God would not bless Rachael for stealing or lying about the action of stealing the teraphim. We need not assume that because Laban did not discover the teraphim, that it was because Jehovah God had worked on behalf of Rachel not to get discovered (i.e., he blessed her). No, it is just a simple fact... Continue Reading →
We can start with the fact that the Hebrew word for “deceived” really means, “stole the heart of.” This Hebrew idiom can be rendered either “Jacob deceived” or “Jacob outwitted.” Jacob was a grown man, who fulfilled his contract with Laban and far beyond. He was not obligated to inform him of anything. He outwitted... Continue Reading →
Genesis 29:27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years.” Notice that Laban is informing Jacob that he must complete the bridal week for Leah, and then he would be given... Continue Reading →
Genesis 26:34 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 34 When Esau was forty years old, he took Judith [wife 1] the daughter of Beeri the Hittite to be his wife, and Basemath [wife 2, also named Adah] the daughter of Elon the Hittite; Genesis 36:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 2 Esau took his wives from the daughters... Continue Reading →
Matthew 1:9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 9 and Uzziah became the father of Jotham, and Jotham became the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz became the father of Hezekiah, The Bible tells us in 2 Kings 15:1-7 that the father of Jotham was Azariah, while in 2 Kings 15:32 and 34, we are told that Jotham's... Continue Reading →
The curse that Jehovah God had placed on the ground meant that cultivation was going to be a far greater task than it would have been had Adam not sinned. Lamech, Noah’s father, in connection with the thorns and thistles, expresses this level of the curse, “the painful toil of our hands." (Gen 5:29) The... Continue Reading →
Genesis 1:26-27 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 26 And God went on to say, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the... Continue Reading →
As we look over the ten classes of difficulties, we see they all arise from our imperfection in understanding, and not from the imperfection of the Bible. The Bible is perfect, but we, being imperfect, will have difficulties in understanding it. As we grow more and more in our understanding of God, our difficulties grow ever less and less, and so we are forced to conclude that when we dig deeper into God's Word, we shall have very few difficulties whatever with the Bible.