Daily Bible Nugget #382, Psalm 119:15

The Nugget:

Psalm 119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. (KJV)

Psa 119:15 In thy precepts, will I meditate, that I may discern thy paths. (Rotherham, Emphasized Bible)

My Comment:

I listened to Pastor W. L. Wade this morning. He addressed the important issue of the lost art of meditation. Meditation is an important Christian exercise. We are encouraged to meditate on God’s Word, the Bible (Joshua 1:8), by the Bible itself. The word “meditation” seems to have been taken over and applied to Eastern religion. No one seems to emphasize meditation upon Scripture, nor is much ever said about how to do it.

In connection with Scripture, meditation involves thinking deeply about what we read there. Scripture memorization, I have found, helps in meditation because once portions of Scripture are committed accurately to memory, we can think about the verses or passages we have memorized more readily, even when, and especially when, we don’t have access to the printed page (or the electronic page these days) immediately before us. But for me, Scripture memorization has its limits, for I have never been able to memorize a great number of Bible verses. I stopped when I reached 200 verses when I was a student in high school. But some of my friends had memorized triple that.

Meditation upon Scripture cannot really be done in a group, not even in church. Meditation is an individual thing; we must do it for ourselves. It must be done when we are alone, or at least when we can close out all other distractions.

I find that reading Scripture, and then studying it more deeply by consulting cross references to striking verses I have just read, promotes meditation.

Meditation can also involve thinking back through what has just been read. Thinking back through is a powerful learning tool. If done formally as a means of remembering what we have learned, the process is straightforward, but is not easy to do because it requires great concentration. When reading, read through a verse, or in a paragraphed Bible read through a paragraph (if the paragraphs are not too long–the advantage of doing this verse by verse). Then close your eyes, and think back through the verse or short paragraph. Then, open your eyes and check back to see what idea you may have left out. Then, go on to the next verse or short paragraph, and do the same. Read it through. Close your eyes. Think back through the first and second verse or paragraph. Open your eyes, and check back to see what you left out when thinking back through. Spend 80% of your time thinking back through the material, and 20% of your time reading new or further material. That is the most efficient use of your time when reading and learning new material. It is best to keep the “blocks” of material short when using this process to keep from getting bogged down. A chapter, or even section of a chapter is long enough at a time. It is one of the “How to Study” strategies I shared with my high school classes. I learned about the strategy in my reading in college, and have used it myself when I needed to learn and remember accurately what I was studying in the shortest time. The strategy is not the same as meditation, but I think it could be used for meditation very effectively.

In following up Pastor Wade’s message today by getting into the Bible for myself, I turned to Psalm 119, one of the passages Pastor Wade made reference to. I focused in my study upon Psalm 119:15, because it contains the first mention of “meditation” in Psalm 119. I read that verse in more than one English translation, and found that Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible was most helpful to me because it confirmed a sort of “hunch” I had in reading the verse. I thought I saw a potential “cause/effect” relationship there. I looked at the now quite extensive list of “cause/effect” verses I have made and saw it was not on my list. Now it is.

The idea is this:  “I will meditate in thy precepts” is the “cause” in the first clause of the verse; “that I may discern thy paths” is the “effect” presented in the second clause. Focus upon the “cause/effect” relationship is instructive. Scripture thus teaches us that meditating upon God’s Word equips us to “discern thy paths.” In other words, the Bible is designed to provide us guidance from God. Sometimes, when we read such a cause/effect statement, considering its opposite is instructive. If we do not meditate upon God’s Word, we will not be in a position to discern God’s paths, his leading.

To dig deeper into Psalm 119:15 study the cross references shared below:

  1. I will meditate.  ver. Ps 119:23, 48, 78, 97, 148.  **Ps 1:2.  19:14.  104:34.  143:5.  Ge 24:63.  +**Jsh 1:8.  Pr 12:5.  1 Tim 4:15.  James 1:25.  in thy precepts.  ver. +Ps 119:4.  have respect.  or, discern (Emphasized Bible).  ver. Ps 119:6, 117.  **Jb 23:11, 12.  unto thy ways. or, toward Thy paths. The paths Thou hast marked out for me across the Desert (Kay). ver. Ps 119:9, 27, 59, 101, 104, 128.  Ps 16:11.  17:4.  25:4, 10.  27:11.  44:18.  139:3.  142:3.  *Pr 3:5, 6.


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Daily Bible Nugget #381, Colossians 3:17

The Nugget:

Col 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

My Comment:

Thanksgiving is a special holiday that is rooted in American history. It is surprising how many school children, and perhaps adults, are not well acquainted with the story of the First Thanksgiving. You may recall that the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower had a difficult time coping with the hardships of the new land to which they came. They received help from native Americans who were, of course, already here. We traditionally call them Indians, because Columbus when he sailed in 1492 thought he could reach India from Spain by sailing west, not knowing there were two large continents that were in the way. In any case, the Pilgrims, under the spiritual leadership of William Bradford, celebrated that first Thanksgiving, grateful to God for His providence and protection and provision for their survival. Thanksgiving has been a tradition since then. It surely has a sound Biblical foundation.

To dig deeper into Colossians 3:17 read the cross references I share below:

  1. whatsoever ye do.  ver. *Col 3:23.  *2 Ch 31:20, 21.  **Pr 3:6.  Jn 2:2, 5.  *Ro 14:6-8.  **1 Cor 10:31.  in word.  Pr 18:4.  Ro 15:18.  2 Th 2:17.  James 2:12.  *1 J 3:18.  or deed.  or, in work.  Col 2:6.  Ro 15:18.  do all.  2 S 15:15.  %Zc 7:6.  14:20.  +*Jn 2:5.  *Jn 15:14.  *1 Cor 10:31.  2 Cor 5:15.  James 1:22.  3 J 5.  in the name.  The Name of Jesus is a symbol of His character (WKF, p. 209).  =Dt 10:8.  =Dt 18:5.  1 K 18:32.  Ps 86:11.  *Mic 4:5.  Zc 10:12.  +*Mt 28:19.  Jn 14:13.  Ac 2:21.  3:6, 16.  4:10, 18, 29, 30.  5:40.  9:27, 29.  10:48.  16:18.  *Ac 19:17.  Ro 6:11.  16:22.  1 Cor 5:4.  6:11.  Ep 5:20.  6:5.  Phil 1:11.  2:10, 29.  +*He 6:10.  13:21.  James 5:14.  of the Lord Jesus.  +*Ac 10:36.  *1 Th 4:1, 2.  2 Th 3:6.  giving thanks.  Gr. eucharisteō (S#2168g, 2 Cor 1:11).  ver. Col 3:15.  *Col 1:12.  +*Col 2:7.  *Col 4:2.  Ps 34:1.  100:4.  107:1.  +Ps 136:1.  Ezk 45:17.  +*Da 6:10.  Mt 14:19.  26:27.  Mk 6:41.  *Mk 8:6.  Ac 27:35.  Jn 11:41.  Ro 1:8.  7:25.  1 Cor 1:14.  2 Cor 4:15.  8:16.  *+Ep  5:20.  *Phil 4:6.  +*1 Th 5:18.  1 Tim 4:3-5.  *He 13:15.  *1 P 2:5, 9.  *1 P 4:11.  Re 7:12.  God.  Ep 1:17.  Phil 2:11.  1 Th 1:1.  He 1:5.  *1 J 2:23.
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Daily Bible Nugget #380, 1 Chronicles 12:32

The Nugget:

1Ch 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

My Comment:

First, let me mention that these “Daily Bible Nuggets” may seem few and far between! I just recently completed the proofreading of my new major Bible reference work, a collection of yet more cross references to the Bible. Most likely this new work is enlarged beyond what was in my first book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, even more than The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge was a considerable expansion of what was in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. So this is a very large project, and no doubt represents the largest collection of cross references ever assembled for Bible study. It took from January 1 until November 3, if I recall correctly, to in effect proofread the equivalent of the whole Bible. Pray that this new work will greatly assist everyone who wishes to study the Bible in a manner that lets the Bible explain itself.

Now to today’s Bible Nugget. The “children of Issachar” were particularly gifted in their day to know what Israel ought to do because they had understanding of the times. Now, this could mean that they knew about the agricultural times and seasons, but I believe their knowledge went beyond that. In particular, they knew and understood what was needful to be done in the times at hand.

In recent news we have heard, read, or seen the violence that took place in Paris, France. There are threats of more violence coming from the same sources that claim responsibility for the violence already committed. They are threatening to extend the violence to other countries both in Europe and in North America.  Jesus told us that as it was in the days of Noah, so it would be when He returns. If you check out those days of Noah in Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 6:11 you will discover those days are characterized by wickedness and violence. But don’t get caught trying to time the Second Coming of Christ by these events in our day. The prophetic horizon in the Bible is likely broader than the events we see taking place just now. Things can change fast. But the alignment of nations is not yet the alignment of nations the Bible predicts at the time of the Second Advent.

On another front, Turkey apparently shot down a Russian fighter jet that strayed too far into their territory. Currently, Turkey is a part of NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Members of that alliance are obligated to fully support any member which is attacked by some other nation. Some have lately said in the news that we may look back and see this incident as an important prelude to World War III. Jesus did tell us that there would be “wars and rumors of wars” (Mark 13:7), but He also said that “the end is not yet” (Matthew 24:6). Therefore, I doubt that the conflict in Syria will bring about world war, though it could.

ISIS militants or terrorists represent a growing threat worldwide. They are clearly connected to Islam. As a world religion, Islam has always had as a part of its religion an ideology of violence and conflict against unbelievers, and the goal of having the whole world live under “Sharia Law.” That is obviously the opposite of a “peaceful religion.” This is not the outlook of a religion that believes in love and justice and freedom. Islam does not promote any of these things. And because the Bible is the written Word of God, and Islam contradicts the Bible, that makes Islam a false religion or a false cult.

Why is it that Islamic or Muslim refugees are being allowed into Europe, and even being brought into the United States in large numbers? Why are they not admitted into neighboring nations who espouse the Islamic culture? United States law permits people to come to this country as refugees, and religion and religious persecution is the first permitted category on the list. But in terms of the Middle East conflict, the President of the United States wants a large number of Muslims to enter this country, but he is refusing to allow persecuted Syrian Christians to come. Thousands of Muslims have entered this country; only a very few hundred Christian Syrians have been admitted. He obviously has a very ominous agenda in mind, namely, to drastically change the culture of this country. I hope the voters will replace President Obama with someone who respects this country, its uniqueness, the values of its founders as expressed in the founding documents, who will make this country great again. When it comes to voting, no Christian in his or her right mind would dare before God and the Lord Jesus Christ to fail to exercise this right. National elections are often won by very slim majorities of late, and the difference between getting someone wise and placing someone foolish in office is at stake.

In economic news it is reported that the economy in both the United States and worldwide is too weak to allow the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at this time, if ever. If they should raise rates, it will be by a very small amount. The Federal Reserve and other banking systems or cartels worldwide have boxed themselves into a corner by allowing too much debt, and by continuing zero interest rate policies beyond what they should have. This, too, has ominous implications in the long run.

All these matters and many more ought to be watched by every Bible believing Christian who wishes to be obedient to the Scripture. Pardon my extreme prejudice against sports, but I personally believe sports is the “opiate of the people.” Time devoted to watching sporting events on television or the equivalent surely could be put to better use studying the Bible, and keeping an eye on current events that may affect us.

Proverbs 22:3 tells us that “A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself:  but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

It is wise to be alert, be prepared, and continue in prayer (Ps 122:6;  1 Tim 2:1, 2, 3).

To dig deeper into 1 Chronicles 12:32, read the cross references I share below:

  1. the children of Issachar.  1 Ch 7:1-5.  +Ge 30:18.  46:13.  +Nu 1:29.  Jg 5:15.  had understanding.  Note:  That is, as the following words indicate, intelligent men, who understood the signs of the times, well versed in political affairs, and knew what was proper to be done in all the exigencies of human life;  and who now perceived that it was both the duty and political interest of Israel to advance David to the throne.  Matthew Poole notes the possibility that this may be a reference to “Skill in the stars, and several seasons and changes of the air;  which might be of good use in husbandry, to which this tribe was addicted, Ge 49:14;  Dt 33:18.”  2 Ch 11:23.  %+Jg 9:37mg.  Ezr 8:16.  %*Ps 74:9.  Ec 8:5.  10:10.  %+Je 8:7.  *Da 12:4, 9, 10.  +*Mt 24:45.  +*Lk 3:14n. %+*Lk 11:52.  %*Ac 1:7.  the times.  FS121P1.  Figure of speech Metonymy of the Adjunct:  the change of one noun for another related noun;  here, “time” is put for the things done in it, or existing in it (F/S 587 & F/S 593).  Here, understanding of the times refers to those who understood statesmanship, and those who understood what was needful to be done in the times at hand (for other instances of this figure see *Est 1:13;  Jb 11:17;  *Ps 31:15;  *2 Tim 3:1).  Ge 49:14.  *Est 1:13.  4:14.  Ec 8:5.  Is 22:12-14.  33:6.  Da 10:1.  Mic 6:9.  Mt 16:3.  *Lk 12:56, 57.  *2 Tim 3:1.  to know.  Pr 14:8.  +*Pr 22:3.  Ep 5:17.  the heads.  1 Ch 13:1.  all their brethren.  Pr 24:5.  Ec 7:19.  9:18.
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Daily Bible Nugget #379, 1 Peter 1:23

The Nugget:

 1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

My Comment:

The most important issue in this life involves our own relationship to God. If we are not born again, we are not rightly related to God. You cannot become born again by means of water baptism. Water baptism saves no one.

Peter tells us we are born again by the word of God. That word of God is now found in the Bible. You can discover for yourself how to be rightly related to God by reading the Bible, especially the New Testament.

In 1953 I was reading through the New Testament for the second or third time that fall. On this very date, Saturday, November 7, I was delivering the papers for my Detroit Shopping News paper route. Thinking about the Scripture I had been reading, I realized that though I had attended Sunday school from the time my parents carried me there as an infant, I had never personally accepted Christ as my Savior. I stopped at a home on Lumpkin Street, folding the next paper to be delivered, and while thinking about these things, I prayed silently and received Christ as my Savior with no church building in sight.

I have continued to read my Bible and study my Bible ever since. Even back in 1953, earning just $2 a week from my paper route, I used my money to buy high quality Bibles, and scholarly Bible reference books. One of the first books I bought was The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Studying the Bible by means of the extensive cross references found in The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge was immensely helpful. About the same time I bought a companion volume, The New Topical Textbook. Using both of these resources together enabled me to dig more deeply into the Bible.

One of the next books I bought was Milton S. Terry’s work, Biblical Hermeneutics. I think I read that book through about three times while I was still in the eleventh grade in high school. What I learned from that important book I have shared in much simpler form in the October 2010 archives on this site in my posts about the Rules of Interpretation. That list has now grown to 24 basic rules to follow to be sure to come up with the correct interpretation of Scripture.

Even as a new Christian, I realized it was most important to read God’s Word, the Bible, every day. I told some of my friends, “Three chapters a day keeps the devil away.” When we read the Bible, we allow God to speak to us through His written word. We also need to speak to God. That means we should spend time in prayer every day. There is much to learn about prayer that is taught in the Bible. The third daily practice I learned about was to talk to others about the Bible and salvation. I pictured these three things like the legs of a stool. You can sit securely on a stool if it has all three legs. If it has just two legs or just one, you will topple over. That may be a rather crude or simplistic portrayal of the chief elements of what should be going on every day in our Christian life, but it is succinct, memorable, and directly applicable. If these three things are not happening in your life, I trust this reminder will provide you helpful guidance.

To dig deeper into 1 Peter 1:23, read the cross references I share below:

  1. Being born again.  or, Having been born again.  Perfect tense, passive voice, participle:  you have been and continue to be. Having been born again translates anagegennēmenoi, compounded of ana, anew, back, again, and genaō, birth, born, bring forth. Jesus said in Jn 3:7:  “It is necessary for you to be born from above.” This new birth from above is a creative work of God answering to a new creation in Christ (cf. 2 Cor 5:17 and notes); accordingly, birth from above is a restoration from the Fall, a return to righteousness and holiness (cf. 1 P 1:3;  Jn 1:13;  3:3, 5-7;  1 J 5:7) [LNT, fn n].  See on ver. 1 P 1:3.  **1 P 2:2.  Ps 87:5.  +*Ps 119:50.  Jn 1:13.  *Jn 3:3, 5.  1 Cor 4:15.  *James 1:18.  1 J 2:27, 29.  *1 J 3:9.  4:7.  5:1, 4, 18.  not.  Ml 2:3.  Mk 4:26.  Ro 1:23.  *1 Cor 15:53, 54.  Phil 3:3.  but of incorruptible.  Gr. aphthartos (S#862g, 1 Tim 1:17).  ver. 1 P 1:4, 18.  1 P 3:4.  +=Le 11:37.  +*Ps 119:144.  Mt 13:24, 38.  *1 J 3:9.  *1 J 5:18.  by the word.  Gr. logos, Mk 9:32n.  T#1035.  ver. *1 P 1:25.  1 P 2:8.  3:1.  Dt 32:46, 47.  Ps 33:9.  +*Ps 119:93.  Is 55:11.  *Je 23:28, 29.  *Mt 24:35.  Mk 4:14.  *Lk 8:11.  Jn 6:63.  17:17.  Ac 10:36.  +Ro 9:6.  10:8, **Ro 10:17.  1 Cor 14:36.  2 Cor 2:17.  Ga 3:2, 5.  Ep 1:13.  *Ep 5:26.  Phil 2:16.  Col 1:5, 25.  4:3.  1 Th 1:6, 8.  **1 Th 2:13.  2 Th 3:1.  2 Tim 2:9.  +*2 Tim 3:15.  4:2.  Titus 1:3.  2:5.  *He 4:12.  8:10.  13:7.  *James 1:18, 21.  1 J 3:9.  which liveth.  ver. 1 P 1:3.  %Da 4:34.  %Da 6:26.  %Da 12:7.  %Jn 6:51.  Ac 7:38.  +*He 4:12.  %Re 4:10.  and abideth.  ver. 1 P 1:25.  +*Ps 119:89.  %1 J 3:15.  2 J 1:2.  for ever.  Gr. aion, +Mt 6:13.  lit.  unto the age, +Mt 21:19.
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Daily Bible Nugget #378, Daniel 9:24-27

The Nugget:

Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

My Comment:

This is one of the most amazing prophecies in the Bible. Very many interpreters get it wrong. It helps to do your homework first doing Real Bible Study before you venture to explain this text.

I have studied this passage in detail over many years. I have bought and read carefully books on Bible prophecy that do not support my understanding of this text. It is always good practice to carefully study what the other side is saying about a text as controversial as this passage is before you come to your own conclusions. I have done that most carefully, and have the print library in my home to prove it.

I placed careful notes in my original major Bible reference work, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, on these verses. Let me share these notes and extensive cross references with you. I will let you draw your own conclusions. I would call your attention to a very interesting feature of Bible prophecy: there are a number of Bible prophecies contained in passages of the Old Testament which contain unannounced prophetic time gaps between adjacent statements in the prophecy. This passage, Daniel 9:24, 25, 26, 27 is one of those passages. Some have posted most welcome comments here in the past arguing there are no such things as these supposed prophetic time gaps between adjacent statements of Bible prophecy. I have argued in return that there most certainly are such gaps. I have placed the whole list of such prophetic gaps I have found or learned about at Isaiah 61:2, a verse which Jesus read to the synagogue as recorded at Luke 4:18, 19. Notice that Jesus stopped His reading of Isaiah 61:2 in the middle of the verse: He did not read the following clause, “and the day of vengeance of our God,” because the time for fulfilling that part of the verse had not arrived–and it is still future to our own time now. If that is not a prophetic time gap, I don’t know what is!

Here are my cross references and study notes for Daniel 9:24-27,

Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.  

Daniel 9:24. Seventy weeks. Note: That is, seventy weeks of years, or 490 years, which reckoned from the seventh year of Artaxerxes, coinciding with the 4256th year of the Julian period, and in the month Nisan, in which Ezra was commissioned to restore the Jewish state and polity (Ezr 7:9-26), will bring us to the month Nisan of the 4746th year of the same period, or A.D. 33, the very month and year in which our Lord suffered, and completed the work of our salvation. Sir Robert Anderson has since given a detailed calculation regarding the seventy weeks, a period which begins March 14, B.C. 445, and for the sixty-ninth week, ends Sunday, April 6, A.D. 32, the day of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (Lk 19:28-40) in fulfillment of Zc 9:9 (Anderson, The Coming Prince, pp. vi., 128). As to the seventieth week, it is yet future. “A careful study of the Angel’s words (Da 9:24) will show that not so much as one of them has been thus accomplished” (Anderson, p. 79). Le 25:8. Nu 14:34. Ezk 4:6. +*Ac 1:6, 7. +*Ro 11:25. are determined. or, cut off: i.e. divided off from all other years. The verb is in the singular to indicate the unity of the whole period, however it may be divided up (CB). Ex 12:41. Jb 14:5. Hab 2:3. Mt 2:1. 11:3. 24:6. 26:54, 56. Mk 9:12. 14:21, 49. Lk 1:70. 2:26. 7:19. 12:56. *Lk 19:44. 22:22. +**Lk 24:27. Ac 2:23. 13:32. 26:6, 23. Ga 4:4. Ep 1:10. Titus 1:3. +**1 P 1:11, 12. upon thy people. i.e. Daniel’s People, Israel, with which alone the prophecy is concerned (CB). This prophecy has nothing to do with the Gentiles or the Church. Therefore, none of these things have yet been fulfilled with respect to the nation Israel, Daniel’s people and city. The six named events will be fulfilled during or at the end of the Seventieth Week. Ex 32:7. holy city. i.e. Jerusalem. ver. Da 9:2, 7, 16. Ne 11:18. Is 48:2. Zc 8:3. Mt 20:18. 27:53. finish. or, restrain. or, put an end to. Ge 8:2. 23:6. Ex 36:6. Is 66:7-14. Ezk 36:24-30. *Ro 11:25-29. the transgression. Da 8:12, 23. +*Is 60:21n. Mt 1:21. 1 J 3:8. and. FS148, +Ge 8:22. Note the Figure Polysyndeton (“Many Ands”) in this verse, to emphasize each of these six special announcements and their connection with the whole period (CB). La 4:22. Col 2:14. He 9:26. 10:14. to make and end of. or, seal up. Le 1:4. 4:20. 16:17. 23:28. Nu 29:11. 1 K 21:8. Jb 14:17. Ezk 28:12. Jn 19:30. sins. Mic 7:19. Ac 10:43. 13:38. Ep 1:7. 1 J 4:10. and. FS148, Ge +8:22. to make. Le 8:15. 2 Ch 29:24. Is 53:10. Mt 20:28. Mk 10:45. Lk 2:11. 24:47. Ro 5:10. 2 C 5:18-20. Col 1:20, 21. +He 2:17. 1 P 1:19. reconciliation. lit. “to cover over” (Ge 6:14), or “scrape out,” that is, erase; as in Ex 29:36. It means to do away with a charge against a person by means of bloodshedding, or otherwise (e.g. by intercession, Ex 32:30), so as to secure his reception into Divine favour. **Zc 13:1. *S#3722h: Ge 6:14 (pitch). Ge 32:20 (appease). Ex 29:33, 36, 37. 30:10, 15, 16. 32:30. Le 1:4. 4:20, 26, 31, 35. 5:6, 10, 13, 16, 18. 6:7, 30. 7:7. 8:15, 34. 9:7. 10:17. 12:7, 8. 14:18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 31, 53. 15:15, 30. 16:6, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 24, 27, 32, 33, 34. 17:11. 19:22. 23:28. Nu 5:8. 6:11. 8:12, 19, 21. 15:25, 28. 16:46, 47. 25:13. 28:22, 30. 29:5. 31:50. **Le 35:33 (cleansed). Dt 21:8. **Dt 32:43 (be merciful). 1 S 3:14. 2 S 21:3. 1 Ch 6:49. 2 Ch 29:24. 30:18. Ne 10:33. Ps 65:3. 78:38 (forgave). Ps 79:9. Pr 16:6 (purged), Pr 16:14 (pacify). Is 6:7. 22:14. **Is 27:9. 28:18 (disannulled). Is 47:11 (mg, expiate). Je 18:23 (forgive). Ezk 16:63 (am pacified). Ezk 43:20 (purge), Ezk 43:26. 45:15, 17, 20 (reconcile). Girdlestone (O.T. Synonyms, ch. 12, sec. 1) remarks “…purgation is not the moral change, but the removal either of guilt or of the punishment that follows from guilt.” The removal of the punishment of Israel is yet future, and was not fulfilled at the crucifixion. +**Ps 130:8. Zc 13:1. Ro 11:15. Ga 3:13. for iniquity. Is 53:5. Ezk 35:5. Zc 3:9. and. FS148, Ge +8:22. to bring in. Is 51:6, 8. *Is 53:10, 11. 56:1. *Je 23:5, 6. Ro 3:21, 22, 25. 4:25. 1 Cor 1:30. **2 Cor 5:21. Phil 3:9. He 5:9. *He 9:12-14. 2 P 1:1. Re 14:6. everlasting. Heb. olam plural, +Ps 61:4. righteousness. Ps 72:3. 103:17. 111:3. 119:142. +**Ps 130:8. **Is 1:26. 9:6. 40:2. 42:21. Jn 16:10. Ro 4:6. 5:19. 10:3. 14:17. 1 Cor 15:3. and. FS148, +Ge 8:22. to seal up. Is 8:16. 11:9. +*Je 31:31-40. Mt 11:13. +*Lk 24:25-27, 44, 45. Jn 19:28-30. *Ro 11:25-29. “In what sense were vision and prophet sealed up at the death of Christ, considering that the greatest of all visions was yet to be given (The Revelation), and the days were still to come when the words of the prophets were to be fulfilled (Lk 21:22)?” (Anderson, p. 79). prophecy. Heb. prophet. Ac 3:22. 1 Cor 13:8-10. and. FS148, +Ge 8:22. to anoint. +*Da 8:14. Le 14:7. *Ps 2:6. +*Ps 45:7. Is 10:27. +*Is 61:1-3. **Ezk 43:7, 26, 27. Zc 4:14. **Zc 6:12, 13. 13:7. +*Lk 1:35. +*Lk 4:18-21. Jn 1:41. *Jn 2:13-22. *Jn 3:34. *Ac 4:27. *Ac 10:38. +*He 1:8, 9. 9:11. “And whatever meaning is to be put upon “anointing the most holy,” it is clear that Calvary was not the accomplishment of it. All these words point to the practical benefits to be conferred in a practical way upon the people, at the second advent of Christ (Anderson, p. 79). Tregelles (on Daniel, p. 99) states “…the expression does not in a single case in any other passage apply to any person, but always to the most holy place of the tabernacle or temple, or else to things such as sacrifices which were ‘most holy.'” +*Da 8:13, 14. Ex 26:33. +Ex 28:41. 29:37. 30:25-31. 40:9-16. Le 8:10. +*Is 56:7. 60:13n. Je 33:18n. Ezk 20:40, 41. +*Ezk 37:26-28. 40:2n, Ezk 40:38. 43:7, 12, 26, 27. Zc 6:12, 13. 14:16, 17. +*Lk 4:18-21. Jn 1:41. 2:13-22. 3:34. Ac 10:38. +He 1:8, 9. 9:11. the most holy. or, saint of saints. or, a Holy of Holies. Never used of a person. This answers to the cleansing of the sanctuary (Da 8:14) which immediately precedes “the end” (CB). T#1916. *Ex 29:37. +Le 2:3. +Ps 16:10. Is 60:7. Je 33:20-22. *Ezk 37:26-28. Joel 3:18. Mk 1:24. +*Lk 1:35. 4:34. Jn 1:25. 4:25. *Ac 3:14. +**He 4:15. +*He 7:26. +*Re 3:7.

Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

  1. and understand.  ver. Da 9:22, 23.  Mt 13:23.  +*Mt 24:15.  Mk 13:14.  Ac 8:30.  from the going forth.  Ge 8:16.  Ezr 4:24.  6:1-15.  7:1, 8, 11-26.  **Ne 2:1-8.  3:1.  restore and to build Jerusalem. or, build again Jerusalem:   as 2 S 15:25.   Ps  71:10.  Not the Temple (as in Ezra), but the city (as in Nehemiah), which was the subject of Daniel’s prayer, and therefore the answer to it (CB).  %Ezr 4:1, 12.  %Ezr 9:9.  Ne 4:17.  Ps 51:18.  147:2, 13.  Ec 3:3.  Is 44:26.  58:12.  Je 31:28, 38.   33:14.  Mic 7:11.   unto the Messiah.   i.e.  the anointed.  FS22D5L, +Ps 45:7.  Only priests and kings were anointed, lepers, and Elisha (1 K 19:16) being the only exceptions (CB).  T#1884.  +*Ge 49:10.   Ps 2:3,  6.  *Ps 110:4.  Ezk 21:27.  *Zc 6:13.  Mt 2:1, 2.  +*$Mk 1:15.  *Lk 2:25,  26.   $*Lk 3:15.   *Jn 1:41.   **Jn 4:25, 26.  *S#4899h:  Da 9:25, 26.  Le 4:3, 5, 16 (anointed).  Le 6:22.  1 S 2:10, 35.  12:3, 5.   16:6.   24:6, 6.  24:6, 6, 10.  26:9, 11, 16, 23.  2 S 1:14, 16, 21.  19:21.  22:51.  23:1.  1 Ch 16:22.  2 Ch 6:42.  *Ps 2:2.  18:50.  20:6.  28:8.  84:9.  89:38, 51.  105:15.  132:10, 17.  Is 45:1.   La 4:20.  Hab 3:13.  Ac 18:5.  the Prince.  Messiah is a noun, and is connected with Prince by apposition:  i.e. a priest-king. Only one such known to Scripture (Ps 110:4.  Zc 6:13.  Jn 4:25) [CB].  Da 8:11, 25.  %Da 10:21.  %Da 12:1.  +1 S 9:16 (*S#5057h).  *2 S 7:25-29.  +1 Ch 5:2mg.  *Ps 89:3, 4.  **Ps 110:4.  +*Is 9:6.  +**Is 55:3,  4.  +*Mi 5:2.  **Zc 6:13.  Mt 25:34.  27:37.  *Lk 2:4.  +Jn 1:49.  **Jn 4:25.  Ac 3:14, 15.  *Ac 5:30,  31.   +*Re 1:5.   19:16.  seven weeks.  Note:  The seventy weeks are here divided into three periods.   (1) Seven weeks,  or  49 years, for the restoration of Jerusalem.  (2) Sixty-two weeks, or 434  years,  from that time to the announcement of the Messiah by John the Baptist.   Note however the more precise  identification of Sir Robert Anderson given above at ver.  24.  (3) One week, or seven  years,  for the ministry of John and of Christ himself  to the  crucifixion.   Note however,  that it is better to take this seven year period as yet future,  as the notes and references  to verse  24 conclusively show.   There seems no adequate basis to bring in the ministry of John the Baptist for this calculation, and no evidence that his ministry added to that of Christ total exactly seven years.   One  might wrongly but more plausibly suggest the  seven years includes the continued offer of the Gospel to the Jewish nation  after  Pentecost until,  clearly rejected by Israel,  the apostle declared,  “lo,  we turn to the Gentiles” (Ac 13:46);   such a view would be mistaken,  however, for the apostles  continued to bring the message  “to  the  Jew first”  (Ro  1:16)  throughout the book of Acts even  after  this incident (Ac 14:1.   17:1,  10,  17.  18:4, 7, 19.  19:8.  28:23, 29-31).   This week or period of seven years is best taken as the future time of the Great Tribulation during which Antichrist will be  revealed.   be built again.   Heb.   return and  be  builded.  the street.  or, the broadway or open space by the gates or elsewhere.  +Am 5:16n.  Thus plaza and moat.  wall. or, breach, or, ditch.  *S#2742h.  Jb 41:30 (sharp pointed things).  Ps 68:13 (gold).  Pr 3:14.  8:10, 19.  16:16.  Is 28:27 (threshing instrument).   Is 41:15 (sharp).  Jl 3:14, 14 (decision).  Am 1:3 (threshing instrument).  Zc 9:3 (fine gold).  This word is from  the  same root word as *S#2742h,  rendered  “diligent”  (*Pr 10:4.   12:24,  27.  13:4.  21:5);  *S#2757h, rendered “cheeses” and “harrows” (1 S 17:18.  2 S 12:31.  1 Ch 20:3), from root word *S#2782h,  rendered “determined” (Da 9:26, 27.  11:36.  Jb 14:5), “decreed” (Is 10:22); “moved” (Jsh 10:21.  Ex 11:7);  “bestir” (2 S  5:24);   “maimed”  (Le  22:22).   Perhaps a common  thread  of meaning underlying these several words and renderings would be to move within confines,  to be pressed or beaten into place.   even in.   Ne 4:8, 16-18.  Ep 5:16.  troublous times.  Heb.  strait of times.  i.e. the times of Ezra and Nehemiah (CB).  *Ne 4:1-3, 7-9, 12-18.  6:15.  9:36, 37.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

  1. Daniel 9:26.  And after. Note carefully that two events are stated to take place after the sixty-nine weeks have concluded: (1) the death of Messiah; (2) the destruction of Jerusalem. These cannot be understood to take place during the Seventieth Week, for the Crucifixion would cut the time too short, and the destruction of Jerusalem would stretch the time too long to be accommodated within the seven-year time frame of the Seventieth Week were it to be considered contiguous with the Sixty-ninth Week. This absolutely proves, therefore, that there is a gap of unannounced duration between the Sixty-ninth and the Seventieth Week specifically stated right here in Scripture. Further proof is that Jesus himself placed events of Daniel’s Seventieth Week to a time just prior to his Second Advent (Matthew 24:5, **Mt 24:15).    +Lk 2:10.   +Jn 5:39.  +Ro 1:4.  Messiah.  FS22D5L,  +Ps 45:7.  +*Ge 3:15.   Ps 22:15.  89:44, 45.  *Is 53:8.  *Mk 9:12.  +*Lk 24:25-27,  45-47.   Jn 1:41.  11:51, 52.  12:32-34.  Ac 18:5.  **2 Cor 5:21.  Ga 3:13.   1 P 2:21,  24.   *1 P 3:18.   cut off.  i.e. in death (CB).   Ge 9:11.   Ex 12:15.  30:33, 38.  =Le 4:4.  7:20.  18:29.  20:17.  Dt 20:20.  Ps 37:9, 34.  88:16.  94:23.  Pr 2:22.  Is 44:14h.  Je 10:3h.  11:19.  Mt 17:23.  26:24, 56.  27:50.  Mk 14:21.  Lk 5:35.  9:22.  Jn 19:30.  Ac 2:22, 23.  3:18.  8:33.  13:41.  He 9:15.  but not. or, and shall have nothing.  Scott cites Lowth, who notes “The vulgar Latin render the words to this sense,  ‘The people that deny him, shall  be no longer his’ Da 11:17h,” and Rabbi Croll,  “He  shall have  no  successor.”   As of the risen Messiah’s  kingdom there shall be no end,  so he has no successor.   Ge 5:24.   42:36.  *Ps 22:6,  7.   *Is 53:4-6, 8n, Is 53:12.  Je 31:15.  Zc 13:7.  $Mt 20:28.  26:56.  Mk 14:50.  *Jn 1:11.  +*Jn 14:30.  for himself.  T#1976.  Is 50:6.   *Is 53:4, 5, 6, 12.  $*Mt 20:28.  Mk 10:45.  *Jn 10:11, 15, 18.  Ro 4:25.  +*1 Cor 15:3.  Phil 2:7.  $*1 P 2:24.   +*Re 1:5,  6.  and the people, etc. or, and the Jews they shall be no more his people.   Da 11:17.   Ho 1:9.   and the people. or, and the prince’s (Messiah’s, ver. 25) future people.  Note:  The  Romans,  who under Titus,  after the expiration of  the  70 weeks,  destroyed the temple and city,  and dispersed the Jews.  Rather,  after the sixty-nine weeks,  for the Angel specifically states,  after having already discussed the first seven weeks, that this takes place after the additional sixty-two weeks.  Da 2:40.  =Nu 24:24.  Lk 19:41-44.  21:20.  Jn 11:48.   the prince that shall come.  or, a prince, etc.  This is “the little horn” of Da 7:8, 24-26;  8:9-12, 23-25 (CB).  This  is  a reference  to  the  future Antichrist,  not  to  the Messiah or to the Roman Titus.   Da 7:8,  20, 21, 24-26.  8:9-12, 23-25.  11:36-45.  +**Mic 5:5n, Mic 5:6.   +*Hab  3:16.   shall destroy.   The  subject of this verb is “people,”  not  “prince,” therefore the following references must not be taken to relate to Titus,  for  Titus  is  not mentioned in  Scripture,  though  the destruction of the city and the temple which his forces  wrought, of course, is.  Dt 28:49, 52.  2 S 21:5.  Mt 21:41.  Mk 12:9.  the city and.  This also was “after threescore and two weeks,” but not within the last seven; which are confined to the doings of “the people” in the destruction of the city, which ends ver. 26. What “the little horn” will do is stated in the words which follow. Antiochus never did this. He defiled it, but left it uninjured (CB).  Mt 21:41.  *Mt 22:2, 7.  *Mt 23:38.   +*Mt 24:2, 3.  Mk 13:2.  Lk 18:31.  *Lk 19:41-44.  21:6, **Lk 21:12-24.  Ac 6:13,  14.   and the end thereof.  or, his own end [come]:  i.e. the end of the desolator looking on to the end of the last seven years (CB).  Da 8:19.  11:36.  *Mt 24:6-14.  Mk 13:7.  **Lk 21:12-24.  with a flood.   *Da 11:10, 22.  Ps 124:4.  *Is 8:7, 8.  28:2, 18.  Je 46:7, 8.  +Je 47:2.  51:42, 51.  Ezk 26:19.  Am 8:8.  9:5.   Na  1:8.  unto the end of the war.  or, up to the full end of the war (i.e. the end of the last seven years) [CB].  Da 12:1.   *Mt 24:6,  7,  14, 21.  Mk 13:7, 8, 19.   Lk 17:37.  *Lk 21:10, 20,  24.  Ro 9:28.  Re 6:3-8.  desolations are determined.   or,  it shall be cut off by desolations.  Is 28:22.   *Is 64:10.  Zc 11:6.  Ml 4:6.   Lk 13:35.   desolations.  or, desolate places.   Mt 23:38.  are determined.  ver. 25 (wall,  or ditch).   Da 11:36.   Jb 14:5.   Is 10:22, 23.  Lk 21:22.  23:31.   There is  an unannounced  interval of time between this last and the following statements.   For  other instances of unannounced prophetic  time intervals see +Is 61:2n.

Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.  

  1. Daniel 9:27.  And  he.   Amillenarians favor taking “Messiah” as the antecedent  for  this  pronoun,   and  would  perhaps  favor  the following  original  Treasury  references:   *Is  42:6.   *Is 53:11.  +*Is 55:3.   +*Je 31:31-34.  +*Je 32:40-42. ** Ezk 16:60-63.  Mt 26:28.  *Ro 5:15,  19.   **Ro 15:8,  9. Ga 3:13-17.  *He 6:13-18.  8:8-13.  *He 9:15-20, 28.  10:16-18.  *He 13:20, 21.  Premillennialists take the grammatical  reference  to be to the “prince that shall come,”  a view  favored because that grammatical reference is  nearer,  and because what is now said further in this verse does not “fit” the Messiah, but the Antichrist.  ver. Da 9:26.  Da 7:8, 23, 24.  8:23-25.  11:36-45.  1 J 2:18.  shall confirm.  or, make a firm covenant:  i.e. the little horn will do this at the beginning of the last seven years. It may even be the beginning of the 2300 days of Da 8:14. Compare Da 11:21-24 (CB).   Is  28:18.  *Is 42:6.   *Is 53:11.  +**Is 55:3.   +*Je 31:31-34.  +*Je 32:40-42.  **Ezk 16:60-63.  Mt 26:28.  *Ro 5:15,  19.   **Ro 15:8,  9.   Ga 3:13-17.  *He 6:13-18.  7:22.  8:8-13.  *He 9:15-20, 28.  10:16-18.  *He 13:20, 21.  Re 11:3-6.  the covenant. or, a covenant.  **Da 11:21-24.  Ps 55:20.   Is 28:18.  33:8.   Je 19:7.  Zc 11:10.  Lk 22:20x.   By no means should this covenant be understood to be made by the Messiah!   For one thing,  it is in the wrong time frame,  the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy.  For  another,  Christ did not make any seven year covenants which he then proceeded to break after three and one half years!   This is the seven-year covenant made by Antichrist with the Jewish nation,  which the Antichrist breaks in the middle of the tribulation.  with many.  or, with the many.   for one week.  This is Daniel’s seventieth week, a time period of  seven years which is yet  future,  as  careful consideration of events described in its connection will show.  Ge 29:27.  Re 11:7.  cause the sacrifice.  Mt 27:51.  He 10:4-22.  Amillenarians   would  probably  favor  the  preceding   original Treasury references,  suggesting that Christ’s death on the cross put  an  end to sacrifices and offerings,  for He truly  was  the completion  of all the Old Testament types,  whose one  sacrifice forever put away sin.  More consistent with the immediate context however,  which  places  this event during the future seventieth week,  is the Premillennial  view  which holds  this  to  be  a reference to the Antichrist forbidding the Jews the right to have sacrifices in their temple, much as did Antiochus in former times (see on Da 8:11). Furthermore, the Temple sacrifices did not cease being offered at the time of the death and resurrection of Christ, but nearly 40 years later at the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Of course the efficacy of the Temple sacrifices ceased upon the death and resurrection of Christ, the signal visual evidence being the fact that the veil in the Temple was rent or torn from top to bottom (Mt 27:51).   Da 7:25.   8:11,  12, 13.  11:31.  12:11.  *Mt 24:15.  27:51.   2 Th 2:4.   Re 11:3.   12:6,  14.  13:1, 5, 6.  and the oblation to cease.  or, sacrifice and oblation to cease.  This is the action of “the little horn” (see Da 8:11-13; 11:31; 12:11). This belongs to the time of the end, and will be accompanied by the setting up of the abomination mentioned below and by our Lord in Mt 24:15 (CB).  Da 7:25.  8:11.  11:31.  Ex 29:38.  Le 15:31.  Nu 7:60-64.  2 K 16:15.  Ho 3:4.  2 Th 2:4.  He 10:11.  for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate.   or, with the abominable armies.   or,  upon the battlements shall be the  idols of the desolator.   Da  8:13.   12:11.   Is  8:8.  64:10.   **>Mt 24:15.   Mk 13:14.   Lk 21:20.  abominations.  The plural here (in contrast to the singular form at Da 11:31) may be a plural of importance,  the  same in its emphasis as what has elsewhere been called the plural of majesty (FS96F2,  +Ge 4:10).   The reference is probably to the desecrating influence upon the temple and land of  Israel brought  by the placement  of some  terrible “abomination,”  image or idol,  in the temple,  for this word frequently refers to  God’s abhorrence of pagan idols and idolatry.   Da 8:13.  11:31.  *Da 12:11.  2 K 23:13.  Is 10:22, 23.  28:22.  44:19.   *Is 66:3.   +*Is 66:17n.  Je 7:30.  **Mt 24:15, 16, 24.   Lk 21:24.  Ro 11:26.  2 Th 2:9-12.  Re 13:14-16.  14:9-14.   19:20.   20:4.   make it desolate.  That is, the Jewish temple.  Da 8:9-14.   11:45.   12:1,  7, 11.  Ps 74:3.  Je 51:51.  Hag 1:4.  **Mt 24:15.  Lk 13:35.  **2 Th 2:4.  Re 11:1,  2.   13:6, 14, 15.  even until.  *Da 8:17, 19.  11:35.    the consumation.  The end of the seventieth week, so also the end of the Great Tribulation, and of many  other prophetic events which culminate at  that  time.  Da 8:17, 19.   Is 10:22,  23.   +*Is 28:22.   Je 4:27.  5:10, 18.  30:11.  46:28.  Ezk 11:13.   Jl 3:1,  2,  9-16.  Na 1:8, 9.  Zc 14:1-3.  Mt 24:29-31.  25:31-46.   Ro 11:25-29.   Re 16:19.  that determined.  Da 11:36.  +*Le 26:14-20.  Dt 4:26-28.  28:15, etc.  Dt 29:18, etc.  Dt 30:17, 18.  31:28, 29.  32:19, etc.  *Jb 14:5.  Ps 69:22-28.  Pr 16:4, 5.  *Is 10:22,  23.   *Is 28:18-22.   *Is 66:5,  6.  Zc 11:6.  13:8.  Ml 4:6.  Mt 24:2.  Mk 12:9.  Lk 2:34.  +*Lk 17:37.  19:43.  21:6, 22.  Ac 13:41.  Ro 9:28.  11:26.  1 Th 2:15,  16.   **2 Th 2:3-12.   shall be poured. or, shall come pouring upon.  Je 42:18.  +Ezk 7:8.  Re 16:1-4, 8, 10, 12,  17.   upon the desolate.   or, upon the desolator.  Da 7:11, 25, 26.  8:25.  11:45.  12:11.  Is 11:4.  +Mic 5:5n.  2 Th 1:7-10.  **2 Th 2:3-12.  Jude 1:14, 15.  Re 19:20.  20:10.
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Questioning the Validity of the New Testament Witness to Jesus Christ

[NOTE: I have been privileged to briefly participate in a Facebook conversation where one of the participants seems to have legitimate concerns about the validity of the New Testament witness to Jesus Christ. I will attempt to copy the conversation thread below, and boldface the questioner’s misgivings about the truth of the New Testament as detailed in an early comment made on the thread. I have furnished my own title to the thread for easier reference here.]

Questioning the Validity of the New Testament Witness to Jesus Christ

David Black
October 13 at 8:34pm • iOS •
This was the Huron house study tonight. I underestimated these guys. They were explaining to me. The most Exdraordinary book – The Bible – Prophecy – 70 weeks of Daniel (part1)

The most Extraordinary Book–the Bible

The most Extraordinary book – The Bible – Prophecy – 70 weeks of Daniel (part1)

In the series The most Extraordinary Book The Bible , we will see what is the extraordinary in it. This…
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David Black

David Black If you study this and don’t believe well your just not very smart lol
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Nathan Sweet If you study this and you do believe it then you believe things for which there is zero empirical evidence supporting. There is not a single contemporary source for the life of Jesus outside of Christian scriptures. In fact not a single verifiable person that was alive when he was supposed to have lived even mention him in passing. The only account we have for his life comes from the New Testament which is a very biased source and at the earliest was written decades after his supposed life and death by an most of which was written by an unknown number of anonymous authors. Not only that… there’s even no evidence anywhere in the scriptures that Paul ever met Jesus in the flesh, only that he saw him in visions. The best non-biblical accounts we have for the existence of Jesus are from people that weren’t even alive when he was supposed to have lived. Stories that were passed down verbally for decades or centuries before being written down. Did you ever play the game “telephone” in school? If so you should understand why this is cause for concern.
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Nathan Sweet
Nathan Sweet I’d also like to ask why you feel the need to insult and berate those that don’t believe exactly what you believe? How is this conducive to an honest sharing of ideas? If you are going to try to publicly belittle other people’s intelligence you should at least learn the difference between “your” and “you’re” and basic grammar and punctuation usage of your primary language.
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David Black Nathan are you serious. No I know you just sound like you know things. Caught you. You have a good vocabulary. Are doubting Jesus was here on earth. Even the die hard atheist don’t dispute that. Everything you said is so wrong and so provable. You should have stuck to generalities and your impressive writing. But you are not educated in this subject. Sorry. Brother.
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David Black Dude get off of Christian bashing.
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David Black And PS I use dictation I don’t bother correcting it
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David Black Nathan you got busted not knowing your facts baby
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Nathan Sweet You have failed to demonstrate this in any way, shape, or form. Again, feel free to show me the evidence for your claims.
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Nathan Sweet And I will be happy to reconsider my beliefs. I am man enough to admit if I am wrong, and have changed my beliefs based on new evidence many times in my life.
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David Black ok.. google…jesus outside the bible.. josephus etc to many to mention…im done bro, you will never believe…
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Nathan Sweet Ok, your only example is Josephus… who lived from 37-100CE. He wasn’t born until AFTER Jesus lived and died. Thank you for confirming my original statement to be true.
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Nathan Sweet At best Josephus was someone who heard and retold stories about a man who lived and died before Josephus was ever conceived… making it impossible for him to be an eyewitness to anything in Jesus’s life. At worst this claimed source is a fraud or a forgery….
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Nathan Sweet When addressing the mythical nature of Jesus Christ, one issue repeatedly raised is the purported “evidence” of his existence to be found in the writings of Flavius Josephus, the famed Jewish general and historian who lived from about 37 to 100 CE. In Josephus’s Antiquities of the Jews appears the notorious passage regarding Christ called the “Testimonium Flavianum” (“TF”):

“Now, there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works,–a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.” (Whitson, 379)

This surprisingly brief and simplistic passage constitutes the “best proof” of Jesus’s existence in the entire ancient non-Christian library comprising the works of dozens of historians, writers, philosophers, politicians and others who never mentioned the great sage and wonderworker Jesus Christ, even though they lived contemporaneously with or shortly after the Christian savior’s purported advent.

Despite the best wishes of sincere believers and the erroneous claims of truculent apologists, the Testimonium Flavianum has been demonstrated continually over the centuries to be a forgery, likely interpolated by Catholic Church historian Eusebius in the fourth century. So thorough and universal has been this debunking that very few scholars of repute continued to cite the passage after the turn of the 19th century. Indeed, the TF was rarely mentioned, except to note that it was a forgery, and numerous books by a variety of authorities over a period of 200 or so years basically took it for granted that the Testimonium Flavianum in its entirety was spurious, an interpolation and a forgery. As Dr. Gordon Stein relates:

“…the vast majority of scholars since the early 1800s have said that this quotation is not by Josephus, but rather is a later Christian insertion in his works. In other words, it is a forgery, rejected by scholars.”


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Jerome Smith I recommend that Nathan Sweet try doing some actual study on this subject from scholarly, knowledgeable sources. There is a 200 or so page book I made a copy of years ago, a book that contains all the references to Jesus Christ from secular sources in the first two or so centuries after His death. It was compiled by a noted classics scholar, not someone attempting to support the Christian faith. But there are many sources beyond this one I mention worth looking into. Unfortunately, some of the best books go out of print. But I have obtained PDF copies at googlebooks in many instances. Irwin H. Linton wrote a book titled A Lawyer Examines the Bible. That book both answers the kind of assertions Nathan has made, but gives a good list of the irrefutable sources that prove the historicity of the New Testament and the truth of Christianity. Unfortunately, far as I know, Linton’s book is not in print, but probably could be found second hand. It is not old enough to likely be in PDF form at googlebooks.
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Nathan Sweet Suggesting that I haven’t done any research from scholarly or knowledgeable sources because I have been unable to find a single first hand contemporary source for the life of Jesus and then failing to provide an example of one is a very weakly veiled ad-hominem. It seems like you are more interested in attacking my character than actually addressing my concern. Feel free to list any first hand contemporary sources for Jesus’s life rather than asserting that they exist and then failing to provide a single example.

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David Black Nathan. Start with Josephus. I am wondering if you know this ! And are just amusing yourself ? Quit playing around ! At least 5 contemporary writers of Jewish or roman heritage discuss Jesus.
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Jerome Smith Nathan, the New Testament consists of 27 primary source documents that are obviously from the time of Jesus Christ. There are no sound reasons for rejecting the historicity of those New Testament documents. Those documents were written by eye witnesses to the events they record, or were written under the very direction of eye witnesses to the events of the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As for Josephus, his testimony is extra-biblical, of course, but what he writes confirms many things in the Bible itself. Leslie wrote a work called something like “Short and Easy Method with the Deists.” In this classic work on apologetics, Leslie outlines the logic behind the historicity of the Bible without depending at all on written texts. It is available readily as a PDF at google books. I first read of his argument in Linton’s book, A Lawyer Examines the Bible. Over time I have tried to follow Linton’s advice to read the great classic defenses of the Bible and the Christian faith. I have gradually collected a number of these older volumes in hard copy that he lists in his book and have studied some of them. I have summarized Leslie’s argument in my own book, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, at a note I included at 2 Peter 1:16 on pages 1482-1483. And no, I am not trying to use an ad hominem attack upon you at all. I just wish I could more easily access material I have here that I have mentioned, like the author of the book I mentioned that contains and discusses all the written records making reference to Jesus Christ in the first two centuries after His death and resurrection from secular sources–writings, monuments, etc. When I find it (I wish my memory would serve me better!) I’ll share that information.
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Nathan Sweet Wow, that is a really long winded way of saying “No, there are no contemporary first hand accounts of Jesus’ life other than the bible.” I will do my best to address each one of your “points” so you might better understand my scepticism.

// Nathan, the New Testament consists of 27 primary source documents that are obviously from the time of Jesus Christ. //

Unfounded assertion, citation needed.

To be a primary source document they would have to have been written during the time that Jesus lived and been written by first hand eyewitnesses of the events described. However the earliest NT documents are believed to be written at or around 70CE, decades after Jesus died. The majority of the new testament (other than Paul’s writings) have unknown authorship but scholars agree that they are most likely not written by the people whom they are attributed to.


It’s also worth noting that Paul was not above using deception to further his agenda of spreading his belief system. This makes his writings very biased. I have found no evidence that he ever met Jesus in the flesh, however there is ample evidence that his teachings came from “visions” and not from Jesus himself. This is beyond the scope of a Facebook post but the following article covers it:


// There are no sound reasons for rejecting the historicity of those New Testament documents. //
The many reasons are again beyond the scope of a Facebook post. These articles cover just some of the inaccuracies and contradictions in the New Testament.



// Those documents were written by eye witnesses to the events they record, or were written under the very direction of eye witnesses to the events of the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. //

Unfounded assertion, citation needed. Anything that can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

// As for Josephus, his testimony is extra-biblical, of course, but what he writes confirms many things in the Bible itself. //

If authentic (which is highly debatable) his testimony is irrelevant from a historical standpoint as he was not even alive Jesus supposedly walked the earth. Again, at best he was retelling stories that were told to him and which would have been impossible for him to witness and at worst his single attributed statement about Jesus was a fraud and forgery.

As Dr. Gordon Stein relates:

“…the vast majority of scholars since the early 1800s have said that this quotation is not by Josephus, but rather is a later Christian insertion in his works. In other words, it is a forgery, rejected by scholars.”


// And no, I am not trying to use an ad hominem attack upon you at all. //

The statement “I recommend that Nathan Sweet try doing some actual study on this subject from scholarly, knowledgeable sources” makes assumptions about what I have and have not studied, and calls to question my studies rather than actually addressing any of my points directly. By definition this is an ad hominem. You then followed it up with a number of unfounded assertions. This is a very intellectually dishonest way to have a conversation and is not conducive to a constructive exchange.

// I just wish I could more easily access material I have here that I have mentioned, like the author of the book I mentioned that contains and discusses all the written records making reference to Jesus Christ in the first two centuries after His death and resurrection from secular sources–writings, monuments, etc. When I find it (I wish my memory would serve me better!) I’ll share that information. //

The references to Jesus in the “first two centuries after his death” are also irrelevant. What people claimed about a person that lived before they lived and which they never witnessed first hand is completely irrelevant from a historical standpoint. There are people that believe that Elvis has been raised from the dead and walks the earth again, and if someone wrote this down in a book decades after the fact and claimed they witnessed it even though they weren’t alive when it supposedly happened doesn’t make it true. The fact remains there is not a single verified first hand eyewitness account of the life and miracles of Jesus from anyone that was even alive when Jesus was alive outside of the very biased scriptures.
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Nathan Sweet And even IF someone were to produce evidence that Jesus was a real person it still doesn’t prove any of the supernatural claims about him. There is still not a single shred of empirical evidence supporting the existence of any ghouls, ghosts, Gods, deities, demons, devils, psychics, alien abductions or any other supernatural phenomenon. Zero, zilch, nada. In scientific terms theism would be described as an unfounded hypothesis due to the lack of falsifiable evidence supporting the claim.
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Dear Nathan Sweet, I am myself an acknowledged scholar with reference to the Bible, so I am pleased that we can have a civil discussion about these matters. I have two standard Bible reference books published by the world’s largest Bible publisher under my name, Jerome Smith: namely, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (1992); Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible (2007). The assertions you make regarding what evidence is required to prove the supernatural element witnessed to by the New Testament writers would in and of themselves make the study of history itself impossible if such objections were valid. Hume made a similar argument, and it is fallacious because it arbitrarily denies the validity of multiple eye witness testimony to an event if the event for philosophical reasons is deemed impossible. (I, too, would discount any claims others might make that Elvis has been raised from the dead and walks the earth again; but such claims cannot be compared to the testimony of the New Testament writers to the resurrection of Jesus Christ; see Gilbert West’s classic work on the resurrection of Christ; and as for the testimony of Paul, see Lord Lyttleton’s work on the conversion of Paul). Unlike many religious writings of other world religions, the New Testament is remarkable because it stands or falls upon its historicity. Its historicity has been carefully documented by scholars such as William M. Ramsay who carried on extensive archeological research in Asiatic Turkey and the ancient Bible lands, and published the results of his studies in many volumes, many of which I have in hard copy, and most of them I have in my Logos 6 software library. He is acknowledged as the outstanding authority on the life of Paul and the history of the early church. Above, I furnished you the title and author of a work of scholarship, C. R. Haines, who documents and discusses all the known mentions of Jesus Christ from secular sources made in the first century and a half after the death of Christ in his 124 page volume. I mentioned in a post above that I have benefited from and learned much from a volume by Irwin H. Linton, A Lawyer Examines the Bible. Mr. Linton makes the very interesting and telling observation early in the book that he had discussed these matters with a large number of individuals, but he had never met even one person who had doubts about the New Testament, Christianity, and Jesus Christ who had ever read seriously and thoroughly so much as even one of the standard, classical works written by scholars in support, or defense, of the truth of the Bible. I have never met such a person either, but that of course does not mean there are no such persons. I agree with you, that this Facebook format does not easily lend itself to enabling us to share what we know so far about these issues. I don’t know how to make separate paragraphs in a Facebook post, for example, for if I hit “enter” it just posts what I have written, far as I know. I am not as knowledgeable as you when it comes to working with this format, but I appreciate your efforts to continue this discussion. I regard you as a sincere seeker for truth until proven otherwise. By the way, Mr. Linton in his day was not a small-town lawyer; he practiced law before the United States Supreme Court. I think I will post some of this conversation we have had at my little blog, Real Bible Study, where it may be easier for both of us to further this discussion in a more user-friendly format. Since you disagree with Theism, I will assume you may consider yourself an atheist. I have welcomed discussions at my site with atheists in the past, and have a separate category for those discussions.
Jerome Smith Nathan, I finally spotted the book I am referring to on my bookshelves here. The author is C. R. Haines, M.A., B.D., F.S.A. The title is: Heathen Contact with Christianity during its First Century and a Half; Being all references to Christianity recorded in Pagan writings during that Period. Publisher: Cambridge: Deighton, Bell and Co., LTD. 1923. 124 pages. I trust you can see that while my memory lapsed briefly, I found the scholarly secular book I made reference to. I do not own the book. Mr. Alec R. Allenson, a library bookseller outside of Chicago, kindly loaned me his copy, and I made a Xerox copy of it back in the 1960s, which I just found again. I returned the original copy when I went back to Chicago perhaps a year later.
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Daily Bible Nugget #377, John 4:24

The Nugget:

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)

John 4:24 God is Spirit, and the ones worshiping Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (LNT, Lavenders’ New Testament)

John 4:24 God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (NET Bible)

John 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV Bible)

John 4:24 God is Spirit: then let his worshippers give him worship in the true way of the spirit. (BBE, Bible in Basic English)

John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship God must be led by the Spirit to worship him according to the truth. (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

My Comment:

John 4:24 provides my thirteenth attribute of God from my list of over forty attributes of God, namely, that God is spirit. Some English versions translate this as “God is a spirit,” but the indefinite English article “a” is not represented in the Greek text (though it is true Greek has no indefinite article at all, so in English translations to be idiomatic English the indefinite article must be supplied), so translations which read “God is spirit” are probably more accurate here.

Since God is spirit, He is not material. God as spirit is unchanging; if He were material He of necessity would be subject to change, and would have to be a created being, since all material has been created. This gets to the question, “Who made God?” The answer is that God is uncreated. God has always existed. He is above time and space. He is everywhere present at the same time. He is necessary being; all else in the material universe is contingent, not necessary.

I have seen recently that followers of another major world religion, some of whom are very adept at quoting Bible verses out of context, like to use John 4:24 to “prove” that Jesus is not God. Since Jesus was born of a woman, Jesus is material. God is not material. Therefore Jesus cannot be God. But such non-logic is in error, because it does not take into account all the facts of Scripture. Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the eternal Second Person of the Divine Trinity revealed in the Bible in both the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament. Jesus Himself stated, as recorded in John 8:58, that “before Abraham was, I am.”

In the context of John chapter 4, Jesus was speaking to the woman at the well. She had brought up the Samaritan objection to Jewish worship, saying that the proper place for worship was not in Jerusalem, but that “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship” (John 4:20). Jesus replied that the time would come when worship was not a matter of one place where worship must take place, as was true in Old Testament history. God is spirit. Place is not the issue. True worshippers will come to worship God in spirit and in truth. The woman replied that when the Messiah comes, which is called Christ, He will tell us of all things. Jesus responded, “I that speak unto thee am he” (John 4:26).

It is very remarkable that Jesus condescended to speak alone to a woman, in terms of the culture of that day. More remarkable that He spoke to a Samaritan woman, for the Jews had no dealings with the Samaritans (John 4:9). But what is most astounding of all, Jesus reveals to this Samaritan woman that He is the promised Messiah.

I have been reading just this week some of the interchanges taking place in a group where Muslims have been debating Christians about the Bible. The Muslims claim that Jesus came only to “the lost sheep of Israel” (Matthew 15:24), and regarded all non-Jews as “dogs” (Matthew 15:26; Matthew 7:6). Therefore, the Muslims conclude, Jesus did not love the Gentiles at all. He came only to His own people. Not till Mohammed did God send a prophet to all the people of the world, and they cite a Koranic verse that says so. I have pointed out to the Muslim posters that they are taking verses from the Bible without considering the context, and without considering other statements given elsewhere in the Bible. Yes, Jesus came first to the “lost sheep of Israel” (Matthew 10:5, 6). But Jesus also claimed to have “other sheep, not of this fold” in John 10:16, and those obviously are in reference to the Gentiles who would believe in Him, even as predicted in Bible prophecy (Isaiah 42:1). Jesus clearly commanded that His Gospel be shared to everyone in the whole world (Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8), so anyone who believes otherwise is mistaken, and anyone who teaches otherwise is a false teacher or a false prophet.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1170 for John 4:24.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1191 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for John 4:24.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 66 of the NT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for John 4:24.

(3) Most people today do not have access to those three print resources, so I have posted cross references for this passage as I have developed them even more completely for your study as given below:

John 4:24. is. FS63B3, +Ge 2:10. a Spirit. or, spirit: i.e. not flesh, or material substance; not “a” Spirit (CB). Gr. pneuma, +1 Cor 3:16. FS101, +Dt 32:42. Here, pneuma is used of God the Father. For the other uses of pneuma, see +*Mt 8:16n. The statement obviously refers to the divine nature and not to the divine personality. God is not “a spirit,” as one of many, but “spirit.” As spirit, He is absolutely raised above all limitations of succession (time and space) into which finally all thoughts of change and transitoriness are resolved. There is no anticipation of this idea in the OT. The “Spirit of God” is constantly spoken of; but the loftiest descriptions of the Divine Majesty are always relative to space (Is 66:1; 1 K 8:27; Je 23:24). It follows that God as God is not cognisable by the senses (Jn 1:18; 1 J 4:12). The Theophanies of the OT were not manifestations of “God” but of the Son of God (Jn 12:41; Is 6:1; compare Re 4:2-4 [Westcott, The Epistles of St. John, p. 167]. Jn 3:8. Ge 1:2. Nu 27:16. Dt 4:11, 12, 15-19. 1 K 8:27. Ps 139:7-12. Is 31:3. Ezk 37:14. 39:29. Jl 2:28, 29. Ac 17:28. Ro 1:20. 8:9, 15, 16. *1 Cor 2:11. *2 Cor 3:16, 17. Col 1:15. **1 Tim 1:17. He 12:9. 1 J 1:5. 4:8. worship. FS171J6, +Ge 4:26. must. ver. Jn 4:4, 20g. *Jn 3:7, 14, 30. 9:4. 10:16. 12:34. 20:9. *1 S 16:7. *Ps 50:13-16, 23. *Ps 51:17. *Ps 66:18, 19. +*Is 57:15. *Mt 15:8, 9. 2 Cor 1:12. **He 11:6. worship him. ver. +Jn 4:20. Ex 20:24. Dt 4:15, 16. 1 S 7:3. 1 Ch 28:9. Ps 93:5. 103:1. Ezk 20:3. Zp 3:9. Mt 4:10. Ac 7:48. He 10:19-22. 13:10-16. Re 22:9. in spirit. Gr. pneuma, FS121A1, +Lk 1:17n. Pr 29:23. Ro 1:9. 1 Cor 14:15. *2 Cor 3:17. Ep 5:19. *Phil 3:3. 1 Tim 2:8. and. FS93A, +Ge 1:26. ver. Jn 4:23n. in truth. T#1420. ver. +*Jn 4:23. Jsh 24:14. Ps 51:6. *Ps 145:18. Pr 15:8. Is 48:1. +*Je 10:2. +*Ezk 33:31. Zc 8:8. Ml 3:3.

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Daily Bible Nugget #376, Matthew 9:2

The Nugget:

Matthew 9:2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.

My Comment:

My attention was directed to Matthew 9:2 this morning when I listened to Pastor W. L. Wade of Danville, Virginia bring a message on the theme of cheer. Pastor Wade spoke of (1) The Cheer of Jesus’ Pardon, Matthew 9:2, noting that this forgiveness was granted before His death on the cross. (2) The might of this word cheer in dealing with the leprosy of sin. (3) The merit of cheer. Every sin must be punished. (4) The mercy of the compassionate Christ. Christ provided not only physical healing, but spiritual healing as well. (5) The majesty of His cheer, as He uttered pardon. He reached their hearts. Pastor Wade, if he should see this, might be ready to tear his hair out at my unskilled note taking, but what I have given is just a tiny bit of what he covered in what must have been about a seven minute message in a 15 minute time slot with a musical piece or hymn played at the beginning of the program. Pastor Wade packs more Gospel truth and Bible instruction and encouragement in seven minutes than most radio speakers I’ve heard can manage in half an hour or more. He does not waste words. He brings words of comfort, challenge, and instruction. I listen to him, as far as my schedule permits, each Friday at either 9:45 am or 9:45 pm on Foundations Bible College radio of Dunn, North Carolina at www.fbcradio.org which provides several different options for listening, your choice dependent upon the kind of Internet connection you have. The choices are given in the right-hand upper corner of the page, and also spelled out in more detail if you click on the “Listen” option provided. I highly recommend you listen to his teaching every Friday. The music on this Christian station features solid Christian hymns throughout the day, which are delight to listen to.

On Sunday morning Pastor Wade’s program airs on a secular music station in Danville, Virginia at 8:30 am each Sunday morning, Eastern time, in the United States at this link: WBTM or when that link does not work, at WBTM.

If you happen to live in the Danville, Virginia area (my wife and I have often said to each other that we wish we did!), visit his church, the Lighthouse Bible Church, for absolutely sound, uplifting, Bible teaching.

Notice that in Matthew 9:2 we read that Jesus forgave sin, even before He died on the cross for us all. We learn from the Gospel account in Mark that certain of the scribes sitting there when Jesus said this were reasoning in their hearts, “Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?” (Mark 2:7).

Jesus knew what they were thinking without them ever telling Him (Mark 2:8).

The scribes were certainly correct: only God can forgive sin.

The scribes also believed that only God can heal by a miracle of healing.

Jesus confronted them directly, asking “Which is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee, or Take up thy bed and walk?” Then Jesus told the paralyzed man before him, “Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house” (Mark 2:11).

The paralyzed man got up right then and did just that.

This ought to have been enough evidence right there that Jesus was no mere man, though of course He was a man, but that He was also God. But, given the premises believed by the scribes, Jesus surely provided the proof required to establish His claim that He had the power or authority on earth to forgive sins (Mark 2:10).

And if Jesus has the power to forgive sins–Who does that make Him to be, seeing only God has that power by the scribes’ own testimony?

Are you sure that your sins are forgiven? Only Jesus Christ can forgive sins. For Him to do that, you must place your faith in Him as both Lord and Saviour, and hear His word, and believe on Him that sent Jesus to us (John 5:24).

I have never heard that any other religious leader, say like Mohammed, makes any claim to have the authority to forgive sin. Jesus Christ has that authority. He did not delegate that authority to anyone else, contrary to the claims of the Roman Catholic Church, its Pope, and its priests. They forgot to study their Greek Grammar carefully, and they are therefore absolutely wrong in their understanding of what our Lord Jesus Christ taught. You cannot properly interpret the doctrine of the New Testament until you understand the grammar which lies behind it.

Pastor Wade motivated me to take another look at the cross references given for Matthew 9:2. As a result, I expanded them, and placed them more accurately to correspond to the keywords of the verse. I share the results of this afternoon’s study with all of you immediately below.

Matthew 9:2. they brought. +Mt 4:24. 8:16. Mk 1:32. 2:1-3. Lk 5:18, 19. Ac 5:15, 16. 19:12. sick. +Mt 4:24. of the palsy. a paralytic. Mt 8:6. on a bed. Mk 2:4. 6:55. Lk 5:18. seeing their faith. ver. 22, 29. Mt 8:10, +Mt 8:13. 15:28. +**Mt 17:20. Mk 2:4, 5. 9:23. 10:52. Lk 5:19, 20. 7:9, 50. 17:19. 18:42. +*Jn 2:25. Ac 3:16. 14:9. *James 1:6, 7. 2:18. 5:15. Son. ver. Mt 9:22. Ru 2:8. 1 S 3:6. Pr 1:8. 23:15. Mk 5:34. Lk 8:48. +Lk 15:31. Jn 21:5. good cheer. Gr. tharseō [(S#2293g), to have courage (Strong): Rendered (1) be of good cheer: Mt 9:2; 14:27; Mk 6:50; Jn 16:33; Ac 23:11. (2) be of good comfort: Mt 9:22; Mk 10:49; Lk 8:48]. ver. 22. Mt 14:27. Ge 43:29. Ec 9:7. *Is 40:1, 2. Lk 5:20. 7:47-50. +Jn 16:33. Ac 23:11. *Ro 5:11. thy sins. Is 6:7. +*Mk 2:5. +Lk 7:48. Jn 5:14. Ro 4:7. *James 5:15. be forgiven thee. Note: Rather, “thy sins are forgiven thee;” the words being an affirmation, not a prayer or wish. The word be, however, was used by our translators in the indicative plural for are. As the palsy is frequently produced by intemperance, it is probable, from our Lord’s gracious declaration, that it was the case in the present instance. Ps 25:18. **Ps 32:1, 2. +*Ps 103:3. Is 44:22. Je 31:33, 34. Mk 2:7-12. Lk 5:20. 7:47-50. Ac 5:31. 13:38, 39. Ro 4:6-8. Ep 1:7. Col 1:12-14. +*Col 2:13. 3:13. *James 5:15.

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Daily Bible Nugget #375, Hebrews 5:7

The Nugget:

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; (KJV)

Heb 5:7 During his earthly life Christ offered both requests and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death and he was heard because of his devotion. (NET Bible)

Heb 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, having sent up prayers and requests with strong crying and weeping to him who was able to give him salvation from death, had his prayer answered because of his fear of God. (BBE, Bible in Basic English)

My Comment:

I have just had occasion to take a closer look at Hebrews 5:7 and several other “proof texts” used by sincere but mistaken Muslims who argue that Jesus did not die on the cross, did not die in a grave [?], and did not die for our sins.

The Muslim speaker/writer is no doubt not a native speaker of English, but his assertions are, nevertheless, clear:

Jesus did not died on the cross read hebrew 5:7 and jesus did not died on the grave read matt 12:39-40 . The bible says that no one can die for ur sin read jer 31:30 and deut 24:16 . Believing that jesus died for sins is a sin read deut 21:22:23.

To this comment, I replied:

I must gently reply that your understanding of what the Bible teaches is totally mistaken. Did Jesus die for our sins? Most certainly He did. Try to understand 2 Corinthians 5:15, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” Jeremiah 31:30 hardly pertains to the subject, for it simply teaches that we are each accountable for our own iniquity, and shall die for our own sins, much as is stated in Ezekiel 18:4. Jesus Himself told the religious leaders of His day, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24). Visit my little site at Real Bible Study, www.realbiblestudy.com, to learn how to properly study the Bible and get answers to any Bible questions you may have.

To this, the Muslim writer answered:

Smith you are wrong.

If you claim that Jesus died for your sin you are contradicting the Bible.

I replied,

Carefully consider what the Bible itself says in Philippians 2:8, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Therefore, the Bible clearly affirms that Jesus died on the cross. To arrive at truth, you must consider all the evidence, not simply “cherry pick” a verse or two out of context when other statements in the Bible, duly considered, refute your claim.

The reply:

Who wrote phillip

Paul the founder of christians speaks that jesus the seed of david whom he preach of his own not by God 2timothy 2:8. Says that jesus died lies. Jesus make it clear that he did not die just has jonah matt 12:40

I responded,

Faruq Kolodi, once again I believe you are mistaken in your understanding of the Bible. Paul preached the very central truth of Christianity and the Bible when he emphasized at 2 Timothy 2:8, “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” The emphasis upon “my gospel” stresses that Paul preached what he had been given directly and personally by the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ who personally confronted Paul on the Damascus Road (see Acts chapter 9), in contrast to the false gospel being propagated by the Judaizers prevalent in Paul’s day, against whom he wrote the book of Galatians. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the central fact of the Bible. The New Testament is the collection of 27 primary source documents that testify to the historicity of Jesus Christ, and contain all that has been preserved to our time of what Jesus both said and did. That Jesus Christ is of the seed of David is central to the truth of the Gospel of Christ because Jesus came in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant given in 2 Samuel 7:10-17. To suggest that Jesus did not die on the cross is nonsense. The historical primary source documents contemporary to the event itself say otherwise. You cannot just arbitrarily dream up silly affirmations to the contrary when all documentary evidence from eye-witnesses who saw it happen affirm that Jesus Christ died on the cross, and affirm that he arose from the dead, and was seen for forty days after His resurrection by over five hundred known witnesses at that time. What Paul wrote in his letters is called Scripture by the Apostle Peter (2 Peter 3:16). Paul defined the Gospel when he wrote, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (2) By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I have preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he arose again the third day according to the Scriptures: (5) And that he was seen of Cephas [Peter], then of the twelve: (6) After that he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:1-6). The Lord Jesus Christ Himself said of Paul, “But the Lord said unto him [Ananias], Go thy way: for he [Saul, also known as Paul] is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). There is no basis in historic fact to diminish or discount the testimony of Paul or his writings! The conversion of Paul to Christianity considered alone is remarkable evidence enough to establish the truth of Christianity itself.

It is hard in a Facebook conversation to adequately communicate the truth to a non-native speaker of English, but I pray some of what I said is understandable to him and others who read the discussion.

As for Hebrews 5:7, it does not deny that Jesus died for our sin. The Bible in Basic English best conveys the truth of this verse when it reads “…having sent up prayers and requests with strong crying and weeping to him who was able to give him salvation from death,” meaning, that God to whom Jesus prayed was able to give him salvation or deliverance from death–of course by means of bodily resurrection, for it is most certain that Jesus died on the cross (Luke 23:46; Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:37; John 19:30, 33).

Take a closer look at Matthew 12:39, 40, which the Muslim participant cites as proof Jesus did not die in the grave:

Mat 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
Mat 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

I think the Muslim poster is saying that Jonah did not die in the whale or great fish; therefore, Jesus did not die in the grave.

Of course, Jesus died on the cross, as confirmed by the four separate eye-witness testimonies I just quoted immediately above. So we know Jesus did die a painful physical death on the cross.

Most Christian readers of the Bible may not be aware that the book of Jonah asserts that Jonah actually died in the great fish and was resuscitated at the point God had the great fish spit out Jonah, undigested, upon the shore. This is seen from Jonah 2:2, where Jonah is stated to have prayed “out of the belly of hell,” where “hell” is in Hebrew “Sheol,” which has reference not to the grave, as suggested by the KJV marginal reading, but the region of the dead, where the dead are indeed represented as being conscious, as Jonah had to be in order to be praying there. In Scripture, bodies are placed in graves, spirits go to Sheol, with the exception of perhaps two passages which are highly elevated Hebrew poetry (Ezekiel 32:27 and Amos 9:2, where see my notes in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge).

Another significant verse used in argument against the truth that Jesus died for our sins used by the Muslim poster is Jeremiah 31:30,

Jer 31:30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

The cross-reference given for the expression “every one shall die for his own iniquity” clearly explains what is meant here:

2Ki 14:6 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

The glorious fact of the Gospel is that Jesus had no sin, so he surely was qualified to be our Saviour. He did not die for His own sin, because He had none. But He did die for our sin, and if we place our faith in what He did for us on the Cross, we can have the benefit of His sacrifice for us applied to ourselves that we might be saved.

The Muslim poster also cites Deuteronomy 24:16,

Deu 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

This passage of Scripture was cited by Jeremiah, so I need not repeat the explanation given there.

Lastly, the Muslim poster makes reference to Deuteronomy 21:22, 23,

Deu 21:22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:
Deu 21:23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

This passage bears upon the issue that the Jews in the days of Jesus considered death on the cross a great curse, and since that is how Jesus was killed, Jesus could hardly be the Messiah. This constitutes what Paul speaks of as the “offense of the cross” (see 1 Corinthians 1:23).

This text in Deuteronomy has no connection with, and can lend no support to the mistaken notion that our Lord Jesus Christ could not die for our sins on the Cross. The historical evidence is perfectly plain that He did, to our everlasting benefit, in fulfillment of Bible prophecy about how the Messiah must first suffer before He can enter into His glory (Luke 24:26; 1 Peter 1:11).

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Daily Bible Nugget #374, 2 Timothy 2:2

The Nugget:

2Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

My Comment

If all Bible-believing Christians would follow the directive given in 2 Timothy 2:2 this world, this nation, and each city, town, village, hamlet, and community would be a far different place than we see now.

The Bible text in 2 Timothy 2:2 does not relieve women of responsibility to get the Gospel out. Acts 18:26 shows most plainly that Priscilla had an important part in bringing needed correction to Apollos.

The ONLY solution to all the nonsense of violence in our major cities, even Detroit, is to get the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ out to the individuals who engage in this behavior.

Soul winning (Proverbs 11:30; Daniel 12:3) and discipleship ministry (2 Timothy 2:2) is the only way to get the Gospel out effectively. It has to be done one on one, persistently, consistently, with follow-up evangelism (Hebrews 3:12, 13).

It MUST be a Bible-centered effort, not a denominational outreach. It must lead to spiritual fruit in lives of people who then go out and reach others–their sons and daughters, brothers, nephews and nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles, friends, acquaintances, boy friends, girl friends, classmates, neighbors, and everyone else.

Soul winning and evangelism does not take place in church. True Christians who are solidly grounded in the Bible (Colossians 1:23; 2:7) must engage in reaching out to the lost.

Do you know how to help another person to find Christ as their Savior, how to help another person enter a personal and continuing, growing, personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ? If you don’t, then you have some growing to do! You can learn all about these things by carefully reading and re-reading the New Testament for yourself.

You will likely discover that when others see Christ in and through you, and discern that you are a knowledgeable, Biblically literate Christian, both saved and unsaved people will come to you with their questions. When that happens, they have given you permission to answer their questions (or they would not be asking you), so that becomes an opportunity to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with them. That is one way people can be reached for Christ.

When people are truly reached for Christ, they will no longer engage in the kind of negative behaviors that make the news almost every day.

Once a person comes to genuinely know Christ as personal Savior, it is important that each person be taught how to grow spiritually by reading and studying the Bible for themselves. They need to be taught to pray. They need to be taught to witness to others about faith in Christ. They need to be encouraged to fellowship with others who truly believe in Christ.

Home Bible study groups are also an effective means of spiritual nurture (1 Corinthians 16:15, 19). Fellowship cannot take place in groups larger than about ten people. When a group naturally grows larger, train leaders in the group to start additional groups that meet weekly in their homes or other suitable locations.

Just doing church with one central gifted pastor in the lead won’t cut it. We are using the wrong model when we think the pastor must do all the teaching and do all or most of the soul winning. No wonder the churches are stifled and powerless. We all have a job to do when it comes to reaching others with the Gospel so lives can be changed.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 1410 for 2 Timothy 2:2.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1431 or in Logos 5 or 6 Bible software for 2 Timothy 2:2.

(3) Consult the cross references given in the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 154 of the NT or on line at www.blueletterbible.org for 2 Timothy 2:2.

2 Timothy 2:2. the things. *2 Tim 1:13. *2 Tim 3:10, 14. *1 Tim 6:20. 2 P 1:15. among. or, by. or, in the midst of. many witnesses. Gr. martus (S#3144g, Mt 18:16). +*Ps 107:2. %Ac 6:13. 7:58. 22:20. 1 Tim 4:14. *1 Tim 6:12. Re 2:13. 11:3. 17:6. the same. See on 2 Tim 1:14. 1 Tim 1:18. *1 Tim 5:22. Titus 1:9. He 13:9. +*Jude 1:3n. commit. +**Ex 18:21. *Ezr 7:25. 1 Ch 15:16. **Pr 11:30. *Mt 28:19mg, Mt 28:20. Jn 15:16. 20:21. Ac 13:2, 3. 14:23. 1 Th 2:4. 1 Tim 1:11. faithful. *Nu 12:7. 16:5. *1 S 2:35. 2 K 22:7. *Ne 7:2. Ps 101:6. Pr 13:17. +*Je 23:28n. Ezk 44:15. +**Mt 24:45. +*Lk 12:42. **Lk 16:10-12. ++*Ac 6:3. 13:2. *+1 Cor 4:2, 17. *Col 1:7. 4:17. 1 Tim 1:12. He 2:17. 3:2, 3. *Re 2:10-13. who. or, such as. ver. 2 Tim 2:24, 25. *Ezr 7:10, 25. Ml 2:7. +*Mt 13:52. 1 Tim 3:2-9. *1 Tim 4:6. *Titus 1:5-9. able. or, competent. Gr. hikanos [(S#2425g), competent (as if coming in season), that is, ample (in amount) or fit (in character): Rendered: (1) many: Lk 7:11. 8:32. 23:9. Ac 9:23, 43. 12:12. 14:21. 19:19. 20:8. 27:7. 1 C 11:30. (2) much: Lk 7:12. Ac 5:37. 11:24, 26. 19:26. 27:9. (3) worthy: Mt 3:11. 8:8. Mk 1:7. Lk 3:16. 7:6. (4) long: Lk 8:27. 20:9. Ac 8:11. 14:3. (5) sufficient: 2 Cor 2:6, 16. 3:5. (6) large: Mt 28:12. (7) great number of: Mk 10:46. (8) to content (with S#4160): Mk 15:15. (9) enough: Lk 22:38. (10) a long season: Lk 23:8. (11) security: Ac 17:9. (12) good: Ac 18:18. (13) long while: Ac 20:11. (14) sore: Ac 20:37. (15) great: Ac 22:6. (16) meet: 1 Cor 15:9. (17) able: 2 Tim 2:2]. Nu 4:23. 8:24. 2 Cor 2:16 (sufficient). to teach. Pr 15:7. +*Ro 12:7. others. Gr. heteros (S#2087g, Mt 11:3). No reference to bishops and ecclesiastical organizations. All these have failed (CB). Le 14:42. 21:24. Ps 78:5, 6, 7.

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