Category Archives: Christianity

Book – God’s Plan for the World

In this book author Robert Laynton takes an overview of what scripture has to say about God’s Plan of restoration, renewal and reconciliation and in the process considers what it means for each and every one of us – whether we are Christian or not. Continue reading

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Kingdom in decline – Promises and expectations

Everything seemed ‘on the up’ for the ‘children of Israel’ and God’s promises to Abram, Moses and David seemed to be coming to fulfillment and completion.

Then Solomon and the ‘children of Israel’ broke the Covenant – they strayed and began to worship other gods. Thus began a period of decline, corruption and division. The unified Kingdom under David and Solomon split into two rival kingdoms, critical of each other. There were a series of corrupt kings, and then the threat of defeat and conquest by rival nations such as Assyria and Babylon.

Where were God’s promises now? Continue reading

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Ignorance (3)

It would seem that ignorance is of two broad types:

1) Not knowing or being aware of something, not having the information
2) Deliberate suppression of knowledge or not obtaining knowledge because of an attitude of indifference, intolerance or opposition.
These two kinds of ignorance incur two different responses from God. Continue reading

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Ignorance (2) – The Gentiles

The bible portrays the Gentiles – those outside of the Covenants – as living ‘in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed’ (Ephesians 4 v 17 – 19). Continue reading

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Ignorance (1) – The Jews

Even the Israelites sometimes acted in ignorance – they sometimes did not realize the mistakes that they were making. What sort of language does the bible use to describe this ignorance on the part of the Jews? It uses terms like this: ‘You foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear’ (Jeremiah 5 v 21). Ignorance involves mistaken thinking and affections arising from insensitivity, blindness and deafness. An ignorant person has physical eyes to see with and ears to hear with but they do not see or hear what God is saying. They are not sensitive and responsive enough to be aware of God, they have a dullness of mind and so they adopt a pattern of thinking and behaviour that is silly and foolish, and tend to follow their own passions and desires. Continue reading

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David and the Covenant – An everlasting Kingdom

Although God was the Sovereign Lord of Israel, the ‘children of Israel’ became discontent with the Judges that applied the Covenant Law of Sinai. They wanted a human King, and despite Samuel’s protestations to the people, the ‘children of Israel’ insisted and so God granted them a king in form of Saul. Things did not go well with King Saul. However, in due course, David replaced Saul as King and by speaking to David God elaborated the Covenant that he had made with Abraham and Moses further still. Continue reading

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The Tabernacle or ‘Tent of Meeting’

The ‘children of Israel’ were also commanded to build a Tabernacle – also known as the ‘tent of meeting’. ‘Have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them’ (Exodus 25 v 8). This was not a ‘tent of meeting’ in the sense of being some sort marquee where all the people could assemble – it was not an ‘assembly hall’ or ‘congregational meeting house’. The ‘meeting’ referred to here is not a gathering of all the people in order to meet together in one place, but rather, it is a meeting between a representative of the ‘children of Israel’ and God Himself. Continue reading

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