Does being saved by grace mean not having to obey the law?

Jesus summed up God’s law of love as follows: “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all [...]

Why was the temple destroyed by the Romans?

The Romans vengefully destroyed the temple in 70 AD to put down three rebellious Jewish factions. They burned it perhaps accidentally.  But the fire melted much of the gold in the temple which then seeped between the stones. Hence, to retrieve the gold, the soldiers pulled apart all the stones, thus inadvertently fulfilling Jesus’s prophecy in [...]

What is the difference between paying tithes and giving offerings?

In Leviticus 18, God commanded Israel to set aside one tenth of all they had to be offered to Him. When Israel began to inherit the promised land, God designated different geographical locations for each tribe. The tribe of Levi, however, was not given their own land and therefore had no way to provide for [...]

Explain the feast of the first fruits commanded in Leviticus 23 as it affects the New Testament believers.

In the New Testament, we find no mention of “collecting firstfruits” from believers. “Firstfruits” is a picture of Christ or His church (I Corinthians 15:20,23 and II Thessalonians 2:13). In Old Testament times, the Israelites were instructed to "bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God."  [...]

Matthew 18:17. What Church (ekklesia) was Jesus referring to at the time when He was preaching and was gathering His followers?

Conflicts between brethren are very personal matters to be handled as quietly as possible. The broad principle stated in Titus 3:2 should be honored, “Speak evil of no man”. If we are to “love our brother as ourselves,” Matthew 12:31, we surely want to be extremely careful in resolving any problems that should arise among us. [...]

What was the importance of the fat of the animals in all the various offerings? Why was it burnt and not eaten? What is the importance of the kidneys and the lobe of the liver in the offerings?

In the book of Hebrews, the Apostle Paul interpreted the sacrifices of Leviticus. Hebrews 10:1(NASB), “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]