Thinking on Scripture is about promoting a Biblical worldview predicated on a plain reading of God’s word.  The Bible is a revelation from God to man that addresses such matters as the origin of the universe, mankind, evil, etc.  Scripture does not address these subjects exhaustively, but what it does reveal is true, and this provides a foundation for interpreting the world around us.  Scripture also reveals that God is actively involved in the daily affairs of mankind and that He directing history for His purposes and glory. 

  • Is Self-Defense Biblical?

         Are Christians biblically justified to use force for self-defense? Depending on the situation, the answer is sometimes yes, and sometimes no. Killing a thief is both justified and unjustified, depending on the situation (Ex 22:2-3). In Scripture there are examples of believers who at one time defended themselves or others, but then at other times fled and/or suffered for their faith. […]

  • Tares Among the Wheat - Part 2 - The Bible As Our Starting Point

    In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus explained the parable of the wheat and tares (Matt 13:36-44), describing a world that consists of believers and unbelievers who belong to two spiritual realms; the first to Christ and the second to Satan. In America, we see a rise in attacks on Christians and churches, the abortion of tens of millions of babies, rising national debt, lack of authority orientation, […]

  • Deuteronomy 27:1-26 - Israel’s Recommitment to God - Cursings for Disobedience

    Map of Israel - Ebal and Gerizim - Joshua's Altar      In this address by Moses, he directs the twelve tribes of Israel to renew their commitment to God in a covenant ceremony. This was to happen at Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim after they’d entered the land of Canaan. This chapter is divided into three parts. First, the people were to gather at Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim under the […]

  • Deuteronomy 26:12-19 - Israel’s triennial tithe and commitment to the Mosaic covenant

         In this section, Moses directs Israelite farmers to pay the triennial tithe, which God intended for the Levites, strangers, orphans and widows in their towns (Deut 26:12-15). Then Moses closes this section by directing all Israel to obey the Lord and walk with Him, and that if they do, God will bless and exalt them above all the nations (Deut 26:16-19). Reminder to Give the Triennial […]

  • Deuteronomy 26:1-11 - Israel’s first first fruits & Christian spiritual worship

         In this section (Deut 26:1-11), Moses reminds Israel of God’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage, His faithfulness to bring them into the land of promise, and how they were to show their loyalty and gratitude by annually giving Him the first fruits of their agricultural production. Directives for Entering Canaan      God was giving Israel the land of Canaan as an inheritance, which […]

  • Tares Among the Wheat - Part 1 - Introduction

    In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus explained the parable of the wheat and tares (Matt 13:36-44), describing a world that consists of believers and unbelievers who belong to two spiritual realms; the first to Christ and the second to Satan. In America, we see a rise in attacks on Christians and churches, the abortion of tens of millions of babies, rising national debt, lack of authority orientation, […]

  • Deuteronomy 25:11-19 - Self defense, just weights and measures, judgment on the Amalekites

         In Deuteronomy 25:11-19, Moses addresses the punishment of a woman who damages another man’s genitals while defending her husband in a fight (Deut 25:11-12), God’s requirement to adhere to standard weights and measures (Deut 25:13-16), and the future command to destroy the Amalekites as divine judgment for their sin of attacking Israel when they were weak and vulnerable (Deut […]

  • Suffering that Builds Christian Character

    No one likes suffering, and generally, we try to avoid it. However, some suffering is unavoidable, as there are people and circumstances beyond our ability to influence. This is part of the human experience. But we are not neutral, and though suffering is inevitable, how we handle it is optional. If we greatly fear suffering, then we may be tempted to avoid it at all costs, and the weakening […]

  • God’s Imputed Righteousness

    The word “imputation” itself is an accounting term used both in the Old Testament and the New Testament (Gen 15:6; Ps. 32:2; Rom 4:3-8; Gal 3:6). Moses wrote of Abraham, saying, “Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned [חָשַׁב chashab] it to him as righteousness” (Gen 15:6). David writes, “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed […]

  • My Christian Identity and Calling

    What I do as a Christian is based on my identity in Christ. The prepositional phrase, in Christ (ἐν Χριστῷ), is used 76 times in the New Testament to refer to the Christian’s new spiritual identity. Here is the full article: https://thinkingonscripture.com/2022/04/17/my-christian-identity-and-calling/   Steve’s Blog: https://thinkingonscripture.com/ Steve’s Books: […]

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