Israel Demands A King

1 Samuel 8

Israel Asks for a King

1 When Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons as judges for Israel.

21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the LORD. 22 The LORD answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”
Then Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Everyone go back to his town.”

2 The name of his firstborn was Joel and the name of his second was Read more of this post

Hebrew Word of the Day: Fear, Honour, Dishonour

To fear is defined as:

  1. be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a possible or probable situation or event;
  2. be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement;
  3. an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
  4. be uneasy or apprehensive about;
  5. concern: an anxious feeling;
  6. reverence: regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider Read more of this post

Translation of… Taking the Lords Name In Vain

In vain means:

  1. Without success; ending in failure;

It is not so much about disrespecting Yahovahs name but more about misrepresenting him, something many Christians do without even realising it.

First we must be aware that we are created in his image [i.e. we are a shadow of him, and so we carry the responsibility of doing right by him and representing him correctly [by doing his will].

The verse is found in Exodus 20:7

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain for the Lord shall not Read more of this post

IMPORTANT: Divine Patterns of the Lord

I remember listening to a few of the audios from the site

www.torahclass.com

Its a good site so i highly recommend you to use it for your studies, but remember as i always say, be careful what you accept as truth, no one knows all except for God, if something seems wrong, research it further.

The audios i listened to talked of how the Hebrew mindset is not like ours whereby we think in a scientific methodical way and ask why. Back then there were no ‘whys’. If one was told to do something, they would do it, but only if it fitted in with their worldview and pattern of thinking. They didnt ask why some things were clean and why others were unclean, they just knew this as a pattern so would follow the laws

This is called analogic thinking. See this post on rational thought for further information. The reason i say this is an important post is because throughout the site, i want for you to try to notice patterns in things that i write e.g. one story may be an analogy of another. I will try to write a post to make them Read more of this post

Philosophy: Metaphor of the Sun; Form of the Good

Plato uses the sun as a metaphor for the source of “illumination” [could be seen as intellectual illumination], which he held to be the Form of the Good. This ‘good’ can be viewed as Yahovah. NB i will be writing my views in brackets, these are not what Plato said but is my take on the situation.

The Sun is described in a simile as the child or offspring of the Form of the Good, in that, like the sun which makes physical objects visible and generates life on earth, the Good makes all other Universals intelligible [via nous-faith], and in some sense provides being to all other Forms, though the Good itself exceeds being. It is an absolute measure of justice – see post on Platos justice.

Plato writes that the Form (Idea) of the Good is the ultimate object of knowledge [knowledge of God], although it is not knowledge itself [knowledge comes from the Read more of this post

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