Bible - Old Testament


26/07/2006
Are we all descendants of Noah from Noah’s ark?

Well, physically, we are. We are indeed descendents of Noah and we’re descendents of Abraham. Of course, that’s our physical genetics from them. And we’re spiritual descendents of Jesus Christ. We’re of His seed. We’re born again. Remember the Bible says, “If any man is in Christ, he’s a new creature and the old things are passed away.”

So, physically, we are of Noah’s descendents. But spiritually, we’re of a new bloodline. We’re a new species of being and that is as we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are a part of a new race. One translation in 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “We are a part of a new species of being or a new race or a new generation.” So, physically, we are descendents of Noah, but spiritually descendents of Jesus Christ.

It’s a great question and it leads to so many things. The question is will the problems that were in Noah’s life and the problems that were in our other descendents’ lives, do those have to be passed down to us? And the answer is No, because we’re born again. And because we’re new creatures and we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we don’t have to be a part of the curse that is passed down from generation to generation. The curse of Noah’s sins and of his sons’ sins do not get passed down to us because Jesus intercepts all those curses, nails them to the cross and we are redeemed from those curses as we put our faith in Jesus Christ so we can truly live victoriously here on this earth.

Bible - Old Testament


26/07/2006
In the book of Deuteronomy 31:9-13, it says, “And Moses wrote the law and delivered it to the priests of the Levi and bore the ark of the covenant and Moses commanded them, saying, ‘at the end of seven years, the year of release, when all of Israel comes to appear, you shall read the law in the presence of Israel and gather them together and observe the law. And the children which have not known anything may hear and learn to fear the Lord as long as they live in the land.’” My question is what’s the meaning of that seven years. Why every seven years or at the end of seven years? Is there some meaning as to that?

I think that things happen in cycles. Eight in the Bible represents the number of new beginnings. Eight is always a new beginning. You know, doctors say in seven years your skin changes and you have new cells and all of that. Things change over seven year periods of time. We find that in physical science and we find that in the Bible as well.

I think that God is saying that we need to do a "heart check" every seven years. It’s important. Like you tune up a car. You should always make sure that you have oil and gas in your car, but every 3000 miles, you need to change the oil. Every 20,000 miles, you need to do this or you need to do that. I think that we need to do that with our bodies. We need to go to the doctor and have a checkup every so often. We need to do that with the raising of our children. We need to check on our children. We need to check on our marriage. Even though you live day to day, you need to have a checkup, a mid-point checkup, a seven year checkup. And address the things that need to be addressed in your life, in your marriage.

So this symbolism or the meaning of the seven years is that’s the way God set it up then. But it speaks to me to mean that we really need to make sure that we address the issues of our life and that we are able to sit back. Seven is also the day of rest. The seventh day. The seventh year, you’re supposed to let the ground lie fallow when you’re farming so that the ground is given rest so it can produce the minerals and the nutrients that are necessary when you do plant the seeds. So, I think that you need to take the time and evaluate your life. That’s what He’s telling us. Evaluate things and make sure you’re on the right track and make sure you’re going in the right direction. It’s a good practice for all of us.

Bible - Old Testament


26/07/2006
Genesis chapter 32. Did Jacob really wrestle against God himself or an angel? If it was God, then God could have just wiped him off like, 1-2-3. Then why does the Bible say that Jacob wrestled with God?

The Bible says that it was the angel of the Lord. Now, I believe that was a form of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament, showing up as the angel of the Lord. There are angels, and then there is the "Angel of the Lord" in the Old Testament. The Angel of the Lord was Jesus, I believe.

Yes, I believe Jacob wrestled with Him. But yet, Jesus or God or whoever it was he wrestled with restrained himself from destroying. It wasn’t a fight to the death. It was that Jacob would not let go of God until He blessed him. It wasn’t that they wrestled in the sense of "Winner takes all. Whoever loses is going to die." But it was an attitude and a fight for "God, you have to touch me. You have to bless me. You have to give me this."

And that speaks to me that there are times that we need to wrestle with God in a sense where we need to keep praying, we need to persevere. The Bible says to be persistent, to keep asking, keep knocking, keep seeking and you shall find. And there has to be a persistence with us. We have to go to God and say, "Lord, I’m not giving up on this until you show me your way. Until you give me an answer." And I think that most Christians are too passive to do that. And Jacob shows us how active we need to be in our relationship with God and how aggressive we need to be in getting answers from God when we need them from God.

Bible - Old Testament


26/07/2006
I read in the Bible where “if the eye offends you, pluck it out.” But what I can’t find is where it says “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” Is that in the Bible or is that just heresay?

It is in the Bible in the Old Testament, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” You can look in Exodus 21:23-24, Leviticus 24:19-20 and Deuteronomy 19:21 and find that reference. That’s a system of justice that is found in the Old Testament. And Jesus said, "Instead, forgive. Don’t retaliate." But our government and our justice system still does need to offer the “justice.” We need to have a justice system. If somebody takes somebody’s life, they need to be held accountable for that by being put in prison or, in some cases, with capital punishment. But, yes it is in the Bible in the Old Testament and it is a principle that God created to protect the innocent people, not to necessarily just to punish the guilty, but to protect the innocent.

Bible - Old Testament


26/07/2006
We were raised Catholic, but my brother is kind of new as far as Christian faith. How do I explain to him how so many people got on earth when we just started with Adam and Eve?

Well, the fact is that Adam and Eve lived like nine hundred years. How many kids could you have in nine hundred years? I’m having my fifth now and it’s only been sixteen years. So I think in nine hundred years I could probably have a thousand kids. I mean, one a year, I guess, right? So you need to explain to him that back then people lived longer and that’s how they were able to populate the earth so quickly. You need to encourage him that he should read the Bible himself, and find out that Adam had a ton of sons, and the sons had sons. And you know, there was no such thing as incest at that time, because they had to populate the earth. And so obviously they had a lot of children, and the sons must have had relations with the daughters at some point because I don’t know where else they were going to find a wife. There wasn’t anybody. So Adam and Eve had the responsibility to be fruitful and multiply to fill the earth. It was their responsibility, given to them by God. There is no place for incest now, obviously, in the earth.

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