The chiastic structure in 1st Kings 13 points to the words spoken by the prophet to the pagan altar of northern Israel. That prophecy finds fulfillment in chapter 14 and 300 years later under king Yoshiyah (Josiah).
God’s severe instruction for dealing with someone who has dreams or receives messages that come true and who performs miracles is sobering. It was not a problem for a prophet or dreamer outside the Levitical community to perform miracles or have visions. It became a problem if that person spoke out against the Creator and Redeemer revealed in the Bible or spoke for a false god.
Yeshua proclaims from the Scriptures that He is the fulfillment of messianic prophecy in Isa. 61:1-2. Yet the people of His hometown demand more signs and reject His proclamation.
A medieval polemic against Christianity faulted Luke for a “garbled,” deceptively shortened quotation of Isaiah 61. How valid is that claim?
Continue reading Luke 4:14-44 — Yeshua proclaims His mission from Scripture in a synagogue
Paul was anxious to return to Yerushalayim for the feast of Shavuot (Pentecost), but on his way he received dire warnings of what would face him when he got there. The events that occur in Yerushalayim started the process of Paul’s journey to Rome. Continue reading Acts 21:1–16 — Paul travels from the isles of Asia toward Yerushalayim
Abraham, again, creates a mess by “fibbing” in claiming that his half-sister and wife Sarah is just his sister. Again the royalty that claims Sarah for suffers a judgment for doing so. Why does God call such a seemingly short-sighted man like Abraham a prophet? Continue reading Genesis 20 — Sarah in the household of Abimelech
Much of 1st Samuel 2 contains Hannah’s prayer of praise to God. Then we hear about high priest Eli’s wicked sons and how their actions made people despise following God’s instructions. A prophet comes to Eli and gives God’s message that his priestly line would end because he didn’t stop the behavior. Continue reading 1st Samuel 2 — Hannah’s prophecy and the sins of Eli’s sons