Church, It’s Not Okay to Act Like Old Testament Israel

The congregational meeting started off well enough. Prayer was said. A few announcements. However, as the evening wore on it was clear that there was unrest among the people. At a particular moment, as if choreographed beforehand, a well-known belligerent stood waving a petition of the names of others who were also displeased with the …

Consider.

Consider God. Consider that God is the Lord of the universe. Consider that as Lord He owes no one anything--certainly not us. Consider moreover that we were enemies of God. Consider that hostility toward God festered in our minds daily. Consider that every day we actually invented new ways to disobey Him, in effect giving …

Textual Criticism of 1 Samuel 6:19–When Translators Scratch Their Heads

There are times when translators are befuddled. 1 Samuel 6:19 is one of those times. Here is the verse in several translations: NASB--"He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the Lord. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men" ESV--And he struck some of the …