Daily Bible Nugget #613, Luke 21:31

The Nugget:

Luk 21:31  So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

My Comment:

To understand this Bible prophecy, it is necessary to compare Scripture with Scripture. Some interpreters have failed to carefully follow this procedure and so have failed to understand the prophecy Jesus gave. Below, I will share the appropriate cross references for your study. At this point in His ministry, Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God is now postponed. But Jesus did reveal the signs that would come  right before He comes to establish the long promised and predicted Kingdom of God.

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE:  Getting Hooked on the Book
SUBJECT:  New Treasury Introduction

SESSION THIRTEEN:  Christ’s Earthly Ministry.  The Kingdom Postponed.

LESSON OBJECTIVE:  To see Christ’s clear declaration that the kingdom of God is postponed until the Second Advent.

MATERIALS NEEDED:  Furnish each student with a Bible and the cross references for Luke 21:31 shared below.

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Luke 21:31.

 

Luke 21:31

when ye see. Luk 12:51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57; Luk 17:22, Mat 16:1, 2, 3, 4; Mat 23:39, Eze 32:7; Eze 34:27; +*Eze 39:28 note.

these things. Luk 21:7; Luk 21:17; Luk 21:20; Luk 21:22; **Luk 21:24; **Luk 21:25, 26, 27, **Mat 24:33.

know ye. Gal 3:7, +*Col 1:10, 2Pe 3:18.

the kingdom of God. +Luk 4:43; Luk 17:20, 21; *Luk 19:11; Luk 22:18, +Mar 1:15, +*2Ti 4:1.

nigh at hand. +*Luk 21:28, %+*Mat 10:7; +*Mat 21:43; **Mat 24:33, Heb 10:37, Jas 5:8, 9, 1Pe 4:7.

PROCEDURE:

A. Read the Scripture text aloud to the class.

B. Let each of several members of the class turn to, then read in turn to the class, the references in full to each clause of this verse furnished in the New Treasury.

C. Raise the questions:

  1. What is the time frame for when “these things” are to take place?

 

  1. What are the “these things” referred to in context?

 

  1. What, specifically, is the “kingdom of God”?

 

  1. When does this verse declare that the kingdom will be “nigh at hand”? Does this place the kingdom in the past, present, or future?

 

  1. How does this passage prove that the kingdom, once preached as “nigh at hand” (Matthew 4:17), then declared to be taken away from Israel (Matthew 21:43), is now postponed until the return of Christ?

 

 

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references supplied to each clause of this lesson’s Scripture text, answer the question: “What common thread of truth ties this set of references together?”

 

  1. What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subjects dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?

 

  1. What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?
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Daily Bible Nugget #612, Matthew 21:43

The Nugget:

Mat 21:43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

My Comment:

Matthew 21:43 is one of the most important texts in the Bible about Bible prophecy and the status of the nation of Israel in Bible prophecy. In Matthew 4:17 we see the Kingdom Announced. In Matthew 21:43 we see the Kingdom Withdrawn. In the next Daily Bible Nugget I plan to present material on Luke 21:31, where we see the Kingdom Postponed.

To understand what the Bible teaches about Bible prophecy, it is important to study carefully the material below. What is presented here may not be what you have heard or read from other sources. I believe, however, that what is presented here is strictly Biblical.

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE: Getting Hooked on the Book
SUBJECT: New Treasury and The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury Introduction

SESSION TWELVE: Christ’s Earthly Ministry. The Kingdom Taken Away or Withdrawn

LESSON OBJECTIVE: To see in prophecy and fulfillment that the kingdom, rejected by the Jewish nation, has been taken from them.

MATERIALS NEEDED: Furnish each student with a Bible and a copy of the cross references presented below.

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 21:43

Mat 21:43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

Matthew 21:43

The kingdom of God. +Mat 21:31, Mat 3:2; +*Mat 8:11; +*Mat 8:12; Mat 10:7; +Mat 12:28; Mat 24:14, Isa 28:2, Joel 2:28 note. Mar 1:15, Luk 9:11; Luk 10:10, 11; Luk 11:20; +*Luk 17:20 note, Luk 17:21; *Luk 19:11; Luk 21:31; Luk 23:42, *Joh 3:3; *Joh 3:5, *Joh 18:36, Act 1:3, **1Co 15:50 note. +*Col 1:13.

shall be taken. +Mat 21:41, Mat 13:12; **Mat 22:8, Deut 32:21, %**1Ki 11:39, Jer 22:5; Jer 23:39, Hos 3:4, **+Mic 5:3, Zec 11:3; Zec 11:9; Zec 13:8, Mar 4:25, Luk 14:24; Luk 19:26, %Joh 11:48; Joh 12:35, +Act 13:46.

from you. Mat 4:17; *Mat 8:11; *Mat 8:12; Mat 22:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, Mar 10:31, *Luk 13:28; Luk 14:15-24; *Luk 17:22; Luk 19:11-27; Luk 19:41, 42, 43, 44; +*Luk 21:31, Rom 11:17; Rom 11:28, *Heb 4:6.

and given. +*Isa 65:13, Eze 37:21, 22, 23, 24, **Dan 7:27, Hos 1:10, 11, Mar 12:9, +*Luk 12:32; Luk 14:23, 24; Luk 20:16.

a nation. Mat 17:26, +*Exo 19:5; +*Exo 19:6, Deut 32:21, **Psa 102:18 note. *Isa 26:2; +*Isa 54:1; Isa 65:9; Isa 65:13; Isa 66:7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, Luk 3:8, +*Joh 10:16, Act 13:46; Act 18:6, 2Th 2:1, **1Pe 2:9, Rev 1:5, 6; **Rev 5:9; **Rev 5:10; **Rev 20:6.

bringing forth. Mat 21:41, *Mat 3:10; +*Mat 24:45, +*Lev 26:40, 41, 42, *Isa 5:4; *Isa 5:7; Isa 35:7, +*Hos 3:5; **Hos 5:15, +**Act 3:19, 20, 21, *Rom 14:17, 1Co 13:2, *Eph 5:9, +**Col 1:10.

PROCEDURE:

A. Read the Scripture text aloud to the class.

B. Let each of several members turn to, then read in turn to the class, the references in full to each clause of this verse as given above.

C. Raise the questions:

  1. In the light of Christ’s use of the term “kingdom of God” here, whereas Matthew more frequently uses the term “kingdom of heaven,” are these terms a reference to the same thing, or something different?  That is, Is the Kingdom of Heaven different from the Kingdom of God?  Note especially Matthew 8:11, 12, where essentially the same prediction is made under the term “kingdom of heaven.”
     
  2. Note carefully that Jesus states “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you.”  What, then, is the kingdom?  Certainly not the church, the gospel, the Christian dispensation, spiritual reign, or God’s reign in the heart.  None of these things were taken from the Jews.  What, then, did they lose?
  3. Note carefully the reference to Micah 5:3, which is a prediction that the kingdom would be taken from the Jews, necessitated by the phrase “Therefore will he give them up.”  That this is not a permanent condition is signaled by the next word, “until.”
  4. What is that nation to whom the kingdom is to be given, now that it has been taken from the Jews?
  5. When will this new nation actually be given the kingdom?

Will national Israel have a part in this kingdom in the future, and if so, what part will Israel take? See 1 Corinthians 15:50 note.

Micah 5:3

Mic 5:3  Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Micah 5:3

Therefore. Mic 7:13, Hos 2:9; Hos 2:14.

give them up. Mic 6:14, 1Ki 14:16, 2Ch 30:7, Isa 49:1-23, Hos 11:8, Zec 13:7, 8, 9, **+Mat 21:43.

until the time. +*Psa 102:13; +*Psa 102:16, Hos 3:4, 5; +*Hos 5:15; Hos 6:2, *Mat 19:28; +*Mat 23:39, +*Luk 21:24, +**Act 3:19, +*Rom 11:25.

she which travaileth. *Mic 4:10, +*Gen 3:15, +*Isa 7:14; +*Isa 66:7; +*Isa 66:8, $Mat 1:21; $Mat 1:23; +*Mat 24:8, *Joh 16:21; *Joh 16:22, Gal 4:4, *Rev 12:1; *Rev 12:2.

brought forth. **Mat 19:28, Rev 12:5.

then the remnant. Mic 5:7, 8, Mic 2:12; +Mic 4:7; Mic 7:18, +Isa 1:9; *Isa 10:5; *Isa 10:6; *Isa 10:20-22; Isa 11:11; Isa 37:4; Isa 37:31, Jer 23:3; Jer 31:1; Jer 31:7, 8, 9, Eze 6:8; +Eze 14:22, Joe 2:32, Amos 5:15, Zep 2:7; Zep 2:9; Zep 3:13, Rom 9:27, 28; Rom 11:4, 5, 6.

his brethren. Mat 12:50; Mat 25:40, Rom 8:29, *Heb 2:11; *Heb 2:12.

1 Corinthians 15:50

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

1 Corinthians 15:50

this I say. 1Co 1:12; 1Co 7:29, Rom 10:19; Rom 15:8, 2Co 9:6, Gal 3:17; Gal 5:16, Eph 4:17, Col 2:4.

that. 1Co 6:13, Mat 16:17, **Luk 20:35; **Luk 20:36, Joh 3:3, 4, 5, 6, *2Co 5:1.

flesh and blood. *FS171Q11, +Mat 16:17. There are two classes of people who will live eternally upon the earth: (1) the saints, who as co-heirs with Christ (+*Rom 8:17) are given glorified bodies (1Co 15:52), who possess the kingdom (Dan 7:18) and rule over the kingdom (Rev 20:4; Rev 20:6) as its inheritors (Mat 25:34); (2) natural people, described here as “flesh and blood” who are the eternal subjects of the kingdom, who eternally perpetuate the natural race of earthly men in the flesh (+Psa 72:5, Isa 59:21, *Eze 37:25, Luk 1:32, 33, *2Pe 3:13 note). These two distinct and separate classes are symbolized by the “barren woman” and the “married woman” (+*Isa 54:1), the latter depicting the body of Christ, the glorified saints, who are a fixed number, and do not increase (Luk 20:35). The “barren woman,” representing Israel, depicts those who will live on the earth in the flesh and continue to multiply, eventually surpassing in number the glorified saints (see Peters, Theocratic Kingdom, vol. 2, pp. 130-140). +Psa 72:5, *+Mat 16:17, %+*Luk 24:39, %Joh 3:13, Gal 1:16, %+*Eph 5:30; Eph 6:12, Heb 2:14, 15.

cannot. +**1Co 6:9, **Joh 3:3; **Joh 3:5; **Joh 3:7, *Gal 5:21.

inherit. Those who inherit the kingdom are the resurrected and glorified saints who rule and possess the kingdom as joint heirs with Christ at the second advent. “Flesh and blood” refers to the natural people in the flesh who are subjects of the kingdom (See Peters, Theocratic Kingdom, vol. 2, pp. 552, 573, 588), who will live forever on the earth ( +*2Pe 3:13 note). T976x, T978x.

1Co 15:45. Mat 11:11. Mat 21:43, %*Joh 3:13, %+*Act 2:34 x, +*Rom 8:17, +*Eph 1:11 note. *1Pe 3:18.

the kingdom of God. Those (often of materialist and Arian persuasion) who cite this text in proof that a saved person does not go immediately upon death to be with Christ (**2Co 5:8, *Php 1:23) have confused the “kingdom of God” with heaven, which it is not. Neither is the church the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven (Isa 60:21 note). The kingdom of God or Heaven is the future permanent and eternal (Dan 7:14, Rev 11:15) earthly reign of Jesus Christ in a theocratic kingdom whose capital is Jerusalem (Jer 3:17, Mic 4:7, Zep 3:15), a reign which extends to all the earth (Zec 14:9), in fulfillment of the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants (+**Gen 12:2 note. +**2Sa 7:10 note. +**Act 7:5; +**Isa 55:3). The kingdom of God is identical to the kingdom of heaven. Those (particularly dispensationalists) who make a distinction between the “kingdom of heaven” and the “kingdom of God” have confused the “kingdom of God” with the “sovereignty of God.” The Jehovah’s Witnesses, who make much of this text, fail to note the one essential requirement to enter the earthly kingdom, the new birth (Eze 36:25, 26, **Joh 3:3; **Joh 3:5; **Joh 3:7 note. +**Act 3:19, 20, 21), a requirement which they deny, which is proof enough that they, like the unbelieving Jews of Jesus’s day, will have no part or place in it (+*Mat 8:11; +*Mat 8:12). +**1Co 6:9, Jer 3:17, Mic 4:7, Zep 3:15, **Zec 14:9, +**Joh 3:3; +**Joh 3:5; +**Joh 3:7, +*Act 14:22, *+Rom 14:17, Rev 11:15.

neither doth. FS96B1, 1Co 15:12, i.e. can. Paul shows that the kingdom of God is yet future (Col 1:13 note. 2Ti 4:1 note), it is inherited (+*Eph 1:11 note) only by regenerated saints as co-heirs with Christ (+*Rom 8:17), who will enter the kingdom with glorified bodies, as his subsequent discussion (1Co 15:51, 52, 53) shows, by means of resurrection or glorification. +*Mat 19:28, +*Act 3:21, Rom 8:17, Col 1:13, +*2Ti 4:1.

corruption. +1Co 15:42, Psa 16:10, Rev 20:13.

incorruption. 1Co 15:42; 1Co 15:52, +*Mat 6:20, *1Pe 1:4.

 

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references supplied to each clause of this lesson’s Scripture text, answer the question:  “What common thread of truth ties this set of references together?”
  2. What What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subjects dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?
  3. What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?
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Daily Bible Nugget #611, Matthew 4:17

The Nugget:

Mat 4:17  From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

My Comment:

The subject of “the kingdom of heaven” is not well understood today. The “kingdom of heaven” terminology used by Matthew is identical in meaning to “the kingdom of God” language used elsewhere in the New Testament. Much misunderstanding seems to be created by whatever theological system the interpreter happens to follow. It is time we step away from our chosen humanly-devised theological framework to read what the Bible itself has to say.

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE:  Getting Hooked on the Book
UNIT:  Cross Reference Guide Introduction

SESSION ELEVEN:  Christ’s Earthly Ministry.  The Kingdom is at Hand:  The Kingdom Announced.

LESSON OBJECTIVE:  Discover the implications of Christ’s kingdom offer.

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Matthew 4:17.

 

  1. that. Mk 1:14. began. Ac 1:22. 10:37. Repent. Mt 10:7. Lk 9:2. 10:11, 12, 13, 14. +Lk 13:3. 2 Tim 2:25, 26. He 6:1. kingdom of heaven. Mt 3:2. 5:3, 10, 19, 20. 7:21. 8:11. 10:7. 11:11, 12. 13:11, 19, 24, 31, 33, 44, 45, 47, 52. 16:19. 18:1, 3, 4, 23. 19:12, 14, 23. 20:1. 22:2. 23:13. 25:1. +Mk 1:15. at hand. Mt 10:7. +Mt 21:43. Is 56:1.

 

PROCEDURE:

A. Raise the question, Was the Kingdom of Heaven actually established during Christ’s earthly ministry?

 

B. In what sense was the kingdom “at hand”?

 

C. Upon what condition was the kingdom offered?

 

D. Did the Jews as a nation meet the condition? What conclusion must be drawn, then, as to the presence or establishment of the kingdom of heaven during the ministry of Christ?

 

E. How many different kinds of kingdoms did Jesus offer when he stated “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”?

 

F. Study the cross references given at Matthew 3:2 and Daniel 2:44. Is the kingdom of heaven the subject of prophecy and covenant?  If so, what are its parameters according to prophecy and covenant?

 

 

Matthew 3:2.

  1. Repent. Mt 12:41. 21:29, 30, 31, 32. 1 K 8:47. Jb 42:6. Ml 4:5, 6. Lk 1:16, 17. 3:3. +Lk 13:3. 16:30. 2 Cor 7:10. 2 Tim 2:25. He 6:1. 2 P 3:9. kingdom of. +Mt 4:17. 6:10, 33. +Mk 1:15. heaven. +Ps 73:9. at hand. Mt 4:17. 10:7. +Mt 21:43.

 

Daniel 2:44.

  1. in the days. Chal. in their days. ver. 41, +43 (Da 2:41. +Da 2:43). these kings. The days of the ten yet future kings. Re 17:12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. God of heaven. ver. 28, +37 (Da 2:28. +Da 2:37). set up a kingdom. Da 4:3, 34. +Ge 49:10. Is 11:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 24:23. +Mt 6:10. 28:18. Jn 18:36, 37. +1 Cor 15:24, 25, 26, 27, 28. Ep 1:20, 21, 22. 2 Th 1:7-10. Jude 1:14, 15. +Re 11:15. 20:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. which shall never. Da 4:3, 34. 6:26. 7:13, 14, 27. +Ps 45:6. Ezk 37:25. Mic 4:7. +Lk 1:32, 33. Jn 12:34. He 12:28. be destroyed. Zc 14:3. Re 19:11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. kingdom. Chal. kingdom thereof. not be left. Da 7:18. Jl 3:17. +Am 9:15. Mic 4:1, 2, 3, 7. +Ac 1:6. 3:19, 20, 21. 15:16, 17. break in pieces. ver. 34, 35 (Da 2:34, 35). Da 8:25. Ps 2:9. 21:8, 9. Is 8:15. 30:14. 60:12. Je 19:10, 11. Mic 4:13. Zc 12:3. Mt 21:44. Lk 20:18. 1 Cor 15:24, 25. Re 2:27. 19:15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. and consume. Lk 20:18. for ever. Chal. alam, +Ex 12:24. 1 Cor 15:24, 25. Re 20:3.

 

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references supplied to each clause of this lesson’s Scripture text, answer the question: “What common thread of truth ties this set of  references together?”

 

  1. What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subjects dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?

 

  1. What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #610, John 2:21

The Nugget:

John 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.

My Comment:

I vividly remember discussing this verse with a Jehovah Witness who came to my home to conduct a home Bible study every Monday night with me for about four years.

I asserted that this verse proves that when Jesus arose from the dead on the third day, He arose in bodily form, not as a mere spirit.

My friend argued Jesus was resurrected in spirit, not in body. I stated that if Jesus meant he would rise as a spirit being, He hardly would have spoken of the resurrection of the “temple of his body.”

My friend wrote to the headquarters of the Jehovah Witnesses in Brooklyn, New York. They sent him an interesting letter in reply. Headquarters said that “the temple of his body” refers to His church, not to his own physical body. I may yet have the photograph of that letter.

I replied to my friend that the answer they gave hardly fits the context in John’s Gospel. Since when did the church die and after three days rise again? The answer they provided on this question was surely mistaken.

Here is the paragraph as it is found in the Gospel of John:

Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Joh 2:13  And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
Joh 2:14  And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
Joh 2:15  And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
Joh 2:16  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
Joh 2:17  And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
Joh 2:18  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Joh 2:20  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
Joh 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.
Joh 2:22  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

Notice that the Jewish leadership did not understand what Jesus said:  they thought Jesus claimed that He would destroy the Temple and restore it in three days. The Jews replied that it took 46 years to build the Temple. How could Jesus claim to be able to rebuild it in three days?

The disciples were clueless at the time. They had no idea about what Jesus meant.

The false witnesses assembled at the trial of Jesus remembered what Jesus had said and tried to use His words against Him:

Mat 26:59  Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
Mat 26:60  But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
Mat 26:61  And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

Mark records in his Gospel the fact that the witness of the false witnesses did not agree with each other:

Mar 14:57  And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,
Mar 14:58  We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.
Mar 14:59  But neither so did their witness agree together.

While Jesus was on the cross, those that passed by referred to this statement of Jesus:

Mar 15:25  And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
Mar 15:26  And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Mar 15:27  And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
Mar 15:28  And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
Mar 15:29  And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
Mar 15:30  Save thyself, and come down from the cross.

After Jesus was buried and sealed in the tomb I suspect this saying haunted some of His enemies, who finally perceived that Jesus claimed that after three days He would rise from the dead:

Mat 27:62  Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,
Mat 27:63  Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
Mat 27:64  Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

Given all this context for what we read from John 2:19, 20, 21, 22, I think it is inconceivable that any honest interpreter of the Scripture would arrive at the conclusion that Jesus was referring to a spiritual, not bodily resurrection “on the third day.”

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE:  Getting Hooked on the Book
UNIT:  Cross Reference Guide Introduction

SESSION TEN:  Maintaining the Biblical Balance of Truth:  Bodily resurrection from the dead.

MATERIALS NEEDED:  Furnish each student with a Bible and a Cross Reference Guide.

LESSON OBJECTIVE:  Establish from Scripture that the resurrection of Christ was bodily, not merely spiritual, resurrection from the dead.

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  John 2:19-21.

  1. Destroy. Mt 26:60, 61. 27:40. Mk 8:31. 14:58. 15:29. Lk 9:22. Ac 6:14. temple. Mt 23:16. and in. +Mt 12:40. 27:63. three days. +1 S 30:12. Mt 26:61. I will raise it. Jn 5:19. 10:17, 18. 11:25. +Jb 19:25, 26. +Is 26:19. Mk 8:31. +Ac 2:24. 1 Cor 15:3, 4, 12. 1 P 3:18.
  2. Forty and. Ezr 5:16. temple. Mt 12:6. 26:61. three days. Ho 6:2.
  3. he spake. Jn 1:14. Col 1:19. 2:9. He 8:2. temple. +Mt 23:16. 1 Cor 3:16. 6:19. 2 Cor 6:16. Ep 2:20, 21, 22. Col 2:9. 1 P 2:4, 5. his body. Jn 20:25, 27. +Ps 16:10. 49:15. Is 43:10. +Da 12:2. +Mt 27:52. 28:6. Lk 24:39. Ro 8:11. Phil 3:21. 1 Tim 2:5. 1 J 3:2.

 

PROCEDURE:

A. Raise the question, What is meant by resurrection?

B. Some religious groups deny the literal physical bodily resurrection of Christ, stating that Christ was raised spiritually. What wording in John 2:21 specifically forbids such an interpretation?

C. Consult the following Scripture references. Determine whether the reference to resurrection in each passage is a reference to spiritual or bodily resurrection. Mt 27:52, 53. 28:6. Lk 24:39. Jn 20:27. Ac 13:34. Ro 8:11, 23. 1 Cor 15:44.

D. Consult Romans 10:9, 10. How essential is a correct understanding of the concept of resurrection to salvation?

 

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references supplied to each clause of this lesson’s Scripture text, answer the question: “What common thread of truth ties this set of references together?”

 

  1. What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subjects dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?

 

  1. What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?

 

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #609, Acts 2:24

The Nugget:

Act 2:24  Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

Act 2:32  This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

My Comment:

The clear and consistent testimony of the New Testament is that our Lord Jesus Christ was raised bodily from the dead “on the third day.” There are some who believe otherwise: they sometimes say that Jesus arose as a spirit being. That hardly qualifies as a proper interpretation of what the text of the Bible teaches. Think otherwise? Leave a comment below and present your evidence and let us have a polite discussion.

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE:  Getting Hooked on the Book
SUBJECT:  New Treasury Introduction

SESSION NINE:  Maintaining the Biblical Balance of Truth:  To what did the Apostles and Disciples give consistent witness?  Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead.

MATERIALS NEEDED:  Furnish each student with a Bible and a New Treasury.

LESSON OBJECTIVE:  Acknowledge from the evidence in Scripture that the main theme of Apostolic preaching, teaching, and witness was the bodily resurrection of Christ.

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Acts 2:24, 32.

24. Whom God.  Here Christ’s resurrection is ascribed to God the Father;  in John 10:18 it is ascribed to Christ himself, while in Ro 8:11 it is ascribed to the Holy Spirit.  Thus we have the Trinity acting in unity in the resurrection of Christ.  ver. *32 (*Ac 2:32).  **Jn 10:18.  Ro 4:24.  *Ro 6:4.  *Ro 8:11.  hath raised.  Notice the single, consistent note present in all their witness:  the bodily resurrection of Christ.  Any religious faith which claims to be Biblical must share the same balance and emphasis the Bible itself contains (+*Is 43:10 note.  +*Jn 16:13 note).  ver. 32 (Ac 2:32).  Ac 3:15, 26.  4:10, 33.  5:30.  10:40, 41.  *Ac 13:30, 33, 34, 37.  **Ac 17:30, 31.  Mt 27:63.  *Lk 24:3, 5, 6, 15, 25, 26, 39, 40.  +*Jn 2:19, 20, 21, 22.  *Jn 10:17, 18.  Ro 4:24.  *Ro 6:4.  *Ro 8:11, 34.  **Ro 10:9.  14:9.  *1 Cor 6:14.  15:12-15.  *2 Cor 4:14.  Ga 1:1.  Ep 1:20.  2:5.  Col 2:12.  1 Th 1:10.  2 Tim 2:8.  *He 13:20.  *1 P 1:21.  loosed.  Jb 39:2.  *Ps 116:3, 4, 16.  pains of death.  +*Mt 24:8 Greek.  Ps 18:5.  116:3.  Col 1:18.  because.  Lk 24:5.  **Jn 10:18.  20:9.  2 Tim 1:10.  He 2:14.  Re 1:17, 18.  not possible.  Ac 1:16.  *Is 25:8.  +*Is 26:19 note.  Is 53:10.  *Ho 13:14.  *Lk 24:46.  *Jn 10:35.  12:39.  *He 2:14.  *Re 1:18.  be holden.  Ro 6:9.

32. This Jesus.  ver. 36 (Ac 2:36).  +*Ac 1:11.  hath God.  ver. 24 (Ac 2:24).  raised up.  Gr.  ‘anistemi,’ *S#450g, ver. +*30 (Ac 2:30).  This is an explicit reference to bodily resurrection (Is 43:10 note.  +*Da 12:2).  Mk 5:42.  Lk 8:55.  whereof.  ver. +*24 (Ac 2:24).  +*Ac 1:8, 22.  3:15.  *Ac 4:33.  *Ac 5:31, 32.  *Ac 10:39, 40, 41.  *Ac 13:31.  *Lk 24:46, 47, 48.  *Jn 15:27.  *Jn 20:26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

 

PROCEDURE:

A. Raise the question, To what did the disciples give consistent witness?

B. Consult the references and notes provided in the New Treasury at Acts 2:24, 32.

 

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references supplied to each clause of this lesson’s Scripture text, answer the question: “What common thread of truth ties this set of references together?”

 

  1. What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subjects dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?

 

  1. What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?
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Daily Bible Nugget #608, Luke 19:10

The Nugget:

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (KJV)

Luke 19:10 The Son of Man came to look for and to save people who are lost. (CEV)

My Comment:

I have found it very interesting to observe that when asked the question, “Why did Jesus come?” many individuals are not able to give a satisfactory answer.

I have especially asked this question of Jehovah Witnesses when they used to come to my door. I do not recall that any of them knew off hand the answer to this simple question.

I followed up with a second question, “What was the central message of the Apostles that Jesus sent out to all the world (Acts 1:8)?” No one seems to know the answer to that question either.

Or, I could ask, “What were the disciples and Apostles to be witnesses of in their  preaching or teaching?” No one knew the answer to this question either, though it is plainly and very repeatedly mentioned in the book of Acts (Acts 2:32). Check out the cross references to Acts 2:32 and you will find the answer is most clear and emphatic.

This leads to the third question: “What is meant by ‘resurrection’ as it relates to our Lord Jesus Christ?” With Jehovah Witnesses, this leads to some interesting discussion. What they teach is mistaken, for the only kind of resurrection spoken of in the Bible is bodily resurrection. Any church, denomination, or religious group or organization that does not teach what the Bible teaches, with the same balance of emphasis, is clearly wrong, and should be avoided.

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE:  Getting Hooked on the Book
UNIT:  Cross Reference Guide Introduction

SESSION EIGHT:  Maintaining the Biblical Balance of Truth:  Why Did Jesus Come?

MATERIALS NEEDED:  Furnish each student with a Bible and a Cross Reference Guide

LESSON OBJECTIVE:  Learn the central theme of the Gospel, why Jesus came.

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Luke 19:10

  1. Son of man. +Lk 5:24. come to. Lk 5:31, 32. 15:4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 32. Ge 37:16. Je 31:20. Ezk 34:11, 16. Mic 7:19. Mt 1:21. 5:17. +Mt 9:12, 13. 10:6. 15:24. +Mt 18:11. 20:28. Mk 2:17. 10:45. Jn 5:14. 10:10. Ro 5:6. +1 Tim 1:15. He 7:25. 1 J 3:8. 4:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. to save. Is 53:11. Mt 1:21. lost. Gr. apollumi, +Mt 2:13. Ps 119:176. +Mt 10:28.

PROCEDURE:

A. Raise the question, “Why did Jesus come?”

B. Consult the references provided in the Cross Reference Guide at Luke 19:10.

C. Is the purpose of Christ’s coming the same now, that is, after the event, as it was during the event?

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references supplied to each clause of this lesson’s Scripture text, answer the question: “What common thread of truth ties this set of references together?”
  2.  What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subjects dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?
  3.  What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?

 

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #607, Luke 24:26

The Nugget:

Luke 24:26  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

My Comment:

I have encountered a number of individuals who do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah promised in the Old Testament. Their argument is that Jesus did not fulfill all the Messianic prophecies the Old Testament contains.

Jesus answered that objection the very day He arose from the dead as He explained the prophecies of the Scriptures to the two very saddened and discouraged disciples as they walked the seven miles home from Jerusalem on the road to Emmaus.

Jesus repeated that Bible lesson to the group of disciples later that night as He met with them in the locked room where they were virtually hiding from the Jews.

I wish we could have a transcript of that Bible lesson to study and learn for ourselves directly from our Lord Jesus Christ  to learn just what He taught them that night.

We do not have that transcript. I have sometimes discussed this fact with some very devout Roman Catholics who sincerely believe that the Roman Catholic Church has preserved the unwritten traditions of what Jesus taught that were not recorded for us in the New Testament. I asked these friends to share with me the content of this important teaching that Jesus gave His disciples twice on the day of His resurrection, for they claimed that their church has preserved “the rest of the story.” As it turns out, the traditions I requested are not available. I mentioned that I can only conclude that the black box of traditions claimed by the Roman Catholic Church are like the words of the nursery rhyme, “nothing in it, nothing in it, but the binding ’round it,” at least when it comes to any supposed words of our Lord Jesus Christ or His immediate disciples that are not already preserved for us in the New Testament.

But by carefully studying the subject of Messianic Prophecy, following the clues that Jesus gave in what is recorded in the New Testament, we can have a very complete picture of what it was Jesus must have taught on that Resurrection Day.

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE:  Getting Hooked on the Book
UNIT:  Cross Reference Guide Introduction

SESSION SEVEN:  Prophecy in a Nutshell:  Then the Glory

LESSON OBJECTIVE:  By means of cross reference Bible study, learn the nature of Christ’s Second Advent messianic claims.

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Luke 24:26

  1. suffered. ver. 7, 44, 46 (Luke 24:7, 44, 46). Lk 18:31, 32, 33. Ps chapter 22, 69. Is chapter 53. Zc 13:7. Mt 26:54. Jn 11:49, 50, 51, 52. 12:24, 32. Ac 3:18. +Ac 17:3. +1 Cor  15:3, 4. He 2:8, 9, 10. 9:22, 23. 12:2. 1 P 1:3. +1 P 1:11. his glory. +Zc 6:13. Lk 9:26. 1 Cor 15:17. +1 P 1:11.

PROCEDURE:

A. Raise the questions:

  1. Is Christ to return to this earth at his second advent?

 

  1. What evidence in Scripture teaches Christ will return again to this earth?

 

  1. How, and in what fashion, will Christ return?

B. Consult the references given for the phrase “enter into his glory” from the lesson text, Luke 24:26.

C. Consider further the additional sets of references at other locations in the Cross Reference Guide which bear upon this theme. Some of these are indicated by the symbol “+.”

 

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references for the clause “enter into his glory” from the lesson text, answer the question: “What common thread of truth ties this set of references together?”

 

  1. What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subject dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?

 

  1. What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?

 

Zechariah 6:13

Zec 6:13  Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

  1. and. +Ge 8:22. bear the glory. +Zc 2:5, 8. Ps 21:5. 45:3, 4. 72:17, 18, 19. +Is 9:6. 11:10. 22:24. 49:5, 6. +Je 23:6. +Da 7:13, 14. Hg 2:7, 8, 9. Mt 16:27. 24:30. 25:31. Lk 24:26. Jn 13:31, 32. 17:1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Ep 1:20, 21, 22, 23. Phil 2:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. He 1:3. 2:7, 8, 9. 3:3. 1 P 1:11. 3:22. Re 3:21. 5:9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 19:11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. sit. +He 1:3. a priest. ver. 11 (Zc 6:11). Ge 14:18. Ps 110:4. He 3:1. 4:14, 15, 16. 6:20. 7:1, 24, 25, etc. He 10:12, 13. counsel of peace. Zc 4:14. Is 54:10. +Da 9:25, 26, 27. +Mic 5:4, 5. +Ro 5:1. Col 2:18, 19, 20. He 7:1, 2, 3.
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Daily Bible Nugget #606, Luke 24:26

The Nugget:

Luke 24:26  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? (KJV)

Luke 24:26 Didn’t you know that the Messiah would have to suffer before he was given his glory?” (CEV)

My Comment:

With these words, Jesus gave all who will hear or read the key to understanding Messianic prophecy. What Jesus taught is directly stated in several of the Messianic Psalms. I would express it even more clearly by stating that the prophecies declare that Jesus, the Messiah, would have to first suffer and die for us on the cross. That represents the mission of His first coming. His Second Coming will be in  “power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE:  Getting Hooked on the Book
UNIT:  Cross Reference Guide Introduction

SESSION SIX:  Prophecy in a Nutshell:  First the Suffering

MATERIALS NEEDED:  Furnish each student with a Bible and a Cross Reference Guide

LESSON OBJECTIVE:  By means of cross reference Bible study, demonstrate the validity of Christ’s messianic claims.

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Luke 24:26

Luke 24:26  Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

  1. suffered. Lk 24:7, 44, 46. Lk 18:31, 32, 33. Psalm chapter 22, 69. Isaiah chapter 53. Zc 13:7. Mt 26:54. Jn 11:49, 50, 51, 52. 12:24, 32. Ac 3:18. +Ac 17:3. +1 Cor 15:3, 4. He 2:8, 9, 10. 9:22, 23. 12:2. 1 P 1:3. +1 P 1:11. his glory. +Zc 6:13. Mk 10:37. Lk 9:26. 1 Cor 15:17. +1 P 1:11.

 

PROCEDURE:

A. Raise the questions:

  1. The Jews of Christ’s day were expecting a messiah. How were they to be able to identify him when he came?

 

  1. What portion of the lesson Scripture text pertains especially to the first advent?

B. Consult the references given for the keyword “suffered” from the lesson text, Luke 24:26.

C. For additional references to extend the depth of this study, see the extensive references given at 1 Peter 1:11 as given below.

 

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references for the keyword “suffered” of this lesson’s Scripture text, answer the question: “What common thread of truth ties this set of references together?”

 

  1. What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subject dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?

 

  1. What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?

 

1 Peter 1:11

1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

  1. Searching what. Pr 15:14. Da 9:2, 24-26. Mt 13:17. the Spirit. Gr. pneuma, +Mt 3:16. 1 P 3:18, 19. Jn 14:17. 16:7. +Ac 16:7. +Ro 8:9. Ga 4:6. He 9:14. 2 P 1:21. Re 19:10. when it testified. +Mt 26:24. the sufferings. Ps 22:1-21. 69:1-21. Psalm chapter 88. Is 52:13, 14. 53:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Da 9:24, 25, 26. Zc 13:7. +Lk 24:25, 26, 27, 44. +Ac 3:18. +1 Cor 15:3, 4. 2 Cor 1:5. the glory. +Ge 3:15. +Ge 49:10. Ps 22:22-31. 45:3, 4, 5, 6, 7. 69:30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36. 72:17, 18, 19. +Ps 102:16. 110:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 145:11. +Is 9:6, 7. Is 11:10 mg. Is 49:6. 53:11, 12. Da 2:34, 35, 44. +Da 7:13, 14. Zc 2:8, 8, 10, 11, 12. +Zc 6:13. +Zc 14:9. Mt 6:13. Lk 24:26. Jn 12:41. Ac 26:22, 23. +1 Th 2:12.
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Daily Bible Nugget #605, Luke 24:27

The Nugget:

Luk 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. (KJV)

My Comment:

Is Jesus Christ mentioned in the Old Testament?

Jesus said, most emphatically, that He is mentioned there:

Joh 5:45  Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
Joh 5:46  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
Joh 5:47  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

On the road to Emmaus Jesus explained the Scriptures in considerable detail to the two sorrowing disciples, showing them that the Messiah must first suffer before He can enter into His glory (Luke 24:26). It was only after what they thought was a complete stranger began to eat with them that they recognized the stranger for who He really was: the Risen Lord Jesus Christ.

It would be wonderful for us if we could have a video recording in our language to learn directly from Jesus Himself just what he taught them that day about what we call Messianic prophecy.

I think we can come very close to what He must have said by carefully studying the cross references for Luke 24:27, 44, 45 as given below taken from The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. This lesson ought to demonstrate once and for all that The New Treasury of Scripture KnowledgeNelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible, and The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury are Bible study resources that enable far more effective Bible study than even Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to the Bible  when studying a subject like this.

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE:  Getting Hooked on the Book
SUBJECT:  New Treasury Introduction

SESSION FIVE:  Christ’s Appeal to Scripture

MATERIALS NEEDED:  Furnish each student with a Bible and a New Treasury.

LESSON OBJECTIVE:  Discover that Christ’s appeal to Scripture to assert and prove his messiahship necessarily involved comparing Scripture with Scripture.

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Luke 24:27, 44, 45.

Luk 24:27  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luk 24:44  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Luk 24:45  Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

PROCEDURE:

A. Raise the questions:

  1. What is messianic prophecy?

 

  1. Why is a concordance an unsuitable Bible study tool to study messianic prophecy?

 

  1. What Bible study tool permits the study of messianic prophecy?

 

  1. If it is clear that Jesus himself taught that He was revealed in the Old Testament, how does this provide us with the Scriptural authority for studying the Bible for ourselves in this manner?

B. Consult the notes and references in the New Treasury provided at the Lesson Scripture Texts, Luke 24:27, 44, 45.

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references supplied to each clause of this lesson’s Scripture text, answer the question:

 

“What common thread of truth ties this set of references together?”

 

  1. What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subjects dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?

 

  1. What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?

 

 

Luke 24:27, 44, 45.

 

  1. beginningFS180A, +Ge 4:20.  ver. *44 (Luke 24:44).  +*Ge 3:15.  12:3.  18:18.  *Ge 22:18.  *Ge 26:4.  28:14.  +*Ge 49:10.  Ex 12:3-28, 43-51.  Leviticus chapter =16.  Nu 20:11.  21:6, 7, 8, 9.  24:17.  *Dt 18:15.  +*Jn 5:39, 45, 46, 47.  Ac 3:22.  7:37.  8:35.  28:23.  at MosesFS121A6, +Lk 16:29.  Lk 16:16.  Jn 1:45.  3:14.  +*Jn 5:39, 45, 46, 47.  Ac 3:22.  7:2-53.  8:35.  13:27.  28:23.  and all.  ver. 25 (Luke 24:25).  2 S 7:12, 13, 14, 15, 16.  *Ps 16:9, 10.  132:11.  +*Is 7:14.  +*Is 9:6, 7.  *Is 40:10, 11.  *Is 50:6.  52:13, 14.  Isaiah chapter *53.  Is 61:1.  +*Je 23:5, 6.  *Je 33:14, 15.  *Ezk 34:23.  *Ezk 37:25.  Da 7:13, 14.  +*Da 9:24, 25, 26.  Jon 1:17.  3:5.  +*Mic 5:2, 3, 4.  7:20.  Zc 6:12.  *Zc 9:9.  12:10.  *Zc 13:7.  *Ml 3:1, 2, 3.  4:2.  *Jn 1:45.  *Ac 3:24.  *Ac 10:43.  13:27, 28, 29, 30.  28:23.  *Re 19:10.  the prophets.  Christ’s actual citations from the prophets given in the gospels are:  (1) Mt 9:13 with Ho 6:6.  (2) Mt 10:35, 36 w Mic 7:6.  (3) Mt 11:10 w Mal 3:1.  (4) Mt 11:28, 29, 30 w Je 6:16.  (5) Mt 12:7 w Ho 6:6.  (6) Mt 12:18 w Is 42:1, 2, 3.  (7) Mt 12:21 w Is 42:4.  (8) Mt 12:39, 40, 41, 42 w Jon 1:17.  (9) Mt 13:14 w Is 6:9, 10.  (10) Mt 15:8 w Is 29:13.  (11) Mt 21:5 w Zc 9:9.  (12) Mt 21:13 w Je 7:11.  (13) Mt 24:15 w Da 9:27.  (14) Mt 27:9 w Zc 11:13.  (15) Mk 7:6 w Is 29:13.  (16) Mk 9:44 w Is 66:24.  (17) Mk 11:17 w Is 56:7.  (18) Mk 13:14 w Da 9:27.  (19) Mk 14:27 w Zc 13:7.  (20) Lk 4:18 w Is 61:1, 2 and Is 58:6.  (21) Lk 7:27 w Mal 3:1.  (22) Lk 12:53 w Mic 7:6.  (23) Lk 19:46 w Is 56:7 and Je 7:11.  (24) Jn 6:45 w Is 54:13.  expounded.  T#1015.  Ac 17:2, 3.  *S#1329g, ‘diermeeneuo.’  Ac 9:36 (by interpretation).  1 Cor 12:30 (interpret).  1 Cor 14:5, 13, 27.  See *S#1328g, 1 Cor 14:28 (interpreter).  For related words, see +*Mk 5:41.  all the scriptures.  ver. 32, 45 (Luke 24:32, 45).  Mt 21:42.  concerning himself.  “Jesus found himself in the Old Testament, a thing that some modern scholars do not seem able to do” (A. T. Robertson, Word Pictures, vol. 2, p. 294).  +*Jn 5:39.

44. These are the words.  ver. *6, *7 (Luke 24:6, 7).  *Lk 9:22.  *Lk 18:31-33.  *Mt 16:21.  17:22, 23.  20:18, 19.  Mk 8:31, 32.  9:31.  10:33, 34.  +*Jn 2:18, 19, 20, 21, 22.  while I.  Jn 16:4, 5, 16, 17.  *Jn 17:11, 12, 13.  Ac 9:39.  that all.  ver. *26, *27, *46 (Lk 24:26, 27, 46).  Lk 21:22.  *Mt 26:54, 56.  Jn 19:24-37.  Ac 3:18.  13:29, 30, 31, 33.  +*1 Cor 15:3, 4.  in the law.  +*Ge 3:15.  14:18.  +*Ge 22:18.  +**Ge 49:10.  Le 16:2, etc.  *Nu 21:8, 9.  *Nu 35:25.  *Dt 18:15, 16, 17, 18, 19.  *Jn 3:14, 15.  *Jn 5:46, 47.  7:23.  *Ac 3:22, 23, 24.  7:37.  He 3:5.  7:1, 2, 3.  9:8, 9, 10, 11, 12.  10:1.  in the prophets.  ver. +*Lk 24:27 note.  +*Is 7:14.  +*Is 9:6, 7.  *Is 11:1-10.  28:16.  *Is 40:1, 2, 3, 4-11.  *Is 42:1, 2, 3, 4.  49:1-8.  50:2, 3, 4, 5, 6.  *Is 52:13, 14, 15.  +*Is 53:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.  *Is 61:1, 2, 3.  +*Je 23:5, 6.  33:14, 15.  Ezk 17:22, 23, 24.  *Ezk 34:23, 24.  *Da 2:44.  *Da 7:13, 14.  +*Da 9:24, 25, 26, 27.  Ho 1:7, 8, 9, 10, 11.  *Ho 3:5.  +*Joel 2:28, 29, 30, 31, 32.  Am 9:11, 12.  +*Mic 5:1, 2, 3, 4.  *Hag 2:7, 8, 9.  Zec 6:12, 13.  9:9.  11:8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.  *Zec 12:10.  13:7.  *Zec 14:4.  *Mal 3:1, 2, 3.  4:2, 3, 4, 5, 6.  Ac 28:23.  in the psalms.  Ps chapter 2.  +*Ps 16:9, 10, 11.  Psalm chapter 22.  34:20.  40:6, 7, 8.  68:18.  Psalm chapter 69.  Ps 72:1-19. Psalm chapter 88.  Ps 109:4-20.  Psalm chapter 110.  Ps 118:22, 23, 24, 25, 26.  132:11.  +**Jn 5:39.  +*Ac 17:2, 3.  1 P 1:11.  *Re 19:10.

45. opened.  T#1056.  +*Ge 3:7.  *Ex 4:11.  Jb 33:16.  36:10.  **Ps 119:18.  Is 29:10, 11, 12. *Is 29:18. *Is 29:19.  *Jn 2:22.  *Ac 16:14.  *Ac 26:18.  1 Cor 2:11. * 2 Cor 3:14, 15, 16, 17, 18.  %*2 Cor 4:4, 5, 6.  Ep 5:14.  1 J 5:20.  Re 3:7.  the scriptures.  ver. 27, 32 (Luke 24:27, 32).  Mt 21:42.

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #604, Luke 4:18

The Nugget:

Luke 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

My Comment:

We might learn how we should study and teach the Bible by carefully noting how our Lord Jesus Christ taught Scripture. From Luke 4:18 it is clear that he compared Scripture with Scripture. It is also clear in context that He understood that there are unannounced time gaps within what appear to be single prophecies, which is why He closed the Book and stopped the Scripture reading where He did (see Isaiah 61:2 note in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury).

If you  read carefully the notes for Luke 4:18 in the lesson given below, you will learn the answer to what some scholars and many unbelieving skeptics pose as mistakes in the text of the New Testament when you learn about Composite Quotations.

The Lesson:

SERIES TITLE:  Getting Hooked on the Book
SUBJECT:  New Treasury Introduction

SESSION FOUR:  By What Authority?

MATERIALS NEEDED:  Furnish each student with a Bible and a New Treasury.

LESSON OBJECTIVE:  Upon examining Scripture evidence as to our Lord’s manner of teaching Scripture, recognize that He compared Scripture with Scripture.

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Luke 4:18

  1. TheFS92A, Mt +1:23 FS92D2.  Gnome;  or, Quotation F/S 790.  Where the words are cited from the Septuagint.  Here, from Is 61:1, 2.  Spirit.  Gr.  ‘pneuma,’ FS121A1, +Lk 1:17.  Ps 45:7.  *Is 11:2, 3, 4, 5.  42:1, 2, 3, 4.  48:16.  50:4.  59:21.  Mt 12:18.  Mk 1:10.  Ac 1:2.  *Ac 10:38.  anointed.  Ps 2:2, 6 mg.  +*Ps 45:7.  *Da 9:24.  Jn 1:41 mg.  Ac 4:27.  *Ac 10:38.  to preach.  Lk 6:20.  7:22.  Is 29:19.  *Is 66:2.  Zp 3:12.  Zc 11:11.  +*Mt 5:3.  11:5.  *Ja 2:5.  hath sent.  $Is 61:2.  Lk 1:78.  *Jn 3:34.  *Col 2:9.  to heal.  2 Ch 34:27.  Ps 34:18.  51:17.  *Ps 147:3.  +*Is 57:15.  66:2.  +*Ezk 9:4.  to preach deliverance.  Ps 102:20.  107:10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.  146:7.  Is 42:7.  45:13.  49:9, 24, 25.  52:2, 3.  Zc 9:11, 12.  *Mt 4:16.  +*Mt 11:28.  *Jn 8:36.  Col 1:13.  *2 Tim 2:26.  and recovering.  *Ps 146:8.  Is 29:18, 19.  32:3.  35:5.  42:16, 17, 18.  60:1, 2.  Ml 4:2.  Mt 4:16.  9:27, 28, 29, 30.  *Mt 11:5.  Jn 9:39, 40, 41.  12:46.  *Ac 26:18.  Ep 5:8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 14.  1 Th 5:5, 6.  1 P 2:9.  1 J 2:8, 9, 10.  sight.  +Ge 3:7.  to set.  Notice that our Lord here cites >Is 58:6 with his reading from Is 61:1, 2, thus forming a composite quotation (+*Mt 27:9 note).  This gives us insight into the fact that our Lord himself compared Scripture with Scripture in expounding its meaning (+*Lk 24:27, 44, 45.  +*Jn 5:39.  +*Ac 17:11).  FS92G.  Gnome:  Composite Quotations F/S 799, where several citations are amalgamated.  For other instances of this figure see  Mt 21:5, 13.  Mk 1:2, 3.  Lk 1:16, 17.  Ac 1:20.  Ro 3:10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.  9:33.  11:8, 26, 27.  1 C 15:54, 55.  2 C 6:16.  Ga 3:8.  He 9:19, 20.  1 P 2:7.  at liberty.  *Ro 6:13, 14, 18.  bruised.  +*Ge 3:15.  **Is 42:3.  Mt 12:20.

 

Matthew 27:9.

Mat 27:9  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;

  1. fulfilled.  Mt 1:22.  +Lk 24:27.  spokenFS106, +Ge 31:7by.  Mt 24:15.  Jeremy.  The words here quoted are not found in Jeremiah, but in Zechariah;  and a variety of conjectures have been formed, in order to reconcile the discrepancy.  The most probable opinion seems to be, that the name of the prophet was originally omitted by the Evangelist, and that the name of Jeremiah was added by some subsequent copyist.  It is omitted in two MSS. of the twelfth century, in the Syriac, later Persic, two of the Itala, and in some other Latin copies;  and what renders it highly probable that the original reading was ‘dia tou prophatou,’ by the prophet, is, that St. Matthew frequently omits the name of the prophet in his quotations.  See Mt 1:22.  2:5, 15.  13:35.  21:4.  This omission is approved of by Bengel, Dr. A. Clarke, and Horne.  Nevertheless, the reading “Jeremy” is firmly established, being supported by numerous significant early manuscript witnesses, as well as later ones, and must be accepted as the correct reading (see a modern listing and brief discussion of this evidence in Bruce M. Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament, p. 66).  It is possible, as noted in the Companion Bible margin, and its Appendix 161, to understand that this prophecy was spoken by Jeremiah, not written, and to take the apparent citation of Zc 11:12, 13, as a parenthetical statement within words otherwise attributed to Jeremiah.  More likely, this is a composite quotation from Zc 11:13, Je 18:18, and 32:6, etc., and the prophecy is referred to Jeremiah as the more prominent of the two.  In Mark 1:2, etc., the composite quotation from Isaiah and Malachi is similarly referred to Isaiah (see A.T. Robertson, Word Pictures, vol. 1, p. 224).  For other instances of composite quotations see (1) Mt 21:5. Is 62:11 with Zc 9:9.  (2) Mt 21:13. Is 56:7 w Je 7:11;  (3) Mk 1:2, 3.  Ml 3:1 w Is 40:3.  (4) Lk 3:4, 5.  Ml 3:1 w Is 40:3.  (5) Lk 4:18.  Is 61:1, 2 w Is 58:6.  (6) Ac 1:20.  Ps 69:25 w Ps 109:8.  (7) Ro 3:10, 11, 12.  Ec 7:20 w Ps 14:2, 3 w Ps 53:2, 3.  (8) Ro 3:13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.  Ps 5:9 w Is 59:7, 8 w Ps 36:1.  (9) Ro 9:33.  Is 28:16 w Is 8:14.  (10) Ro 11:26, 27.  Is 59:20, 21 w Is 27:9.  (11) 1 C 15:54, 55, 56.  Is 25:8 w Ho 13:14.  (12) 2 Cor 6:16.  Le 26:11, 12 w Ezk 37:27.  (13) Ga 3:8.  Ge 12:3 w Ge 18:18.  (14) 1 P 2:7, 8.  Ps 118:22 w Is 8:14.  And theyFS92C, +Mt 2:15.  Je 32:6, 7, 8, 9.  >Zc 11:12, 13.  thirty.  Mt 26:15.  Ex 21:32.  Le 27:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.  pieces of silver.  =Ge 37:28.  >Zc 11:13.  of the children of Israel did value.  or, bought of the children of Israel.

 

PROCEDURE:

  1. Raise the questions:

1)        How did Jesus teach from Scripture?

 

2)        How can we today learn from Scripture in the same manner?

 

  1. Consult the notes and references in the New Treasury provided at Luke 4:18.

 

CONCLUSION:

  1. After consulting the references supplied to EACH clause of this lesson’s Scripture text, answer the question:

 

What common thread of truth ties together the references gathered for this word, phrase, or clause?

 

  1. What conclusions do you draw about the Bible’s own teaching regarding the subjects dealt with in this lesson’s Scripture text?

 

  1. What instruction or encouragement do you derive from the insights received from this comparison of related Bible texts?
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