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Genesis 38

Genesis 38 takes a seemingly unwarranted departure from the story of Joseph to give us an all-too-intimate account of Judah’s personal affairs. Why is Judah’s personal life important enough to spill right in the middle of an unrelated larger narrative? While the interlude seems out of place, the prominence of Judah and his family lineage in the later history of Israel shows…

The rest of the parable of the prodigal son

The Parable Luke 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted…

A Wicked and Adulterous Generation

In previous articles we have considered how in the last days many will turn from Jesus to seek another “christ,” one who will not condemn their wickedness. They will scoff at the idea that Jesus is still coming back after all this time, since there has been no sign of his return, no judgment poured out on the wicked. Earlier this week,…

Scoffers in the Last Days

2 Peter 3 A while back I briefly expounded 2 Peter 3 in context of signs of the end. It teaches that at the end men will point to the absence of signs as proof that Jesus is not returning. Peter didn’t contradict the claim of an absence of signs, but instead pointed out the fact that God can and will bring…

The Prophecy of the Olive Tree

Romans 11 In Romans chapter 11, Paul speaks of faith as an olive tree, from which the branches of Israel were broken off, and which the branches of the Gentiles were grafted onto. Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.17 And if some of the branches…

Joel 2 — Signs of the End?

I recently received a question about Joel chapter 2 after a discussion about signs and the end times. Many people have the unscriptural belief that natural events such as eclipses, earthquakes, and hurricanes, somehow act as signs of the end. One of the most popular passages that people might use to support the idea of signs of the end is Joel 2:30-31.…

Genesis 1 — The Theistic Evolution Version

Proponents of theistic evolution often argue that Genesis 1 seems like it is speaking of special creation only because it was written to an ancient audience, that would not have been able to understand evolution. This is false on every level, and I wrote the below to demonstrate that it is certainly possible to accurately convey evolution in language that anyone can…

Why the Death Penalty?

Why did God choose death as the penalty for sin? One Penalty Before we explore that, let’s explore a related question. Why did God choose just one penalty for sin? Couldn’t he have given Adam a more complex law, like the Mosaic law, with different penalties for different sins? Why did God classify all sin equally, and determine only a single penalty?…

The Shroud of Turin

A few nights ago, as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep, I happened to start thinking about the shroud of Turin. Don’t ask me why, it was kind of just a random thing. But I realized something that I hadn’t thought of before: the shroud is an obvious fake. Now, don’t misunderstand, I’ve never thought that it was real. But…