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Life of Timothy, (4) Leaving Lystra

Introduction In the previous article in this series, we considered an episode in Timothy’s life that is a reminder of the importance of following our absent leader and role model, the Lord Jesus Christ. While Paul was away from Lystra, Timothy’s hometown, between the First and Second Missionary Journeys, Timothy …

Life of Timothy, (3)“Behold, a certain disciple was there”

God’s help to Lystra Paul went to Lystra, Timothy’s hometown, during his first missionary journey. As he prepared to leave, Paul told the members of Timothy’s ecclesia: “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). Paul’s message is quite different from the “prosperity gospel” preached …

The Way of Cain, (9) Lamech

Seventy-seven times When Lamech says, “If Cain is avenged seven times…” he is not referring to the number of times Cain was avenged, since one can only be avenged once, but rather the generation in which Cain was avenged. That generation was the seventh generation, for it is the generation …

Life of Timothy, (2) “Thou hast fully known”

Paul initially went to Timothy’s hometown of Lystra during his first missionary journey. Barnabas accompanied him. The two arrived in approximately AD 48, which was about two years into the Journey. Although it is not possible to tell exactly how old Timothy was at the time, it is reasonable to …

The Way of Cain, (8) Enoch Versus Lamech

Thus far, the comparison between Cain and Seth’s descendants has revealed that there were two distinct groups, which remained more or less separate from one another for four generations. In the sixth generation, however, the two groups began to marry, which initiated a decline in worship. The increased interaction between …

The Way of Cain, (7) More Contrasts

Enosh versus Enoch Enosh (or Enos), the son of Seth, was born in the third generation. As has been discussed, his name means “mortal.” The word enosh or enos is rooted in the Hebrew word nsh, which is associated with man or mankind, while its derivatives, “mortal, frail, weak,” are …

The Way of Cain, (6) Cain: The Legacy

“When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans [men] were beautiful” (Gen 6:2). The history of the antediluvian world can be viewed as a struggle between two groups: the sons of …

The Way of Cain: (5) Garden of Eden, Eden, and the Land of Nod

The Big Freeze In Noah’s Flood: New Scientific Discoveries About the Events That Changed History (1998), distinguished American geophysicists,1 William Ryan and Walter Pitman, suggest that during the period before the Flood, which they believe was limited to the Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions, the earth was recovering from …