Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Woman Leads Men

2 Kings 22:12-14 And the King commanded...Go ye inquire of YHWH for me and for the people and for all Judah concerning the words of this book that is found for great is the wrath of YHWH that is kindled against us because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book to do according unto all that which is written concerning us 14: So Hilkiah the priest and Ahikam and Achbor and Shaphan and Asahiah went unto Huldah the prophetess...[1]

[1] The High Priest, under orders from the King, and accompanied by other honorable men (a scribe and servants of the King), went to a woman to inquire of the LORD for the King, for the people, and for all Judah. The situation was dire, with the wrath of God about to come down on them all. A careful reading of this passage, vs. 12-14, bears clear witness to the biblical testimony that God does not single out men [only] for leadership. Here we see the most powerful men in the kingdom entrusting their physical safety to the spiritual leadership of a woman.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Why is Judah called Judas in Matthew Chapter one?

Q: In Matthew chapter one we find the generation of Jesus Christ. In verse 2 it says " Jacob begat Judas" but in Genesis 35:23 the sons of Jacob and Leah are listed and no Judas and Rachel's sons are Benjamin and Joseph. What am I missing?

A: In the Received Text, the Judas of Matthew One and the Judah of Genesis 29 and 35 are the same person that was born of Leah and who King David and our Lord Jesus descended from. The likely reason for the difference in spelling and pronunciation is that Matthew was written in Greek and Genesis was written in Hebrew, but there is no Biblical contradiction here.
We see similar differences in other Bible names such Isaiah/Esaias. MATTHEW 3:3 is a reference to the prophet Isaiah who the writer called Esaias"For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias saying The voice of one crying in the wilderness Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight" 

32: And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
33: And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
34: And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
35: And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing

Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:
23: The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:
24: The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:
25: And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:
26: And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padan-aram.