The Old Testament priest/scribe Ezra was a man of God. His lifestyle provided a model of practical godly leadership to a people in desperate need of hearing God’s word and seeing God’s will lived out practically.
In the ancient Hebrew language, the infinite construct with the preposition לֽ (pronounced ‘le’) often complements the main verb by expressing the purpose, goal or result to which the main verb points. In Ezra 7:10, there are three infinite construct forms that are used in this way in a verse which highlights Ezra’s personal commitments.
How time flies eh? Job’s last post was on May 27th. Has he become lazy? Has he become disillusioned with blogging? Has he nothing to say. Nay, no nein, nac ydw. The truth of the matter is that the summer sun has been shining in Job’s little corner of the world, and Job, just like every other man and his blog have headed for the beach and the countryside to take advantage of and to celebrate the first appearance of the summer sun for approximately 3 years. No doubt, the sun may well be shining but it shall prove to be little more than a crack in the clouds. Continue reading
As a small boy, Job was regularly sent to the local Sunday School. The church in question was of a small, independent evangelical flavour. There were no ‘charismatic gifts’. There were no ‘words from God’ and there was certainly no laughing or drunkenness ‘in the spirit’. There was however a very good series of bible classes, divided by age, all of which focused on teaching the basics of bible knowledge and understanding. There were no quirky doctrines, esoteric interpretations or whacky theologies in sight. The majority of the teaching was based on the many narratives within the Bible for children love ‘a good story’ – Adam & Eve, Noah, the Patriarchs, Moses & The Exodus, The Judges and The Monarchy and of course the narratives of the life of Christ. Job experienced approx 10 years of these bible classes, and is consequently of the belief that there is much to be said for such an uncomplicated teaching of scripture to children. Continue reading
In the hot summer of 1984, historic York Minster was engulfed by flames causing massive devastation to large parts of the building causing an estimated £1m damage. The fire was concentrated in the 13th Century South Transept and left its roof destroyed. Whilst the cause of the fire was initially unclear, explanations ranged from UFOs to divine retribution, North Yorkshire Fire Brigade’s report to the Home Office finally confirmed that lightning was the most likely cause. Continue reading