Bible by the Numbers

Numbers in the Bible have significance. There is a whole book (Numbers) dedicated to the numbering of the tribes of Israel. There is much to learn in understanding the meaning of Numbers. It is important to impose the law of first mention when applying numerics to Scripture otherwise one can get caught up in a potentially dangerous realm of knowledge that is anti-Biblical. (To be covered in a future article)
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The Jerusalem Council and its Message for Today

One of the most significant events in the days of the early church was the meeting between the Jewish and Gentile believers at Jerusalem. The Gospel message was gaining traction throughout the known world. This Gospel expansion provided many challenges and questions particularly as it related to the effected groups of people. There were the Jewish Christian believers, the Jewish (Judaizers) who believed in Christ as well as the Gentiles. The momentum was growing but so was the confusion and conflicts among these groups. This paper is not a review of the entirety of the Council but rather a zeroing in on a verse that causes much speculation in today’s church context. Here is the verse:
But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood (Acts 15:20).

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