The Sweet Smell of Salvation

The Sweet Smell of Salvation

Incense was burned for several reasons in the tabernacle. Since incense was mainly a powder, fire was needed to release its fragrance. The altar of incense, placed before the veil that separated the holy place from the Most Holy Place, provided a place to burn incense. It was approximately a half meter (1.5 feet) wide,…

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For Your Health

This question has been debated among scholars, and most of them would answer your question in the negative. Adventists would probably be more cautious in answering it because we don’t separate spiritual from physical aspects of human life. Besides, quite a bit of biblical evidence indicates a clear concern for health within the laws of…

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Safe in His Hands

In the Bible the phase “time of trouble” refers to Jacob’s experience the night before he met his brother, Esau. This Old Testament experience is used to prefigure the experience of God’s people shortly before the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth. I will examine the experience of Jacob and the pertinent biblical passages.

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Disciples With Swords

Jesus’ address to His disciples sounds a little strange and has been interpreted in different ways. I will provide a brief summary of the passage, a discussion of several views, and a specific reading of the passage.

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What Jesus Told the Thief

The story of the thief on the cross manifests Christ’s willingness to submit to the divine plan for Him and His power to save. While the multitude accused Him of not being able to save Himself, Jesus was ready to save the thief. This was possible because He was unwilling to save Himself. It is…

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Sacrifice and Confession

The answer to your question is debated among scholars, mainly because we don’t have explicit evidence affirming that all sin offerings included a confession of sin. I will begin with cases of related biblical practice; then examine some passages, mainly from the Psalms; and conclude with some general comments.

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Creation and the Spirit of God

This is the first time the Spirit of God is mentioned in the Bible, and it is mentioned in the context of creation. It is difficult to know the significance of the statement you quoted because it is not immediately clarified. To understand it we have only the language and its context. I will examine…

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A Safe Place

What was the purpose of the cities of refuge in the Old Testament?

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It All Begins Here

The Bible/Holy Scripture is the sacred writings of Christians from which they acquire their understanding of God, their beliefs, and the way they live. They consider it a divine gift to humanity that guides all in their pilgrimage on earth and in their preparation for a future life with the Lord. I will summarize some…

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A Question of Slavery

Please clarify the law of slavery in Exodus 21:2-6. Wouldn't God be opposed to slavery? A number of laws in the Old Testament regulate the treatment of Israelite and non-Israelite slaves. I will provide an overview of slavery in Israel and discuss the legislation to which you refer.

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