Daily Bible Nugget #633, 1 Corinthians 13:4

The Nugget:

1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, (KJV)

1Co 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, is not puffed up; (EMTV, English Majority Text Version)

1Co 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant (ESV, English Standard Version)

1Co 13:4  Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant. (GW, God’s Word translation)

1Co 13:4 Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride; (BBE, Bible in Basic English)

My Comment:

I wonder if it might be the case that love is something we must learn or be taught. I remember that some of my high school students believed it was important to distinguish infatuation and lust from genuine love–at least that is what some wrote in their free writing compositions.

The Apostle Paul has written what is one of the most famous descriptions of genuine love. He tells us that love is patient, it is never tired of waiting.

Love is kind.

Love does not envy. Love isn’t jealous.

Love does not boast–it does not sing its own praises, it has no high opinion of itself.

Love is not puffed up. Love is not arrogant, it has no pride.

Each of these attributes of love may be studied more deeply by consulting the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge or The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury. I share these references from the UCRT below:

1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

1 Corinthians 13:4

Charity. FS18, +Deut 28:4.

suffereth long. FS155F, +Gen 4:7, 1Co 13:7, +*Exo 34:6; +*Exo 34:7, Num 12:3, Pro 10:12; Pro 14:29; Pro 17:9, Mat 20:24, Mar 12:31, Luk 6:37; *Luk 17:4, Rom 12:17; Rom 13:10, 2Co 6:6, +**Gal 5:22, +Eph 4:2, *Col 1:11; **Col 3:12, 1Th 5:14, 2Ti 2:10; +*2Ti 2:25; 2Ti 3:10; 2Ti 4:2, Jas 3:17, 1Pe 4:8.

and. FS41, +Gen 10:1.

is kind. FS155F, +Gen 4:7, Rth 3:10, Neh 9:17, Psa 35:13, 14, Pro 19:22; Pro 31:20; Pro 31:26, Mat 5:44, +*Luk 6:35; +*Luk 6:36, Joh 13:34, Act 11:29, *Rom 12:10; +**Rom 15:7, 2Co 6:6; 2Co 7:13, *Gal 5:22, **Eph 4:32, Col 3:12, 1Pe 3:8, +*2Pe 1:7, *1Jn 3:16, 17, 18, 19; 1Jn 4:11.

envieth. Gr. zēloō (S# G2206, Act 7:9). 1Co 3:3, Gen 16:4; Gen 30:1; Gen 37:11, Num 11:29, Jdg 8:2, +Psa 37:1, Mat 27:18, +Act 7:9, +*Rom 1:29; Rom 13:13, 2Co 12:20, Gal 5:21; Gal 5:26, Php 1:15, 1Ti 6:4, Tit 3:3, Jas 3:14, 15, 16; Jas 4:5, 1Pe 2:1.

vaunteth not itself. or, is not rash. +*Jdg 11:30; +*Jdg 11:31, 1Sa 25:21, 22; 1Sa 25:33, 34, 1Ki 20:10, 11, Psa 10:5, Pro 13:10; Pro 17:14; Pro 25:8, 9, 10, Ecc 7:8, 9; Ecc 10:4, Dan 3:19, 20, 21, 22.

is not puffed up. +1Co 4:6; +1Co 4:18; 1Co 5:2; 1Co 8:1, Luk 7:6, 7; Luk 22:24, Eph 4:2, Php 2:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Col 2:18.

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Posture in Prayer

The Nugget:

Mat 26:39  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

The Muslim Challenge:

Can Christians reply logically?
Why don’t the Christian pray like Jesus did in the Bible? Matthew 26:39

My Reply:

As usual, our dear Muslim friends often misuse and misinterpret verses in the Bible to try to prove their point.

Here is the text of Matthew 26:39,

Mat 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Because Jesus “fell on His face,” Muslims jump to the false conclusion that Jesus must be a Muslim.

The Bible records many different postures assumed during prayer, and does not suggest one position is better than another:

Prayer, posture during

(1) kneeling, +Dan 6:10 (T1259). Psa 95:6. (2) sitting, Jdg 20:26 note, congregation seated. 1Ch 17:16, individual seated. (3) standing, Mar 11:25. (4) hands spread out, Exo 9:29. (5) hands lifted, 1Ti 2:8. (6) head bowed, Gen 24:26. (7) eyes uplifted, Psa 121:1. (8) with face to ground, Neh 8:6. (9) Falling on face, Num 16:22. (10) Bowing the knees, Isa 45:23. (11) Toward the Temple in Jerusalem, Psa 5:7. (12) Looking up, Psa 5:3.

[From the index entry in my books, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and its electronic update, The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury.]

Secondly, Muslims frequently engage in anachronistic thinking. Jesus was here on earth many centuries before Mohammed came on the earthly scene. Jesus and everyone else who lived before the time of Mohammed could hardly be considered Muslim!

The opening post contains more mistaken assertions than there is space to answer here.

But I will address one more. The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, has NOTHING to do with Mohammed, who entered this earthly scene six or seven centuries after Jesus made the promise. But Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Spirit (Luke 24:49. John 14:16, 26. Acts 1:4, 5. Acts 2:1, 2, 3, 4, 33). The Holy Spirit was given to those disciples on what is called Pentecost, just a few days, not hundreds of years, later. Anyone who actually read the Bible carefully would surely know these things.

 

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Who Wrote the Four Gospels?

The Muslim Challenge:

“If only we knew who wrote them [the four Gospels] then it would be more believable.”

My response:

You claim, “you are like the only person in the world to claim it is clearly written by the author, whos name you have not mentioned yet? Please tell us who are the authors of the gospels according to Mathew, Mark, luke, and john are.”

And what is the basis of your claim?

The internal evidences within the documents themselves demonstrate that Matthew wrote Matthew; Mark wrote the Gospel of Mark; Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts; John wrote the Gospel of John.

 

Muslim answer:

If Mathew wrote Mathew would he label it according to Mathew  doesn’t make sense

The fact its labelled according to means a third person wrote it.. who is that third person??

 

My response:

It is not up to you or me to dictate how writers at the time of Jesus and immediately after choose to identify themselves as the authors of the books they wrote.

We receive the writings found in the New Testament as reliable historical records about the life, words, and deeds of our Lord Jesus Christ. We receive these New Testament writings as a reliable historical record of the formation of the original New Testament church as recorded in the book of Acts. You are well aware, I’m sure, that the book of Acts was written by Luke. The writings of Paul also reflect the development of the New Testament church. There are many “undesigned coincidences” between the book of Acts and the letters of Paul which demonstrate that these are accurate historical records about people, places, and events. See the book by William Paley, Horae Paulinae.

 

That Matthew wrote the Gospel of Matthew is confirmed by the fact that he includes material that only he was in a position to know first hand. This is especially true of what Matthew records about how the guards of the tomb of Christ went to their authorities to report that on the third day the tomb was empty. They were told to report that the disciples came and stole the body while they slept. Matthew would have access to that information because as a former tax collector (called “publican” in the KJV), he had inside contacts who would know of these things.

That Mark wrote the Gospel of Mark is evidenced by the fact that Mark includes a brief mention of himself when as a young man he was present at the arrest of our Lord Jesus Christ in the garden and he escaped capture under rather embarrassing circumstances.

Luke identifies himself in both of his writings (Luke and Acts) by the formal prefaces he wrote for both works. Luke tells us he most carefully secured information from actual eye witnesses who were there when the events Luke records happened. Certainly one of the sources Luke used was the mother of Jesus herself, for only Mary could tell of the things Mary said she “kept in her heart.” Luke is a much more accurate historian than his contemporary critics.

John includes in his Gospel a sworn statement as to its accuracy and authenticity. John reports things he heard and saw that no other person was in the same position to hear and see.

All these things and much more can be verified by anyone who would take the time to read these historically accurate accounts preserved as primary source documents in the New Testament.

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #632, Luke 23:43

The Nugget:

Luke 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

The Context:

Luk 23:33  And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

Luk 23:34  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Luk 23:35  And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.

Luk 23:36  And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,

Luk 23:37  And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

Luk 23:38  And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Luk 23:39  And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.

Luk 23:40  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

Luk 23:41  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

Luk 23:42  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

Luk 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

The Muslim Challenge:

“So who recorded the conversation between Jesus and the two people who was on the cross with him?”

My Answer:

If you read the historical record in the New Testament, the answer is rather obvious. John the beloved disciple was there. The mother of Jesus was there. Many other witnesses were there. Since Jesus rose bodily from the dead on the third day, He was there and lived to tell the story.

A follow-up question:

There are different accounts of that story cos one of the gospels said everyone fled while another mentions Mary and a few disciples. The question is which version is accurate?

My Response:

Mat 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

Notice that the moment when all the disciples fled was when Jesus was taken, not when He was on the cross.

Therefore, both “versions” are correct and non-contradictory.

See also:

John 18:7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.

Joh 18:8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:

Joh 18:9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

 

Another question:

Who wrote Matthew, Mark ,Luke and John? It is assumed Paul the guy who fell on his ass and had a sudden transformation wrote it but nevertheless all gospel writers are unknown Greeks, so one should take a verse with a bag of salt before one believes it.

 

My Answer:

Clearly, the historical evidence is that the Gospel of Matthew was written by Matthew. The Gospel of Mark was written by Mark. The Gospel of Luke was written by Luke, who also wrote the book of Acts. The Gospel of John was written by John.

There is no legitimate basis to question the authorship of these historical documents. They constitute what are called primary source documents, as are all 27 books in the New Testament.

There are internal evidences in each book which securely connect each author with his book. For example, Matthew was a tax collector. He clearly had contacts with other tax collectors and officials. Recall that after Matthew was called to follow Jesus, Matthew held a meal with Jesus and his own tax collector friends (called “publicans” in the KJV). Knowing this, we have the basis for how Matthew was able to record inside information about the guards who allegedly “slept” while they were on duty while our Lord Jesus Christ was in the tomb until the “third day,” when He arose bodily from the dead.

Mark includes a bit of his own eye-witness testimony when he records what happened to him as he escaped the scene of the arrest of Jesus.

Luke declares his purpose in writing his Gospel and the efforts as an historian to procure information from eye-witness participants in the events he records in his Gospel as declared in his introduction. It turns out, upon careful investigation, that Luke was meticulously accurate in every detail he records, far more accurate than his modern critics.

John records in his Gospel facts and incidents he was eye-witness to that only John was in a position to observe, know, and accurately record. He testifies in a manner of affirming a formal legal oath to the truth of what he recorded in his Gospel. John’s connections to others mentioned in the New Testament record significantly relate to the now obvious correctness and reality of what he has recorded. For example, why was John selected by Jesus as He spoke words on the cross as the person Jesus wanted to take care of his own mother? A careful study of the relationships among those present at the cross during the crucifixion of Christ will reveal the answer most clearly.

Anyone who denies the historicity of the Gospels and the New Testament as a whole has failed to read these historical documents carefully.

As for Paul, he had no part in writing the four Gospels, though he certainly knew their content, or the persons, speeches, and events recorded in them, intimately, as is clear by the many references he makes to them in his own writings.

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Daily Bible Nugget #631, 1 Corinthians 7:14

The Nugget:

1Co 7:14  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. (KJV)

1Co 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is consecrated by union with his wife and the unbelieving wife by union with her Christian husband, for otherwise your children would be unblessed, but in this way they are consecrated. (Williams NT)

1Co 7:14  Actually, the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and an unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise, their children would be unacceptable to God, but now they are acceptable to him. (God’s Word translation)

My Comment:

This completes the sequence of Daily Bible Nuggets based upon the cross references given at Luke 9:47 for the key words “a child”:

Luk 9:47  Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he took a little child and had him stand beside him.

a child. Luk 10:21; Luk 17:2; Luk 18:16, 17, Mat 11:25; Mat 18:6; Mat 19:13, 14, 15; Mat 21:16, Mar 9:42; Mar 10:13, 14, 15, 16, +*1Co 7:14.

If you have been reading this series (or if you now  take the time to do so), you may be surprised by how  much of the Bible studying these references has or will lead to.

To dig still deeper into 1 Corinthians 7:14,

Study the cross references given in the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury: 

1 Corinthians 7:14

the unbelieving husband. 1Co 6:15, 16, 17, Ezr 9:1, 2, 1Ti 4:5, *Tit 1:15.

sanctified. FS108B40, +Jer 12:3, +1Co 1:2, Lev 21:15, Deut 29:15, +Isa 8:13, Joh 17:17; Joh 17:19.

else were. Lev 12:7, *Deut 23:2; +*Deut 29:11 note. Ezr 9:2; Ezr 10:3, Isa 52:1, *Mal 2:15; *Mal 2:16, Act 10:23, Act 16:1, **Rom 11:16.

children. +*Act 16:15.

unclean. Act 10:14; Act 10:28; Act 11:8.

holy. “When Paul writes that the children of believers are ’holy’ he certainly does not mean they are all regenerated. This is not an ethical holiness, but a covenant holiness. From the whole context it appears that the apostle regards the children as being in the Covenant of Grace in distinction from the world. To them belong the promises of the Covenant of Grace which can all be summarized in that one phrase, ’to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee,’ *Gen 17:7, +*Act 2:39” (William Masselink, Why Thousand Years, p. 80). There is no evidence in Scripture to suggest that Jesus, in establishing his church, determined to confer a lesser standing to children under the New Covenant than they had under the Old Covenant. “They are included in the church, and have a right to be so regarded. The child of a Jewish parent had a right to circumcision, and to all the privileges of the theocracy. So the child of a Christian parent has a right to baptism and to all the privileges of the church, so long as he is represented by his parent; that is, until he arrives at the period of life when he is entitled and bound to act for himself. Then his relation to the church depends upon his own act. The church is the same in all ages. And it is most instructive to observe how the writers of the New Testament quietly take for granted that the great principles which underlie the old dispensation, are still in force under the new” (Charles Hodge, Comm. on 1 Corinthians, p. 117). +*Gen 17:7, +*Deut 29:11 note. +*Neh 12:43, +*Isa 42:6, Jer 32:39, *Mal 2:15, %Mat 16:18 note. Mat 18:17; **Mat 19:13, 14, 15; Mat 23:23 note. Mar 10:14, +*Luk 18:15; +*Luk 18:16, +*Act 2:39; Act 16:15 note. **Rom 11:16, Gal 3:28, Col 2:11, 12.

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Daily Bible Nugget #630, Mark 10:14

The Nugget:

Mar 10:14  But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. (KJV)

Mar 10:14 But Jesus seeing it , was indignant, and said to them, Suffer the little children to come to me; forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God. (Darby)

Mar 10:14 When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said, “Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God. (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

The Context:

Mar 10:13 Some people brought their children to Jesus so that he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him.
Mar 10:14 When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said, “Let the children come to me! Don’t try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God.
Mar 10:15 I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does.”
Mar 10:16 Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them by placing his hands on them. (CEV)

My Comment:

Do you want to make our Lord Jesus Christ angry? Mess with His children.

The strong emotion Jesus displayed  when the disciples blocked access to Him so that He would not be bothered demonstrates the love and care Jesus has for all children.

Jesus used the example of how children trusted Him to illustrate the attitude we must have to get into God’s kingdom.

We need to cultivate that attitude in ourselves and share it with our children.

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Daily Bible Nugget #629, Mark 9:42

The Nugget:

Mar 9:42  And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.  (KJV)

Mar 9:42 And whoever leads one of these lowly believers to do wrong, might better have a huge millstone hung around his neck and be thrown into the sea. (Williams NT)

Mar 9:42 And, if any one puts a snare in the way of one of these lowly ones who believe in me, it would be far better for him if he had been thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. (Twentieth Century New Testament)

The Context:

Mar 9:42  And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
Mar 9:43  And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:44  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:45  And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Mar 9:46  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:47  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:
Mar 9:48  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
Mar 9:49  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
Mar 9:50  Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another. (KJV)

My Comment:

There is an interesting parallel passage for the expression “it is better” found above in Mark 9:42 given in Mark 14:21,

Mark 14:21
21  The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
King James Version

Jesus warned about offending “one of these little ones that believe in me.” Reading the different English translations I shared above, “offending” means and includes leading another to do wrong and putting “a snare in the way of one of these lowly ones who believe in me.” Anyone who would entrap a child in evil merits a place in hell, “into the fire that never shall be quenched.”

Failure to thoroughly teach and ground young people in the truth of the Bible has led to a considerable falling away from the Christian faith for many once they reach college. Such loss of faith is uncalled  for. Parents, churches, pastors, and Sunday school teachers need to take the subjects of apologetics, Christian evidences, and hermeneutics seriously and teach them to our young people.

 

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Daily Bible Nugget #628, Romans 8:28

The Nugget:

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV)

Rom 8:28 And we are conscious that all things are working together for good to those who have love for God, and have been marked out by his purpose. (Bible in Basic English)

Rom 8:28 We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose, (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

My Comment:

Looking back over many years, I can see how God has used “life interruptions” to work out His will for my life. While I could not see the outcome of such interruptions at the time, it is evident to me that God has been faithful to His word in the Bible.

Today, March 13, 2021, is the anniversary date of one of the more dramatic interruptions that took place 35 years ago.

The publisher asked me to add a sentence or so to the Preface of the New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge about this incident. In response to this request, I added the following to my Preface: “I almost did not live to finish my editorial work on the New Treasury, for I was shot in the head by an unknown assailant on March 13, 1986, when I had typed the text only as far as 1 Samuel 3. The Lord miraculously spared my life. During my recovery I kept working on the book, often without income. This time away from teaching permitted a more thorough revision and expansion than I originally planned.”

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Daily Bible Nugget #627, Mark 9:42

The Nugget:

Mar 9:42  And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

The Preceding Context:

Mar 9:38  And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
Mar 9:39  But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
Mar 9:40  For he that is not against us is on our part.
Mar 9:41  For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

My Comment:

The preceding context concludes with a  promise that even just the gift of a cup of water to drink shall be rewarded accordingly.

Then follows a contrasting warning that whoever may offend “one of these little ones that believe in me,” it would be “better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.”

More insight can be gained by a study of what the rest of the Bible teaches about “offend.”

Here are the cross references for your study:

offend. or, shall have caused to stumble. Mar 14:18, Isa 9:16, +Mat 17:27; *Mat 18:6; *Mat 18:10, *Luk 17:1; *Luk 17:2, Rom 14:13; Rom 14:15; Rom 14:21; Rom 16:17, 1Co 8:7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13; 1Co 10:32, 33, 2Co 6:3, Php 1:10, 1Ti 5:14, 15, 2Pe 2:2.

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Daily Bible Nugget #626, Matthew 12:3

The Nugget:

Mat 12:3  But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; (KJV)

Mat 12:3 But He said to them, “Did you never read what David did, when he and his soldiers became hungry? (Williams NT)

The Context:

Mat 12:1 One Sabbath, Jesus and his disciples were walking through some wheat fields. His disciples were hungry and began picking and eating grains of wheat.
Mat 12:2 Some Pharisees noticed this and said to Jesus, “Why are your disciples picking grain on the Sabbath? They are not supposed to do that!”
Mat 12:3 Jesus answered: You surely must have read what David did when he and his followers were hungry.
Mat 12:4 He went into the house of God, and then they ate the sacred loaves of bread that only priests are supposed to eat.
Mat 12:5 Haven’t you read in the Law of Moses that the priests are allowed to work in the temple on the Sabbath? But no one says that they are guilty of breaking the law of the Sabbath.
Mat 12:6 I tell you that there is something here greater than the temple.
Mat 12:7 Don’t you know what the Scriptures mean when they say, “Instead of offering sacrifices to me, I want you to be merciful to others?” If you knew what this means, you would not condemn these innocent disciples of mine.
Mat 12:8 So the Son of Man is Lord over the Sabbath. (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

My Comment:

Jesus emphasized the importance of reading, searching, and studying the Bible. Jesus affirmed by His example that the Bible is the only source of divinely inspired instruction, teaching, and doctrinal authority. Therefore, it is most important that we continue to read and study the Bible for ourselves.

UCRT Cross reference Bible study and notes for Matthew 12:3

I placed the following references and notes in the Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury at Matthew 12:3,

Matthew 12:3

Have ye not read. Mat 12:5, Mat 19:4; +Mat 21:16; +Mat 21:42; Mat 22:31, Mar 2:25; Mar 12:10; Mar 12:26, Luk 6:3; Luk 10:26.

Jesus appealed repeatedly to the Bible alone as the source of spiritual authority. Notice the preceding cross references which document Christ’s repeated question, “Have ye not read?” Jesus expected his hearers to have read the Bible. He expects them to understand what they read (Mat 24:15 note). His question, “Have ye not read?” is recorded ten times!

Jesus referred to seven distinct passages (Gen 1:27 at Mat 19:4; Exo 3:6 at Mat 22:31, 32; Lev 24:6, 7, 8, 9 at Mat 12:3; Num 28:9, 10 at Mat 12:5; 1Sa 21:6 at Mat 12:3; Psa 8:2 at Mat 21:16; Psa 118:22 at Mat 21:42).

Jesus appealed to the Bible as His authority many times, but never once did he appeal to the authority of the religious leaders in Israel (Pharisees or Sadducees), or to religious tradition. He commanded to “Search the Scriptures” (Joh 5:39). Two dozen times Jesus cites the Old Testament Prophets as recorded in the New Testament (Luk 24:27 note). Even during His temptation in the wilderness, Jesus cited the Scripture, not tradition, when he resisted the Devil successfully. It seems we could learn something from that (Mat 4:4; Mat 4:6, 7; Mat 4:10).

That the New Testament was written by the authority of Christ may be legitimately inferred from the fact that:
(1) John explicitly records that Jesus Christ commanded him to write (Rev 1:19).
(2) Jesus directly promised that the Holy Spirit would guide his apostles into all truth and bring all things to their remembrance (Joh 16:12, 13).

Thus, as they wrote the writings we now have in the New Testament we are assured of their accuracy for they were written under divine inspiration (2Ti 3:16, 2Pe 1:21). Peter called the letters written by Paul “Scripture” (2Pe 3:16), and clearly possessed them as a well-known collection. Paul cites the words of Jesus, quoting them exactly, from Luk 10:7 in 1Ti 5:17, 18, The book of Revelation makes at least four direct quotations from the Gospels.

By John’s death, the entire New Testament as we have it today was available and being read by or to all genuine Christians. Thus the claim by some Roman Catholics that Jesus gave us the Church, not the Bible, as our teaching authority and source of spiritual truth, the “pillar and ground of the truth” (1Ti 3:15 note), is untrue, for Jesus himself appealed to the authority of Scripture, not tradition or the religious institution of his day. Mat 9:13; +*Mat 22:29, Lev 10:16, 17, 18, 19, 20, +Deut 17:19, +*Psa 119:139, Act 13:27.

what David did. *1Sa 21:3, 4, 5, 6, Mar 2:25, 26, Luk 6:3.

and they. 1Sa 21:1, 2.

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