Literally, the term Passover refers to the angel of death passing over a family and not taking the life of any first-born man or livestock. Exodus 12:27, “that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.” [...]