Tag: mercy

  • Biblical Principle #251: The Avenger of Blood

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, in certain situations, God permitted innocent Israelite bloodshed to be avenged. Explanation We previously established that, from GOD’s viewpoint, shedding innocent blood pollutes the land where that bloodshed occurs, and only the bloodshed of the guilty can undo that pollution. An Eternal Truth While this Principle…

  • Biblical Principle #246: Limit to Israelite Beatings

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, Israelites could receive no more than forty lashes in a beating for a crime. Explanation GOD set a “reasonable” max threshold of forty lashes to any beating that an Israelite could suffer for a crime: 1 “Now if there should be a dispute between men, and…

  • Biblical Principle #223: Israel’s Guilt Offerings

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, GOD gave specific instructions regarding guilt restitution payments for their sin. Explanation Under the Law of Moses, when an Israelite sinned, there were precise instructions for receiving forgiveness for that sin. Because blood (life) is the price of guilt due to sin, animals were sacrificed under…

  • Biblical Principle #169: Israel Sentenced to Forty Years of Wandering

    Biblical Principles List Principle God sentenced Israel to forty years of wilderness wandering because they refused to take the land of Canaan and, instead, complained. Explanation When Israel disbelieved that they could take the land of Canaan by defeating the inhabitants who were stronger and mightier than they, GOD punished them. 10 Then all the…

  • Biblical Principle #87: God Hates Evil (And Unrepentant Evil People)

    Biblical Principles List Principle God hates evil and unrepentant evil people. Explanation GOD designed the world to work in a specific way—the best way. He gave angels and men free will to choose how to live. When someone chooses to live inconsistently with GOD’s design, the Bible calls that sin. GOD hates sin because sin is…

  • The Joy of Your Child Being Saved (Proud parent moment)

    Yesterday, I had the unsurpassable joy of baptizing my daughter Ashlyn into Jesus. The joy I feel is difficult to describe. When I awoke yesterday morning, I had no idea that it would be one of the best days of my life, all because of two events: Ashlyn is a kind, loving and thoughtful child.…

  • How Can I Know if I’m Saved?

    “How can I know if I am saved?” There is perhaps no more important question. Ultimately, the only opinion that truly matters is GOD’s, for He is our Creator, Sustainer and Judge. So we shall look to Him for answers. Here are three simple, yet weighty questions a person should ask themselves when trying to…

  • If I (Only) Had 5 Minutes With You

    Suppose for a moment that you had a captive audience with any living human on the planet that you didn’t already know. If you had five uninterrupted minutes—but only five minutes—with them where they would listen to anything you had to say, what would you say to them? Here is what I would like to say:…

  • Biblical Baptism, Part 16 (What if Baptism isn’t Necessary? What if it is?)

    What if baptism isn’t necessary? What if baptism is just something good to do but not essential for salvation? Then again, what if baptism is necessary? What if GOD expects a person to be baptized in order to receive the forgiveness of their sins? Welcome to part 16 of my biblical baptism series. These posts build on…

  • Biblical Baptism, Part 11 (Do I Have to Be Baptized?)

    Is it necessary for a person to be baptized in order to be saved? What about the thief on the cross? He wasn’t baptized and was saved. Welcome to part 11 of my biblical baptism series. In this post, we’ll tackle these important questions. The posts in this series build on each other. If you need…