In today's article, Timothy Tennent demonstrates that we should view this first commandment as the doorway into the whole life of faith, because It sets our feet on the right path and orients us in the right direction for all that follows.
Some think that the ancient Israelites were nearly identical to their cultural neighbors, while others claim they were completely different. How similar were they to their neighbors, really? Dr. Bill Arnold outlines the differences and similarities, showing a biblical picture of a nation that lived in the world, but was not of the world.
The Old Testament describes three major feasts that became part of the Jewish annual calendar, each having its own unique theological significance for the community. In this article, Jeremiah Garrett summarizes their history and locates them in the Bible's story.
The sacrificial system of the Old Testament was a means of grace by which the relationship between God and humanity begins to be restored. Ultimately, the sacrificial system was inadequate, which is why Jesus came to earth. But the 5 main Old Testament sacrifices are worth knowing, and Jeremiah Garrett provides some basic information here.