Shepherding is one of man’s oldest occupations, second only to gardening and farming. Abel was the first in the Bible to keep sheep. But the first mention of a nomadic herdsman came later in Genesis chapter 4 with Jabal: the father of those who live in tents and have lifestock. Afterward, nomadic stock keeping quicklyContinue reading “A Shepherd’s Life in Bible Times”
Following the Bible’s law books, the historical books often read more like exciting narratives than mere factual accounts. And this is because they focus mostly on Israel’s relationship to God. Covering nearly 1000 years of Israel’s history, the events of these 12 books occurred from approximately 1400 – 425 BC.
As disciples, we know we really should study the Word. And we realize that most of us in this era have no valid excuse for not doing so. Particularly we who read English, with the myriad of free tools and aids available on the internet. Yet somehow, Bible Study (along with prayer) is one thingContinue reading “6 Motivating Reasons to Study the Bible”
The first five books of the Old Testament are often overlooked as boring and tedious. And let’s face it, all the lists of names and seemingly senseless laws account for a lot of their content. They can be hard to understand and even to wade through. Until we realize just how rich they really are!
The Pentateuch refers to the first 5 books of the Bible, also called the books of Moses. Which with all of their tedious rules and minute details often seem irrelevant and disjointed from our modern times and lives.
One of our granddaughters once drew a selfie which included us. “I gave us glasses,” she explained to me, “but not Grandpa because he can never find his anyway!” She knows him well. The absent-minded professor in person, constantly misplacing his keys, glasses, and other things!
The Old Testament set the stage for the New by revealing God’s holiness and righteousness, and gave the promise of a messiah or redeemer who would come to redeem humanity.
The Old and New Testaments are separated by one blank page in most Bibles. But that single page represents a long interval known as the 400 years of silence, as we have no record of God speaking through the prophets or inspired writers.