Category Archives: Ezekiel and Monergism

Ramblings on Jeremiah 31:29-30 and People Being Punished for Their Own (Not Their Ancestors’) Sins

I’m reading the Book of Jeremiah for my daily quiet time.  Something from Jeremiah 31 jumped out at me.  Vv 29-30 say: “In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s … Continue reading

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Aram and Edom, Levitical Ministers, What’s God Want?

1. Benjamin Kedar, “The Latin Translations,” Mikra: Text, Translation, Reading and Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, ed. Martin Jan Mulder (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004) 309. “First one may mention those blunders of the translators that … Continue reading

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Spirit/Flesh, Eastern Sabbath, Judaism and Repair

1. Source: Devorah Dimant, “Qumran Sectarian Literature,” Jewish Writings of the Second Temple Period, ed. Michael E. Stone (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984) 537. “The flesh is feeble and liable to sin, while the spirit is often that part which is capable … Continue reading

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Why Wasn’t It Built?

I’ve been reading Ezekiel for my daily quiet time, and I’m on the part about the new temple. In Ezekiel 43:11, God tells Ezekiel to tell the people of Israel the dimensions and features of the proposed temple so that … Continue reading

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God Brings Them to Repentance

The discussion on Ezekiel and TULIP at John Hobbins’ website has transported me back in time. When I was at Harvard, I was taking an Intro to Hebrew Scriptures class. We had an assignment: to contrast certain passages from Deuteronomy, … Continue reading

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Self-Hatred in Ezekiel

Immediately after my high school graduation, I read John MacArthur’s The Vanishing Conscience. I always found his prose engaging, so I gave the book a shot. In that book, MacArthur argues against pop psychology’s emphasis on self-esteem. To support his … Continue reading

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Calvinism and Short Term Repentance

Most Calvinists who read my last post are probably shaking their heads in disappointment. I can picture their reaction: “Are you saying that the Israelites could turn to God from their own free will? Don’t you know that the unregenerate … Continue reading

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Help Me, Lord!

Last time, I discussed monergism and synergism in Ezekiel. The issue gets thornier! Stay with me here. In Ezekiel 20:33-38, there is another detail in Israel’s post-exilic restoration: God will bring the Israelites to the wilderness before he leads them … Continue reading

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Who Does the Work?

How does one become born again? How does a sinner become transformed into a new creature who loves God and his law? Does God alone transform him (monergism)? Or is regeneration a cooperative work between God and the human being … Continue reading

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