Tag Archive: Rahab

Dec 03

When did a Canaanite prostitute show more faith than a Jewish man?

God said that all nations of the world would be blessed through Abraham. (Genesis 12:1-3) Within the Jewish story of the Hebrew Scriptures are pictures of God reaching out to Gentiles. A Jewish slave girl led Naaman, the Syrian general, to the prophet Elisha who healed his leprosy and brought him closer to the true …

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Apr 15

Why did God judge the Canaanites?

Wringing out belief from rebellious humanity When I was in seminary, one of the professors gave an illustration about God’s judgements on the earth. He said that sometimes God was trying to wring every bit of belief from rebellious humanity. God is patient. God told Abraham that his descendants would be slaves in another land …

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Mar 13

The Church and the Poor- Dignity and Charity in the Story of Ruth.

The Church and the Poor A few years ago I listened to a mixed-race pastor who leads a multiethnic congregation in an impoverished neighborhood. He spoke about the challenges of his ministry. One of the challenges he discussed was the need to balance dignity and charity. The need for charity was very real where he …

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Mar 05

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and the Savior of the world.

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah In his Gospel, Matthew argued that Jesus was the expected Jewish Messiah: He was a son of Abraham (1:1) He was the Son of David and the Messianic King (1:1; 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30-31; 21:9; 22:41-45) Matthew also used the Jewish Scriptures to present the case that Jesus’ life and …

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Mar 01

Jesus Was the Perfect Messiah for Imperfect People

Matthew called Jesus the Son of Abraham and the Son of David (Matthew 1:1). God promised Abraham that all of the world would be blessed through him and his descendants (Genesis 12:3). The promised Messiah would descend from him. God promised David that his throne would last forever (2 Samuel 7:16). The promised Messianic king would …

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