Bechukotai: Why Would God Curse His People? – AlephBeta

Healing in His Wings
Healing in His Wings

Is it possible that Jews could teach Christians about the Bible?  Could Jews even teach Christians something about their own theology?  If Christians have the revelation of Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah), then what more is there that Jews could teach them?

How about this:  Jews can teach us the depths of God’s interaction with mankind from the beginning of time.  They can do this because Jews have received the oracles of God.  The Creator of the Universe has given to the Jews a number of things that Christians think only they have received.  The Apostle Paul lists these special things in Romans 9:1-5

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Fox Byte #6: Why Are We Still Here?

BFB140221 Parental DisciplineLet’s see what we have so far:

  • Some super-powerful being named God made the universe and everything in it.
  • Every human being has a choice to believe this or not, but whichever way you choose, make sure you understand why you made the choice.
  • If you believe it, you should not have any trouble believing what’s in the rest of the Bible.
  • God put human beings in charge of the earth for the purpose of making it orderly and productive, and every one of us still has that same purpose.
  • God intended to train our ancestors Himself so that they could handle the responsibility of knowing the difference between good and evil and use that knowledge properly.
  • Our ancestors chose to cut God’s training plan short and grab knowledge for themselves by eating from the tree that made them super smart, knowing good and evil.
  • Since our ancestors disobeyed God, all of us humans after them have followed their example by choosing to set up our own standards of right and wrong rather than follow God’s standards.

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Fox Byte #5: Momentary Right vs. Eternal Good

Cain and Abel
“Cain and Abel”
Josep Vergera

Fox Byte #4 examined how our ancestors in the Garden of Eden chose to educate themselves on the knowledge of good and evil rather than get that knowledge in the way God intended.  How big of a problem was it that Adam and Eve decided to cut short God’s training program and grab the “godlike” status of knowing good and evil?  Even if they were not quite ready to handle all the truth at the moment they acquired it, would they have grown into it eventually?

Well, maybe not.

Here’s the problem:  knowing the difference between good and evil is not just an intellectual exercise.  Once you have that knowledge, you are responsible for it.  That means not only that you must recognize what is good and what is evil, but you also must make a judgment on which to choose. Please click here to continue reading

Fox Byte #4: Not Ready To Drive

BFB140207 Cars in TrafficContinuing from Fox Byte #3, what did our ancestors gain from eating fruit that made them super smart?

If Adam and Eve were made “in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27), then God made them super smart in the first place.  After all, God made them to be in charge of the whole earth and keep it in order.  They would have to be really smart to do that.  But if they were so smart, what was the point of that tree in the garden? Please click here to continue reading

Fox Byte #3: Kicked Out of the Kitchen

"Mother and Daughter in the Kitchen" Viggo Pedersen
“Mother and Daughter in the Kitchen”
Viggo Pedersen

Continuing from Fox Byte #2, how do we learn what God’s definition of order is?  How do we learn anything?  Reading is a good way to learn, but most people I know are not really interested in reading more than they have to.  The truth is, the way we learn best is from other people – hanging out with them, watching them, listening to them, trying to imitate them.  Do you suppose God designed us to learn that way?

The Bible tells us that God gave human beings a list of rules so we would understand how to relate to Him and how to treat each other (see Matthew 22:34-40, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, and Leviticus 19:18).  We call them mitzvot, or commandments.  Good things happen when we keep God’s commandments.  We call those good things blessings.  However, learning about the commandments takes some effort, and living by them takes even more effort.  After all, they are not written like a novel.  Most of them are in the first five books of the Bible, which Christians call the Pentateuch and Jews call the Torah.  Reading them is sometimes like reading a legal document, and sometimes it’s hard to see how these commandments apply to people today. Please click here to continue reading