People ask why it is important to read through genealogies. They are not simply fun information for nerdy people, but are important to trace families and record actual history. The genealogies are actually super important in the span of the books that they are found in, and actually serve as a means to move the plot forward. But first, there are plenty of nuggets to be found in Genesis 36.
The book of Revelation is super confusing for a lot of people, and I can understand why. The apostle John uses layer upon layer of rich symbolism and so many subtle allusions to the Old Testament that it would take years of careful studying and reading to begin to even catch a few of the allusions. There is a consistent theme that runs through the book that can help us understand, though: in Christ and the martyrs, the work of Adam is completed. There is a popular myth that Adam does not play a huge role in the Bible outside of Genesis, Paul, and I Chronicles. This post will show how understanding the work of Adam is key to understanding the whole of the Scriptures, and that he forms an inclusio around the whole storyline of the Scriptures.
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A lot of people say that a Christian is called to be a priest, king, and prophet when they are joined to Christ. This post is merely speculative, based on the work of Peter Leithart and James Jordan, but I would like to find a basis to defend that idea (if it is worth defending) and hopefully cause a conversation.
I take a preterist view of biblical prophecy, which means I believe that most biblical prophecy was fulfilled in the Apostolic Age. I take most of Revelation, the Olivet Discourse, and Petrine epistles as referring to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD rather than some far off, Left-Behind-esque notion. I do not mean to prove preterism in this post, only to show that it is a consistent option through 2 Peter.
Some people have asked me why I think the Bible doesn’t seem to explicitly condemn people who have more than one wife. Usual examples of this include David and Solomon, both of whom don’t seem to be called out on their polygamy. Abraham, too, had many wives but he is never called out either. Does this mean that the Bible accepts polygamous relationships?
Jim asked me why I use typology to rule my theology rather than a “plain reading” of the texts. I generally do not believe that a plain reading of any texts exist, so we need to find a larger narrative that explains the biblical data in a coherent way. I think we worship a God who works in recognizable narratives and patterns, so recognizing and explaining these patterns are the key to unlocking some mysterious passages in the Scriptures. I’ll apply this to Esther’s two dinners with Ahasuerus, explaining the reason that Esther approached Ahasureus twice to ask for permission. I think that understanding the patterns laid out in the Bible help illuminate this potentially strange action.
“Therefore, if anybody is in Christ-a new creation! The old has passed away and the new has come.” – St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, 5:17
The Evangelists who wrote our Bibles record some incredible information about the death and resurrection of Christ, but some of it doesn’t seem to make much sense from the first read through. The Gospel writers share a message of a new Creation in the Risen Christ, if we have ears to hear it.