In the remainder of Moses’ second sermon – which began at 5:1 – he continues to apply and clarify the Law. In these chapters he adds flesh to the skeleton of the Law with statutes that apply to specific situations. This study will highlight certain statutes and seek to explain their historical-cultural context. Some of […]
Now that he has established that Abraham was justified by faith and that the true heirs of Abraham are those who believe as he did, Paul now turns to the Law’s effect on God’s promise to Abraham (all nations shall be blessed in you) and the Law’s purpose. He anticipates the false teachers’ response to […]
Galatians is considered by most to be Paul’s first epistle. It is likely written to churches he started on his first missionary journey (Acts 13-14). The letter seems to be a response to disturbing reports about new teaching that has infiltrated the churches in Paul’s absence and misled the new converts. False teachers have told […]
Israel belongs to God because of His covenant with Abraham; its status is based on God’s choice and isn’t conditional. In this text, however, God makes another covenant with the people and its promises come with conditions. God promises them peace, prosperity, longevity and a place in the world as His special representatives IF they […]
Amos has prophesied against the pagan nations around Israel. He began with those who are not related – Aram, Philistia, Phoenicia – and moved to the ones who share a blood relation to Israel – Edom, Ammon, Moab. Now he speaks against the closest nation both geographically and relationally – Judah. He is slowly coming […]
The gospel is for all people everywhere.