What Is The Ark Of The Covenant?

what is the ark of the covenant

Have you ever wondered what the Ark of the Covenant was?  What was its purpose?  Was it real? Why is it in the Bible?The Ark’s Contents The Ark of the Covenant contains things that reflect God’s holiness and His faithfulness.  Inside of the Ark are two tablets of the Decalogue or the Ten Commandments, a pot containing manna, and Aaron’s rod which had budded.  The symbolism of the tablets is that God is a holy God and requires obedience to His Law. The manna was from the days when God miracul … [Read more...]

What Is the Meaning of Jubilee in the Bible?

What was the year of Jubilee

Have you heard of the Jubilee in the Bible?  What does this word mean?  What does the Year of the Jubilee mean?Jubilee’s Meaning The word “jubilee” in the Old Testament is from the Hebrew word “yobel” or yovel” meaning “a ram’s horn, trumpet” or “coronet.”  If someone announced the Jubilee, they would be actually blowing a trumpet and all of the congregation of Israel would be able to hear it.  The Year of Jubilee was special to Israel as we shall read about in Leviticus and see if there is … [Read more...]

What Does Covet Mean? Bible Definition of Covet or Coveting

What is Covet in the Bible

What does it mean to covet?  What does the Bible define as coveting?Coveting, the Tenth CommandmentExodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's”The command to not covet is the tenth or last of the Ten Commandments and is one of the hardest commandments to obey and it is impossible to see this being broken in others because it i … [Read more...]

What Does The Word Holy Mean? Bible Definition of Holy

What is Holy

God is holy but what exactly does the word holy mean?  What does the Bible define as holy?Root Word for Holy The Hebrew word for holy is “qodesh” and means “apartness, set-apartness, separateness, sacredness” and I would add that it should also be “otherness, transcendent and totally other” because God is totally above His creation and His creatures, including us.  Holy has the idea of heaviness or weight of glory.  In the New Testament, the word for holy is “hagios” and means set apart, rev … [Read more...]

What Is A Parable? A Bible Definition

What is a Parable

Jesus gives us many parables in the Bible.  What is a parable?  Why does He use parables…to hide or clarify the meaning?Parables The word parable is from the root word “paraballo” or in the Greek “parabole.” This compound word comes from “para” which means “to come along side or compare” and “ballo” which literally means “to throw” or “see” with.  The parables are used in giving one or more instructional lessons or principles and can be an allegory and may include inanimate objects (like tre … [Read more...]