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3 Was Jesus in the tomb 3 days and nights?

Was Jesus in the tomb 3 days and nights?

by Stephen Davey
Janet, I'll unpack this for you a little bit. I believe that Jesus was crucified on Thursday and not Friday. Mark 15:42-43 tell us that Jesus body was taken down from the cross in the evening because the Sabbath was approaching. Because the normal Sabbath is on Saturday, most people believe that Jesus must have been crucified on Friday. However, the weekly Sabbath on Saturday is not the only Sabbath. According to Leviticus 23, there was a “high Sabbath” observed during the week of the Passover. The Jews were to rest on that day, just as they would rest on a normal Saturday Sabbath. read more
3 Did David break a promise?

Did David break a promise?

by Stephen Davey
John, thank you for your question and I appreciate the way you carefully and diligently read God’s Word. There are two different Mephibosheths mentioned in 2 Samuel 21:7-9. The passage starts with God affirming that David did in fact spare Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, “because of the oath of the LORD that was between them” (2 Samuel 21:7). read more
3 Was Esther forced to become queen?

Was Esther forced to become queen?

by Stephen Davey
While the Bible does not give us clarity on this question, there are inferences we can make. One is an inference from the grammar and the other is an inference by omission. In Esther 2:8, the Hebrew verb “to take” is used to describe Esther being taken into the palace to participate in the king’s contest. Some people have argued that this means she was taken without her consent and against her will. read more
3 What is praying in the Spirit

What is praying in the Spirit"

by Stephen Davey
Thank you for your question! Praying in the Spirit is an attitude and fervency toward prayer that all believers can and should utilize in their prayer lives on a regular basis. Praying or speaking in tongues is a specific spiritual gift given by God for specific people during a specific time and for a specific purpose. We know that praying in the Spirit is not a specific spiritual gift, because the apostles command all believers to pray in the Spirit. Jude instructs all believers in “Building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20). read more
3 Is corporate prayer important?

Is corporate prayer important?

by Stephen Davey
Corporate prayer matters in churches today as we seek to follow the example of Old and New Testament believers and follow the example of Jesus Himself. In many instances in both the Old and New Testaments, we see a spiritual leader praying publicly before a congregation. Solomon does so during the temple dedication in 1 Kings 8 and the first century church prayed together many times, including in Acts 4:24. When Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before His crucifixion, he took his disciples with Him and urged them to pray with and for Him that night; yet the disciples all fell asleep. read more
3 Why have the Jews stopped animal sacrifice?

Why have the Jews stopped animal sacrifice?

by Stephen Davey
For the Christian, we know that animal sacrifices ended at the moment of Jesus’ death, when the temple curtain was torn in two. That moment signified the final, once-for-all sacrifice of the innocent lamb, Jesus Christ, that replaced the need for animal sacrifices at the temple. In the Old Testament, only a priest could offer sacrifices and they could only be carried out at the temple in Jerusalem. But the apostle Peter encourages us that through Jesus, all believers are “a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). read more
3 Is killing in combat murder?

Is killing in combat murder?

by Stephen Davey
Hi Cindy, Thanks for your question. The Bible teaches that the taking of life is not always murder. The Old Testament law mandates capital punishment, or the death penalty, for many types of sins of which a person could be found guilty. And even if a modern government today would not use the death penalty in an instance, for example, like striking or disrespecting a parent, it is impossible for us to say that any element of God’s law is unjust, for that would be contrary to His nature as God. read more
3 Why did Moses tell God he was slow of speech?

Why did Moses tell God he was slow of speech?

by Stephen Davey
In Exodus 4, Moses gives five different excuses to God, each one indicating that he should not be the person sent to Pharaoh. This particular excuse about his speech is the fourth in the list. So keep in mind that Moses was greatly exaggerating his own weaknesses as he attempted to convince God that he was not the right person. And, of course, God saw right through his exaggerations and excuses. But taking Moses’ words as true, there are two different interpretations of what Moses means when he says “slow of speech and tongue.” Some scholars believe that Moses has some speech impediment, or stammer, that affected him as he spoke in public. read more
3 Do I have to be baptized to be saved?

Do I have to be baptized to be saved?

by Stephen Davey
The only requirement for salvation is true belief in Jesus Christ as the One who died for sin and rose victoriously over death. Since we reject a works-based salvation, but believe in sola fide—faith alone—we know that baptism is not a requirement for salvation. Many people throughout the years have been saved on their deathbeds, with no opportunity to be baptized, but they are still saved. The sinner on the cross next to Jesus, who Jesus told would be with Him in Heaven, died before any chance to be baptized, yet Jesus pronounced him saved. read more
3 Is organ donation biblical?

Is organ donation biblical?

by Stephen Davey
While I love providing guidance on issues like this, I don’t want to fall into the trap of speaking with God’s authority on an issue He never spoke about in Scripture. There is no mention of blood or organ donation in Scripture because doctors didn’t have the tools to perform those procedures back then. The first blood transfusion took place in the late 1900s and the first successful organ donation occurred in 1954. I cannot answer this question with the definitive authority of God’s Word, but I do want to provide some helpful guidelines, using Scripture, to help you make a godly decision when it comes to these issues. read more
3 Does God remove names from the Book of Life?

Does God remove names from the Book of Life?

by Stephen Davey
In Exodus 32, God pronounces judgment on many sinful Israelites who instigated and willingly participated in the construction and worship of the golden calf. God says to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot out of my book” (Exodus 32:33). This terminology of “the book of life” is found in the Psalms, in Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and throughout Revelation. We do not know whether this is a physical book with names written in it, or just an expression to refer to those who have been saved by God and will be with Him in heaven. read more
3 Is God responsible for evil?

Is God responsible for evil?

by Stephen Davey
I’ve been asked many variations of the question, “How could a loving God allow …” The idea of a good and perfect and holy God allowing—or perhaps even causing—tragedy and death in this world is no easy thing to explain away. There are two premises that all believers must accept that are the foundation for answering this question: read more
3 Does every person go to Heaven?

Does every person go to Heaven?

by Stephen Davey
While this idea of all people being saved—a concept theologians have termed universalism—may sound appealing, it is a flawed and heretical interpretation of the Bible. Essentially, universalists believe that because God is loving and just, and because Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, every person will be saved, whether or not they recognize their need for salvation and place their faith in Jesus. According to universalists, it doesn’t matter what a person believes religiously, because their eternal salvation is secured, whether they live life on earth as a Christian or not. read more
2 Are babies born with sin natures?

Are babies born with sin natures?

by Stephen Davey
Are babies born with sin? Or do they become sinners later in life after committing their first sin? As hard as it might be to look at a sweet, seemingly innocent baby and think of her as a sinner, the truth might surprise you. read more
3 How do I know my decisions honor God?

How do I know my decisions honor God?

by Stephen Davey
We know that God has a clear moral code and commandments for His people. But what about topics God doesn’t directly speak on, like homeschooling? What about the topics we call “Christian liberties,” where the Bible may provide guidance but not outright commands. I think there are three questions every believer should ask themselves as they try to align their lives with God’s Word and his will. read more
3 Why did God judge entire cities?

Why did God judge entire cities?

by Stephen Davey
To begin answering this question, we must first look at God Himself, and then look at humanity—the subjects of his judgment. One of the attributes of God is His justice. God is at all times just, and he cannot do anything unjust, because doing so would violate the nature of who He is. Wayne Grudem wrote it this way: “God’s righteousness means that God always acts in accordance with what is right and is himself the final standard of what is right” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology). read more
3 Was the paralyzed man paralyzed because of his sin?

Was the paralyzed man paralyzed because of his sin?

by Stephen Davey
Carlos from North Carolina asks, “When Jesus healed the paralytic man lowered down before him, and Jesus said his sins are forgiven, does that mean he became a paralytic because he lived a life of sin?” read more
3 Is it biblical to break fellowship with an unrepentant believer?

Is it biblical to break fellowship with an unrepentant believer?

by Stephen Davey
Beth from Alabama asks, “The Bible clearly teaches that we’re to show love, grace, and forgiveness to everyone, but does that mean that there is never a time to break fellowship with someone who does not respond to the efforts one makes to show those things mentioned?” read more
3 Does God allow interracial marriage?

Does God allow interracial marriage?

by Stephen Davey
Thank you for your question, Brenda. Your question is part of one of the most nuanced elements of theological study in the Bible: what parts of the Old Testament Law was strictly for the Israelites, and how much of the Old Testament Law applies to believers today? read more
3 Should we pray for faith?

Should we pray for faith?

by Stephen Davey
Dwight from Alabama asks, “Is there anywhere in the Bible that says we should pray for faith and for our faith to increase?” read more
3 Why Does the Transfiguration Matter?

Why Does the Transfiguration Matter?

by Stephen Davey
Nancy from Michigan asks, “What is the significance of the transfiguration?” read more
3 What is biblical hope?

What is biblical hope?

by Stephen Davey
James from Alabama asks, “How does the Bible define hope?” read more
3 Does God condemn homosexuality?

Does God condemn homosexuality?

by Stephen Davey
Patricia asks - I have been introduced to a view that says that the word "homosexuality" is a mistranslation of a Greek word that really means 'pedophilia.' We know that people have used the bible to push their own personal agendas, so what does the Bible really say? read more
3 Should Christians resist vaccine mandates?

Should Christians resist vaccine mandates?

by Stephen Davey
Kimberly asks: “What is your opinion about the possibility of losing certain freedoms (traveling, dining out, keeping your job) if you choose not to get vaccinated?” read more
3 Should the church condemn the COVID vaccine?

Should the church condemn the COVID vaccine?

by Stephen Davey
Should the church condemn the COVID vaccine? Let me begin my answer by unequivocally affirming the premise of your question: yes, abortion is evil. It is sin in God’s eyes, and I believe human life begins at conception. Let me also tell you, as I told my church several months ago, I did receive the COVID-19 vaccination. read more
3 Does God number the hairs on our head?

Does God number the hairs on our head?

by Stephen Davey
Debra asked: What does it mean when the Bible says God knows the number of hairs on your head? ... read more
3 Where did Israel get bread in the wilderness?

Where did Israel get bread in the wilderness?

by Stephen Davey
Kevin asks: If the children of Israel were eating manna in the wilderness, where did they get their bread for the showbread in the... read more
3 How can I find Bible word meanings?

How can I find Bible word meanings?

by Stephen Davey
Just because you are not reading the Bible in its original languages does not mean you are missing out on some secret insight or further communion with God. The best English translations are perfectly adequate to commune with God and understand His meaning and intention in His words. read more
3 Is attraction different from lust?

Is attraction different from lust?

by Stephen Davey
Vance from North Carolina asks, “What is the difference between natural desire or attraction and lust?” ... read more
3 Is Plan B Pill a Sin? A Biblical Perspective on Abortion Pills

Is Plan B Pill a Sin? A Biblical Perspective on Abortion Pills

by Stephen Davey
Donna asked, “Is the morning after pill the same as an abortion?” ... read more
3 What did it mean to be cut off?

What did it mean to be cut off?

by Stephen Davey
Dwight asked: In Leviticus, Moses describes someone who is unclean who disobeys God’s commands as being “cut off” from the people. Does that mean he/she is to be banished from Israel, ex-communication or is it a sentence of execution? read more
3 Where does my soul go when I die?

Where does my soul go when I die?

by Stephen Davey
Gracie asked: I know I’m saved, but where will my soul go when I depart from this life? Will I stay asleep in the ground until Jesus comes, or will I go straight to Heaven? read more
3 To whom in the trinity do we pray?

To whom in the trinity do we pray?

by Stephen Davey
Marie from North Carolina asked: “When we pray, who are we supposed to pray to? Growing up I was taught to ask the Holy Spirit for... read more
1 Why did Jesus want his miracles private?

Why did Jesus want his miracles private?

by Stephen Davey
Christine from North Carolina asked: Why did Jesus tell people not to let others know what He had done for them? ... read more
1 Did Paul excluded Mary?

Did Paul excluded Mary?

by Stephen Davey
A listener from Georgia asked: Why didn’t Paul mention Mary as a witness of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:5-8? ... read more
1 Was Phoebe an ordained deacon?

Was Phoebe an ordained deacon?

by Stephen Davey
Thomas from Virginia asked: Was Phoebe an ordained deacon? ... read more
1 Do people die in the Millennium?

Do people die in the Millennium?

by Stephen Davey
Gary from North Carolina asked: Will people die during the Millennium? ... read more
1 Critique the Apostolic Church Denomination?

Critique the Apostolic Church Denomination?

by Stephen Davey
Terry asked: “Are there errors in the Apostolic Church Denomination?” ... read more
1 Can Christians defend themselves?

Can Christians defend themselves?

by Stephen Davey
Ruth from Alaska asked: Can Christians defend themselves and their families? ... read more
1 Why is Jesus “the Lion of Judah

Why is Jesus “the Lion of Judah"?

by Stephen Davey
Barbara from Florida asked, In Rev. 5:5, why is Jesus called “the Lion of Judah”? ... read more
1 Will everyone hear the rapture trumpet?

Will everyone hear the rapture trumpet?

by Stephen Davey
Joyce from Florida asked: Will everyone hear the sound of the trumpet at the rapture? ... read more
1 Can we eat pork?

Can we eat pork?

by Stephen Davey
Gloria asked: Can we eat pork or does the Bible forbid eating pork? ... read more
1 Who was Cain’s wife?

Who was Cain’s wife?

by Stephen Davey
Arlis asked: Who was Cain’s wife Who was on the earth for him to marry? ... read more
1 What is soul sleep?

What is soul sleep?

by Stephen Davey
Robby from South Carolina asked: What is “soul sleep”? ... read more
1 Describe Old Testament salvation.

Describe Old Testament salvation.

by Stephen Davey
Carolyn from Kansas asked: How were people in the Old Testament saved? ... read more
2 Can a Christian with addictions to enter heaven?

Can a Christian with addictions to enter heaven?

by Stephen Davey
Vincent from Georgia asked: “If a Christian is addicted to alcohol, pornography, or drugs, will God still send them to hell, even though... read more
2 Do Bible translations lead to disunity?

Do Bible translations lead to disunity?

by Stephen Davey
Rhonda from North Carolina asked: Does having so many Bible translations lead to disunity and confusion?” ... read more
2 Where in Revelation is the Rapture?

Where in Revelation is the Rapture?

by Stephen Davey
A listener asked: “Where in Revelation does the Rapture occur?” ... read more
3 Why would God create Satan?

Why would God create Satan?

by Stephen Davey
Jim from Virginia asked: “Since Lord knows the beginning from the end, why did He create Lucifer when He knew that Lucifer would... read more
3 Are the two witnesses literal?

Are the two witnesses literal?

by Stephen Davey
Danny from Tennessee asked: “I was taught that the two witnesses who were killed in Revelation were an allegory for the New Testament and... read more
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