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Like the forefathers of those who eventually ended up in the Promised Land, Moses's problem was that he failed to trust in God. In chapter 12 of Numbers, Aaron and Miriam oppose Moses as God's messenger and their leader. As a result, they also are refused entry to the land (by death, like Moses). Moses' problem wasn't that he misinterpreted God or thought ...


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Answers in Genesis, an Apologetics site dedicated to defending the Bible as inerrant, gives five "reasonable" possibilities: Bear in mind that the real answer is, "we don't know for sure", and we can't answer what did happen. The best we can do is offer plausible explanations of what might have happened. Typically this is done using common rules behind ...


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Of course this is more of a historical-archeological question as the Bible does not directly answer but I have stumbled across a fairly convincing argument that would place Thutmose II as the Pharaoh at the time of the Exodus. I first came across the argument in Alfred Edersheim’s Bible History. He typically pays attention to ancient monuments and secular ...


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Moses wrote many things that foreshadowed the coming of the Messiah. Jesus is, indeed, the Passover Lamb, as those who put their faith in His death and the blood He shed are rescued from the judgment that is to come. (John 3:16-18) Like the manna in the desert, Jesus is the Bread from Heaven (John 6:51) that satisfies our spiritual hunger and gives us ...


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The answer is right there in verse 12: And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them.” It's a classic example of lack of faith. God tells Moses to do something that doesn't sound ...


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I can't speak for God, but here's an answer from a Conservative Baptist point of view. Why does Moses who is a mere mortal have compassion for the people of Israel while God, who is of infinite goodness lacks it? The question assumes that compassion = goodness, and that God's goodness would prevent Him from executing judgment. I believe that this ...


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Those aren't the words written on the second stone tablets. The original tablets were written by the Lord: Exodus 24:12 (ESV) The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction." Compare to the passage ...


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This issue will be debated for a long time. However, Henry H. Halley addresses this issue with great clarity. In his book, Halley's Bible Handbook, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 113, "There are two leading opinions: Amenhotep II (1450-1420 B.C.), or Merneptah (1250-1220 B.C.). Merneptah was the son of Rameses II, who was a master ...


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It's not so much that sandals or slippers are considered to be unholy, it's that they're dirty, and removing them is a sign of respect similar to removing one's hat when entering a building, or perhaps removing a nose ring when entering a strict parent's house. From the United church of God's article on the subject: Taking off your sandals was like the ...


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Maybe, maybe not. Consider Job 9:6. Job 9:6 (DRA) 6 Who shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.     Job is supposed to have lived around the time of Abraham, quite a while before the events that took place in numbers. Even if you consider Job to be a tall tale, its origin in oral tradition might ...


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As soon as I posted this question, my mind went to the famous story of Jacob's ladder, in Genesis 28:10-22. Two verses in particular stick out for me: He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Verse 12. This is because Jesus is our bridge ...


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The section you quote contains the answer: because Moses did not believe. He was told to "tell the rock... to yield its water" but instead he struck the rock twice, apparently believing God's command to be insufficient. He expected God to act in exactly the same way as He had before*, but God apparently wanted to reveal His power to Moses in a new way. As ...


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This question presumes that the devil only exists in hell, which is clearly a false presumption. If we look at Jesus' temptation in the wilderness (in Matthew 4:1-11), we see that Satan exists here on earth as well: Matthew 4:1-3 (NIV) Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty ...


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The hypothesis was formed from several lines of evidence suggesting that more than one author had a hand in writing the Torah. Stage 1 The first stage was the recognition of certain passages that looked like additions from a later copyist: Deuteronomy 34, the account of Moses' death, including the phrase in verse 6, "no one knows his burial place to this ...


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When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18, NIV) According to Keil there was only 172 words (the decalogue) in Exodus 20:2–17 that were written on the stones by the 'finger of God'. This would have easily fit. Nothing is ...


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John 5:39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me... A common refrain in sermons (and I've used this myself!) on the Transfiguration is that Jesus is being shown to be "the Word." Historically, Jesus referred to the Scripture as "the Law and the ...


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Fire is symbolic of: God's glory A source of illumination An indication of power A source of cleansing (the environment was made holy) A source of warmth and comfort in cold and dark places God's wrath against uncleanliness That the bush was not consumed is a sign that: That the fire was not sustained by the bush. God's existence doesn't depend on ...


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One example is: Deuteronomy 32:43 (NIV) 43 Rejoice, you nations, with his people,    for he will avenge the blood of his servants; he will take vengeance on his enemies    and make atonement for his land and people. Which we know from Hebrews 1:6 is referring to Christ. However, I suspect that Jesus was referring ...


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The short answer is: No one knows. You might think it would be a simple matter of saying, "The Exodus occurred in such-and-such a year, look up who was Pharoah in that year, problem solved." But in practice scholars debate just when the various Pharoahs ruled, and they debate even more when the Exodus happenned. I've seen theories that range from Pepi II, ...


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Christ is the main subject in the Old Testament "concealed". God speaks of Him in types and shadows. At Rephidim (Exodus 17:4) God told Moses to strike the Rock.The Rock is Christ (1st Corinthians 10:4), Moses represents the Law. Jesus was struck by Israel for presuming to violate the Law, for claiming to be God, which He is! When He was struck "crucified", ...


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There is a concept found throughout the Old Testament that God is a consuming fire: Deuteronomy 4:24 (NIV) For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. The idea behind this consuming fire is that it is the fire of God's judgment. Just before that verse in Deuteronomy, it says not to make idols (starting in verse 24) because the God is a ...


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It is not that earthquakes themselves were new, but rather that an earthquake would have been directly caused by God to punish Korah in front of everyone that would have been new. Numbers 16:28 - 29 sets this up: Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea: If these men die a ...


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According to most Christian traditions, God cannot change His mind. There are those that teach that He can change His mind, a position inherent in Open Theism. However, this is seen as a heresy by most orthodox Christian traditions. It denies the omniscience of God. From http://www.reformationtheology.com/2011/07/does_god_ever_change_his_mind.php ...


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I think one good way we can look at this and understand that that section was commandments instead of promises is by letting other parts of Scripture that either reference or comment on it help define it. For example in the NT we find Jesus giving a sermon and instructing people on the way they should live. In several cases he clearly references the ...


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To understand these verses it's helpful to read them in context. I'm using the King James Version, which seems a bit easier to understand (in particular the part about "touching" Moses' feet). EXODUS 4:22-26 (KJV) And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may ...


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The use of the word 'face' is different in these two contexts. In the first use God is said to speak to Moses 'face to face' that is not from some distant position as in a dream, or vision but speaking audibly to him while under some visible form. In other words, God spoke to Moses like a person does who is having a conversation. God spoke out of a ...


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This is only partially answered Scripturally. Genesis 25:1-2 (KJV) 25 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. The significance of this passage is that the Midianites were descendants of Abraham, and as such would have shared the knowledge ...


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The issue here is pronoun use in Hebrew. What the Hebrew actually says is "the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tent and [he/it] spoke with Moses". In English the pronoun would typically refer to the last object (the pillar of cloud). In Hebrew it isn't as clear cut, and there isn't the distinction between "he" and "it" (at least not ...


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You guys made some good points on this article. Just wanted to add to something else to support this qiestion. Moses was also complaining when he said his comments. The Hebrew word for Complain means: To Remain or Remaining. Because of this the children of Israel remained in the wilderness for 40 yrs. Moses also complained and he remained. They were ...


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If Moses had said: "Okay, go ahead", would God have done it? You can take a look at the narrative of Abraham and Sodom (Genesis 18:16-33) as an example of this opposite case. Abraham, of course, doesn't say "Okay, go ahead and destroy Sodom"—but he doesn't ask for mercy either. His intercession is based on justice instead: it would be unjust, he ...



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