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There are many separate views to the matter. I'll try to list the most common ones, along with sources (at the end of each section). I'll first just describe the views briefly; the sources are available for those more interested. Catholic The Catholic Church teaches that the Law of Moses (the Old Law) is a preparation for the Gospel, and as such no longer ...


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Before Christ, people were saved by believing in God's promise of the Messiah who was to come, as we are saved by believing in the Messiah who has come. Hebrews 11:39-40 (ESV) And all these [Old Testament saints], though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from ...


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YES, there are! The footnote in my NLT Bible for Acts 11:1 has a list of Old Testament verses that say that salvation is for all people, not just the Jews. Below, I've reproduced the list and for two of them, I've directly quoted them because they're the clearest and most direct with regards to this topic. Genesis 12:3 Psalm 22:27 Isaiah 42:4 Isaiah 49:6 ...


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This was actually addressed pretty explicitly early on, and doesn't require all that much interpretation. In Acts chapter 15, the apostles and elders of the church held a council to determine the answer to this exact question. When they reached an answer, they claimed it had the sanction of the Holy Ghost, so their answer is to be understood as divine ...


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The answer from aceinthehole is on the right track, but here is the key. Hebrews 10:4 (NIV) It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. @Caleb, you are definitely onto something, because this verse clearly tells us that nobody in the old testament was actually saved through the law. Hebrews 10:1 (NIV) The law is ...


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The New Testament frequently states that Jesus rose from the dead. This presumes that, yes, Jesus was fully dead at some point. Before Jesus, of course there wasn't a heaven, just a place of the dead referred to "Hades" or "hell" (as you acknowledge). As Jesus had died, he went there. Jesus preached the Gospel to the dead (1 Peter 4:6) and those that were ...


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Melchizedek was the King of Salem and a high priest of God. Genesis 14:18-20 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into ...


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Here's a list of several events just off the top of my head: capture/destruction of Jericho Othniel Gideon's 300 men against the Midianites Samson's final crush of the Philistines Elijah and the prophets of Baal As to why God didn't save them from some oppressors, one of the myriad instances of a single phrase in Judges shows why: Now the sons of ...


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The first five books are closely linked together - they are the "Torah" (Hebrew for "teaching" or "instruction") traditionally attributed to Moses. This explains why they can be called "The Five Books of Moses"; the Greek "Pentateuch" means "five books" and is another title for this section of the Bible. Calling the books after Moses makes sense, and avoids ...


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You can find your answer a few verses earlier in the same chapter: Matthew 5:17-18 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. The Law of ...


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This lamentation/complaint against Israel's wickedness and their practices of sacrifice is interesting because it is not only found in Isaiah 66 (the last chapter) but also in Isaiah 1: 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, ...


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Paul gives us a pretty good answer to this in his letter to the church in Rome: "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4 NASB The Old Testament record reveals the character of God in many different ways. In it we ...


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Yeah, well no... He prefigures Jesus, the same way lots and lots of OT people do. Job/Suffering Servant from Isaiah - for suffering Moses - for leadership out of bondage Abraham/Noah - for trusting in God's providence David - for kingship Melchizedek/Aaron - for priesthood


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Numbers 21:6-9 (NIV) 6 Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it ...


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It seems that the Second Person of the Trinity took on the name of Jesus when He entered into creation and was born of Mary. Prior to this, He was with the Father and the Spirit. When Jesus prays in John 17, He mentions the glory He had with the Father before the world began. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you ...


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Well, the Apostle Paul specifically states that the things written in the past were for our instruction, for encouragement, and to give us hope. For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:14 ESV Also, the Old Testament ...


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Names were considered to be meaningful in some way. For example, the younger of Isaac's twin sons with Rebekah was named Jacob ("supplanter") because when he was born he was holding on to Esau's heel, as if attempting to overtake him. (Genesis 25: 24-26) After Jacob's wrestle with the angel, when he demanded a blessing from the Lord, the angel pronounced ...


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Regardless of his faith, Abraham was still a man - he had not yet been perfected: he was still on his walk of progressive sanctification. The same question could be asked as to why David sinned with Bathsheba, or why Samson fell for Delilah. And any of countless more examples - the men and women portrayed in the Bible were not perfect (excepting Christ). ...


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Oftentimes, the simplest answer is the correct one. So here's the obvious answer: He spoke and wrote in Hebrew because he was dealing with Hebrew-speaking people at the moment. Had God spoken to them in English, Latin, or Chinese, they would not have understood him! God, being omniscient, knows all human languages. This means that he has no trouble ...


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The flood is explicitly used typologically twice in the New Testament. Jesus, speaking of the final judgment (Matthew 24:37-41), says it will be like "the days of Noah". For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the ...


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There are not multiple versions of the new Testament. There is one version. The first four books happen to be four different accounts of the the same series of events but there are 27 books in total. How were the books of the New Testament chosen? No, there is nothing equivalent to the four perspectives of the Gospel books in the Old testament, there is ...


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Prototypes of Jesus can be thought of as falling into the following categories: Prophecies In these kinds of references, a man of God delivered a message which would be fulfilled in Jesus. Isaiah 53, to quote one famous example, speaks of a suffering servant who would be "beaten for our iniquities and wounded for our transgressions." "By his stripes, we ...


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Just because there was only one prophet does not mean there were no priests or followers - prophets were messengers from God, priests actually served in the Temple, and adherents, well, they adhered. In Isaiah, the notion of the Remnant God's select people who remain true even when most fall away is well understood. Additionally, it does not diminish the ...


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Here is a partial answer... Matthew 27:52-53 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. Here we have "saints" rising up, who had already died. Presumably these are righteous Jewish people, who ...


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Hebrews 5:6, which quotes Psalms 110:4, is a bit more specific: 6 And in another passage God said to him, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” So if Jesus is a priest in the order of Melchizedek, he's obviously not Melchizedek.


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If God had created Christianity first, people would not have known their need for a Saviour. "What do we need to be saved from? So God first sets up a do-it-yourself religion; by which I mean that if the Jews followed all the laws they could save themselves earning their right to heaven. That didn't work. Worse, some people became more interested in 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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He was quoting David in Psalm 22. But nevertheless, Jesus must have felt these words Himself. What it was like for the Son of God to experience "Hell", or separation from God, we can not begin to imagine. We can only speculate that Jesus, when He uttered those words, felt God had abandoned Him in a real way, not a symbolic way. Jesus truly felt separated ...


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The entirety of the Old Testament predicts, foreshadows, or reveals Jesus in some way. I've heard it said, "The New [Testament] is in the Old, concealed; the Old is in the New, revealed." There's actually a really cool song that goes through all of the books of the Bible, telling how Jesus is revealed in each. (I have to admit, though, I've never tried to ...


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When God said he should go with the men this was the second embassy of men from Balak to request Balaam's help. On the first occasion we see Balaam thinking he was a 'god dealer' trying to manipulate God and Balak, hoping to make the God of Israel give up on the Israelites and entice Him into league with Balak and at the same time get money from Balak for ...



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