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Philippians 3:1ff – Regulated Worship

It is an amazing thing that there are those who profess to know the Bible, yet who contend that God has left man free to improvise his own worship system. Like Jeroboam, the son of Nebat (1 Kings 12:25-33), they are innovators. The early church was not without its problems with persons of this philosophy. In Philippians 3:1ff, Paul calls ... read more »

Micah 1:1 – The Doom of Samaria and Jerusalem

Micah was a prophet of the Lord who lived in the city of Moresheth (about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem). He proclaimed Jehovah's revelation in the reigns of Judah's kings, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. He was, therefore, a contemporary of Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 1:1). Some characterize him as the "country" preacher, while Isaiah was the "city" preacher. The thrust of ... read more »

Amos, David, and Instruments of Music

"Does Amos 6:5 censure David's introduction of instrumental music in worship - even under the old covenant?Does the text hint that musical instruments in the Old Testament were something God tolerated, like polygamous marriage, rather than being his ideal?" This is a question upon which Bible expositors are not agreed. Let us first note the controversial text. In his rebuke ... read more »

Obadiah 1 – The Doom of Edom

Through his prophet Obadiah, the Lord spoke to the nation of Edom. The name "Edom" referred to that band known as the Edomites, who were the descendants of Esau, son of Isaac (Genesis 36:1-17). Their territory lay to the south of Canaan. A survey of Old Testament history reveals that the Edomites were perpetual enemies of the Israelite people (see ... read more »

Ignore this Lesson and You’re History!

The mountain shook, and God spoke. When the Lord's voice thundered from Sinai, a covenant was made with Israel, and mankind was educated in the ways of God. When Israel arrived at Horeb, God required three days of preparation (Exodus 19:3-25). The divine manifestation was an epic moment in redemptive history; that's the way Israel was to consider it. God ... read more »

Amos 1:1-2:3 — Judgment upon the Nations

Amos was principally a prophet to the nation of Israel during the administrations of Jeroboam II and Joash, rulers of the northern kingdom (1:1). Before addressing Israel, however, he turned his attention to other transgressors nearby. Mark each of these names and note the besetting sin. Damascus (in Syria) had been cruel to Gilead (vv. 3-5), Gaza (in Philistia) had ... read more »

2 Peter 1:11 – The Eternal Kingdom

It is a serious mistake not to recognize that a word can carry a different meaning in a variety of biblical contexts. The individual situation must always be carefully examined. For example, the term "kingdom" has different connotations under various circumstances. Jesus spoke of the "kingdom of God" that had been in operation under the Mosaic regime (Matthew 21:43). The ... read more »

1 Kings 12 — The Sin of Jeroboam

Jeroboam, a ruler of the northern kingdom of Israel, is given special attention in the Old Testament. No less than twenty-one times he is charged with having caused Israel to sin (cf. 1 Kings 14:16). What was his transgression that merited such attention? He was an innovator. He practiced what the apostle Paul would call "will-worship" (Colossians 2:23). His presumptuous ... read more »

What Was the “Manna” in the Wilderness of Sinai?

"The Interpreter's Bible (a popular commentary set), in commenting on the 'manna' that fell when the children of Israel were in the wilderness of Sinai, suggests that this 'manna' substance was merely a sweet, natural material from certain trees of that region (e.g., the tamarisk tree), and that there was nothing miraculous about this food.Would you comment on this?" The ... read more »

Cruel and Unusual Postponement

In February of 2006, the State of California postponed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for raping and murdering 17-year-old Terri Winchell - twenty-five years ago! Questions were raised regarding the ethics of lethal injection. How can it be known whether or not Mr. Morales would feel pain during the administration of the lethal injection, after ... read more »