Acts of Mercy (Matthew 25:34-40)
Acts of Mercy (Matthew 25:34-40)
This passage emphasizes the importance of caring for others and serving them as a way of serving God aswell as Jesus served us. It teaches that our actions towards others reflect our relationship with God, and that we will be judged based on how we have treated the least among us. The passage...
The biblical book of Ruth is a narrative account that tells the story of Ruth (רוּת [rûṯ]), a Moabite woman, who marries a Hebrew man named Mahlon. Ruth and Mahlon's family leave their hometown of Bethlehem and settle in Moab, but tragedy strikes when Mahlon and his brother die, leaving Ruth and...
The First Disciples of Jesus (Mark 1:14-20)
Jesus begins his ministry by proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God which is based on repentance and faith. The story, at this point, focuses on Jesus calling his first disciples, Simon (Peter), Andrew, James, and John, to follow him and become "fishers of men."
Preaching and Baptism of John the Baptist (Mark 1:4-8)
John the Baptist is described as a prophet who prepares the way for the coming of Jesus Christ. His depiction as ascetic and excentric person is a reminisence of a prophetic archetype of Eliah. John preaches a baptism of repentance and forgiveness, calling people to confess their sins and turn...
The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1-3)
This passage is the opening of the Gospel of Mark, and it introduces the narrative about John the Baptist that follows. Even though it is short, it offers significant theological themes. The first is Jesus' identity. Mark identifies Jesus as the Christ (the Messiah) and the Son of God, unveiling...
The biblical book of Joshua describes the conquest and settlement of the land of Canaan by the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua, who succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites. The book is divided into two main parts: the conquest of the land and the distribution of the land among...
Levirate marriage (Deuteronomy 25:5-10)
In this passage, the practice of levirate marriage is described. This custom instructs that if a man dies without having any children, his brother is expected to marry his widow in order to provide an heir for the deceased brother. The passage displays that if a man dies without children, his...
Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ (Mark 8:27-30)
In the passage, Jesus and his disciples are in the region of Caesarea Philippi, and Jesus asks them, "Who do people say that I am?" The disciples respond, saying that some people think he is John the Baptist, others think he is Elijah, and still others think he is one of the prophets. Then Jesus...
Let not the Wise Boast (Jeremiah 9:22-23)
Ninth Plague: Darkness (Exodus 10:21-29)
Eight Plague: Locusts (Exodus 10:1-20)
Wives and Husbands (Ephesians 5:21-33)
Seventh Plague: Hailstorm (Exodus 9:13-35)
Sixth Plague: Boils (Exodus 9:8-12)
The sixth plague caused festering boils to appear on people and livestock throughout Egypt.
Judge Samson (Judges 13:1–16:31)
Judge Abdon (Judges 12:13-15)
Abdon was the eleventh Judge of Israel, the son of Hillel. He had very numerous offspring who rode on seventy donkeys.
Fifth Plague: Livestock (Exodus 9:1-7)
The fifth plague affected livestock with pestilence. In this plague was a visible difference between the livestock of people Israel and the people of Egypt.
Judge Elon (Judges 12:11-12)
Judge Elon served as a judge of Israel for ten years. He was a member of the tribe of Zebulun.
Fourth Plague: Flies (Exodus 8:16-28)
In the fourth plague, the Lord sent flies on Pharaoh and his people.
Judge Ibzan (Judges 12:8-10)
Ibzan is the ninth judge of Israel. He was from Bethlehem and had very numerous offspring. He ruled over Israel for seven years.
Third Plague: Gnats (Exodus 8:12-15)
The third plague brought the gnats from the dust of the ground. Immediately they started to bite people and cattle around the whole of Egypt. The mages also attempted to replicate this wonder, but they were not successful.
Judge Jephthah (Judges 11:1-12:7)
Second Plague: Frogs (Exodus 8:1-11)
The second plague allowed the frogs to come out from the waters. There were so many of them that they flooded the whole of Egypt. Pharaoh promised Aron and Moses that if they pray to Yahweh to put away the frogs, he will free the people of Israel. The mages were also still able to replicate...
The Prayer in the Gethsemane Garden (Matthew 26:36-46)
Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane is one of the most painfull prayer in the whole New Testament. This is a very difficult time in the ministry of Jesus. He is struggling in the final moments to take the final sacrificial step in his incarnation.
First Plague: Turning water to blood (Exodus 7:14-29)
The first plague affects the water of the river Nile. The water is turned into blood which kills every living fish and produces an unpleasant smell. This makes the water undrinkable. Additionally, the effect of this plague is spread on every water wherever it is contained. The mages were able to...
Judge Jair (Judges 10:3–5)
The name of judge Jair (יָאִיר) means "he enlightens." He was a man from Gilead of the Tribe of Manasseh, east of the River Jordan, who judged Israel for 22 years. The passage mentioning this judge is only of three verses long and describes general whereabouts, years of reign and sons of Jair.
The Plot Against Jesus (Matthew 26:1-5)
This is the last time when Jesus predicts his hand over to the authorities to be crucified. The prediction is paralleled with the look on the authorities taking the decision to do that.
Judge Tola (Judges 10:1-2)
Tola judged Israel for 23 years after the death of Abimelech. He lived and was also buried at Shamir in Mount Ephraim.
Jotham's Parable (Judges 9:7-21)
There are not many parables in the OT as we can find in the NT. The parable is a critique on the aftermath of the narrative about Gidon. The metaphorical picture it conveys is from the realm of trees evaluating certain qualities of them.