Monday, October 22, 2012
promised to be like Moses
|Deuteronomy 18 & 34
| God stated requirements for the promised prophet like Moses:
1) God promised to raise up to the people of Israel a prophet like Moses (Deu 18:15,18; 34:10)
Acts 3:12-26 and Acts 7:35-37: The long term promise of God for the Prophet was fulfilled in Jesus
Acts 3:12-26 makes a long-term promise that Jesus will return
Saturday, October 03, 2009
"If it were not so, I would have told you." (John 14:2)
It made me wonder what else Jesus told us that was a correction of something we've heard but that isn't so.
Jesus said things like
"You have heard it said ..., but I tell you ..."
Do some say that Jesus came to abolish the Law of Moses? Not so, he said. "I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." Jesus came to accomplish - not to abolish - the Law of Moses (Matthew 5:17-20) And since the disappearance of heaven and earth is part of things yet to be accomplished, the Law remains to this day.
The Law forbids murder, for instance. Jesus tells us also that anger without cause toward a brother is to be resolved, and to reconcile with a brother upset with you. Be careful what you call him. (Matthew 5:21-22)
Or adultery. How do you define the word "commit"? Jesus said yes, the physical act of adultery is forbidden, but tells us the mental or spiritual act of committing it is also forbidden. (Matthew 5:27-28)
It has been said that to divorce a wife requires a certificate of divorce. But Jesus said divorce for any reason other than marital unfaithfulness causes future adultery.
Similarly, there is more to not breaking an oath. Don't swear at all.
There is more to "an eye for an eye". Don't resist evil happening to you.
It's been said "love your neighbor and hate your enemy." Instead, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Get in line with the Father's way. (Matthew 5:33-48)
More things that Jesus emphasized "I tell you...":
Matthew 6:25 - don't worry about your life
Matthew 8:10 - what faith!
Matthew 10:23-42 - prepare for His return
Matthew 11:11 - of John the Baptist
Matthew 12:5-6 - truth of One
Matthew 17:12 - of Elijah
Matthew 17:20 - of faith
Matthew 18:13 - of shepherd's happiness
Matthew 19:23-24 - of rich men
Matthew 19:28 - rewards at time of renewal
Matthew 21:21 - work possible with doubtless faith
Matthew 21:42 - explaining Psalm 118:22-23
Matthew 23:39 - when will Jerusalem see Messiah again?
More on I tell and tell truth searches
Jesus told us the way of perfection, as the Father in heaven is perfect. People who heard his "sermon on the mount" were amazed at Jesus' authority (Matthew 7:28-29). Following the sermon by healing various people was amazing as well. There was something different about hearing Jesus extending the reach of the Law. If he hadn't been living up to this kind of Law living, surely the people would have noticed hypocrisy. Oral tradition had made some changes in the Law, and that is where Pharisees found objection with Jesus' actions, such as healing on the Sabbath.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
|SELL in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]|
select Cross Reference Bible links
* Genesis 23 - A Hittite sells a field with a cave to Abraham, who insisted upon paying full price so he can bury Sarah, his wife.
* Genesis 25:29-34 - Esau sells his birthright to his twin brother Jacob.
* Genesis 35:26-28 - Joseph's brothers sell him to Midianite traders for 20 shekels of silver. (Also Gen 45:5)
* Genesis 47:13-26 - During the Egyptian-Canaan famine, when money was gone, Egyptians sold their livestock for food, then sold their bodies and their land for food.
* Exodus 21:16 - one who kidnapped someone with the intention of getting a ransom sale price was put to death when caught.
* 2 Kings 4:1-7 - Elisha saved a prophet's widow and her two sons, miraculously providing oil for her to sell to pay off her debt.
* Nehemiah 13:15-22 - Nehemiah was outraged when the gates of Jerusalem were open to merchants coming in to sell to Jews returned from exile on the Sabbath. (Also see Matt 21:12, Mark 11:15, Luke 19:45, John 2:14)
* Proverbs 11:26 - "People curse someone who withholds grain, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it."
* Proverbs 23:23 - "Buy the truth, and don?t sell it. Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding."
* Proverbs 31:24 - A worthy woman makes garments and sells them
* Matthew 19:21, Mark 10:21, Luke 12:32-34, Luke 18:22, Acts 2:45 - Selling your possessions, giving to the poor
* Matthew 25:9-10 - finding those who sell oil while waiting on the bridegroom (with Luke 12:35-40 illusion)
* Luke 17:26-30 - buying and selling as evidence of normal life, with almost no warning of important change coming
* Revelation 13:17 - no one will be able to buy or sell without the mark...
|TRADE, TRADERS in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]|
select Cross Reference Bible links
* Genesis 42:34 - trade sometimes was interpreted "move about freely", per BibleGateway.com
* Job 41:6 - will traders barter for leviathan?
* Zephaniah 1:11 - silver traders (hoarders?) will be cut off one day
* 1 Kings 10:14-15, 2 Chronicles 9:14 - merchants, traders, all the Arabian kings (or mixed people), and the governors of the land paid revenues, taxes, to King Solomon.
* Ezekiel 27:12-36 - The many merchants and trafficers with Tyre are amazed when that great city with its mighty navy is shaken and collapses.
|TRADE [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]|
1. To David
3. Maritime Trade
4. To the Exile
5. The Exile and After
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Poverty, for example, is mentioned in
Deuteronomy 28:48 (in want of all things),
1 Samuel 2:7 (God makes some poor and some rich),
2 Corinthians 8:2 (abundant joy with deep poverty abound to liberty),
2 Corinthians 8:9 (Jesus gave up being rich so we would, from his poverty, become rich),
Revelation 2:9 (Believers can be oppressed and in poverty, and still be rich. How can this be?).
God provided rules for helping poor relatives and foreigners - aliens - in Deuteronomy 15:1-18.
Bible dictionaries, if they mention it at all, define "economy" more as frugality than as business, commerce, or merchant related.
But Scripture does have economic guidelines, such as:
Genesis 41:35-48 - God told Pharoah to store up grain during good years to provide for lean years.
Proverbs 21:20 - The foolish use up everything they have, but the wise store up treasure and oil in their house. (See the story of the wise and foolish virgins at Matthew 25:1-13)
Proverbs 24:3-6 - People led by wisdom, understanding, and knowledge set aside treasure and get input from many advisors to deal with problems.
Psalms 112:1-3 - One who fears and obeys God has wealth, riches, and righteousness in his house. (Fearing God means to hate evil. Prov 8:13)
Proverbs 8:17-21 - God (wisdom) responds to those who seek and love Him. He provides great wealth that has more worth than gold or silver.
Matthew 6:33 - seek the kingdom of God first, before material things.
Romans 8:35-39 - Oppression, anguish, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword can't really separate us from the Lord. Be persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Monday, January 12, 2009
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Sunday, January 04, 2009
What is being humble?
How humble am I?
Easton Bible Dictionary: Humility
A prominent Christian grace (Romans 12:3; 15:17,18; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7; 2 Corinthians 3:5; Philippians 4:11-13).
Easton Bible Dictionary: Humiliation of Christ
It is a state of mind well pleasing to God (1 Peter 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquillity (Psalms 69:32,33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22). more
(Phil 2:8), seen in
(1) his birth (Galatians 4:4; Luke 2:7; John 1:46; Hebrews 2:9),
(2) his circumstances,
(3) his reputation (Isaiah 53; Matthew 26:59,67; Psalms 22:6; Matthew 26:68),
(4) his soul (Psalms 22:1; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 22:44; Hebrews 2:17,18; 4:15),
(5) his death (Luke 23; John 19; Mark 15:24,25),
(6) and his burial (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57,58,60).
His humiliation was necessary
(1) to execute the purpose of God (Acts 2:23,24; Psalms 40:6-8),
(2) fulfil the Old Testament types and prophecies,
(3) satisfy the law in the room of the guilty (Isaiah 53; Hebrews 9:12,15), procure for them eternal redemption,
(4) and to show us an example.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Humility
In the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament, humility is an essential characteristic of true piety, or of the man who is right with God. more
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Celebrating the new year by
remembering the new covenant
New Covenant of Grace Jeremiah 31:31-34 Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them, says Yahweh.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people:
and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, "Know Yahweh"; for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yahweh: for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.
"I will make an everlasting covenant with them (Israel):
I will never stop doing good to them,
and I will inspire them to fear me,
so that they will never turn away from me.
I will rejoice in doing them good
and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul."
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
acceptance, approval, blessing, grace
Favor and Intervention,
What favor do you have from God?
How has His favor to you been tested?
Example: Joseph One example of having God's favor is the life of Joseph, where favor could be explained as "what's wrong, works out right" or "in trouble, God turns situations". (John 16:33, Romans 8:28)
Joseph was his father's favorite, but his mother had died young, his older brothers hated him for his attitude and dreams enough to kill or sell him into slavery, and he was separated from his father and his land.
God was with Joseph so that he prospered, and Joseph found favor with his Egyptian boss. But the boss's wife gave inappropriate favor and lied about Joseph so that he was sent to jail and forgotten for years.
But Joseph found favor with the keeper of the prison, and gave God's interpretation of some dreams. Released from prison two years later, he was needed to interprete Pharaoh's dream.
Again, favor preceded trouble; 7 years of plenty came before 7 years of regional famine. The famine extended to Canaan where his family lived, and Joseph, his father, and family were reunited before the father Jacob, called Israel by God, eventually died of old age.