Now, the metaphor of a woman being able to give birth to children is a powerful metaphor today, but in Isaiah’s day it would have been an even stronger description, because there was incredible pressure on women in the ancient culture to give birth to as many children as possible....Keep Reading
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Private Property In IsraelOne of the major themes in the Bible is God’s redemption of the nation of Israel. God made a promise of land to the sons of Abraham, but generations later his descendants were enslaved in Egypt. From Exodus to Joshua, you see the activity of God to bring them out of that slavery and into a new land that He had promised them long ago. On Mount Sinai God gave Moses the laws He wanted the nation of Israel to live by. ...
The first thing to realize is that charging interest increases the money supply. We know the Greek’s understood this because their word for interest, tokos, means birth or offspring. They equated charging interest with multiplication like breeding animals or planting for harvest. For example, if I borrow $100 to buy something, and I have to pay back $110, that means the price for me is really $110. Over time little by little these transactions can increase the money supply....
Even before the people of Israel entered the Promised Land, God gave them the system of laws He wanted their new nation to live by. If you read through the Mosaic Law in Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy you notice that most of the laws are about how to worship Yahweh properly, how to treat each other on a personal level, and how to make restitution to victims of crime. There isn’t much law governing their economy, but the idea in the Leviticus passage below shows up several times....
Follow your passion! It is a common message you hear in the 21st century USA. Get excited and run after your dreams! It is exciting even to type that out. Find the thing you are good at today, the thing you really enjoy doing and make your life about that. I could never tell someone not to do that, but what if the thing I enjoy isn’t the thing I am good at? What if...Keep Reading
In Isaiah 41 the chapter ends with the God of Scripture describing the weak idols of their day like sex, power, comfort, and says, “Their worthless and empty” and in chapter 42, verse 1 we see the contrast of those weak, worthless idols with the word, “Behold.”...Keep Reading
In Isaiah 9 we see a people who are living in a dark and gloomy land, but there is a promise of a glorious light promised in a future person who will bring joy to the world. ...Keep Reading
In Malachi 4, verse 2 we see the word, “but,” because in verse 1 the Lord says, "Behold a day of judgment is coming" but "for those who fear His name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healings in its wings."...Keep Reading
In the book of Malachi we see the people in Malachi going through difficult seasons. They are being ruled by a foreign government. They are rebuilding their homes. They are restarting their economy. They are going through decades of difficulty....Keep Reading
The people in Malachi were blessed by God to enjoy His blessing and in addition bless other people. ...Keep Reading
We are studying through Malachi on Sunday morning at North Village Church, and the people in Malachi have found themselves in a place of less confidence in God’s promises....Keep Reading
Immigration is a popular topic in our culture today. There are two topics that need to be held in tension when you hear people talk about immigration, love and law....Keep Reading
In our culture today there is a hash tag going around called #metoo. The hash tag is an attempt from our culture to bring awareness to the injustice committed against women today....Keep Reading