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Vol. 10 No. 10 October 2008
Since You Asked By Louis Rushmore
the cherubim and seraphim different heavenly beings apart
from angels? ~
Little is know about the cherubim and seraphim, but it is generally agreed that they are an order of angels, perhaps set apart in some greater qualities and duties. “Seraphim are in Jewish theology connected with cherubim and ophanim as the three highest orders of attendants on Yahweh, and are superior to the angels who are messengers sent on various errands” (International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia).
Are the destroying angels of Psalm 78:49 evil spirits/demons? ~ Femi Temilola, Nigeria
One commentary explains the meaning of “evil angels” in Psalm 78:49 (KJV) that they “are not wicked angels…but angels that bring misfortune” (Keil & Delitzsch). The context pertains to the plagues that God brought upon
There is reference here
undoubtedly to the slaying of the
Commentary on the Old Testament. CD-ROM.
I have been searching the bible and the web for specific cases of men in the bible who divorced, sent or put their wives away. I look forward to your response. ~ Gwen Smith
the Bible records both events and instructions, there
are fewer examples of specific instances of divorce, per your inquiry,
there are specific recorded instances of divorce. The Bible contains
instruction respecting marriage, divorce and remarriage; search for
or “divorce” in the Archive of Gospel Gazette
However, one example of multiple divorces (because under Judaism these
marriages were not permitted) occurs in
By Jerry Bates
Answer me this question: How can
some one forgive another? And
what is a SIN?
you for your questions. The first question is,
“What is a sin?” In
However, we must also remember that sin may not involve any action on our part. We can also sin by doing nothing. We also sin by not doing what we know we should do (James ). This is one reason why sin is so widespread among mankind, even among Christians. Sometimes we may sin by doing absolutely nothing. Nevertheless, if we know we should be doing good, but refuse to do it, to us it is sin according to James.
We are all caught in sin (Romans 3:23), and if it were not for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, none would ever be saved (Romans 5:8). This knowledge should cause a constant sense of gratitude for God’s gracious provision of forgiveness.
Your next question is, “How can someone forgive another?” This is a good question. Forgiveness is required of everyone, but it is not easy to do. Jesus stated that if we do not forgive others, then Jesus will not forgive us either (Matthew 6:14-15). Jesus demonstrated forgiveness by his prayer on the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). True forgiveness occurs when the injured party resolves that he will no longer hold the word or action against the person who committed it. That does not necessarily mean that we completely forget about it. It is often impossible to forget it completely, but it does mean that you do not hold it against him and will not bring it up again, even if he does the same thing again. We know that is what God does for us. That can be rather difficult to do.
Forgiveness obviously begins with the attitude of our heart. When someone sins against us, that sin is his problem with God. Our attitude towards it is our problem. It is not up to us to condemn, punish or take revenge against him. That is God’s business. That is what Jesus was doing in his prayer on the cross. He was turning it all over to God. Only by having complete faith and trust in God can we really forgive another. In forgiveness, we turn the matter over to God for His care. Vengeance belongs to God, and He will one day take vengeance on one if his sins have not been covered by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews. 10:30).