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The Praise of the Redeemed

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When the Lamb (Jesus) had taken the book to himself to reveal its contents, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before his feet and worshiped him (Revelation 5:8). The text says that every one of them had harps and golden censors in their hands, however, I don’t believe this means the four beasts and the twenty-four elders had both a censor and a harp in his hands. If that were true, it would be difficult to use either, because both require two hands to use. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Zacchaeus’ Testimony

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There is little doubt that the they in the text at Luke 19:7 refers to the Pharisees and possibly scribes who might also have been curious enough to watch what Jesus did, as he passed through Jericho. Certainly, both groups were critical of Jesus in the past (Luke 5:30; 6:7; cf. 11:53), and there is no reason to believe Jesus’ critics were the common people (John 7:26). The Greek word used for murmured (G1234) is used only in Luke and then only at 15:2 and 19:7, and at Luke 15:2 it points to the scribes and Pharisees. However, this same Greek word is used in the Septuagint for those who murmured against Moses and Aaron (Exodus 15:24; 16:2, 7-8; 17:3; Numbers 14:2). It is also used of those who brought back a bad report of the Promised Land (Numbers 14:36), so the murmuring on these occasions was done by the leaders of Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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A Glaring Contrast

Rich Young RulerAs Jesus was journeying toward Jerusalem two kinds of people came to him. The first type was a group of women seeking to have Jesus bless their babies (Luke 18:15). They were forbidden by Jesus’ Apostles to take their children to him. It may be this was because Jesus had already decided it was time to leave that area and continue on his way to Jerusalem (Luke 18:31; cf. 18:15 and Matthew 19:13-15). Nevertheless, delaying Jesus’ departure was not a problem for the second type who wanted to see Jesus. He happened to fit into the upper class of Jewish society, a ruler. Although an exception was made for him, the Apostles dismissed the mothers with their babies. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Pharisee and the Publican

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In Luke 18:9 Jesus began speaking another parable, but this time it seems he was talking to the Pharisees, because the reason for the parable is that “some trusted in themselves and despised others.” The main characters in this parable are a Pharisee and a publican (Luke 18:10). No doubt Jesus chose these two groups, because, not only were they natural enemies, but the one group did trust they were righteous, while the second knew they were not. The one group was readily received into Jewish society, but the other was looked upon with suspicion and hate.

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Posted by on January 21, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Sheep in the Wilderness

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Those whose lifestyle depicted that of open sinfulness were utterly rejected by the Jewish authorities. Neither would they allow for repentance on their parts, so they were astonished with Jesus’ willingness to mingle with them as though they were righteous. Therefore, Jesus responded to the Pharisees’ and rabbis’ attitude toward his policy of receiving publicans and sinners by speaking three parables, and, because Jesus directs his parables toward the scribes and Pharisees, they are depicted in them in a negative manner. Moreover, it is implied that the Jewish authorities would never have done what they see Jesus doing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The False Teachers

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God knows very well how to rescue the godly out of trouble, while still reserving the wicked for judgment. Both Noah and Lot were counted righteous by God (Genesis 6:9; 2Peter 2:7). However, at least in the case of Lot, the righteous had to be literally pushed by the angels before they would leave their wicked environment (Genesis 19:16). On the other hand, Zacharias and Elizabeth, who were also considered righteous (dikaioi – Luke 1:6), praised God for what he was doing in their lives (Luke 1:68). The righteousness of Lot is seen in the fact that both he and Noah stood alone in their respective wicked environments. God is just, and it is not his intention to destroy the righteous with the ungodly. Therefore, the believers in Asia Minor could take heart and be encouraged through Peter’s epistle (2Peter 2:9). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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The Believer’s Warfare

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Although we are not to resist evil by returning blow for blow (Matthew 5:39), we are told to resist the evil committed against us by taking to us the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13) which is our protection in the day of evil (persecution). The armor consists of having our loins (procreative power – i.e. evangelism) girded with the truth, and the breastplate (which guards the heart) with righteousness or good deeds (Ephesians 6:14). The armor also includes protecting the feet (our walk or behavior) with the Gospel of peace (Ephesians 5:15)—not returning evil with evil, but enduring affliction (2Timothy 4:5) and insults (Matthew 5:39); and, finally, having the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16), trusting in God will shield us from the fiery darts of those who slander or falsely accuse us. In this manner, Peter tells us in 1Peter 5:9 to resist our adversary, the slanderer, who walks about seeking whom he might trip up in order to compel him to abandon Christ and return to our previous lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Jesus and the Chosen Fast

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The doctors of the Law brought up the practice of fasting (Luke 5:33). They even named John the Baptist, whom Jesus considered righteous, as siding with them concerning the need to fast. In doing so, they asked Jesus why he and his disciples didn’t fast. Although they named John the Baptist as someone who agreed with them with regard to fasting, they never submitted to John’s call for repentance. Had they done so, they would have received Jesus as their Messiah. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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How Can We View Joshua’s Campaign?

JerichoSome Biblical critics point out that Joshua’s campaign against the Canaanite people was ruthless and inhumane,[1] often pointing to Israeli psychologist’s, Dr. Georges Tamarin, 1966 study of Joshua’s war tactics, which study involved the opinions of over a thousand Israeli children.[2] They often point out Joshua 6:21and 8:25 as particularly disconcerting. Imagine, completely destroying Jericho and Ai and everyone within both cities, whether men or women, young or old. How can one justify this kind of warfare? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2016 in apologetics

 

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Paul’s Third Argument with Peter

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One of the biggest problems of the first century Church was, and it still is today, understanding how we become righteous before God. How is a just God able to justify sinners? In our world those who break the law must be punished in accordance with that law. Some are punished with their lives, while others receive community service for minor infractions, but most receive a jail sentence for greater crimes against society. Often, after they have paid their debt to society, former criminals are not trusted by those among us who have never committed a crime. Yet, we are told that all men, no matter how grave the sin or crime, can be forgiven and justified by God. What would such a thing look like? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2015 in Epistle to the Galatians, Paul

 

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Take my Daughters—Please!

In Genesis 19 the men of Sodom come pounding at the door of Lot’s home, demanding that he give them the men he took in from the city square (cp. Genesis 19:1-5). Lot came out to them and told them the men had come under his roof and hospitality dictated that it would be very dishonorable for him to do as they demanded. He even went to the extreme of telling them: “I have two daughters who have not known a man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do you to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof” (Genesis 19:8). What are we to make of Lot’s offer? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Prayer Changes Things

After Abraham entertained his guests with a place of rest and a meal, they got up to leave, but the Lord talked with Abraham on the way and revealed his intentions to his friend (Genesis 18:16-17). I find it astonishing that God would do such a thing. Why would he reveal his intentions to any human being? It seems to suggest a character trait of our God, showing us his willingness to be unambiguous in his dealings with mankind. He made his will and intent known to Adam, to Noah and now to Abraham. Is this what we could expect of God, if he calls us friend (cp. James 2:23)? Could we expect him to reveal to us what he intends to do in the world? Certainly there is a certain amount of intimacy that is shared between friends (John 15:15), but could we actually expect God to be so clear in his judgment of mankind (cp. Amos 3:7)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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