The Shadow of Death – Psalm 107:10-16

  Psalm 107 was probably written during Judah’s exile in Babylon/Persia, that is sometime after 586 BCE (in the Persian period likely in the late 6th or 5th cent. BCE). The psalm shows different groups of Israelites who were awaiting the coming redemption from Yahweh. Psalm 107:10-16 is very similar to Isaiah 9:1-2 (and is probably playing off […]

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Our Passover Lamb on Good Friday

Lost in our theological discourses on original sin and universal guilt, our evangelical calls to the unregenerate world and our Easter services is a basic teaching of Passover – the required death of the firstborn at the hands of Yahweh. Our theological understanding of substitutionary atonement is so vital to the Gospel Message – it […]

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Gehenna and the Conquered Grave

As I continue my research into the nature of Israelite child sacrifice in the Old Testament I am struck by the differences between the “Molech Cult” (e.g. Leviticus 21:1-5; Jeremiah 19) and the mysterious instances in which firstborn heirs were offered (or almost offered) as a sacrifice to Yahweh (Genesis 22;  Judges 11). The Molech sacrifice […]

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12 Spies – What is Truth?

“Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”” (John 18:38 ESV) Living in both the power of the Spirit and the truth of revelation (John 1:17) has been and will remain one of the most difficult balancing acts for God’s people. This is a lesson that is often forgotten despite constant examples from the Old and New Testaments. […]

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