The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)
No new thing – While time is a linear path for us Greek minded people, for a Hebrew minded person, time is cyclical. History repeats. Events repeat themselves in similar ways. This is why we can see Yeshua as the new Moses, or see Yeshua as Isaac being taken as a sacrifice by his father. Continue reading “Nothing New”
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Psalm 103:3 (KJV)
Forgiveth – Did you know that God practiced forgiveness prior to the coming of Yeshua? Did you know, like the Psalmist writes, that this forgiveness was for ALL thine iniquities? Yep, all of them. Well all except the ones that He chose not to forgive (Deut 29:19-20; Lam 3:42), or the ones that were impossible to forgive without a specific action taken (Num 15:30-31). Continue reading “Forgiveness”
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Genesis 3:1 (KJV)
? – By now you should realize that ancient Hebrew doesn’t have punctuation, right? So there was no question mark here in the original text, but yet the translators felt it prudent to add it here. Why? Continue reading “A Questioning Punctuation”
There’s an interesting parallel I’d like to draw attention to in Genesis. They involve two different digressions that happen within the two major stories of Genesis. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Digressions”
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:2 (KJV)
Waters – Have you ever watched the movie HOME by The Goodplanet Foundation? It’s a movie full of beautiful cinematography, and vibrant colors, warning us of a disastrous future if man doesn’t change the way we live. Continue reading “God’s Story of Creation”
For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Malachi 3:6 (KJV)
Change – God doesn’t change, right? It’s silly to suggest otherwise when there’s a verse straight from Scripture where God declares exactly that. But maybe I can ask, what about God doesn’t change? Would you answer, nothing about Him changes? Or are there some things that do change? Continue reading “I Change Not”
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Genesis 2:15 (KJV)
Dress – Did you know this is just a repeat of verse 8? In between these two very same verses, there’s a detour about geography. He names a few rivers and gives their direction of flow. Why? Continue reading “Mankind is Secondary”
A Chiasm is a literary technique used frequently in the Bible. It’s a symmetrical pattern that incorporates two or more ideas; A and B. These ideas are grouped with related variants (A1, B1) and structured as such; A,B,B1,A1. They might also look like A,B,C…C,B,A.
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She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
Proverbs 3:18 (KJV)
Tree of life – Have you ever thought about what the tree of life might symbolize? There is plenty of commentary expounding upon the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but not a whole lot about the tree of life. Much of that commentary states the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is the law of God, but this verse from proverbs suggests differently.
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Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Deuteronomy 6:13 (KJV)
Swear – I was taught that we were not allowed to swear. And because of this reason, we’re not allowed to partake in jury duty, or pledge our allegiance, or swear any oaths under law. It’s a common belief among many in my community. And it all boils down to these verses found in Matthew 5. Continue reading “Swearing is Actually Good”