Category Archives: Five Books of Torah

Deuteronomy 7:1-6

This is a hard and painful passage to read in our day. Our hearts ache for the cruelty involved and we wish the Lord had held his people to the same standards which Jesus was to teach more than a … Continue reading

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Does the Bible condemn homosexual relationships? Part 3

In the previous two posts, I addressed two aspects of Matthew Vine’s essay on the Bible and homosexuality, found at  matthewvine.com I first examined his surprising logic in looking at Genesis 2:18. “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not … Continue reading

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Neglected Sabbath

Exodus 20:8-11  Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.  9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work.  10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work … Continue reading

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The Second Commandment

Idolatry. The word conjures up images of ancient peoples bowing before wooden or stone statues which they’ve made themselves. How primitive! Nothing could be more irrational, more foolish than worshiping a “god” of your own making. And nothing could be … Continue reading

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Dwelling in Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 4:39-40 Sometimes the smallest words are most important in a text. This passage begins with “so,” a tiny word which ties verses 39-40 to those which have come before them. Because of all that Moses has reminded them about … Continue reading

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Dwelling in Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 4:23 Do not forget! As we read line after line of Moses’ speech to the people before they enter the Promised Land, we cannot miss the urgency in his words. He knows that receiving the long-awaited fulfillment of the … Continue reading

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Dwelling in Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 2:30 “King Sihon of Heshbon was not willing to let us pass through, for the Lord your God had hardened his spirit and made his heart defiant in order to hand him over to you, as he has now … Continue reading

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