The lesson on June 30, 2019 was part 18 of the "Genesis" study. Wayne announced that we will be traveling the next three weeks for his summer break from his teaching responsibilities at University and left us with a lesson focused on the eternal life we have in resurrection. Eternal life was given at the tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and the opposite of eternal life is perish. We learned about how there is a voice in Greek and that is has three tenses. An aorist tense which is a secondary tense, and accordingly, in the indicative mood it indicates passive action, there is active or future tense and middle. Active is reflected in this statement "I hit the ball". Passive tense is reflected in this statement "I was hit by the ball". The middle tense is where the subject may or may not be affected by the action. There are two specific times when you know the middle tense is used and those are "Aorist and Future". We looked at the term "ἀπόλλυμι" and where it is used in the aorist and future tense which was about 26 places. One of those places was in John 3:15-16 that describes perish, being the opposite of eternal life. With the free will of man, God has offered mankind a way to have eternal life through Christ Jesus his Son otherwise, they will perish (which is another description of hell.. meaning perish. Hell is not a place where God punishes people for all time, instead they just are judged and then perish. This is an important distinction to those who believe in Calvinism. The scripture reading was from Numbers 21:7-11 KJV
"7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. 10 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in Oboth. 11 And they journeyed from Oboth, and pitched at Ije-abarim, in the wilderness which is before Moab, toward the sunrising."