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We have seen that the apostle Peter wrote this letter to the persecuted saints who were in need of encouragement. The oppression of government, the fear of death affected their outlook on life. With the light of the Christian hope shining upon their dark circumstances, they would focus more clearly upon their place in the world and the need to press on in the calling of serving the Lord.

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Jason L. Kortering is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Grandville, Michigan. We are in the midst of outlining the section of the Book of Numbers that covers the second numbering of the people and related events (beginning at chapter 30). Moses reminds the heads of each tribe that if a man vow or swear an oath, he must do as he has vowed, for the Lord’s honor is at stake (Num. 30:1-3). The same holds true for a woman, only her father or husband had the right to disallow the carrying out of the vow (Num. 30:4-8). The...

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The background for Peter’s first epistle was the Roman persecution that threatened those who were converted to Christianity, whether Jews or Gentiles. To them Peter wrote concerning their hope in God. As pilgrims they must expect tribulation and realize that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the eternal weight of glory in Christ Jesus. Now, at a later date, Peter directs his attention to the enemy that was rising from within the church. False teachers were raising their ugly heads and spewing forth their pernicious doctrines.

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The Holy Spirit guided all the events that led to our receiving the inspired record of the Old Testament. Even though we do not have any of the original manuscripts (some were written as long ago as 1500 B.C.), we do have some copies through the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and we have the Massoretic, text which was drawn from the copies available about the ninth century A.D. We follow this history given by Merrill Unger in hisIntroductory Guide to the Old Testament. He writes on page 116: The Old Testament being an ancient document, some parts of...

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Before we take up the study of the individual books of the Old Testament, we will say a few words about the first five books. Taken together they are called the Pentateuch. By doing this, we will not have to repeat ourselves concerning authorship, possible date, occasion for writing, etc., but when we examine the books individually, we can concentrate on the specific message and outline. The Law The word Pentateuch is derived from two Greek words, one penta which means five and the otherteuchos, meaning volume or book, hence, taken together, five volumes. These five volumes then are the first five...

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A few weeks ago, I walked into a Christian bookstore and informed the clerk that I was interested in buying a King James Bible for table use. There came the most puzzled look over his face. It still makes me smile to recall it. Politely, he replied that he did not understand. I suppose the poor chap envisioned before his mind our family discreetly eating the venerable pages of King James. I quickly put his mind at ease and rephrased the request, a King James Bible for family devotions: good size print, hard cover, a few study helps, and such...

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