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Murder and killing are not necessarily the same thing. The King James Bible adds confusion to this debate by translating Exodus 20:13 as: Thou shalt not kill. Which historically has been interpreted to mean a commandment against all forms of killing, including capital punishment, war, and in some cases, even against killing animals. In the context of ...


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The short answer is "To teach Jacob an important lesson." This all takes place, of course, in Genesis 32. First, to your first question: Jacob wasn't "good" by any means. If you look at Jacob before this, he has stolen the blessing that was Esau's birthright. (Genesis 27). He had several children with women he didn't love, and was certainly no great ...


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Methinks that the problem lies with this statement: I stated that He entered into the physical world in His incarnation. Your multiple examples demonstrate that God did manifest a physical form before He was incarnated in Jesus. However, this physical form wasn't necessarily human flesh and blood. Quite possibly a human appearance, like the angels (...


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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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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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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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This is an example of a theophany. People often make the mistake of equating the descriptions of God with human form. Just because God is said to have a face, shoulders, a right hand etc. does not make him human. The same could be said of a koala bear [or enter arbitrary animal here!]. There are many, many references throughout the bible to God's "body", ...


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I'm not very familiar with the idea of theophany, but using the definition given by Wikipedia, this is obviously one. [Theophany] refers to the appearance of a deity to a human or other being, or to a divine disclosure. Warning: The rest is speculation. Looking at just this passage, Jesus didn't need to have a human body. God did appear in non-human ...


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Our church also teaches this. In a recent sermon, our Pastor taught that the Angel of the Lord can be used interchangeably with Christ. As we believe in the Trinity, this means the Angel of the Lord is also God. The following is some (but not all) of the Scriptural evidence used to support this teaching: From Baker's Evangelical Dictionary: The ...


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I am sorry to say it, but we don't know why GOD chose to wrestle Jacob. Maybe Jacob needed to wrestle GOD, maybe it was a dream, symbolic of all humanity, the Scriptures leave the event open to a lot of interpretation. But that is completely due to Genesis not giving us a reason for GOD wrestling Jacob, I know this may not be the answer you were looking ...


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Justin Martyr is probably the strongest early advocate for the view that the "Angel of the Lord" in the OT often refers to Christ. In his Dialogue with Trypho, he argues that many supernatural appearances in the OT are manifestations of the second member of the Trinity. One such example is that of the burning bush in Exodus 3:2-4, where reference to the "...


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No Pope has made such claim, but he wouldn't need to. As Hebrews says, Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, Just because one does not have a face to face encounter does not mean that God has not spoken to them. Very few of the prophets claim they saw God's face. Indeed, Elijah perceived him only as a "...


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Among church fathers, Ambrose is one supporter: Abraham, who was glad to receive strangers, faithful to God and tireless in his service and prompt in fulfilling his duty, saw the Trinity typified. He added religious devotion to hospitality, for although he beheld three, he adored one, and while keeping a distinction of the persons, yet he called one ...


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Everything that God does is meaningful, significant, and purposeful to the last detail, there is no such thing as an accident or a coincidence, that would imply that God is not in control. Every detail in the Holy Scriptures is there by design. The burning bush is a type of Christ (Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as ...


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If you know for sure it's God's will, then killing (not murder; others have addressed the difference) is OK. But how can you be sure that it's God's will (this is not aiming at anyone specifically, just oratory questions)? Did you hear voices ordering you so? Then it's not Him (see answers for this question). Your pastor/priests tells you so? He probably ...


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From looking at the situation that Jacob was currently in gives me a better understanding of it. Jacob had an issue with running away from his mistakes instead of confronting them head on, his mom taught him that by the way. This ultimately took a toll on Jacob's life. God decided it was time for Jacob to become a man. He actually starts forcing Jacob to ...


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When you see how those who knew they were sinners grabbed the gospel from Christ, almost violently pressing in on Him, you see the heart of Jacob. Christ initiates the fight, but sinners will not let Him go. The tax collectors and sinners, whom the scribes and Pharisees thought had  no right to the kingdom, seized the mercy of the Gospel. The self righteous ...


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I have only heard of this happening en masse in the Muslim world. The testimonies I have heard from missionaries to Turkey and Iran are these people are seeing Jesus appear to them. One other notable example I've heard of this happening recently (1996) to a non-Muslim is Joshua Blahyi, formerly known as General Butt Naked in Liberia. He tells of a man ...


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I try to answer with my Scripture reading. May this answer help The answer for number one: First we have to know that Jacob seems knew that he was not good at all. We can see in the previous chapters before, Jacob get everything by tricking. Tricking his brother (Esau) and tricking his uncle (Laban). For the reason why GOD Choose to wrestle with Jacob,This ...


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According to Augustine, it seems, he interpreted the three men in Genesis 18 as The Trinity God appearing in human form, hence the three men. On the Trinity (Book II) - Chapter 10 But under the oak at Mamre he saw three men, whom he invited, and hospitably received, and ministered to them as they feasted. Yet Scripture at the beginning of that ...


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Big Caveat: I am not answering the "truth" since we don't do that here, but rather giving a typical Nicene response. This answer is seeking to be descriptive of practice and general reasoning, rather than attempting to do new theology to definitively resolve an otherwise deep theological question. By process of elimination, most Nicene Christians would ...


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Not God the Father apparently, but perhaps Jesus. In Anatomy of the Vatican, page 20-21, Paul Hoffman says that in 1954, towards the end of his life, Pope Pius XII reported to some Jesuits that Jesus had appeared at his bedside during a recent illness and said to him that his time was not yet up. When the story found its way into the press, the Vatican had ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus was the Archangel Michael before the incarnation so the answer would be that it would have been Michael (pre-incarnate Jesus). "Likewise, the Bible indicates that Michael is another name for Jesus Christ, before and after his life on earth." JW.org "The foremost angel, both in power and authority, is the archangel, ...


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Actually Abraham does not address the visitors as LORD, he address them as Lord. Many English translations (including the NIV and the New King James) use uppercase LORD where the original manuscript have YHWH, the name of God. Other versions translate it Jehovah, or Yahweh. The lowercase "lord" or mixed case "Lord" represent a different word entirely, which ...


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Even though a good answer was given by David, I would like to make some points: As have been said, Jacob was not good at all, but he believed in God. We can take that as a allegory in many levels: A sinner who recognizes his miserable situation and begs for God to change his or her life. A believer that fights in prayer and not quit until get an answer. ...


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The difference as to do with God's commandments for individuals and God's commandments for the governing of His covenant people. God commands individuals not to murder, but the penalty for murder, prescribed for God's covenant people while that covenant was in effect, was capital punishment. So, "murder" is distinguished from "capital punishment" by God ...


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God is executing His judgment through His people instead of through the floods or any other means like during Noah's time. So it is allowed in a sense that we should accept it as His just judgment, because God judges them, commands it and allows it to happen. This is different from using the Bible to justify an act of killing a group of people, because none ...



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