And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily. And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days . . . . And this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. Genesis 49:1, 28
And the time drew nigh that Israel must die. Genesis 47:29 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. Hebrews 11:21 “And the time drew nigh that Israel must die.”
Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land. And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and behold, they are in the land of Goshen. And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh . . .
And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die. Genesis 45:28
Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. It is not possible to understand the strange times which we call the Middle Ages without understanding mysticism. Mysticism was a current which ran through the church of Christ throughout her history, beginning already in the third century, and it continues to the present. That this should be so is not surprising. The pendulum in the spiritual life of the people of God swings from one extreme to the other. On the one extreme lies a cold and lifeless dead orthodoxy which is often characterized by...
Prof. Hanko is professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The problem of the relation between the church of Jesus Christ in the world and the secular state has always been a vexing one, but never more so than in the Middle Ages. Beginning with the fall of Rome and the destruction of the Roman Empire in the West, the Roman Catholic Church began to gather to itself power and authority not only in ecclesiastical affairs, but also in affairs of the state. And as the pope of Rome increasingly set himself up as the...
Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying Mark ye now when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant. And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. . . . But Absalom fled and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.
And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make way against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nay by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto m e what I shall do. Then said Samuel, Wherefore then does thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?