John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
Luke 3:16 (KJV)
You – Let’s play the pronoun game. Looking at the two instances of the pronoun “you,” which one identifies 21st century Christians and which one refers to the people that are currently standing in the presence of John during the 1st century? Continue reading “The Pronoun Game”
And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
Acts 15:1 (KJV)
Ye cannot be saved – The great contest is not between God fearing believers and unrighteous unbelievers. In this world, it seems, good and evil are mixed together in deceptive ways. Evil, when visibly obvious, poses no threat to my walk with God, but when it is subtle and under the guise of good, I become much more susceptible. Continue reading “Confusion of Good and Evil”
And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
Mark 1:6 (KJV)
Wild honey – I often thought of John as a beekeeper out in the wilderness. He somehow cultivated hives and gathered bees and the bees in turn would gather pollen from the flowers and create honey. Or maybe John would just find natural hives and harvest the wild honey as he went along in the wilderness. But I was wrong. Continue reading “Wild Honey”
I absolutely love contradictions in the Bible. Yep, you heard me right. When I find a contradiction in Scripture, I know there’s something deeper going on that isn’t visible on the surface.
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)
But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering. (Leviticus 5:11)
Continue reading “Contradictions”
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Philippians 3:7-8 (KJV)
Loss – As a Pharisee, Paul was taught the law. This meant that he was taught to love God with all his heart, soul, and might (Deuteronomy 6:5). He was taught to love his neighbor (Leviticus 19:18). He was taught not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal (Exodus 20:13-15). Paul was taught to honor his parents (Exodus 20:12) and to wear tassels on his clothing (Numbers 15:38). He learned to eat only clean meats (Leviticus 11), and provide for the orphans and widows (Exodus 22:22). But yet, in Paul’s letters to the Philippians, he seems to suggest that this is all dung, or considered loss at the knowledge of Christ? Does that sit well with you? Continue reading “Loss is Subjective”
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 25: 35-40 (KJV)
A couple weeks ago, I showed how Apostle Paul taught from the Talmud, the Jewish Oral Law. I explained that these Jewish men were whole-heartedly Jews to the core, and practiced both Oral and Written Torah. They were products of their culture. Today, we’ll see that Yeshua was as well. Continue reading “Yeshua Teaches the Talmud”
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:7 (KJV)
Eternal – Think about all the times you read the word “eternal” in the New Testament. It probably showed up as “eternal life” for most of those times. We believe we have this gift of eternal life by the grace of Yeshua, and this belief provides hope, comfort, and peace.
Continue reading “Is Everlasting Really Eternal?”
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Hebrews 4:9-11 (KJV)
That rest – The argument presented by the author of the book of Hebrews isn’t new. In chapter 4, he explains that while there is one type of rest (the seventh-day Sabbath) there is also a final rest which is to come. Many Christians today use this to justify a spiritual Sabbath. And because there is a spiritual Sabbath, then there’s really no need to keep the literal seven-day Sabbath anymore… because, hey, we’re spiritual, right? Continue reading “Enter Into That Rest”
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Ephesians 5:22-28 (KJV)
There’s no doubt that Paul was a great mind who resolved many of the issues relating to the Gentiles as they became newly grafted-in Israelites. His writings, when understood in proper context are filled with wisdom. But Paul was also a product of his culture. He was a Pharisee who knew the Talmud, including the Mishnah, and used the Oral Law in his own instructions. Continue reading “Paul Teaches the Talmud”
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon?
Mark 6:3 (KJV)
Carpenter – Have you ever been to Israel? If not, then this verse probably holds no real challenge, but if you have, or have studied the environment, you might take issue with Yeshua’s occupation. Continue reading “An Impossible Occupation”