Q. A friend of mine told me that he did not believe that the Jews had the Ark of the Covenant in any temple since Solomon’s. I find this hard to believe because of the decree that went out to rebuild the temple (Ezra 1:1-2)—that the temple would be rebuilt without its furnishings.
Many today believe that certain people have been chosen by God to be saved, while others are passed by, but only one verse actually links the ideas of choosing and salvation. That’s why it deserves a very careful look.
The Lord Jesus thought that the smallest letter of the Word of God—the “jot” or yod—or the smallest stroke of a letter—the “tittle" or tail—was more important than the rest of the whole universe! See Mt 5:18. Nothing God has told us is insignificant. His Word is a body of truth; which parts of your body would you like eviscerated?
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” (Heb 13:2). Had an angel over for dinner lately? Abram and Lot, almost certainly those referred to in this verse, surely had no idea that morning who would show up at their doors. And the writer’s point is this: we don’t either. One thing we do know. There are more “strangers” in the West than ever before—millions of them.
The Bible says many times that God isn’t partial, but it’s also clear He has chosen some people over others. Is there any way to make sense of this seeming contradiction? Why is this important? Because, as A.W. Tower put it, "what we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
Peter is the man who wrote of his brother apostle, Paul, “…in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2 Pet 3:16). Yet some of his own writings (including 2 Peter 3:18-22), seem to fall into the same category.