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2nd Kings 2: Elisha’s life foreshadows Peter’s

Daniel AgeeDid you realize that the ministry of the apostle Peter was prophesied in Scripture? Just as Eliyahu (Elijah) has a New Testament equivalent in Yokhanan (John the Baptist), Elisha also has a New Testament equivalent: Peter.

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Question: How are the main people in the book of Esther also thematically tied to other people in the Bible?

“I heard a reference to Queen Vashti possibly being a Levite in one of your lessons, and would like to know if you have spoken on that more in other lessons on the Hallel Fellowship site, or if you could provide me with a reference.” —Anna C.

Daniel AgeeThe book of Esther presents multiple characters throughout the storyline that may have a more significant purpose than it first appears. In my view, Queen Vashti is an example of such a character.There are numerous keys throughout the Bible that allow students to “unlock” identities and spiritual meanings of certain events and people we read about. My preferred tools for unlocking information are thematic ties and chiastic structures.

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1st Kings 2: Two accounts reveal anti-Messiah

Taking a closer look at 1st Kings 2, we see a pattern of The Adversary (haSatan) and anti-Messiah revealed by two men in Scripture who led parallel lives more than 1,000 years apart.

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1st Kings 2: Solomon replaces David as king

At the end of the last chapter, David ensured Solomon’s succession to the throne and strictly speaking, David was no longer king. There could be only one king on the throne at a time. Here, David charges Solomon with several pieces of advice to try to ensure Solomon’s success and long reign.

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2nd Samuel 24 part 1: David’s census mistake leads to purchase of Temple Mount

The Torah says that a census can not count people, only the coins they give (Ex. 30:12). David knew this, and Yoab (Joab) did too. Why did David proceed after Yoab calls him out on this? What does it have to do with the strange land purchase in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem)?

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The Gospel in 2nd Samuel 15-21

This section of 2nd Samuel is the “second witness” of the veracity of the gospel authors and their testimony of Yeshua’s life, death and resurrection. As Yeshua told the pharisees in John 5:39, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” These scriptures Yeshua calls the Pharisees to re-examine are the TaNaKh (Torah, Prophets and Writings). He tells them — and us — that the entire TaNaKh give us His story.
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