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June 8, 2015

The Covenant Confirmed (Exodus 23:20-24:9)

Chuck CainOn May 31, 2015 the Adult Sunday School reviewed Exodus 23:20-24:9.

In Exodus 23:20-33 God provides reassurance to Israel and closes the suzerain/vassal treaty begun in Chapter 19. Warnings are given for disobedience, but blessings and promises also abound evidenced by the repeated use of the Lord’s phrase “I will.”

In Chapter 24 the covenant is confirmed and ratified by means of the first worship service in Israel’s history. Worship elements of a call to worship, reading the word, confession of faith, and sharing a sacramental meal are all present. Verses 1-9 are provided in a chiastic format. Seventy-four of Israel’s leaders are called to approach for worship. Moses tells the people the Ten Commandments and the Covenantal Code. Then he writes both down. Then he reads them to the people for their second hearing. The people respond twice with a commitment of compliance.

An altar is built, and burnt offerings and peace offerings of oxen are given to the LORD. The blood drained from these offerings is collected. Half is thrown on the altar and half is thrown on the people signifying the confirmation of the covenant in blood by both parties. This action anticipates the future covenant in blood by Jesus Christ for his people.

The study is closed with a reading of Luke 22:20 and Hebrews 9:11-28.

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June 8, 2015

The Sufficiency of Scripture

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Publisher’s Description

Even though Scripture is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, there is much confusion on the doctrine of Scripture. This has led to its inspiration and authority becoming an area of debate. Here, in this new and comprehensive study, Dr. Weeks brings his multi-disciplinary learning to bear on the question of the sufficiency of Scripture.

The author believes that the debate about the Bible has shifted its centre of gravity in recent years. The older distinctions between fundamentalist and modernist, evangelical and liberal, have become obsolete as more subtle distinctions have emerged. In view of this, The Sufficiency of Scripture deals with such diverse issues as revelation, translation, creation, prophecy, and the role of women in the church. Dr. Weeks provides careful analysis of the biblical teaching in these areas, giving ‘depth criticism’ of much of the superficial and false thinking expressed in some contemporary discussions of these questions.

The Sufficiency of Scripture combines unusually wide learning with radical criticism. Thorough in its approach, instructive in its handling of material, it is deeply provocative and provides a unique contribution to the modern debate on the Bible. Noel Weeks’ contentions cannot be ignored by Christians who take seriously their commitment to the Bible as the Word of God.

About the Author

Noel K. Weeks, born at Grafton, Australia, earned a B.Sc. (Honours) in Zoology from the University of New England, Armidale (Australia), a B.D. and Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. (Mediterranean Studies, dealing with some of the Nuzi texts) from Brandeis University, Massachusetts.

He retired in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Sydney, but remains an Associate in their Department of Classics and Ancient History, with an interest in the Ancient Near East, specializing in Mesopotamia and Israel, and the Akkadian Language.

A member of the Reformed Churches of Australia, Noel Weeks is sought after as a speaker and writer on many issues. He has served as President of the association for the largest parent-controlled Christian School in New South Wales and as Chairman of the Middle East Reformed Fellowship Australia.

Book Details
312 Pages
Publisher: Banner of Truth
Publication Date: May 1988

Source: WTS Books

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