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The Purpose of Proverbs

The book of Proverbs does not shy away from its purpose but fully discloses this information in the first six verses of the book. Verse one of chapter one declares “The Proverbs of Solomon.” The word “proverb” comes from “pro” (for) and “verba” (words), thus a proverb is a short set of words used “for words,” i.e. instead of many words. There is nothing simple about a proverb save its initial appearance; it is a literary artform where the choice of only a brief strand of words is used and therefore limits the author to convey the truth in what […]

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The Second Abomination of Desolation

In last week’s article, we learned that Daniel 8:13 prophesied about Antiochus Epiphanes causing the “transgression of desolation” in the temple at Jerusalem. This happened around 168 B.C. Later in the book of Daniel, the context moves further in time, into the days of the Roman Empire. In this section, we hear of a very similar “abomination of desolation” concerning the history of Jerusalem: “And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall […]

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The First Abomination of Desolation

Matthew 24:15-16 “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” In the beginning of Matthew 24, the apostles had asked Jesus for a sign of his coming to lay waste the house of Israel, but so far Jesus had only spoken to them about things that would come before his coming, and that such would in no way indicate when his coming would take place. But now he gives them a signal to act […]

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Why is it so Hard to Pray?

Without a doubt, every Christian will find prayer difficult at various times in their life. Let’s consider some things that will hopefully make it easier to pray. One thing is for certain, that Jesus, while in the flesh and going through the trials of life, did not have a hard time praying to the Father in heaven. We have many examples of Jesus praying, such as before the start of the day (Mark 1:35), at the close of day (Matthew 14:23), going away in solitude to pray (Luke 5:15-16), praying through the night (Luke 6:12), and praying in the face […]

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The Liturgical Year

Many of us may have no idea what the liturgical year is, this depends on your own background in religion and the people who have acquainted us with various denominational ideas. Whether you are familiar with the concept of the liturgical year or not, this article will not only explain what it is, and more importantly, we will compare this idea with the New Testament. The word “liturgy” is from the Greek, and literally means “public service.” To the Greeks, it was a term applied secularly, with no religious significance. Early Catholicism adopted the word to describe their acts of […]

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Where Did Luke Get His Understanding?

The first four verses of Luke’s gospel account provide a unique introduction that sets it apart from the other three gospel narratives. Luke’s introduction gives us a rare picture of the first century days when he wrote his account. He explains how the eyewitnesses of the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus have gone out into the world to deliver the news of the Savior (Luke 1:2). In verse two, we can see how Luke includes himself not with the eyewitnesses but with the “us” (the people of the world who were taught the word from eyewitnesses of Jesus). […]

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Luke’s Good News

The book of Luke, like the three other gospel narratives, should be read with the understanding that the writer had an intention in mind, which was to share the good news of salvation through Christ. Each of the four gospels are vastly distinct from each other as they were written to a unique original reader. This makes perfect sense, as we never communicate the same facts the same way to everybody we share the same information with. In a closer parallel, I can say that I’ve shared the good news of salvation with many people, but never have I communicated […]

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Parental Instruction

Solomon addresses the first nine chapters of the book of Proverbs to “my son” and “my children.” This is no doubt a literary technique, but one that is personal, affectionate, and authoritative. However, there is more to be considered, for Solomon’s counsel also serves as a pattern of counsel given to parents. It is at Solomon’s feet that parents learn what to emphasize to their children as they grow. He provides parents with a vision of himself talking to his own children, and how he spoke to them about challenging subjects and gave them guidance in their quest toward wisdom. […]

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A Camel through the Needle’s Eye

I received a note in the question box asking if I could expound on this statement of Jesus: “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, Luke 18:25). Understanding this phrase properly is well worth our time, especially as there are a couple of false ideas about the meaning of these words that are quite popular today. The two prevalent views concerning the meaning of Jesus’ fascinating statement are these: 1. the eye of the needle was the name […]

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Why a Blood Sacrifice?

I received this question from the question box: Why a blood sacrifice – why was salvation set up like this from the beginning – God could’ve chosen any type of salvation – why did blood have to be shed – why require this type of sacrifice? Let’s first consider the concept of blood from a biblical perspective. The ancient Hebrew meaning of the word “blood” is “the moving back and forth of water, or the flowing of blood. The grapevine is considered by taking in water from the ground and moving it to the fruit where the water becomes the […]

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