A Just Weight

A Just Weight

     The Book of Proverbs is filled with concise and powerful statements of truth, words which are to rule and govern life. These proverbs handle many practical, ethical, and moral topics. In Proverbs 11 we see one example. Proverbs 11:1: A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.      Because… Continue Reading

Come, Buy Without Money

Come, Buy Without Money

     At major-league baseball games, it is not unusual to hear the cry of a vendor selling his wares as he moves through the stands. Among the choices are salty peanuts, popcorn, and cold bottled water. The vendor makes the water available to anyone who is thirsty, but of course, a price is involved. To receive… Continue Reading

The Hem of His Garment

The Hem of His Garment

     The Western mind does not always understand the meaning of scriptures where Eastern customs are involved. Therefore, we have to investigate, or search out, the meaning of these customs.      Matthew 9:20 is a verse that can be readily understood when the light of Eastern manners and customs is shed upon it. Matthew 9:20: And, behold,… Continue Reading

If Thine Eye Be Single

If Thine Eye Be Single

     When we read the Gospels, it is important to remember that the words of Jesus are those of an Eastern man. His words reflect the customs and idioms that would have been readily understood by those he taught.      In the Gospel of Matthew, we find a verse that becomes very clear when we “see” it… Continue Reading

The Lilies and Grass of the Field

The Lilies and Grass of the Field

     Jesus Christ often used objects in nature to teach his followers how to live according to God’s Word. Some familiar examples are the lilies and grass of the field in Matthew 6, which is part of what is often referred to as the Sermon on the Mount. The customs of Jesus’ day shed light on… Continue Reading

Eastern Beds and Sleeping Quarters

Eastern Beds and Sleeping Quarters

     When we look at our beds and sleeping quarters today, we may see a bed with box springs and a lovely, soft mattress. But when we turn our thoughts to the time of the Bible, we find that beds and sleeping quarters were generally much more simple and basic. Just as today, these varied according… Continue Reading

Locks and Keys in Bible Times

Locks and Keys in Bible Times

     When we read God’s Word, we do not often see the words “locks” and “keys” because these terms are mentioned just a few times each. But some people did have locks and keys in Bible times. These locks and keys were generally much larger and simpler than ours are today. Manners and customs can help… Continue Reading

The Inn of Luke 2:7

The Inn of Luke 2:7

     Our ministry’s publications can be very helpful in our study of Eastern manners and customs. For example, page 208 of Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed, by Victor Paul Wierwille, has some interesting details about what the inn of Luke 2:7 may have been like. The footnotes at the bottom of that page also lead us… Continue Reading

The Herald

The Herald

     The job of the herald of Bible times was to announce, or proclaim. In the United States of America, we have a great present-day example of a herald. In the state of Kentucky, in the city of Louisville, we have a prestigious horse race called the Kentucky Derby. Thoroughbred horses, the best you can find,… Continue Reading

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