Daily Bible Nugget #232, Deuteronomy 11:18

The Nugget:

Deuteronomy 11:18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be laid up in the heart. Once again God tells us in His written Word in the Bible that we should lay up His words in our heart and in our soul. It looks to me that He even suggested that His words be written down in a portable format so they could be taken with them wherever they went so they could be talked about. In our day we have pocket Bibles and pocket New Testaments. We even have them available in portable electronic devices for ready reference. Just taking these words with us in some type of physical or digital format does not lay up these words in our heart and in our soul. To lay up God’s Word in our heart we must read it for ourselves. Some of the most significant and instructive verses we should consider committing to memory. The Psalmist said he hid God’s Word in his heart so he would not sin against God (Psalm 119:11). God’s Word does provide a mighty sword (Ephesians 6:17). God’s Word is the source of faith (Romans 10:17). Faith is listed among the armor we are to use in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:16). If you have not been putting on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10, 11) you are inviting spiritual defeat. Get into the Bible by reading it regularly. Memorize passages that are most helpful to you. If we all did these things and shared these ideas with others to have them follow our good example, the world, at least our world, would be a better place. Jesus once said something like “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17).

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 191 for Deuteronomy 11:18.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 209 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Deuteronomy 11:18.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Deuteronomy 11:18. ye lay up. See on +*Dt 6:6-9. +*Dt 17:19. 32:46. Ex 13:9, 16. Nu 15:39. +*Jsh 1:8. **Ps 119:11, 30, 129-131. *Pr 3:1. 6:20-23. *Pr 7:2, 3. Ac 8:28. *Col 3:16. *He 2:1. 2 P 1:12. 3:1, 2. these my words. +**Jn 5:39n. in your heart. +*Ps 37:31. soul. Heb. nephesh, +Ge 34:3. bind them. Pr 3:3. a sign. *Mt 23:5. as frontlets. Dt 6:8. between your eyes. Re 13:16.

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Daily Bible Nugget #231, Deuteronomy 6:6

The Nugget:

Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be laid up in the heart. This could mean just read them enough so that you can recall what the Bible says. But I think that laying up Scripture in the heart means to memorize some of the key verses in the Bible. Scripture memory takes diligence and patience. For most people I would think that memorizing Scripture would take some planning. It would require a method of systematic review in order to learn the verse well enough to plant it in your long-term or permanent memory. Years ago I placed the verses I wanted to learn by heart on 3 by 5 inch file cards. I wrote the verse on the lined side of the card. I wrote the “address,” the Bible book name, chapter and verse number, on the short end of the plain side of the index card. I worked hard to learn both the words and the reference information or “address” with each verse. After I learned a verse, I reviewed it each day for a week. If I found I had learned it well enough, I placed it in the group of verses to review once a week while I continued learning other new verses. If, when I reviewed a verse in the once-a-week review set, if I could not remember it perfectly, I put that card back into the daily review set of cards. I have placed a whole set selected from the verses I chose to memorize on this site as Daily Bible Nuggets at the beginning of the series. They are from the list of verses I shared with my high school Sunday school class. It is helpful to our spiritual walk to be able to meditate upon and receive encouragement from verses we have learned by heart. Knowing verses by heart makes it easier to share God’s word with others even when we are not near a Bible.

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 186 for Deuteronomy 6:6.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 204 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Deuteronomy 6:6.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Deuteronomy 6:6. And these words. +*Dt 17:19. 31:12. +*Jsh 1:8. *2 Ch 17:9. **Ps 19:7. Ac 8:28. which I command thee. Dt 5:10. 11:13. Nu 15:39. Jsh 22:5. Ps 103:18. shall be in thine heart. +*Le 11:3. Dt 11:18. 17:19. 32:46. Nu 15:39. 1 K 8:48. *Jb 22:22. Ps 37:31. 40:8. +*Ps 119:11, 97, 98. Pr 2:10, 11. 3:1-3, 5, 21. 4:4. 7:3. Is 51:7. Je 31:33. Lk 2:51. 8:15. Jn 5:38. 15:7. 2 Cor 3:3. Col 3:16. 2 J 1:2.

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Daily Bible Nugget #230, Acts 17:11

The Nugget:

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be searched daily. The Scriptures should be searched daily by everyone. In the previous two Daily Nuggets I shared a total of 22 benefits of searching the Scriptures. In yesterday’s post I shared just how to use cross references. There are many different ways to incorporate cross reference Bible study into your Bible reading. I like the idea of taking note of a verse that I encounter in my Bible reading any given day. I then make use of the cross references for that verse and look them up one at a time. I find it “sinks in” better for me if I use actual printed Bibles, a larger one to read from, and a smaller one to turn to the passages given by the cross references. That is a slower process than just hovering a mouse pointer over the reference in a Bible software program like the free e-Sword Bible software available from www.e-sword.net which contains the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or the Logos 5 software which has both the original Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and my expanded and corrected edition of that work called The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, but the Logos software program is not free. Another possibility is to read one chapter of the book of Proverbs each day, reading the chapter that corresponds to that day’s date. Today as I write this is April 17, 2014, so the chapter to read would be Proverbs chapter 17, for example. Then select one of the verses that most interests you and look up the references for that verse. I followed this process through until I had looked up all the cross references given in the book of Proverbs. I always knew where I left off because I marked the cross references by underlining them carefully with a fine point Parker ball point pen. I double-underlined those verses that were especially clear or critically important to understand the subject of the verse or word or phrase or clause. I always arrived at school early, so before the school day began I usually had time enough to look up the cross references for one verse. Yet another idea is to spend some time studying Psalm 119. That is the longest chapter in the Bible. It contains 176 verses. If you read one verse from Psalm 119 each day in succession, you would go through the chapter two times in a year. If you looked up the cross references for that verse each day you would find that to be a delightful continuing study of the Bible. I went through Psalm 119 myself quite recently, spending two months just on that chapter, studying the cross references and finding additional cross references. Few people could do that, unless you are now retired like me. It is also delightful to go off on a “rabbit trail” as you study verses and subjects of interest to you in the Bible. Just start with the references at a verse that interests you. You will no doubt encounter other verses that are most interesting. Look up the cross references for them too. Doing such studies as these will surprise you just how other passages explain the verse you started from. However you manage to do it, seek out time when you can search the Scriptures daily, whatever Bible study method or whatever Bible study tools you choose to utilize.

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 1250 for Acts 17:11.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on pages 1270-1271 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Acts 17:11.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Acts 17:11. more noble. or, well-born. Gr. eugenēs (S#2104g). High in rank, hence they were more courteous (CB). T#1099. *Ac 13:7. Ge 34:19. 1 Ch 4:9. *Pr 1:5. 9:9. Je 2:21. Lk 19:12g. Jn 1:46-49. 1 Cor 1:26g. Thessalonica. ver. +Ac 17:1. 1 Th 1:1. 2 Tim 4:10. they received. *Ac 2:41. 8:14. 10:33. 11:1. Ne 8:3. +*Jb 23:12. *Pr 2:1-5. **Pr 4:7, 20-22. 8:10. Ec 5:1. SongS 8:2. Je 6:16. *Mt 13:11, 23. Mk 4:8. Lk 10:38, 39. 2 Cor 8:5. 1 Th 1:6. **1 Th 2:13. *2 Th 2:10. **James 1:21. **1 P 2:2. the word. Gr. logos, Mk 9:32n. +Ac 8:4. 10:36. *Lk 16:29. readiness of mind. Ac 10:33. %Ac 14:2. 16:14. %+*1 S 25:17. **Ps 25:9. Mk 12:37. *S#4288g: Ac 17:11. 2 Cor 8:11, 12 (willing mind), 2 Cor 8:19 (ready mind). 2 Cor 9:2 (forwardness). This word is used in the New Testament (1) of a ready desire to hear God’s word, and (2) of a ready desire to give to God’s work (Thomas Walker). and searched. or, examined. Gr. anakrinō, *S#350g. Rendered (1) examine: Ac 4:9. 12:19. 24:8. 28:18. Lk 23:14. 1 Cor 9:3. (2) judge: 1 Cor 2:15, 15. 4:3, 3, 4. 14:24. (3) ask question: 1 Cor 10:25, 27. (4) search: Ac 17:11. (5) discern: **1 Cor 2:14. Thayer defines this word “By looking through a series (ana) of objects or particulars to distinguish (krino) or search after. Hence, to investigate, examine, inquire into, scrutinize, sift, question” (Lexicon, p. 39). Compare “search” at Jn 5:39, the same English but a different Greek word (*S#2045g). T#1069. Le 11:3. 1 Ch 28:8. **Ps 1:2, 3. 119:18, 97-100, *Ps 119:148. Pr 2:2. +*Pr 8:9. *Pr 15:14. +**Is 8:20n. *Is 34:16. *Lk 16:29. *Lk 24:44. *Jn 3:21. +**Jn 5:39n, 40. 1 Cor 2:14g. 1 Tim 4:13. +**2 Tim 3:15-16. *1 P 1:10-12. +*2 P 1:19-21. *1 J 4:5, 6. the scriptures. ver. Ac 17:2. Ac 8:28. 26:22, 23. *Ps 119:105. *Ps 138:2. +*Je 15:16. +*Je 23:18, 22, 28, 29. +Mt 21:42. +*Mk 12:24. +*Ro 15:4. 2 Tim 2:15. daily. Ac 16:5. Ex 16:4. *Dt 17:18-20. +*Jsh 1:8. 2 Ch 8:14. Ezr 3:4. *Ne 8:18. +*Ps 1:2. Pr 8:34. Lk 11:3. +*Lk 21:36. +**Col 1:10. +*He 3:13. *He 11:6. *1 P 2:2. *2 P 3:18. whether. or, if. FS184D1, +Lk 22:67. A. T. Robertson notes that the Bereans “were eagerly interested in the new message of Paul and Silas but they wanted to see it for themselves. What a noble attitude. Paul’s preaching made Bible students of them. The duty of private interpretation is thus made plain (Hovey)” (Word Pictures, vol. 3, p. 275). T#1059, T#1121. Ac 8:31n. Dt 13:3. +**Pr 14:15. 15:14. *Pr 18:1n, +*Pr 18:17. +**Is 8:20n. Ezk 14:10n. +*Da 11:30. Ho 6:3. +*Mk 4:24. +*Lk 8:18. Jn 4:42. 7:17. **Ro 14:12. 1 Cor 10:15. +*1 Cor 14:29. *2 Cor 4:2. +*Ga 1:8n, 9. **1 Th 5:21. 1 Tim 4:1. James 1:19. *2 P 3:16, 17. **1 J 4:1.

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Daily Bible Nugget #229, John 7:52

The Nugget:

John 7:52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

My Comment

The Scriptures should be searched. I think John had a subtle sense of humor here. He reports that the Pharisees and perhaps the Sadducees told Nicodemus that he ought to search the Scriptures. If he were to do so, he would learn that no prophet arises from Galilee in Bible prophecy.

Just before this these Jewish leaders asked the question, “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? But this people who know not the law are cursed.”

Sometimes when we criticize others we reveal our own flaws. Like the familiar childhood playground taunt, “It takes one to know one,” the faults we find in others may reveal our own because we may be unconsciously sensitive to those particular issues.

Someone in this account raised the question earlier, “Shall Christ come out of Galilee?” (John 7:41). Had they known their own Scriptures they would have known that Christ was indeed predicted to come out of Galilee (Isaiah 9:1, 2).

The whole account is filled with irony, for the Jewish leaders, critical of Nicodemus, did not know that several of their great Old Testament prophets did arise from Galilee. Nothing like sticking your foot in your mouth!

It really doesn’t hurt to search the Scriptures. Searching the Scriptures will do you much good. We should search the Scriptures to (1) avoid sticking foot in mouth, John 7:52; (2) become better informed about Bible prophecy; (3) equip ourselves to more adequately defend the truth, Jude 1:3; (4) become more accurately informed about Bible doctrine; (5) receive guidance for daily living, Psalm 32:8; (6) discern the times, 1 Chronicles 12:32; (7) equip ourselves to comfort others, 2 Corinthians 1:4; (8) know where to turn in Scripture to find the comfort it offers, Romans 15:4; (9) be able to share the comfort of the Scriptures with others, Romans 15:4; (10) know the promises of God and how to both find and apply or claim them, (11) be equipped to ground others in the faith, Col 1:23; (12) train others to teach others, 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 2:2.

Now, just what tools are needed to search the Scriptures? I suggest at a minimum a complete concordance like Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to find the precise word you are looking for, and the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible to find verses related to a verse you want to understand more deeply. The Cross Reference Guide can do what no concordance can do–it can help you locate a verse you want to find even when you cannot remember any of the words in the verse. I just had occasion to use it for this very purpose right now to locate the reference given above to 1 Chronicles 12:32.

Usually the way that works is I think of a verse that might be related to the verse I cannot find and follow the cross references at that verse to find the passage I am looking for. But this time I couldn’t even think of a related verse. So, I made use of the Subject Index in the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and found the verse that way.

Do you know how to use cross references? It is not hard to learn how to use them. Shame on pastors and Sunday school teachers for not teaching their congregation or class how to use them! I learned how to use them while baby-sitting a neighbor’s children one evening. I discovered they had several Bibles on the shelf in their living room. One of those Bibles had a center column which contained cross references. I studied them for a time that evening, and learned in a matter of minutes how they worked and how interesting they were. If you have a study Bible that has cross references you can easily do the same. But if you don’t have such a Bible, you can try out the cross references I have posted here every day with each Daily Bible Nugget. Just hover your computer mouse pointer over each reference and the text of that reference will appear for you to read.

Let other people know about this site so they can learn to enjoy Real Bible Study for themselves. There is much valuable free information on this website, and I trust you have appreciated that there are no advertisements here!

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 1180 for John 7:52.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1201 or in Logos 5 Bible software for John 7:52.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

John 7:52. Art thou also. ver. Jn 7:41. Jn 9:34. Ge 19:9. Ex 2:14. 1 K 22:24. Pr 9:7, 8. Mt 12:32. of Galilee. Mt 2:22. 26:69. Mk 3:7. Lk 23:5. 24:19. Ac 2:7. Search. ver. Jn 7:41. Jn 1:46. +**Jn 5:39. **Is 9:1, 2. Mt 4:15, 16. 1 P 1:10. and look. FS108A6. Idiom F/S 824: idiomatic usages of verbs. Two imperatives are sometimes united, so that the first expresses a condition or limitation in regard to the second; by which the latter becomes a future. Here, “search and thou wilt see.” For other instances of this idiom see 1 C 15:34. 1 T 6:12. If they had looked, they would have found that Jonah and Hosea arose out of Galilee, and perhaps Elijah, Elisha, and Amos (CB). See Isaiah 9:2 where the Messiah as the great light arises in all likelihood out of Galilee (Is 9:1). for out of. 1 K 17:1. %2 K 14:25n with Jsh 19:13. Am 1:1. Mic 1:1n. Ac 3:17. ariseth. Mt 11:11. Lk 7:16. Ac 13:22.

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Daily Bible Nugget #228, John 5:39

The Nugget:

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. (KJV)

John 5:39 You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about me, (NET Bible)

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be searched. Now why would anyone ever need to search the Scriptures? Isn’t it good enough to just read them? Shouldn’t we expect pastors and clergy to do the searching for us? If you are so fortunate to be under the care of a pastor who actually preaches, or better teaches, from the Bible, you may be lulled into a false sense of security that you are fed enough spiritual food on Sunday to last the whole week without any further effort on your part. But I believe you will enjoy better spiritual health if you are in touch with the message of the Bible more than just on Sunday in a worship service. We all need to grow spiritually. Spiritual growth may be reduced if we stay on a starvation diet! We should search the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11) to (1) feed ourselves spiritually, 1 Peter 2:2; (2) promote spiritual growth, 2 Peter 3:18; (3) become workmen that need not be ashamed, 2 Timothy 2:15; (4) enjoy close communion or fellowship with God, Psalm 1:2; (5) become more proficient in the Scriptures in order to handle or interpret them correctly, 2 Timothy 2:15; (6) become an instrument in God’s hand to reach others for Him, Acts 18:24, 26, 27, 28; (7) have an answer to the questions others may ask, 1 Peter 3:15; (8) teach our own children the way of the Lord, Psalm 78:5, 6, 7, 8; (9) test the truth of what is taught to avoid false doctrine, 1 John 4:1; (10) find Christ in all the Scriptures, Luke 24:27. Each of these ten points could be greatly expanded and supported by more Scripture by searching out the cross references given for each of the verses I referenced. More points could be added–these ten came just now spontaneously and in no particular order off the top of my head. I would particularly call attention to number 8 with its reference to Psalm 78:5-8. The verses show both how and why we should teach children and young people the Bible in the home. In short, it will keep your children on the right path. Read those verses carefully and you will see they state a cause/effect relationship which is very evident even in our own day.

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 pages 1173-1174 for John 5:39.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on pages 1194-1195 or in Logos 5 Bible software for John 5:39.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

John 5:39. Search. *S#2045g. Jn 5:39. *Jn 7:52. Ro 8:27. 1 Cor 2:10. 1 P 1:11. Re 2:23. The Greek form for “search” may be indicative, a statement of fact, and so rendered “Ye search,” as in many modern translations, or it may be imperative, a command, as in the A.V., “Search.” Robertson thinks the following words, “ye think,” which are indicative, favor taking the verb as indicative, not imperative. Alford favors taking the verb as an imperative, because of the preceding context, and its initial position in the sentence. The Companion Bible notes that “the indicative never commences a sentence without the pronoun or some other word, while the imperative is so used.” For the same Greek construction see Jn 7:52, “Search, and look…”; Jn 14:11, “Believe me…”; Jn 15:20, “Remember the word…” This Greek word for “search” occurs in the Septuagint (LXX), the Greek translation of the Old Testament, in the following places: Ge 31:33, 35, 37. 44:12. Dt 13:14. Jg 6:29. 2 S 10:3. 1 K 20:6. 2 K 10:23. Pr 20:27. Je 27 (50):26. Jl 1:7. The word is defined “to seek out, trace; used of a lion who ‘scours the plains and traces the footsteps of the man who had robbed him,’ Homer, Iliad, xviii. 321; used of dogs tracing their game by the foot, Homer, Odyssey, xix. 436. Hence, to track, trace, investigate” (Bullinger, Critical Lexicon and Concordance, p. 672). The imperative should be adopted here; the Jews did not search, but merely read the Scriptures, as so many Christians today. Had they searched diligently, and believed, they would have accepted the claims of Jesus. Lessening the force of Christ’s statement by taking it as an indicative rather than imperative seems to detract from the Bible’s teaching regarding itself, that we are to search the scriptures, not merely read them. Some modern translations appear to weaken the force of a number of texts which contain the Bible’s teaching about itself at several critical points, particularly here, John 8:31, and 2 Tim 3:16. T#1068. ver. *Jn 5:46. Jn 7:52. Dt 11:18-20. *Dt 17:18, 19. *Dt 32:46, 47. +*Jsh 1:8. *Ps 1:2. +*Ps 119:11, *Ps 119:45, 97-99. Pr 6:23. 8:33, 34. +**Is 8:20n. 29:18. *Is 34:16. *Je 8:9. *Mt 22:29. Mk 12:10. **Lk 16:27-29, 31. Ac 8:32-35. +**Ac 17:11, 12. Ro 2:17, 18. 3:2. *Col 3:16. 1 Tim 4:13. **2 Tim 3:14-17. +**1 P 1:11. **2 P 1:19-21. 3:1, 2. Re 1:3. De Burgh notes that the following cross references suit the Indicative rendering, Ye search: ver. 45-47. Ezk 33:30-32. Mt 23:29-31. Ac 13:27. the scriptures. Dt 31:12. +*2 Ch 17:9. *Ps 19:7. Ec 12:12. +**Is 8:20n. Je 6:16. Ml 4:4. Mt 2:4-6. +Mt 21:42. +*Mk 12:24. Lk 24:25-27. +**2 Tim 3:15-17. for. FS71, +Jn 1:24. Here we have in two verses a double Epicrisis, the first approving, and the second condemning, but both adding a solemn truth, independent of the statement that goes before. (A) Search the Scriptures, (B) For in them ye think ye have eternal life. (A) And they are they which testify of me: (B) And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. In the first and third members (A and A), we have the Scriptures; while in the second and fourth (B and B, the Epicrisis), we have the action and conduct of those who possessed them. in them. 1 Cor 15:2. **1 Th 2:13. **2 Tim 3:15. *James 1:18. *1 P 1:23. ye think. Gr. dokeō, S#1380g, Mt 3:9. Robertson cites Bernard who believes this word in John “always indicates a mistaken opinion (Jn 5:45. 11:13, 31. 13:29. 16:20. 20:15)” (Word Pictures, vol. 5, p. 92). The analogy of scripture, however, flatly contradicts this position, and forbids taking this as the meaning here, however correct it may be for the other passages cited, for scripture elsewhere teaches that we are born again through the instrumentality of the written word of God (**2 Tim 3:15. James 1:18. 1 P 1:23). The Pharisees rightly believed that “in them” they had eternal life, but as Jesus elsewhere states, they knew not the scriptures nor the power of God (Mk 12:24), made them void by their traditions (Mk 7:7-9), and failed to believe them (Jn 5:46. Lk 16:31). Dt 32:47. *Ps 16:11. 21:4. 36:9. 133:3. +*Da 12:2. Mt 19:16-20. *Lk 10:25-29. Ac 15:28g. 1 Cor 4:9g. **+1 Cor 7:40g,n. He 11:16, 35. ye have. ver. **Jn 5:24. Jn 3:36. +Jn 4:14. **1 J 5:13. eternal. Gr. aionios, +Mt 18:8. Mk 10:17. Ro 6:23. Titus 1:2. 1 J 2:25. they are they. Mk 9:4. 10:3. which testify of me. T#1020. ver. John 5:32, 36. *Jn 1:45. +*Jn 12:41. *Dt 18:15-18. **Ps 40:7. *Song of S 2:9. 8:2. Lk 4:21. See on +**Lk 24:27n, 44. Ac 3:22. *Ac 8:28, 30. 10:43. 18:28. 24:14. *Ac 26:22, 23, 27. *Ro 1:2. 1 Cor 15:3. He 3:5. **1 P 1:10, +**1 P 1:11. 1 J 4:14. 5:9. *Re 19:10.

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Daily Bible Nugget #227, James 1:21

The Nugget:

James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. (KJV)

James 1:21 So strip yourselves of everything impure and all the evils prevailing around you, and in humble spirit welcome the message which when rooted in your hearts is able to save your souls. (Williams)

Jas 1:21 For this reason, putting away all dirty behaviour and the overweight of evil, take into your souls without pride the word which, being planted there, is able to give you salvation. (Bible in Basic English)

James 1:21 Wherefore, putting away all filthiness and overflow of baseness, in meekness, welcome ye the word fitted for inward growth, which is able to save your souls: (Rotherham, Emphasized Bible)

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be received with meekness. We need to learn to respect the absolute authority of the Bible. The basic issues of right and wrong are not determined by majority vote. Morality is not determined by the decisions of the Supreme Court or any other humanly devised legal authority. God has set forth His standard of right and wrong very clearly in the Bible. His standard is above and superior to any civil authority. In order to benefit from the Bible we must read the Bible. But as we read the Bible we must be in a position to really hear what the Bible says. To hear what the Bible says, we must receive its message with meekness, in humility, without pride. With God’s help we must turn from our wicked ways and our wrong opinions. God’s Word declares that we must be teachable, and it associates that with meekness (Psalm 25:9). Without meekness, you cannot learn from Scripture. If you have already made up your mind what you believe, and therefore will not budge on any point, or even some point, no matter what the Bible teaches, you are in real trouble. We must approach the Bible with an open mind, willing to learn something new every time we read it. If we are honest, we will find it necessary to correct our thinking as the Word of God corrects us and we become better informed about what the Bible teaches. The Bible is able to save our souls if we are willing to receive what it says and make its teaching part of our lives and our own belief system.

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 1447 for James 1:21.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1466 or in Logos 5 Bible software for James 1:21.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

James 1:21. lay apart. Aorist tense, middle voice, participle. Thus, lay apart once for all (see JFB). James 4:4, 8. *Jb 11:14. Pr 4:24. Is 2:20. 30:22. Ezk 18:31. Zc 3:4. Mt 22:11. Mk 1:15. +*Ro 1:29. 13:12-14. Ep 4:22, 23, 25. *Col 3:5-10. *He 12:1. 1 P 2:1, 11. filthiness. Gr. rhuparia (S#4507g, only here), dirtiness (morally) [Strong]. James 2:2. *James 4:8. Jb 4:4. Pr 6:12. **Is 64:6. Ezk 36:25. Zc 3:3, 5. *Jn 15:3. **2 Cor 7:1. Ep 5:4. 1 P 3:21. Re 3:4, 18. 7:14. 22:11. and superfluity. or, abundance. Gr. perisseia [(S#4050g, Ro 5:17): Rendered (1) abundance: Ro 5:17. 2 Cor 8:2. (2) abundantly (with S#1519g): 2 Cor 10:15. (3) superfluity: James 1:21]. Ec 7:17. Mt 5:20. *Lk 6:45. Ro 15:13. 2 Cor 8:2. of naughtiness. or, animosity. Gr. kakia [(S#2549g, Ro 1:29), our natural evil disposition towards one another (JFB): Rendered (1) malice: 1 Cor 5:8. 14:20. Ep 4:31. Col 3:8. Titus 3:3. 1 P 2:1. (2) maliciousness: Ro 1:29. 1 P 2:16. (3) evil: Mt 6:34. (4) wickedness: Ac 8:22. (5) naughtiness: James 1:21]. “Naughty” and “naughtiness” had a much more forcible meaning in King James’s day than now (see Pr 6:12. 11:6. 17:4. Je 24:2.) (CB). ver. James 1:13. James 3:8. 4:3. Ge 6:5. Pr 1:16. Mt 5:37. *Mt 23:15. Lk 6:45. +Ro 1:29. 2:24. *Ep 4:31. Col 3:8. Titus 3:3. 1 P 2:1, 16. and receive. Gr. dechomai (S#1209g, Mt 10:14). Aorist tense, middle voice, imperative mood verb. **Pr 19:27. 23:12. Is 58:2. Mt 7:24. **+Mt 10:40. 12:50. *Mt 13:23. Mk 4:20. +*Lk 8:13. 10:8-10. 11:28. 13:21. *Ac 8:14, 31. 11:1. +**Ac 17:11, 12. +**Ro 15:7. 1 Cor 2:14. +*2 Cor 6:1. Ga 4:14. *1 Th 1:6. +**1 Th 2:13. *2 Th 2:10. with meekness. Gr. prautēs (S#4240g: James 3:13. 1 P 3:15), mildness, that is, (by implication) humility (Strong). T#1067. James 3:13. +*Ps 25:9. +*Ps 37:11. 45:4. Is 29:19. 61:1. *Is 66:2. +*Zp 2:3. +*Mt 5:5. 11:28-30. +*Lk 8:15. Ac 8:31. 10:33. 1 Cor 4:21. Ga 5:23. Ep 4:2. Col 3:12. 1 Th 1:5. **1 Th 2:13. 2 Tim 2:25. 1 P 3:4. the engrafted. or, implanted. Gr. emphutos (S#1721g, only here). It is implanted; divinely given, in contrast with something acquired by study (Vincent). Dt 6:6. 11:18. 30:14. *Jb 11:13, 14. +*Ps 119:11. Je 31:33. Mt 13:18-23. 15:13. Jn 6:63, 68. Ro 2:15. 6:17mg. Ro 11:17, 19, 23, 24. 2 Cor 3:3. Ep 4:24. Phil 2:13n. Col 3:10. He 4:2. word. ver. James 1:18. +*Ps 119:9. Lk 8:11. Jn 5:38. 17:17. +*Ac 20:32. +*1 Th 2:13. 2 Th 2:17. *1 P 1:23. which is able to save. James 4:12. 5:15, 20. +*Ps 19:7. **Jn 5:24. **Jn 20:31. Ac 13:26. *Ac 20:32. +*Ro 1:16. 1 Cor 1:18. +*1 Cor 15:2. 2 Cor 6:7. Ep 1:13. **1 Th 2:13. +**2 Tim 3:15-17. *Titus 2:11. *He 2:3. 8:10. 1 P 1:9. souls. Gr. psychē, FS171Q2, +2 Cor 12:15mg. James 5:20. Ps 103:1. +*Lk 1:46. He 10:39.

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Daily Bible Nugget #226, 1 Thessalonians 2:13

The Nugget:

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be received not as the word of men, but as the word of God. If the Bible is just the word of men, it may be great literature, but it has no power to effect spiritual and moral change. But the Bible is more than the word of men. The Bible is the Word of God. The Thessalonians received the Gospel message through the preaching and teaching of Paul. Naturally, they heard the word of God spoken. At the present time we have that very same Word written in a divinely inspired Book, our Bible. Pastor Lehman Strauss preached an unforgettable message from this text at the Highland Park Baptist Church perhaps half a century ago. He emphasized repeatedly that the Word of God “worketh in you that believe.” Has the Bible been working in you lately? The Bible is our necessary spiritual food that enables us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible will work in you very effectively if you will but receive its message and believe it. It helps if we cooperate with God and read the Bible so God can perform His work in our lives to bring us more and more into the likeness of Christ. To get the benefit God intended for you to receive from His written Word, you must accept the Bible on its terms, not yours. You must receive it as it is in truth, the Word of God. You must read it for yourself repeatedly until you really get its life-changing message.

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 1389 for 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1408 or in Logos 5 Bible software for 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

1 Thessalonians 2:13. For this cause. Jn 12:18. thank. See on *+1 Th 1:2, 3. 1 Ch 29:13. *Ro 1:8, 9. Phm 1:7. without ceasing. +1 Th 1:3. because. *Je 44:16. Mt 10:13, 14, 40. *Ac 2:41. 10:33. 11:1. 13:45, 48. 16:14, 30-34. +**Ac 17:11, 18-20, 32. *Ga 4:14. *2 P 3:2. ye received. 1 Th 1:6. *1 Th 4:1, 8. Ps 119:102. *Pr 4:10. Ezk 3:10. *Mt 10:40. 13:23. Lk 10:39. **Jn 8:47. *Jn 17:8. +**Ac 17:11, 12. *1 Cor 15:1. 2 Th 1:10. He 4:2. word of God. 1 K 17:24. Je 10:1. Jn 6:63. 2 Th 3:1. *He 13:7. +*James 1:21. which ye heard. lit. the word of hearing. FS144B, +Dt 33:19. Ne 8:3. Hg 1:12. **Ro 10:17. Ga 3:2, 5. Ep 1:13. Col 1:5. He 4:2. James 1:19. of us. Ga 1:6. +*2 Tim 3:14. received it not as. T#1066. +Mt 10:20. +*Lk 8:18. Ga 4:14. word of men. 1 Cor 2:13. 9:8. *Ga 1:11, 12. **1 J 2:27. is in truth. Gr. alēthōs (S#230g, Mt 14:33). 1 Th 1:9. Ps 45:4. Ga 2:5. the word of God. Rather than contending so much for what is clearly not essential to faith in Christ, true Bible believing Christians encourage others to get into the written Word of God in the Bible for themselves so that others can come to know Jesus Christ in a personal way and have a life-giving relationship with Him that results in genuine belief that brings eternal life. Only the Bible provides the spiritual food necessary for spiritual growth and “works effectually” in those who believe. 1 Th 1:5, 8. 1 K 17:24. **Je 23:28n, 29. Mt 7:28, 29. Lk 1:37. 4:32, 36. *Lk 5:1. *Lk 8:11, 21. +*Lk 11:28. 20:1-8. Ac 8:14. 13:44, *Ac 13:46. +Ro 9:6. **Ro 10:17. *Ep 6:17. +**2 Tim 3:15, 16. 4:2. **He 4:12. *1 P 1:25. *2 P 1:16-21. effectually worketh. Middle Voice verb, so reference to the Word, not God, thus “which effectually worketh,” not “who effectually worketh,” which would require Active Voice. It is the Word of God now contained in the Bible, not tradition, “which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” T#1053. ver. 1 Th 2:1. *1 Th 1:5-10. Ps 110:2. +*Ps 119:105. **Is 55:11. Je 5:14. 23:29. **Jn 15:3. *Jn 17:17, 19. Ac 19:20. +*Ac 20:32. +*Ro 1:16. *Ro 6:17, 18. 2 Cor 3:18. Ep 3:7. 4:16. %*Phil 2:13n. *Col 1:6. 2 Th 1:11. 3:1. +**2 Tim 3:15, 16. **+He 4:12. +*James 1:18. *+James 5:16. +*1 P 1:23. *1 P 2:2. *2 P 3:18. **1 J 2:27. *1 J 3:3. *1 J 5:4, 5. 3 J 1:2. also. Marking those who upon hearing believed, in contrast to those who merely heard. Ac 16:14. in you that believe. 1 Th 1:7. He 4:12. James 1:21. 1 P 1:23.

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Daily Bible Nugget #225, 2 Timothy 3:15

The Nugget:

2Ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be known. Many homes have Bibles in them. But how many Bibles are known by the people in those homes? I have a large personal library. Once in a while I forget where a book is. When I cannot find a book, that book is a lost book. I cannot read it again until I find it. The Bible might just as well be a lost book in your house if it is never read. To know the Scriptures is the most important thing in life. You cannot come to know the Scriptures unless you read and study them. Paul tells us that Timothy knew the Scriptures even as a young child. That lets us know that even children can know the Scriptures. It also lets us know that any church that claims you cannot know the Scriptures is mistaken. The Scriptures are able to make us wise unto salvation which is in Christ Jesus. That means that what you need to know to be saved is taught in the Bible. Notice that salvation is based on placing our faith in Christ and what He accomplished for us on the cross. Salvation is not based upon good works. It is not based upon receiving grace from the one true church dispensed through its sacraments. Salvation is based upon our belief in God’s Word as recorded in the Bible. I was saved as a result of reading the New Testament daily when I was still a teenager. The New Testament was clear enough for me to understand how to be saved by receiving Christ. Thinking about what I had been reading, I realized I was not rightly related to God. I settled that issue while delivering papers on Saturday morning, November 7, 1953. I stopped to pray on the sidewalk under a little oak tree growing in the yard of a small house on the east side of Lumpkin Street in Detroit. At that point I knew that I was saved. No one else was around when this happened. I have enjoyed the privilege of recommending to teenagers in my high school English classes that they read the Bible faithfully for themselves. Several of them told me that they were saved as a result. It is important to know the Scriptures for ourselves. Get to know the Bible by reading it. If I could do it, you can do it! You can encourage others to do the same.

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 pages 1413-1414 for 2 Timothy 3:15.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1434 or in Logos 5 Bible software for 2 Timothy 3:15.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

2 Timothy 3:15. from. *+2 Tim 1:5. Ge 17:7. +*Ge 18:19. 41:38, 46. Ex 10:2. 12:26, 27. 13:8, 14-16. *Dt 4:9, 10. *Dt 6:6, 7, 9, 20-25. *Dt 11:19. 31:13. 32:46, 47. Jsh 24:15. 1 S 1:27, 28. 2:11, 18, 19, 26. 3:1. 17:33, 37. 1 K 18:12. 2 K 10:1. 11:12, 21. 1 Ch 27:32. 2 Ch 24:1, 2. +*2 Ch 26:4. *2 Ch 34:1-3. +*Jb 1:5. Ps 34:11. *Ps 71:5, 17. 74:20. **Ps 78:1-8. 103:13. 105:8, 9. +*Ps 119:9, 33, 105. Pr 1:7. 4:7. *Pr 8:17. 9:10. 13:24. *Pr 17:10. **Pr 22:6. 23:13, 14. 30:17. 31:1. *Ec 12:1, 13. Is 10:19. +*Is 28:9, 10. +*Is 38:19. 49:23. Zc 8:5. Mt 11:16-18. Lk 1:15. *Lk 2:40, 49. Jn 7:14, 15. 21:15. +*Ep 6:4. child. Gr. brephos (S#1025g, Lk 18:15), an infant (properly unborn) literally or figuratively (Strong). T#1071, T#1110. **2 Tim 1:5. Nu 3:15. Dt 31:12. 1 S 1:27, 28. Ps 34:11. Pr 31:28. Song of Solomon 8:2. Mt 19:14, 15. Mk 10:14. +*Lk 18:15 (*S#1025g, infants). **Ac 16:1, 2. *Ep 6:4n. 1 Tim 5:10. known. Gr. oida, Jn 8:55n. T#1065. +*2 Tim 2:15. **Dt 17:19. 31:12. Pr 18:15. +**Mk 12:24. the holy. Gr. hieros (S#2413g, only here and 1 Cor 9:13), sacred (Strong). **Dt 17:19. *Da 10:21. +Mt 21:42. *Mt 22:29. +*Lk 24:27, 32, 44, 45. +*Jn 5:24, 39, 46. 15:3. Ac 3:18, 24. 10:43. +*Ac 17:2. Ro 1:2. *Ro 10:17. +**Ro 15:4. *Ro 16:26. +*1 Cor 15:3, 4. Col 1:5, 6. *Col 3:16. 1 Th 1:5. **1 Th 2:13. *James 1:18. *1 P 1:23. **2 P 1:20, 21. 3:16. scriptures. Gr. gramma (S#1121g, Lk 16:6). Ps 147:19. Pr 4:4. **+Is 8:20n. Je 8:9. +*Lk 16:29. Ac 8:28. +**Ac 17:11. Ro 2:18. 3:2. Ga 3:8. Col 3:16. which are able. Gr. dunamai (S#1410g, Mt 3:9). **Ps 19:7. +*Ps 119:99. Da 9:2. +**Jn 5:39, 40. +*Ac 10:43. *Ac 13:29, 38, 39. **+1 Th 2:13. **+James 1:21. 1 P 1:10-12. **1 J 5:11, 12. Re 19:10. wise. Gr. sophizō (S#4679g, only here and 2 P 1:16), to render wise; in a sinister acceptation, to form “sophisms,” that is, continue plausible error (Strong). T#1023. *Dt 4:6. +*Ps 19:7. 49:3. 111:10. +*Ps 119:24, 98, 99, 130. Pr 1:2. 2:7. 14:8. 22:20. 28:26. +*Da 11:33. +*Da 12:3. Lk 11:36. +**Jn 5:39. Ro 16:19. 1 Cor 1:30. Col 2:3. James 1:21. unto salvation. **Jn 20:30, 31. +*Ro 1:16. *Phil 2:12, 13n. 2 Th 2:13. 1 Tim 1:15. *1 P 1:8-11. through faith. Ro 3:22. 4:5. **Ro 10:17. **He 11:6. 1 P 1:5. which is in. **Jn 14:6. **Ac 4:12. Ep 1:13. +1 Tim 1:14. Christ Jesus. +Ac 19:4.

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Daily Bible Nugget #224, Acts 13:15

The Nugget:

Act 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.

My Comment:

The Scriptures should be read publicly to all. The Scriptures were read every Sabbath in the Synagogues of the Jews. Some Christian churches today follow a plan of reading the Scriptures each worship service. In the time of Christ people in Israel learned much of what the Bible said by hearing it read aloud each Sabbath. Paul and those with him were invited to give a word of exhortation to the people. Paul spoke from the Scripture and presented the claims of Christ to those present. Acts chapter 13 presents in a nutshell what Paul taught them. In Acts 13:34 Paul appeals directly to the provisions of the Davidic Covenant, as did Isaiah in Isaiah 55:3. Today I find very few individuals that I meet who can explain just what “the sure mercies of David” are, and their significance. The testimony of Scripture reflected in the cross references given for Isaiah 55:3 are sufficient alone to demonstrate whether or not the teaching of a church, denomination, or religious organization is true to the Bible. I told the story about a leader of the local Kingdom Hall with whom I shared these references in an early post on this site about the power of cross reference Bible study demonstrated. You might enjoy reading that timeless article from the June 2010 archives immediately to the right. [http://www.realbiblestudy.com/?p=28]

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 1241 for Acts 13:15.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 1261 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Acts 13:15.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Acts 13:15. the reading. ver. Ac 13:27. Ac 15:21. Ex 24:7. *Dt 31:11. *2 Ch 17:9. +*Ne 8:3. 13:1. *Lk 4:16-27. 2 Cor 3:14, 15. 1 Tim 4:13. the law. Ac 24:14. +Lk 16:16. the prophets. ver. Ac 13:27. Ac 24:14. Lk 4:17. +Lk 16:16. the rulers. Ac 18:8, 17. +Mt 9:18. +Mk 5:22, 35, 36, 38. Lk 8:41, 49. 13:14. of the synagogue. Ac 9:2. Ye men. +Ac 1:11, 16. 2:29, 37. 7:2. 15:7. 22:1. if. FS184A, +1 Cor 15:2. Ac 2:4. 20:2. Ro 12:8. 1 Cor 14:3. He 13:22. any word. +Ac 4:36. +1 Cor 14:3. He 13:22. of exhortation. Ac 4:36.

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Daily Bible Nugget #223, Jeremiah 36:6

The Nugget:

Jeremiah 36:6 Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD’S house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.

My Comment:

The Bible declares that the Scriptures should be read publicly to all. There will be opposition to Bible reading from some quarters. Jeremiah encountered political and religious opposition when his book was read aloud to the people in the Lord’s house. When Jeremiah’s scroll of his book was read before the king, the king cut the sections of the scroll as they were read and tossed them in his fireplace in his winter-house. If you read the interesting story in Jeremiah chapter 36, you will learn that God inspired Jeremiah to give those inspired messages again plus more. The king did not fare too well after that incident, nor did the nation. Any individual, organization, church, or cult, or government that objects to the reading of the Bible will ultimately reap a reward for resisting God’s Word and failing to believe it. The reward may not be very pleasant. Sometimes the reward, or punishment, is carried out in this life and time. For sure it will be rendered as an adverse judgment in the next life for all eternity. Where God’s Word in the Bible is believed and obeyed there will be genuine prosperity. When the Bible is not believed and disobeyed, and even censored, there will not be prosperity for long. Check out Psalm 9:15, 16, 17. We are to share the Word of God found in the Bible with others at every opportunity as God opens suitable opportunities for us to do so. It is a real joy to share God’s Word directly with others. It is also helpful to encourage others, especially young people, to read the Bible for themselves.

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 836 for Jeremiah 36:6.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 862 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Jeremiah 36:6.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Jeremiah 36:6. go thou. Je 17:19. Nu 11:25, 26. and read. ver. Je 36:8, 10. *Ezk 2:3-7. in the roll. ver. Je 36:2. the words. See on Je 7:2. 18:11. 19:14. 22:2, 19. 26:2. in the ears of the people. Dt 31:11-13. Ne 8:3. Ac 13:15. 1 Tim 4:13. upon. See on ver. Je 36:9. Le 16:29-31. 23:27-32. Ac 27:9. fasting day. Note: This is supposed to have been the great day of expiation, called by way of eminence, the fast, which was kept on the tenth day of the month Tisri, answering to our September. Immediately after this Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judea; and, having besieged Jerusalem, made himself master of it, on the 18th of the ninth month Cisleu, corresponding to our November. Jehoiakim, having been taken prisoner, submitted to become tributary to Nebuchadnezzar; and was again restored to his kingdom, 2 K 24:1. 2 Ch 36:6. shalt read. 2 K 22:10.

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