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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]