Q. The Bible mentions Peleg, son of Eber, saying that in his days the earth was divided. Is this the ground or the people? Thank You for your very blessed website.
Q. Matthew 2:23 says: “And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: “He shall be called a Nazarene.” I can’t find any OT prophet saying that. What was Matthew talking about?
Q. I had a question about the demons/devils Jesus cast out of the man in Mark 5 (a man with an unclean spirit), and in Matthew 8 two men (there met him two possessed with devils) and in Luke 8 (there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time). Curious why Mark and Luke say 1 and Mathew says 2 but more curious why the demons/devils wanted to get cast into the swine? What were their other options? And what happened to the demons/devils when the swine drowned themselves?
Q. What do you think about this excerpt of a Messianic teaching about the bride?
“From the passage in Hosea (2:19-20) it is clear that Israel is the Bride of God. Yet the Newer Covenant Scriptures tell us that the “church” is the bride of Messiah. Does God have two brides? Is He a polygamist? No! Or, is it possible as some have suggested, God divorced one bride – Israel, to marry another – the church? That cannot be – for God has told us He hates divorce (Mal 2:16) and Jeremiah affirms God’s everlasting covenant with the physical people Israel (Jer 31:35-37). This too is affirmed by Paul in (Rom 9-11). The best solution then is to affirm the fact that God has always had one bride – His chosen people Israel. This has been enlarged to include those grafted in to Israel (Rom 11:17), the gentile believers.”
Q. I was reading your featured topic on the two brides and you make the statement that I have heard time and time again: “…..the Father had to turn away, unable to look upon Him (Habakkuk 1:13)”. First, Habakkuk does not say God turned away from anything, its says he can not tolerate evil or condone evil, to paraphrase. The words tolerate and condone do not imply an inability to face. I have heard a lot of pastors say at that moment on the cross God had to hide his face from Jesus and that is why Jesus said “my God why have you forsaken me”. I don’t see that.
Q. Last Sunday, our lesson was from Ex. 32-34. As I prepared to teach, two questions came to mind. First, I have noticed the #40 occurs often in the bible. Moses was 40 years old when he killed the Egyptian, 40 years later God called him to go back to Egypt and tell Pharoah to release the Israelites. Moses was on Mt. Sinai with God two different times for 40 days. Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days. Does the #40 have a specific meaning?
Q. 1 Chronicles 21:14 says, “So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.” Why did God kill 70,000 men (not counting women and children?) as David’s punishment? Did these 70,000 deserve punishment, too? That doesn’t sound like a very merciful God to me. It sounds like tyranny. I would sincerely like to understand. I’m a Christian and I hope to get past it, to chalk it up to one of those things I don’t understand now, but maybe I will in the next existence.
Q. Your site has been a great help, and I find your arguments for a pre-trib rapture more convincing than the counter-arguments I’ve come across. However, I have a question about Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17, verses 15-20, where he says “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil…neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.” Does this refer to the tribulation events, or merely to the fact that we in the Age of Grace still have to live and struggle in the world after being reborn in the Spirit?
Q. In Judges 11: 29-40 we read how Jephthah gave his daughter as a burnt offering to the Lord. Did he really? If so, why would God allow that, since He abhored the sacrifice of children? Or is it just that this man took his oath to the Lord literally, and he sacrificed her, and God just didn’t say anything about it? This really bothers me, and I hope you can answer this….no one else can.
Q. My question is about the verses where Peter and Paul were said to fall into a trance. I believe contemplative meditation is wrong, and I want to know what your take is on these verses: Acts 10:10 and Acts 22:17. I’m doing a study on prayer. Thanks ahead of time for you answer.