Sep 14

The Sabbath

By Admin | Jeremiah

Saturday was the Sabbath for Israel

Keeping the Sabbath

From time to time over many years, the following question has popped to my mind: Did the people of Israel and Judah keep the Sabbath day during the period of the kings?  Keeping the Sabbath was one of the Ten Commandments, but did God’s people keep the day holy as God had said?Continue reading

Aug 31

Jeremiah in Greek

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Jeremiah; in Greek, out of order -

The Septuagint

The book of Jeremiah was originally written in the Hebrew language and what we read of Jeremiah in our English Bibles is mostly translated from this Hebrew version.  However, the Old Testament was also translated into common Greek about 250 years before Christ, so it included a version of Jeremiah in Greek.Continue reading

Aug 17

Other books

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Other books in Bible times

Have you ever noticed in the Bible that there are references to other books that are not included in the Bible?  From time to time, someone in our family will refer to “Waheb in Suphar and the valleys of the Arnon” – a rather quaint and attractive expression from Numbers 21:14 where it is said to come from “the Book of the Wars of the Lord”.  Unfortunately, this quaintness is missing from the KJV which says simply “What he did in the Red Sea, and in the brooks of Arnon”.Continue reading

Aug 03

The Prophet Zephaniah

By Admin | Jeremiah , Minor prophets

The Prophet Zephaniah

When we read of prophets in the Bible we can get the feeling that they all lived at different times from each other.  There is almost never any indication of different prophets meeting each other or working together.  However, there are just a few examples, including Moses and Aaron; Elijah and Elisha; Haggai and Zechariah; and two nameless prophets in the time of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and maybe some others.  What about the prophet Zephaniah?Continue reading

Jul 22

What did God think of his priests?

By Admin | Jeremiah

God’s priests

When God led the people of Israel out of Egypt to Mount Sinai, they quickly went astray while Moses was up on the mountain.  Only the Levites worshipped God as he wanted them to and so he selected them as his special tribe in Israel.  Not only that, but he selected Aaron, Moses’ brother, as priest, with his descendants after him inheriting this important task.Continue reading

Jul 06

Events around the birth of Jesus

By Admin | Jesus

Birth of Jesus (http://freebibleimages.org/illustrations/christmas-jesus-birth/ Slide 15)

Events around the birth of Jesus

We are given quite a bit of detail surrounding the birth of Jesus and his early life in the gospels of Matthew (Matthew 1:18-2:23) and Luke (Luke 2:1-52), but there is little overlap in the details given.  Putting the two together as a parallel record can help us understand when various events took place.Continue reading

Jun 22

Quotations from Jeremiah

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Quotations from the Old Testament

Writers in the New Testament often refer to passages from the Old Testament – including some quotations from Jeremiah.  Used for two main reasons, this habit ties the two testaments very closely together.  So what are the two reasons?Continue reading

Jun 08

Covenants

By Admin | Jeremiah

Bible covenants: Noah sees a rainbow

Bible Covenants

A covenant is simply an agreement.

When we sign a contract, that is an agreement, and each country has many laws that detail just how binding such agreements are. These sorts of agreements and their associated laws have changed through history, and the Bible tells us of many agreements made thousands of years ago.Continue reading

May 25

Mourning in the Bible

By Admin | Jeremiah

Mourning (http://freebibleimages.org/illustrations/jairus-daughter/ Slide 12)

Mourning in the Bible

Death and mourning are subjects which became important for humans because of sin (Romans 5:12). Different countries have many different customs surrounding death.  Many ways of mourning can be seen around the world. Not only that, but customs have also changed a lot through time. There is quite a bit of variation in mourning described in the Bible too, with some differences based simply on whether the person who had died was respected or loathed! Let’s have a quick look at death and mourning in the Bible, particularly in connection with the time of Jeremiah.Continue reading

May 11

Keeping the Passover

By Admin | Jeremiah

Lamb - poem

The Passover

When God was about to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, they were told to bring a lamb into their home on the 10th day of the first month (Exodus 12:3) before killing it on the 14th at twilight (Exodus 12:6).

A lamb in the home?

When the Passover is defined as a national feast in Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16, there is no mention of any requirement to keep the lamb beforehand. Was this just a once-off requirement as part of building up for the first Passover? Continue reading

Apr 18

High places

By Admin | Jeremiah

High places:

High places

When we wish to see a wider view, we look for high places. Each year, about 1,000 people try to climb Mount Everest. In 2016, about 600 reached the summit and 6 climbers died.

Of course, the world’s highest mountain is a far cry from a local hill, but it seems that high places have always been attractive to people, and the Bible talks about “high places” about one hundred times.Continue reading

Mar 30

Was it really so bad?

By Admin | Jeremiah

Was it really so bad? (Josiah):

Was it really so bad?

From time to time, I am asked the question: “Why does the series Terror on Every Side! present such a negative picture of God’s opinion of Judah even in the time of Josiah who was such a good king?”

The answer to this question takes time to give.Continue reading