In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.
II Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
In Numbers, we have two accounts of the number of the children of Israel — the first in chapter 1, and the second in chapter 26. Why? And what’s the value to us of knowing how many men of fighting age there were in the tribes of Israel? How is this “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness?” Isn’t it just a bunch of boring numbers?
And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
Last week, in Westminster, the opposition parties took the Prime Minister to task for using the word ‘surrender’ to refer to legislation which Parliament had passed over his objection. They said it was irresponsible and could result in violence.
As I’ve been working through all the comments that got stuck in moderation while the blog was silent, I’ve encountered more than one that referred to Colossians 1, where we see Jesus as ‘the firstborn.’ This passage is often misunderstood, so I thought I’d just write here on the front page of the blog with a fairly brief explanation.