Signs


As I was reading through the text of the book of Exodus this summer, I noticed something regarding the two signs, which the LORD gave to Moses to perform in front of His people. Those two signs were aiming, not only, at mere confirmation of the truthfulness of the message (Exod 4:1-9), but also were to speak or to witness קוֹל a message to the hearers.

The usage of קוֹל (sound/voice), and the verb שׁמע (listen) in the phrase יִשְׁמְע֔וּ לְקֹ֖ל הָאֹ֣ת (Exod 4:8) translated by the NET Bible, “pay attention to the … sign” does not point to the meaning of the sign, but rather denotes  “the voice”, the “noise” it causes. As if the signs cry loud to the people, “this is supernatural, this is divine, and you got to believe.”

Therefore, these signs were to accompany Moses’ words, in order to witness to the divine origin of the salvation he proclaims. The Signs were a voice, a trumpet that this Salvation is both true and divine.

In fact, this pattern is similar to Jesus’ proclamation of salvation (John 10: 36-38). A proclamation that was accompanied by marvelous signs to witness to the Divinity of Jesus and the truthfulness and seriousness of His Salvation. Of course I need to do further study to confirm/refute this interpretation. Nonetheless, I thought it is worth sharing so far.

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As I Grow


As I grow in my walk with the Lord, I learn to thank Him for things that I used to complain about, also for things I used to fear from. He is the Creator and Savior; therefore, He knows everything and everyone. Surely His wisdom greatly exceeds my understanding, and His love would overcome my fears.

Devotion Psalm 93


There is an undeniable connection  between the dwelling place of the LORD and the presence of holiness,  between God’s reign and submission to His commandments. God forgives sin when its proper price is paid, by the shed of innocent blood as a sacrifice;  by the death of Christ the Savior. Nonetheless, sin is never tolerated by our Holy LORD, regardless of  what the world thinks. The reign of the LORD is a rule of holiness.

حتى نكون بحق أحرار


احيانا نظن اننا نتحكم فى كل شىء فى حياتنا, نديرها يمينا أو يسارا. لكن لو دققنا قليلا لأدركنا انه حتى قرارتنا واختياراتنا ليست حرة فى المطلق. فالانسان يختار ما تمليه عليه قناعاته, او عقيدته,او ايدوليجيته.واحيانا يصبغ اختياره بما يريده المقربون من الاهل والاصدقاء. هل فكرت انه حتى ظروفك و بيئتك او خلفيتك انت لم تختارها. بل ايضا جيناتك الوراثية التى تتحكم فى تكوينك لم تختارها مسبقا.

لذلك الانسان بحاجة لعمل الخالق ( الذى هيئ كل هذا و يتحكم فى كل ما سبق) فيه حتى يكون بحق حرا,أو  بالحرى حيا حياة حرة الا من التزامه نحو خالقه و محرره. نحن نحتاج لعمل الخالق فينا حتى نكون بحق احرار. لذلك جاء المسيح, الذى هو صورة الله الغير منظور (كول 1: 15) فى صورة عبد(انسان) (فل 2: 7) لكى يحرركل من يؤمن به.

Tongues


 “Tongues will cease” is a phrase which is greatly misused by many commentators, maybe because they don’t regard the contexts of the verse (1Cor. 13) for the phrase is mentioned in the context of similar ceasing of knowledge and prophecy, and the advent of perfection. as the fulfillment of prophecy will be completed in Christ second coming, and the fullness of knowledge is Christ Jesus the wisdom of God, thus the phrase is related to end times not to the presents age and of course not to church history.

Therefore the declining or ceasing of tongues can only be caused by two fundamental reasons:

First: – is the plain reason which we just mentioned previously and it’s the Parousia of Christ himself

Second: – this reason is related to human depending on other things than the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit , for instance philosophy , human wisdom , and politics. Though the Holy Spirit should control all activities in the church, sometimes we depend on other sources more than the spirit himself, or even we try to make the spirit submitted to our thoughts, and plans, apparently this is impossible

Finally , I have to admit the fact that there are some churches in our recent times and also in the history which had misused or even ill-used the gift of tongues, or that some speaking in tongues were not of the Holy Spirit but from emotions. Nevertheless, hadn’t’ some churches, in the past, misused knowledge or missions ! Though still it’s not an acceptable excuse to abandon or reject any of the gifts of the Spirit. So we may be viewed fools in the eyes of man when we speak in tongues, or even when we claim we do , but that’s OK because we are not viewed fools in the eyes of our God who gifted us.

The Septuagint


By the Year 330 B.C. Alexander the Great conquered the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East . This part of the world was given a new common language which was ‘Greek‘ and as the years passed the fact of the existence of a Jewish community in every major city of this Greek speaking world raised the need of a Greek translation of the Old Testament because the Jewish people in these cities by the time lost the ability to read and speak Hebrew and Aramaic.

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At last in the year 250 B.C. the Old Testament was translated into Greek, it was said that 72 Jewish elders were brought to Alexandria to do this translation which was called the Septuagint LXX, the Septuagint contained all the Old Testament books but with different order than the Hebrew bible and closer to the order used in our Christian Old Testament today. It included other books called the Apocrypha like Esdras and Tobit that are not included in the Hebrew Bible, and modern Protestant’s Bibles.

The Septuagint gives a fairly accurate translation of the Pentateuch but for the prophetical books like Isaiah the translation was obviously poor and in need of correction. Although the Septuagint translation wasn’t perfect, it is still of great importance, and this is due to the fact that it was the formal Old Testament for the newly established Christian churches in the first three centuries, since it was used long before this time in all Jewish synagogues across the ancient Greek world.

 

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