The Boys Killed by Bears (OR: Elisha’s “Bald” Head?)

2 Kings 2:23-24 is one of those OT stories that stand out after you read it. This is the episode where some youth mock Elisha's "bald head" and are killed by two bears. This is one of the hard texts of the Bible for sure! I appreciate how the story is explained in the book,… Continue reading The Boys Killed by Bears (OR: Elisha’s “Bald” Head?)

Genocide and the OT Conquest of Canaan (Kruger)

Some critics and skeptics point to Israel's conquest of Canaan in the OT as proof God is not good, but vindictive, hateful, and murderous. However, if you look at the Israelite conquest of Canaan in the OT from a biblical perspective, this event is part of the just judgment of God. Michal Kruger argues this… Continue reading Genocide and the OT Conquest of Canaan (Kruger)

Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)

The Christians who were part of the new church plant in Thessalonica around 50AD knew quite a bit about persecution and suffering. Not only did they receive the Word with much affliction, they also had to deal with ongoing persecution (1 Thes. 1:6; 2 Thes. 1:5, etc.). And it was serious enough that Paul, Timothy,… Continue reading Persecution: Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (Stott)

The Incomplete Sin of the Amorites? (Gen. 15:16)

 I was studying 1 Thessalonians 2:16 this morning where Paul says this about those Jewish opponents of the Messiah and the gospel: "...they always fill up the measure of their sins" (NASB).  There is a lot going on in the context of this phrase; too much to summarize here!  However, the phrase itself is probably… Continue reading The Incomplete Sin of the Amorites? (Gen. 15:16)

Eating & Drinking [Eternal!] Judgment on Ourselves? (Henry)

  In 1 Corinthians 11:29, in the middle of Paul's discussion of the Lord's Supper debacle in the Corinthian church, he wrote this: "For the one who eats and drinks without careful regard for the body eats and drinks judgment against himself" (NET). It's not uncommon for Christians to read this text and think: "If… Continue reading Eating & Drinking [Eternal!] Judgment on Ourselves? (Henry)