There are many “what might have been” incidents in the Bible. This section of the Bible records one such event. According to the record in Numbers, God commanded Moses to send spies into the land of Canaan to assess the difficulties that they would face as they entered the land. The result was a disaster resulting in the people revolting against the Lord and against Moses. However, when we consider the commentary on this event recorded in Deuteronomy 1:19-23, we find that it was the people who wanted to send spies into the land. God allowed them to do so. Upon their return, the majority reported that the land was indeed a land of “milk and honey” but that the inhabitants of the land were much too formidable for Israel to conquer. The minority report, given by Caleb and Joshua, expressed the faith that since God was with Israel they were well able to take the land and overcome the Canaanites who were living in the land. Caleb actually said that Israel was “able, able” to conquer the land. He used the superlative by repeating the term able, i.e., we are more than able to do it. The people obviously received the majority report. [Read more…]
We are approaching a crisis point in the Middle-East. May 15, on the Christian Calendar, is the 70thanniversary of the modern State of Israel. This date corresponded to the Hebrew date of Iyar 5 of Iyar in 1948. This year, the Iyar 5 occurred on April 20. The United States has announced that its embassy will soon be opened in Jerusalem recognizing that city as the capital of Israel. I assume that this will occur on the anniversary of Israel’s independence. At about the same time, Israel will celebrate “Jerusalem Day” on the anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War. This date marks a most significant milestone in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. [Read more…]
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill – 1942
These are the words of Winston Churchill in the early days of WWII. As we complete our study of the book of Genesis, I feel the same way. Genesis (Hebrew: B-re-sheet) means “in the beginning”. This book provides the foundation for the rest of the Bible. In it we have the creation account, the fall and the early judgment of mankind. I have called these judgments “God’s acts to limit the expression of evil through mankind”. Following these judgments, we have the revelation of the beginning of the redemption process which has now been working out in the human community for 4,000 years. [Read more…]
Since our objective here is to discuss Biblical revelation and truth, I feel that I must comment of the events of this week. President Trump, on behalf of the U.S., officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the nation of Israel. This is important because God has chosen Jerusalem as the seat of His kingdom on earth. The people of Israel have returned to the land of Israel in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. Jerusalem was liberated in the “Six-Day War” in 1967 and was subsequently unified under Israeli rule, which was also an important prophetic fulfillment. One nation’s recognition of this reality may not seem consequential, but I pray that this action will serve as an encouragement for the Israelis to move to sanctify the Temple Mount. Israel will need to follow the pattern set by their father, Israel, as he came to trust God to fulfill His promises. [Read more…]
The contrast between Esau and Jacob is illustrated in this section of the Bible. Both are 77 years old. Esau took wives from the Canaanites. Jacob remained unmarried. Isaac instructed Jacob to flee to Haran until his brother’s anger subsided. Also, Jacob was instructed not to take a wife from the daughters of Canaan but instead go to the homeland and take a wife from there. Jacob complied with his parents’ wishes. Esau took another wife, this time from the line of Ishmael, to further irritate his parents. This helps explain why we read, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated” (Romans 9:13b).