For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.Matthew 6:21 (KJV)
Your – The word in Greek is hymōn which finds its root in hymeis, the plural form of this possessive pronoun. It is the word most often used in the Epistles and Gospels when addressing people. English translations of the Bible do not pick this up because they lack the differentiation between your (plural) and your (singular).
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And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham begat Isaac:Genesis 25:9 (KJV)
Generations of Isaac – When someone begins to tell you about the generations of a person, they normally begin with that person’s children. I’m expecting this verse to end with and Isaac begat Jacob, but instead the verse jumps to Abraham. Why?
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Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.Genesis 2:7 (JPS)
Breath of life – What is man made up of? That is the question here. Jewish traditions imply that humans are dual in nature made of a body and a soul. They adopted this concept from Plato’s dualism. However, Trinitarian Christians who desperately want to see their concept of a triune God imitated in the creation of mankind adopted the construct of a soul, a body, and a spirit. Which is correct?
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And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.Genesis 3:20 (KJV)
Adam & Eve – Do you recognize the importance of names in the Bible? They mean something… And this something becomes a moment of teaching about character, about the story, or about a lesson. God Himself will change people’s names to represent a shift in plot line or character. With this in mind, what is the significance of the names, Adam and Eve?
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Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4:7 (KJV)
Devil – Raised in a western Christian community, I imagine a red figure with horns and a long tail when reading the word, “devil.” I might even think of a dragon or serpent as symbolic representations of this word.
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A chiasm is a literary technique I’ve wrote about before. This particular one is found in Genesis 17:3-17.
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And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.Genesis 15:6 (KJV)
Believed – What happens when two Biblical authors use the same verse from Genesis to support two contradictory messages? For the most of us, we just brush it under the rug or fiddle with the wording until it fits better. Both Paul and James, Rabbis of their time, use this verse about Abraham believing to support their message about faith and works.
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And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.2 Corinthians 12:7 (KJV)
Thorn in the flesh – How many of us think we know what this means? We respond nodding our heads, of course, this is an idiom and our 21st century western worldview knows exactly what Paul is talking about. Right?
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For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.Revelation 16:6 (KJV)
Blood to drink – Is this right? God, the same God that instructed all men to never drink blood, turns around and gives these evil men blood to drink. Something is not adding up. Would God actively help people to break his commandments?
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And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.Deuteronomy 11:28 (KJV)
To go after other gods, which ye have not known – In order to really understand what God is saying here, we need to consider this verse with the two before it.
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