A Dialogue


me: Why do you hate us?

him: We don’t

me: Yes you do. just tell me the reason. I can understand why you hate the Israelis, the crusaders, or even the Americans for political and national reasons, but us, we are your fellow citizens. Why you hate us, why you persecute us?

him: Persecution is a big word, there is no persecution for Christians  in the country, and you cannot deny this truth.

me: Are you serious, how is that?

him: Because you and more than 3 million Christians are still living, look around you, how many churches you have built in our land. If we had persecuted you, as you claim, there would have been no Christians, and no churches in Egypt at all, like many other countries in the region.

me: “your land,”  what a concept, but still you did not answer my question, why do you hate us?

him: Because you lived all that long among us, I mean all these years, centuries, yet you refused to surrender to Islam. You hate Islam. Americans, and Europeans did not live in the land of Islam as you have, except some of them during the short periods of the crusaders, and colonization, and many of those have surrendered to Islam, and many will. The future is ours, here and there.

 

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Bible Study, Judges: (Jud 1:1-10)


1- Read the Sacred Text (Judges 1:1-10)
2- The death of Joshua and after him the death of the elders (Judges 2:10) marked the beginning of a new period.
3- What is meant by ” Judah,” and “Simeon” his brother?
leaders of the tribe or the men of Judah, not the person
4-After the death of Joshua Judah was the first tribe to conquer the Land, according to God’s own command, what does this signify?
Judah is the tribe of the chosen king David.
5- What can we learn from the cooperation between Judah and Simeon?
we should encourage and help our brothers against evil and sin.
6- Notice that the king (אֲדֹנִי בֶ֫זֶק ) Adoni-bezek was so evil , he even realized that his defeat is a just judgment ( Jud. 1:7). The inspired author intended to make it clear that the people of the land and their kings were so evil, and that God was determined to take the land from them and give it to his people.  This was not only a fulfilling of  a promise to His people, but also to actualize His judgment ( this land is God’s land and he give it to whom he wishes).

Bible Study, Judges: Introduction


Judges : Introduction
1- background and relation to Torah & the book of Joshua, the real meaning of the title “Judges.”
2- the main theme of the book of Judges: the Sin cycle (diagram).
3- 12-13 Judges. Major judges & minor Judges.(Eissfeldt, p.258).
4- the first two chapters of the book is an introduction to the book; it serves as a hook to link the reader to what happened previously and to set the stage for what about to be narrated in the book. not only a cycle but a downward spiral (Dillard, p.124-125). chapter 2 gives a summary of the main theme of the book of Judges ( read 2: 11-23)
5- Major Judges have more detailed accounts. This account is from Otto, p.256: Major judges: Ehud of Benjamin (Jud 3:12-30), Deborah of Ephraim & Barak of Naphtali (ch 4-5), Gideon and Abimelech of Manasseh (Jud 6-9), Jephthah of Gilead (Jud10:6- Jud 12:7), and Samson of Dan (Jud 13-17).
Minor Judges: Othniel of Kenaz in Judah (Jud3: 7-11), Shamgar (Jud3:31)( probably from the Galilean Beth -Anath (Jud 1:33). Tola of Issachar (ch 10), Jair of Gilead (Jud 10), Ibzan of Zebulun (Jud 12). Elon of Zebulun (ch12) and Abdon of Ephraim (Jud 12:13-15).

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. Those two signs were aiming, not only, at mere confirmation of the truthfulness of the message (Exod 4:1-9), but also were 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.

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.

The Brilliance of the Gospel: an excerpt from Everyday Apologetics, by Travis Dickinson


Before we move on, I must confess that even thought I have been thinking about these truths for decades, I still find myself in awe. I’m a philosopher trained at a high level of analytic philosophy. I have read many of the greatest minds who have ever lived, and in my opinion , there ‘s nothing quite like the Gospel. I still find my self hearing this afresh and am forced to pause in wonder at the beauty and brilliance of the Gospel. I find it simply the most amazing and breathtaking series of thoughts, ever offered.

Travis Dickinson, Everyday Apologetics

Love 101


The Christian love is shaped by the biblical concept of sacrifice. God the Father showed us His love in the incarnational and sacrificial work of His Son (Jn 3:16). Moreover, love is given to Christians by the dwelling of His Spirit in them when they believed (Rom 5:5). Therefore, true Christian love is not about satisfying the self, nor it is mere emotionalism.

Loving our enemies for instance, does not necessary involve having affections towards those who persecute us ( the context of Luke 6 for instance;  the early followers of Jesus anticipated persecution). Nor does biblical love mean to pretend to have passion towards those who embrace sin and impose it on others (  think of all kinds of sin, may be this is a sort of hypocrisy). In our endeavors to win sinners to Christ, we should be cautious not to be no different from them. The downward spiral in the name of love is an easy way to go.

Rather to love our enemies involves caring for them and their souls,  being able to serve them and to work for their true interest, despite our own feelings (Luke 6:27).  In short,  biblical Christians should not buy into the world’s perception of love, because  we disagree with the world on the meaning, source, and the end of love. If we believe in the Bible authority, we should make it the fountain of our perspectives.

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