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The Law vs. Personal Morality

In his commentary on Deuteronomy 19, David Guzik writes: c. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth: In Matthew 5:38-39, Jesus quoted this passage in His teaching on the true interpretation of the law. He does not say that the eye for eye principle is wrong; rather, He simply condemns the use of it to make it an obligation to exact revenge […]

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Driving Out the Canaanites

On a recent episode of the Tom Woods Show, Gene Epstein debated Elliot Resnick on the question of whether the state of Israel should give up any territory to the Palestinians. Resnick offered a Biblical defense of Israel’s right to the land, to which Gene said something like (I’m paraphrasing): “As libertarians, we can’t justify […]

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God’s Instructions for Israel’s Kings

Wow, even though I’ve read this before, I somehow never retained these passages where God anticipates that Israel will have kings. (Note that this comes *before* the passage in Samuel where Israel demands a king and God warns them of all the bad consequences this will entail.) Anyway here is Dt. 17: 14-20: 14“When you […]

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The Truth About God

(That’s my edgy title for the internet.) I saw this on Twitter and thought it was nice: I broke down at wept during this moment (among others) of Eugene Peterson’s funeral yesterday. I have parents who have whispered this message in my heart, and I hope to be one who whispers it to the hearts […]

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Wisdom About Debt From the Mosaic Code

In our Bible study we covered Deuteronomy 15. Some interesting excerpts: 1“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. 2And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the LORD’s […]

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The Possible Utility of Mosaic Dietary Code

In my Bible study session tonight we covered Deuteronomy 14 which contained, among other things, the following rules for diet: 3“You shall not eat any abomination. 4These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, 5the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex,a the antelope, and the mountain […]

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A Difference in Worldviews

At church today that pastor was introducing our series on the Book of Revelation. I was talking with my son afterwards, and I mentioned that–among other things–it dealt with “the end of the world,” quite literally. It details the Apocalypse. That explains why so many movies are based on it: the end of the world […]

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Jesus, the Perfect Sacrifice

Someone (who gave me permission to post) wrote to me: “How could Jesus’ sacrifice be sufficient? Here’s what I mean: No matter how terrible his sacrifice was, it was only for a finite period of time, but he paid the price that for me would only be payable by torment for an infinite amount [of] […]

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