Shadows of Jesus in Joshua

The role of the Messiah is a complex subject, and like most complex subjects, you can often convey more information with a story than with a simple list of facts. And for this topic, just one story won’t do the trick. Fortunately, the Scriptures are full of them–Isaac, Joseph, David, etc.–like multiple shadows cast by the same man struck by light sources at different angles. Each character shows a different facet or role of who Messiah is supposed to be. Sometimes the same character plays several roles.

The Contempt of God

Many preachers today love to talk about how forgiving and gracious God is (And they’re right!), but they mistake his patience for apathy. They tell their flocks that God no longer cares about sin, that anything you do after the cross will never count against you. It’s all just love and bacon pancakes from here to the streets of gold.

In Yeshua’s Instructions There Is Neither Jew nor Greek

Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19 Some people insist that Yeshua’s (Jesus) words in this verse don’t …

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Humility Before a Great, Incomprehensible God

There’s an interesting little chiasm in Leviticus 8:1-5. (See here for more information on chiasms.) Lev 8:1-2 – God instructed Moses on how to carry out the ordination of Aaron and his sons. Lev 8:3 – God told Moses to assemble the congregation at the entrance of the tent of meeting. Lev 8:4a – Moses …

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