What was the role of a priest in the Bible?

We could generally describe the role of God's priests as follows:

1. These were ordained by God to offer sacrifices-
"For every high priest taken from among men (all the Jewish priests were taken from the Kohan family of the tribe of Levi) is appointed on behalf of men (set apart for their work to represent their […]

April 26th, 2018|Israel, Middle East, Mosaic Law, Tabernacle, Tithes|

Is tithing relevant today?

Tithing or giving 10 percent is no where commanded in the New Testament. Tithing was an arrangement instituted by God to support the tribe of Levites. The Levites were not given an inheritance in the land and were to be fully employed as priests to serve God and Israel. The tithe supported these men in […]

Is it wrong to give my tithe to the poor needy?

God’s command to give tithes (ten percent) started with the Israelites in Leviticus 27:30-34, Numbers 18:26-29, Deuteronomy 12:17.  Deuteronomy 14:22 seems to say that you are to tithe of all of the produce. This was all part of the law given to the Israelites.  The purpose of tithing was to give sustenance to the Levites […]

Why didn't the Samaritans and the Jews meet together?

The people, who became known as the Samaritans, came from the Assyrian empire. When the ten tribes of Israel were taken captive by Assyria, the Assyrians sent foreign people to populate the land. 

2 Kings 17:23-34,”So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria, and they are still there. The king […]

Why did God wait to give Abram and Sarah a child until they were very aged?

The simplest answer to this question is “to test their faith”.  God had personally made a promise to Abraham that he and Sarah would have a very special son, through whom the entire world would receive blessings. Genesis 17:19, “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call […]

Was is the Pentateuch?

The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  "Penta" means five and "teuch" refers to scrolls or books.  Some call the Pentateuch the five books of Moses; while Jewish people call this collection the Torah.

Why was Matthew 9 verse 15 followed by verses 16&17? What's the connection between fasting, patches, and new wine skins?

When asked by John’s disciples as to why Jesus’ disciples did not fast, our Lord relates fasting to mourning and states that His disciples will “fast” after He has been “taken from them.”   But then He goes on to speak of patching an old garment with a piece of new cloth and filling old […]

If the Bible is harmonious, why are the doctrines in the Old Testament and the New Testament so different?

The requirements, prohibitions, sacrifices of the Old Testament Law were not addressed to the whole world, but only to the unique nation of Israel. God made a covenant with them and required them to obey him. On the other hand, the teachings of the New Testament are directed both to Jews and gentiles: “…I had […]

Abraham and some other great men in the Bible married their relatives, right?

Leviticus 18:1-19 (NIV):

“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them…You must not do as they do in Egypt…You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God…’

‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the LORD.

‘Do not dishonor […]

Do the Apostle Paul's epistles contradict the Old Law and the other New Testament books?

There are times that this would seem to be true, specially from the Jewish perspective. This is illustrated in Revelation 5:1-3, “And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals…‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and to […]