Monthly Archives: May 2013

To the Jew First and Then the Gentile

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Romans 1: 16).  How often do we quote the first part of this verse and leave out the rest?  (I’ll be the […]

How many times is “the law” mentioned in the Bible?

Thanks to THE STRONGEST NASB EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE, I counted 420 references to the law in the Bible. (I counted twice, just to be sure.) I do not know how many of these references are related to the term “law” in general or to the “Law of Moses” in particular.  I suspect a mixture of both. […]

Grace and the Law

If you think that my musings on “Grace and the Law” (and similar posts) sound convoluted, you’re on to something.  I have more questions than answers.  Paul is an enigma to me.  Just when I think I’ve figured him out, I read something he wrote that throws a wrench in my theories. To begin with, […]

Pentecost (Shavuot) and the Law

What comes to mind when you think of Pentecost: the birthday of the church, speaking in tongues, the baptism of the Holy Spirit–or the Law of Moses?  Yesterday was Pentecost, the 50th day after the Passover (although many churches set a different date based on Easter).  Pentecost began at sundown Tuesday. Moses received the Ten […]

Pentecost, Shavout, Mother’s Day

Shavout, a.k.a. Pentecost, begins May 14 (Tuesday at sundown).  Whether you acknowledged Pentecost last Sunday (as most churches did) or plan to acknowledge it on Tuesday, you can’t help but notice its proximity to Mother’s Day. I heard a sermon  last night that noted that Mary, the mother of Christ, was present along with her […]

I Samuel 15 and16: A Lesson in Obedience

Today as I was reading I Samuel 15 and 16, several verses leapt off the page. The following phrases, which are familiar to many, are just as applicable today as they were in Samuel’s day: “To obey is better than sacrifice . . . .” (I Samuel 15: 22b KJV).  Saul’s explanation for sparing the […]