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Jesus and Beelzebub

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Beelzebub in the New Testament is the same as Baalzebub, the god of Ekron, in the Old Testament (cf. 2Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16). The same was the god of the Philistines. The name means lord of flies (or dung), but its original ending might have been zebhul, meaning house, making the real name of the god mean lord of the house (of the Philistines). The ancient Jews loved to use a play on words in order to demean a god or a hated ruler.[1] Some scholars understand the deities of one nation of the ancient Near East to be the demons of its neighboring nations. With this in mind, the King of Israel, Ahaziah, sent messengers to Ekron, the chief city of the Philistines, to inquire of Baalzebub to be healed of his ailment (2Kings 1:2), that is, cast out the disease. Jesus claimed to exorcise demons by the power of God (Luke 11:20), but he was accused of healing, or casting out demons, by the power of Beelzebub, the chief of demons (Luke 11:15, 18). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Speaking of Evil of Angels

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Some interpret 2Peter 2:11 as though Peter were speaking of angelic beings. However, if one understood Peter referring to angelic beings, of what good would that serve? If an angel was slandered, what has that to do with the Gospel? It seems to me such an understanding is high sounding, but it has little value, as it pertains to how one should walk with Christ in this world. As I’ve said elsewhere, the Greek word anggelos (G32) can refer to either an angelic being or a human messenger. It can even refer to a physical annoyance (2Corinthians 12:7) that serves to recall something in the past or remind us of something that would come later. To simply say 2Peter 2:11 refers to angelic beings, I believe goes beyond the context of Peter’s epistle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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Peter’s Great Confession

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In Luke 9:20 we find that Peter claimed that Jesus was the “Christ of God!” This is the first time anyone has ever made that confession. Earlier the nameless multitudes claimed Jesus was the Prophet who should come (John 6:14), and earlier still even some of the disciples said Jesus was the Messiah (Christ). Peter’s brother, Andrew, told Peter he had found the Christ (John 1:41). About the same time Philip went to Nathanael to say he had found the one Moses said would come (John 1:45), and when Nathanael found Jesus he agreed (John 1:49). Yet, none of these were like Peter’s confession. Andrew repeated what John the Baptist had told him, and he, together with Philip and Nathanael were merely impressed with what Jesus said to them. They reacted to circumstance, but didn’t really think it all through in their hearts like Peter did. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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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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Paul in Chains

Paul had agreed to seek to rectify the slanderous report made against him that he was a renegade Jew, i.e. that he was teaching Jews of the Diaspora to forsake the Law of Moses by not walking according to the manner of the Torah and by ceasing to circumcise their children (Acts 21:21-24). When his seven-day service was nearly complete, Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul in the Temple and stirred up the people against him and seized him with the intent to kill him (Acts 21:27-28, 31). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Kingdom of God, Paul in Jerusalem

 

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He Was Numbered with Us!

One of the saddest statements in the Bible, in my opinion, is Judas’ epitaph in Acts 1:17: “He was numbered with us!” That is, it was so at one time, but is no longer true. The disciples remedied the situation by looking out among those who had been with them throughout Jesus’ ministry and chose two and of them chose one by lot to replace Judas. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2009 in Religion, salvation

 

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Jesus Accused Judas of Slander!

Slandering JesusOn the evening he was betrayed and immediately after the evening meal, Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he announced that they were spiritually clean, except for one of them (John 13:10-11). Judas was unclean, spiritually. What does this mean? For a few days now I have been looking at Judas’ heart. His loyalty to Jesus was divided by his commitment to a cause, presumably a political cause, so Judas was probably a Zealot or a member of a similar political group.  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2009 in Gospel of Luke

 

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