January 19, 2010

Hank indicates that for CRI’s 50th jubilee year we are tackling the problem of biblical illiteracy. For those following the Legacy Reading Plan, January is the time to read Genesis. Genesis tells of the twelve sons of Jacob. How many people in the Christian world can remember the twelve sons of Jacob? Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, and these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is a basic rudimentary thing for Christians to know very much like knowing the twelve disciples. But many Christians simply do not know the twelve tribes of Israel or the twelve disciples. That can be learned by associations. Associations is a basic memory tool.

The twelve sons of Israel include: the sons of Leah —Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, & Zebulon, the sons of Rachel—Joseph & Benjamin, the sons of Rachel’s maidservant Bilhah—Dan and Naphtali, and the sons of Leah’s maidservant Zilpah — Gad & Asher. 6 sons of Leah, 2 of Rachel, 2 of Bilhah, and 2 of Zilpah totals 12 tribes of Israel (0:32)

Questions / Comments

  • Address Jehovah’s Witnesses teaching on the 144,000 describing the tribes of Israel? But are they the Jewish people left behind after the Rapture? (4:33)
  • What are some biblical references that refute the Church of Christ teaching on their way of baptism? John 15:1-3 a reference to use? (21:11)
  • Should Christians pay taxes? Not give because of government support of corrupt institutions like Planned Parenthood? (26:49)
  • Does Matthew 24 speak to both the desecration of the temple and the future? Does the one taken and one left behind refers to the rapture? (41:04).