Distinguishing The Holy From The Common

Q. I would like to get your comment on 1 Samuel 6:19-20, why did the Lord smite all those people for looking into the Ark? And what lesson can we garner from these verses, like is there a type of grace or the forthcoming of grace (I hope I am making sense)?

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One Messiah Or Two?

Q. I wanted to get into the Jewish eschatological mind a bit and bought a book on the subject.  In the section about Gog and Magog, it mentions TWO Messiahs, Maschiach Ben Yosef (Joseph) and Maschiach Ben Dovid (David). It also mentions that evil will cancel out evil in the war of Gog and Magog, and a period of peace is expected after. If this is their expectation, could this be the mechanism by which Israel is deceived by the Antichrist?

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More On Jewish Law And Abortion

Q.  Re: Jewish Law And Abortion.  So there is nothing in the Torah that states abortion is permitted for the health of the mother and that the child could be considered “partial life” until the child is birthed out of the mother?  There are several Jewish Rabbi sites that state Jewish law permits abortion…. So this is all man made and not from the Torah?  How are they passing this info as legit?  And what about Exodus 21:22-23?  To me, this reads that if a man causes a woman to suffer a miscarriage, the penalty of the law is a “fine.” But, if the woman also dies, then he shall give “life for a life.”

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Capital Punishment

Q.   I have learned so very much through your daily column.  It is the first thing I go to every day.  Can you direct me to a verse, or verses, in the bible that deal with capital punishment?  Does God give us direction on when, or how, man is to deal with murderers, etc.?

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Singing Mountains And Clapping Trees

Q. “The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)

Is this the new Jerusalem? When we are completely free from sin, and put on Christ completely and be like Him as He is, will we have power and closeness to the creation where we hear mountains/hills sing and trees clap their hands? To think all material things that bring joy but not everlasting is to be replaced with creation makes my heart leap. Surely to hear a mountain speak must be simple divine.

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Does God Destroy The Innocent?

Q. I was having a conversation recently with a believer who is struggling with his faith. He claims that every time God punished the enemies of the Jews, thousands of innocent people died, even women and children.  As examples, he named the people who died in the flood, all the first born in Egypt, David’s baby (from Bathsheba) and the innocents in Caanan who died when God instructed the Israelites to conquer the land.  He concluded that God was never ‘good’, just ‘one sided’ towards the Jews. He said those people who died were still created by Him, so why did he watch them be slaughtered?

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