“When you come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession, and he that owns the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seems to me there is a plague in the house. Then the priest shall command that they empty the house before the priest go into it to see the plague… ” (Leviticus 14:34-35).
In Scripture, leprosy is always symbolic of sin and evil. It was a terrible plague in those days. Lepers were totally cut off from all society, families, and loved ones; nor could they go to the tabernacle to worship God. Lepers were cast outside of the city in camps, and a leper could not return to his family until he was cured, which only the priest could pronounce. But could a house have leprosy? Because the same rituals and commandments that a recovered leper had to follow to be reinstated to society, God also commanded to be applied to a house determined to have leprosy.
Continue reading Can A House Have Leprosy?
“To burn or not to burn?”
The question asked by countless Americans over the past hundred years, addressed by State legislatures enacting laws to protect the flag from desecration such as burning, the U.S. Congress who approved the Federal Flag Desecration Law in 1968 to protect it from this and other acts of contempt, and ultimately answered by the Supreme Court of the United States in June 1990. Continue reading America the Bannerful
It was the third day the disciples were with their new teacher, Jesus. He was invited to a marriage celebration at Cana, located on the picturesque Sea of Galilee, and they were also invited. It was probably the marriage of a family member or very close friend, as His mother Mary seemed to know the family of the bridegroom very well.
Continue reading June: Month of Love… Weddings & Anniversaries. The Best Is Yet To Be!
At the time of Israel’s exodus from Egypt, there were about 70 Gentile nations in the earth. From these God specifically isolated the nation of Israel to be His peculiar, separated people as prophesied in Numbers 23:9: “…The people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.”
God had sent nine terrible plagues upon the land of Egypt; yet Pharoah would not let the Hebrews go. God told Moses that one final plague would humble Pharaoh to surrender: The death of all firstborn throughout Egypt. In order for their firstborn to be safe, the Israelites had to slay a lamb and strike its blood upon the doorposts of their houses and stay inside. God said: “At midnight I will smite all the firstborn throughout all of Egypt, but when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Pharoah was broken by his son’s death and let the Hebrews go. Continue reading The Cohanim Y Chromosome
When my grown sons were boys, they were fond of watching animated videos while Grandma babysat them. They would watch their favorites over and over. One favorite was the classic tale of Rikki Tikki Tavi written by Englishman Rudyard Kipling whose family spent time in India where he was born.
Rikki Tikki Tavi is a mongoose, which has an innate desire and ability to kill snakes. They may be a snake’s worst enemy, and in India where deadly cobras abound, they are useful in protecting humans from deadly encounters with cobras. In the story, Rikki was rescued by a British family living in India when he was washed up near their bungalow by a flood, and became their family pet. He became friendly with other creatures in the garden, including a bird named Darzee and his wife who warned him about a cobra’s nest of unhatched eggs hidden in the garden. Continue reading The Snake’s Nest