More articles like this can be found at the Carolina Messenger. For three years there had been no rain in Israel. Ahab was a wicked King that had turned to the idols of his wife and for that, God had sent Elijah with the judgment – no rain. For three years the lack of rain … Continue reading Were You Looking for Me?
Read Deuteronomy 12:1-7 … Those things that God opts for, or chooses, surely have an importance. Recently, while listening to a sermon, that importance was highlighted from the book of Deuteronomy. That book is a record of Moses reviewing the covenantal instructions with the Israelites before they entered the Promise Land. Those instructions included speaking … Continue reading God Chooses
Read Numbers 13:30-14:4 … Joseph seems to have come up several times in the past week, so a few words about how the story might help in understanding a difference in literary genres could be beneficial. Beginning at Genesis 37 one finds Joseph, the dreamer, coming back from being with his brothers in the fields … Continue reading A “Bad Report”
Read 2 Peter 1:12-18 … A question was recently raised about the Old Testament: “Is it absolutely necessary to believe that individuals such as Abraham, Ruth, or David were concrete historic individuals?” It almost sounds reasonable since those individuals are lost to the annals of time. Of the three mentioned, David may have gained ground … Continue reading Cunningly Devised Fables
The essence of eschatology, the language in which eschatological thought occurs, is a forward-looking conception of what is the ultimate outcome for mankind and the world. Most of those involved in the work of theology have a basic understanding of eschatology that conforms to this concept, and the traditional shape of eschatology is expressed in … Continue reading The Messiah: the Greater Prophet, the son of David, Emanuel.
For a brief time, the life of Job was touched with the type of despair that no man or woman ever wants to face. As a business man he witnessed the loss of all the material things that point to wealth and prosperity. As a parent he endured the devastating emotional upheaval the loss of … Continue reading The Dark Night of the Soul: A Brief Exegetical Examination of Job 28
Old Testament Wisdom Literature: A Theological Introduction is a collaborative work by Craig G. Bartholomew and Ryan P. O’Dowd printed in 2011, examining and discussing the genre of wisdom literature with specific concentration on Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. The work begins with a discussion of wisdom literature in the Ancient Near East and the … Continue reading Old Testament Wisdom Literature