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 […]

In the Tabernacle in the wilderness and in other scriptures, God uses "fives" many times. Why five?

The Tabernacle is instrumental in opening our understanding of God’s plan of redemption. The sacrifices as well as the construction of the “building” and even all it contained picture some aspect of the salvation to be provided. 

Exodus 25:8,9 “And let them construct a sanctuary for me, that I may dwell among them. According to all […]

May 11th, 2017|Mosaic Law, Tabernacle, Tithes|

Do the laws of God serve any purpose in my life today, since as a Christian I am no longer under the laws?

It is the body of laws encompassed in the Law Covenant which do apply to Christians. The Law Covenant was made between God and Israel only. In the early church, Jews who became Christians were confused as to whether they still needed to keep the Law. The Apostle Paul told them that Jesus fulfilled the […]

How should believers view the Mosaic Law?

Believers in Jesus understand that the Mosaic Law was given by God to His chosen people. It was as a sacred covenant between God and Israel designed to teach righteousness. Galatians 3:19 says “Wherefore then serves the law?  It was added because of transgressions.” However, because the Law was a perfect law, it could not […]

February 17th, 2017|Mosaic Law, Tabernacle, Tithes|

Can people be redeemed two or more times? The Israelites were first redeemed from Egypt bondage and again when Christ died for Israel (Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 9:15). Did Jesus's death on the cross redeem the Jews (a third time) as well as the Gentiles, 1Timothy 2:6?

As for the Jews who were in Egyptian bondage, when their foretold time in Egypt passed (Genesis 15:13), God led them out from Egypt (Genesis 3:17), but did not redeem them from the Adamic death sentence. To speak about redemption, there must be two participants – seller and buyer. In Egypt, no one paid Pharaoh […]

February 8th, 2017|Mosaic Law, Tabernacle, Tithes, Salvation and Ransom|

Hebrews 12:29 reads, "…for our God is a consuming fire". Who exactly does this describe? Because God does not look like a consuming fire.

In this verse, Apostle Paul derived the image of God, as a "consuming fire" from Exodus 24:17; Genesis 4:24 and Isaiah 33:14. The Israelites saw the glory of God as a fire on top of Mount Sinai (Exodus 24:17). The glory of God is the sign of His presence and it is a fire. (See […]

Why were the kings in the Old Testament allowed to have many wives?

Back in Old Testament times, many men had multiple wives – every one of these marriages resulted in grief and heartache. Multiple wives were allowed by God, though He never recommended it.  God, also, gave the Israelites laws to reduce their problems when they chose to practice polygamy, though He did not forbid this practice. […]

January 11th, 2017|Bible and Bible Characters, Marriage, Mosaic Law, Tabernacle, Tithes|

Is Easter a pagan holiday? Should Christians celebrate it?

Yes, Easter has pagan roots. The Saxon fertility goddess, Ēostre or Ostara, was celebrated at a festival in the springtime, around the time of the Passover.  As pagans came into the church and converted to Christianity, Church leaders saw no problem permitting customs from this pagan holiday that aligned with the Christian holiday to be […]