( שׁילה: τα αποκειμενα αυτωι; qui mittendus est). The translation “”The sceptre shall not depart from Judah … . till rest come, and the nations obey him” deserves respectful consideration, having a reference to the Messiah, who was to spring from the tribe of Judah.
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The first trimester of 2020 was one which overtook us all. The corona crisis and lockdown will leave some traces for some time, have an impact for several years. Lots of people in many countries got limited where they could go and were restricted in their life contacts. Churches were closed and lots of people […]
With the month of March, we come to days that we can greet Spring, but also to days that we remember the prophet of God, who came to suffer a lot. Already early, at the beginning of mankind, a first prophecy was given, that he would come into the world and would get wounded for […]
You must love your neighbor as yourself.—Jas. 2:8. James added: “If you continue showing favoritism, you are committing sin.” (Jas. 2:9) In contrast, love will move us to avoid any discrimination based on education, race, or social status. Indeed, impartiality needs to be more than a veneer. It must be a genuine part of our […]
We should love, not in word or with the tongue, but in deed and truth.—1 John 3:18. Love based on right principles (a·gaʹpe) is a gift from Jehovah. He is its Source. (1 John 4:7) This kind of love is the highest form of love. While it can include affection and warmth, it is primarily identified by […]
The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts.—Phil. 4:7. Pray, and then you will receive the peace of God. But notice that “the peace of God . . . surpasses all understanding.” What does that mean? Some translators render this expression “surpasses all our dreams” or “excels all human planning.” Paul was, in […]
The world will have to get to know the Name of the Supreme and those who refuse to know His Name will be ashamed and overwhelmed with terror so that they will sink to the ground of repentance and then they will finally realize that Jehovah is the Most High Supreme Power and Lord over all lords is.
In our life we, as a God-loving person, are best to trust God in His compassion and to merge with others who also believe in Him and want to entrust their lives to Him.
Let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers.—Phil. 4:6, 7. Perhaps there have been times in our life when we felt that we were following the leadings of God’s holy spirit, but then things did not turn out the […]
Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and compassionate.—Ex. 34:6. On one occasion, God revealed himself to Moses by declaring His own name and qualities. The first ones that he listed were mercy and compassion. (Ex. 34:5-7) Jehovah could have stressed his power or his wisdom. Yet, to Moses, who was seeking reassurance of God’s backing, Jehovah […]
How is the law of God “written” on the hearts and minds of the New Covenant people? By the ministration of the Spirit, and the sanctifying power of the truth. (2 Cor. 3 : 3, 8, 9, 18; John 17: 17.) As the consecrated believer in the “one offering” submits to these influences, he realises […]
As archaeologists, historical researchers and bible-researchers we love to examine the past. Often we are interested so much in the past because we would love to find affirmation in it for what we do believe what happened and what is in our mind the possible truth. Socrates said that “the unexamined life is not worth […]
When we have a weakness for our Creator we do not mind to devote a lot of our time to the research and contemplation of truth. It is our urge to find the truth that makes us working hard to come to know what is all behind the history that made up to so many […]
As Biblescholars we try to search for truth and sometimes it looks like we are investigators looking at more than one “Cold Case”, trying to construct the events declared in scripture. At “The Logos Academic Blog” Matthew W. Bates says Scholars do not want to wade through basic information that everyone in the field already […]
“I beg you carefully to judge every preacher, not by his gifts, not by his elocutionary powers, not by his status in society, not by the respectability of his congregation, not by the prettiness of his church, but by this – does he preach the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation?” – Charles […]
In every instance where the findings of archaeology pertain to the Biblical record, the archaeological evidence confirms, sometimes in detailed fashion, the historical accuracy of Scripture. In those instances where the archaeological findings seem to be at variance with the Bible, the discrepancy lies with the archaeological evidence, i.e., improper interpretation, lack of evidence, etc. […]
The interpretation of archaeological data and its association to the biblical text is a veritable minefield, as it is often inspired by the scholar’s personal attitude towards the text . . . we face over and over again arguments that, at their core, are circular. This was as true at the time of William F. […]