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).

Naive Soul 012


I used to have a naive soul. I wish I could have maintained this soul, but I couldn’t. I wish I can trust my neighbors, friends, and the government as before. I used to belive that my family can live here in peace. I can not anymore. I could not trust my “moderate” neighbor who stopped greeting me because I am now an infidel and deserves no peace, or my friend who recently told me that I do not belong to the country and should get out as soon as I can.

I wish I can trust the taxi driver who threatens me and my wife. The “nice” salesperson in the grocery store who plays a recording of a popular clergy who explained the reasons why Jews( Yahud) & Christians ( Nasarha) will burn in Hell.

I wish I can trust the policemen whom I saw watching people fighting with guns in a day care without doing anything about it. I wish I can trust the many people around me who suddenly changed, I thought they will protect me and my family from the “radicals,” but they could not protect themselves. I used to have a naive soul.

I wish I could sleep at night without someone knocking on my door in the middle of the night. All I could do then, was to pray that he will go away without breaking my door.

I wish I maintained this naive soul, I wish I can still  believe what I am told, I wish I can believe the media that defends terrorism in the name of democracy, while I witness those “pro democracy folks” shooting people in the streets, and the media describes them as “peaceful pro- democratic demonstrators.” I wish I could. But no more.

I wish I can still believe in freedom and justice, when in reality those terms are used for political and social agendas. Even Sacred Scripture is used in the same way. I wish I can agree with those who keep telling me to be silent and to die in peace. I would if I maintained my naive soul.

I wish I could trust those who claim to be Christians, and they are sons of vipers, they know nothing of God as they embrace sin, and wish evil to their brothers and sisters. I wish I could maintain a naive soul, but no I can not, not anymore.

When I lost trust in most of those who are around me, I lost the naivety of my soul. My soul was broken, and my eyes can still cry. No place for me but Calvary, there I can cry, only there I can trust again and find peace for my broken soul.

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.

Still We Need Him


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Still We Need Him (1 Jn. 1)

Devotion by Hany N. Sadik

We make God out to be a liar if we denied our sinful doings; if we claimed that we don’t need forgiveness of our sins. Or when we –like many today,  are watering the effects and consequences of sin in both our lives, and the human affairs in general.

We are sinners simply because we are humans, the seed of Adam and Eve, Thus we need God’s grace and His forgiveness,  also due to the fact that sin is a serious issue to God, and it is so to us if we claim to be His children. We should not let our pride led us astray from basic biblical truths; It is true that we are now more sophisticated and developed than our ancestors in many ways, yet we still need to confess our sinfulness, and unrighteousness, still we need His redemption or to be more precise his Son Jesus, denying is lying to ourselves, to others, and most importantly concerning God’s truthfulness.

Being Christians don’t mean we are righteousness, but sinners who are saved and living by His righteousness and grace, it is not about us it is about Him, and his magnificent Jesus

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