Monthly Archives: May 2016

Blessings and curses

Israel were not expected to serve God for nothing. If (as a nation) they observed His laws, He promised to reward them (as a nation) with material blessings (Leviticus 26:1-13). He would supply their needs (by giving them rain at … Continue reading

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Love hurts: a window into God’s heart

Hosea 11:5-11 Ironically, Israel’s insistence on spiritual independence would mean the loss of their political independence. Their determined and persistent rejection of God cut them off from any possibility of His intervention. He would ignore their pleas, just as they had ignored His. … Continue reading

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The year of the Lord’s favour

On the same principle as the weekly sabbath day, every seventh year was to be designated a sabbath year in Israel, during which the land itself would have a rest from cultivation (Leviticus 25:1-7). This was a severe test of … Continue reading

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Fear of the unknown

Uncertainty is unsettling. We do not know what lies in the future, or what happens beyond death. It is probably not surprising that so many people read horoscopes; we feel so much more comfortable if we know (or think we … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (the verdict)

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 The differences between Paul and James are more apparent than real – especially when one takes a step back to look at the bigger picture. Their supposed ‘conflict’ can be sustained only by picking … Continue reading

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Love hurts: the son of God

Hosea 11:1-4 “Out of Egypt I called my son…” (verse 1) This statement is both historical (Exodus 4:22) and prophetic (Matthew 2:14,15). Israel had been set apart from the world in order to be the conduit of the world’s ultimate … Continue reading

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Faith and works: Paul v James (round 3)

Round 1 Round 2 Both Paul and James were apostles writing under the inspiration and authority of the Holy Spirit. So we should not assume too quickly that their teachings are incompatible. Is James correcting a misunderstanding? There may well … Continue reading

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