to discover God’s message for our lives.

The realization of what an incomparable Treasure we have in the Lord should make us vow to keep His words. He is the All-sufficient One. To have Him is to be fabulously wealthy. Though He is All-sufficient, we are not. “Our sufficiency is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5). So we must be people of prayer, entreating God’s favor and claiming His promise of mercy.

Guidance is a perennial problem. Which way should we go? Frankly, we don’t have the wisdom in ourselves to know. All right, then. Let us turn our feet to the paths outlined in the Scriptures.  We live in a day of instant foods, instant service and instant this and that. Instant obedience to the revealed will of God is something to ponder—and to produce.

Wicked men may conspire to trip up the innocent believer, but that is all the more reason for him to remember the Word for guidance and protection.

“At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25). They were being unjustly treated by men but they could still sing about God’s righteous judgments.

Those who love God love His people. And those who love the Bible love all Bible-lovers. It is a worldwide fellowship that transcends national, social and racial distinctions.

God’s steadfast love can be found anywhere in the world, but more than that, the earth is full of it. Our grateful hearts respond by saying, “Lord, keep me teachable by Your Holy Spirit.”

Commentary: The Building, The Mystery & The Purpose

By: Pastor Roy L. Crane

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Read the Scripture:  Ephesians 2:19 thru 3:12

The Apostle Paul lists some of the overwhelming new privileges of believing Gentiles. They have been made members of the church, or as Paul pictures it here, they have become stones in the construction of a holy temple. With great detail the apostle describes this temple—its foundation, its chief cornerstone, its cohesive agent, its unity and symmetry, its growth, and its other unique features. The unity and symmetry of the temple are indicated by the expression, the whole building, being fitted together. It is a unity made up of many individual members.

Each member has a specific place in the building for which he or she is exactly suited. Stones excavated from the valley of death by the grace of God are found to fit together perfectly. The unique feature of this building is that it grows. However, this feature is not the same as the growth of a building through the addition of bricks and cement. Think of it rather as the growth of a living organism, such as the human body. After all, the church is not an inanimate building. Neither is it an organization. It is a living entity with Christ as its Head and all believers forming the Body. It was born on the day of Pentecost, has been growing ever since, and will continue to grow until the Coming of Christ.

A Parenthesis on the Mystery (3:1–13)

Paul begins a statement in verse 1 that is interrupted in verse 2 and not resumed till verse 14. The intervening verses form a parenthesis, the theme of which is the mystery—Christ and the church.

Darby’s translation, “the mystery of the Christ,” suggests that it is the mystical Christ that is in view here, that is, the Head and the Body. (For another instance of the name Christ including both the Lord Jesus and His people, see 1 Cor. 12:12.) Verses 5 and 6 give us the most complete definition we have of the mystery. Paul explains what a mystery is, then he explains what the mystery of the Christ is.

Now we come to the central truth of the mystery, namely, that in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, believing Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members, and fellow partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel. In other words, converted Gentiles now enjoy equal title and privileges with converted Jews.

This mystery had from the beginning of the ages been hidden in God. The plan was itself in the mind of God eternally, but here the thought is that He kept it a secret throughout the ages of human history. Once again we notice the care the Holy Spirit takes to impress us with the fact that the assembly, or church universal is something new, unique, unprecedented.

One of God’s present purposes in connection with the mystery is to reveal His manifold wisdom to the angelic hosts of heaven. Paul again uses the metaphor of a school. God is the Teacher. The universe is the classroom. Angelic dignitaries are the students. The lesson is on “The multi-faceted wisdom of God.” The church is the object lesson.

From heaven the angels are compelled to admire His unsearchable judgments and marvel at His ways past finding out. They see how God has triumphed over sin to His own glory. They see how He has sent heaven’s Best for earth’s worst. They see how He has redeemed His enemies at enormous cost, conquered them by love, and prepared them as a Bride for His Son. They see how He has blessed them with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies. And they see that through the work of the Lord Jesus on the cross, more glory has come to God and more blessing has come to believing Jews and Gentiles than if sin had never been allowed to enter. God has been vindicated; Christ has been exalted; Satan has been defeated; and the church has been enthroned in Christ to share His glory.

As a result of Christ’s work and our union with Him, we now have the unspeakable privilege of entering into God’s presence at any time, in full confidence of being heard, and without any fear of being scolded (Jas 1:5). Our boldness is the respectful attitude and absence of fear we have as children addressing their Father. Our access is our liberty to speak to God in prayer. Our confidence is the assurance of a welcome, a hearing, and a wise and loving answer. And it is all through faith in Him, that is, our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Bible Study: The Book of Zephaniah

The Book of Zephaniah

“If anyone wishes all the secret oracles of the prophets to be given in a brief compendium, let him read through this brief Zephaniah.” —Martin Bucer (1528)

We know very little about Zephaniah the son of Cushi. His name means Jehovah hides, i.e., “protects” or “treasures.” He liked to put dark against light and light against dark, painting a very gloomy picture of the Day of the Lord, yet giving a very bright foreglimpse of Israel’s coming glory and the conversion of the Gentiles to the Lord. As Bible Commentator Hewitt points out, the Prophet Zephaniah minced no words: There is no compromise in the language used. He denounces sin and announces judgment with perfect fearlessness and closes his book with a song full of inspiration and hope looking forward to the inauguration of the Millennial Kingdom.

Zephaniah ministered during the reign of Josiah (640–609 B.C.). The book was probably written between 621 and 612 B.C.

Zephaniah probably prophesied from Jerusalem (“this place,” 1:4). The historical background of his prophecy will be found in 2 Kings 21–23 and the early chapters of Jeremiah: Continue Reading Here

Commentary: What Are We Saved From?

By: Pastor Roy L. Crane

What Are We Saved From? (Revelation 20:7-15)   Listen to Pastor Roy’s Sermon on this subject here!

The devil himself is cast into the lake of fire to join the beast and the false prophet.

Next we are introduced to the great white throne judgment. It is great because of the issues involved and white because of the perfection and purity of the decisions handed down. The Lord Jesus is sitting as Judge (John 5:22, 27). All of the dead, small and great, stand before God. Two sets of books are opened. The Book of Life contains the names of all who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. The other books contain a detailed record of the works of the individual.

The sea will yield up the bodies of those who have been buried in it. The graves, here represented by Death, will deliver up the bodies of all those who have been interred. Hades will give up the souls of all who have died. The bodies and souls will be reunited to stand before the Judge.

This then is what we are saved from: the Lake of Fire, the final abode of the Devil, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and of all who have not accepted Christ. Period.  We are not saved from the effects of bad habits; from the social pain of our relationships, or from the loneliness of poor self-esteem. We are saved from an eternity of fire in the company of the most evil persons ever.

When we down-play what it is we are saved from, we cheapen what Christ has done.  He gave His LIFE to keep you out of the Lake, even though by any standard of measurement you truly DESERVED and had EARNED your place there.  As a sinner, in rebellion against your Creator, in violation of His Word and ways, you were truly destined for the Lake.  However, in love and grace, Jesus gave Himself willingly as the atoning sacrifice for your sin so that you could be SAVED from the Lake.  The only issue that we carry into eternity with us is this; how did we respond to Jesus’ purchased salvation?  Did we accept it with repentance, gladness, and joy; or did we reject it and refuse to grasp the life-line that we have been offered?

Bible Study: The Book of Micah

Micah

Micah is the fourth largest of the minor prophets. It is quoted five times in the NT, once by our Lord. The most famous quotation (Matt. 2:6) is from 5:2, the verse that predicts that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah (there was another Bethlehem up north).

Another fascinating feature of Micah is the prophet’s fondness for “punning.” Many people enjoy making plays on words. In English- speaking cultures this is not generally considered a serious literary form (although Shakespeare used it often). In Hebrew, however, such serious writings as constitute the OT have many plays on words. Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest types of literature to translate, since no two languages have the same sets of double meanings. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book Of Hosea – Part Two

The Book Of Hosea, Part 2

GOD’S CONTROVERSY WITH HIS PEOPLE (Chapters. 4–10)

The Sins of the People (4:1-5)

God contends with Israel because of the people’s unfaithfulness, unkindness, irreligion, swearing, lying, killing, stealing, adultery, and murder. Five of the Ten Commandments are summarized in verse 2. Violations of these commands were the reasons for the condition of the land. Even the wildlife would waste away because of the coming judgment. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book Of Hosea – Part One

The Book Of Hosea, Part 1

Introduction

“We have in the Book of Hosea one of the most arresting revelations of the real nature of sin, and one of the clearest interpretations of the strength of the Divine love. No one can read the story of Hosea without realizing the agony of his heart. Then, lift the human to the level of the Infinite, and know this, that sin wounds the heart of God.”         G. Campbell Morgan

While the Book of Hosea is not in narrative or story form, it does contain a story, although it is interwoven with the text. Briefly, the story is that Hosea married Gomer and she bore three children—Jezreel, Lo-ruhamah, and Lo-ammi. Gomer was unfaithful, and in spite of this, Hosea sought her in great love, and bought her back from slavery and degradation. Continue Reading Here