Recently I saw the importance of context again when I was doing some Bible study. I wanted to get a good understanding of the changes that had happened in the world between the books of Malachi and Matthew. The purpose of this study was not to be a history lesson, but purely to understand how the people of Jerusalem went from a small group of people led by a High-Priest and Governor, serving under the Persians, to a mighty nation lead by the High-Priest, Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes under Roman rule. While studying the Persian period after Nehemiah and Ezra, I stumbled across a part in the book of Josephus that described the building of the temple on Mount Gerizim. This small bit of information lead me to a more complete study on the Samaritans. This provided me with lot more insight into two incidents in the Apostolic Scriptures. I have decided to write up this study as an example of how the context could lead us to a more complete understanding of the text.
Archive for February, 2013
I have come to realize that asking for forgiveness, is much more than a few words you speak when you pray. Have you considered what repentance really is? Do you know how to repent? What is proper repentance?
Is your repentance real or just empty words? Do you continue doing the same sin after you have repented? There is a proper way to repent and there are ways to overcome sin. Join us as we search YHVH’s Word for His truth…
YHVH wants total devotion and obedience from us, but most of all, a relationship. He also requires loving kindness from us. He wants us to love one another, and to take care of the Levite, the stranger, the widow and the orphan. In other words, He wants us to take care of anybody in need. What does He teach us about this in His Word and how are we to apply this in our lives? Do you know how important this is to YHVH?
Every one of us is in a relationship with another person, a person dear to us. The point is, if you love someone dearly, you want to please him or her. How much more are we not to want to please our Father in Heaven. If we love Him, we surely want to do what He requires of us. The question is: do we know what He requires of us? Do we really know? Is it even a priority in our lives, or do we worship Him out of mere routine, or because it is expected of us?