April 2012

Suffering, the Blind Man and Job

Continuing the topic of suffering, especially when the “innocent” suffer, we might as well as cover its range.  One of the most famous examples of “innocent” suffering is, of course, Job. Had Job known, he probably would not have appreciated that God singles him out to Satan in the first two chapters of his book,

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Hopeless End or Endless Hope – Easter 2

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  [I John 5:4-5] A Rev Gilbert M Beenken once commented, “Other men see only a

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The Firstfruits that Taste of the Harvest – Easter

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep … But each one in his own order: Christ the Firstfruit, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.  [ I Corinthians 15:20,23] There are three “firstfruit” celebrations to be found in Israel’s calendar, which were

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The Lamb, the Lambs and the Lamb – Good Friday

In 33 AD, during the Passover, the Sun is in Aries, a constellation of particular interest for this festival.  To begin with, it is the sign for Israel.  It is fascinating that during the time of Jesus, the Age of Aries is winding down.  An “age” is when the tilt of the earth’s axis points

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The Exciting Meal – Maundy Thursday of Holy Week

He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer [Luke 22:15] The word for “desire” means “to set the heart upon, to deeply long for” and when it is doubled like here, it indicates that a strong intensity is felt.  Looking at the way that

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