We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Personal Bible Notes: Proverbs to Malachi

Refer to my 9/25/18 post about the margin notes in my Bible, and why I decided to share them on this blog.  

1:20ff: Wisdom is personified, it is NOT Jesus!
1:33 “me”: is wisdom.

2:1-5, “if/then”: If welcome the word, store it up, listen to it, apply it.
2:3-4 “call out”: Means to cry out for it; seek it, lift up voice, search, dig.

Chapter 8 is has wisdom personified again.

3:11 “put eternity in their hearts”: Unbelievers are without excuse.

Song of Songs
This is a love poem and is not an allegory about God/Israel or Christ/Church.

7:10-17: Speaks to the same event as 8:1-4?
11:2: 6-fold Spirit (LXX has 7th); see Revelation.
12:2 “my strength and my song”: Music is power.
14:12: Is NOT Satan!!!

24:4-6: The earth is under corruption.
31:3: God is spirit; shown by parallel men/flesh, God/spirit.
40:22: Earth is round, universe is expanding.
40:28: God is eternal, creator, omniscient.

42:5-9: God as creator.
42:6-8: Israel’s purpose for the world.
43:10b-11: One God, one savior.
44:9-20: What idols are.
44:24: Universe is expanding.

Chapter 45 is about “no other God.”
45:12: Universe is expanding.

46:8-10: God’s omniscience.
49:1: God’s view of the pre-born.
49:6b: Israel’s purpose.

52: 3 “nothing”: Our price is no price.
52:4 “without cause.” Incorrectly translated. There was a cause —sin.
52:15: cf 1 Cor. 2:9
55:6: Refutes Calvinism.
59:17: Eph. 6:14,17.

64:4: 1 Cor. 2:9

1:5: God’s view of the pre-born.
17:5,6: Don’t trust the Pope or government.
17:9: Don’t trust feelings!
18:7-10: God’s conditional promises.
23:1-2: Woe to poor leadership!
31:35: Creation.
32:17: Creation.
51:15: Creation.

6:4 “idols”: Literally, “dung pellets”
18:18-20: The one who sins is punished; no one is punished for another’s sin.
20:12, 20: Sabbath given to Israel only, as a sign between them and God.
28:11-19: Satan is the force behind the king of Tyre.
34:2ff: Woe to poor leadership.
37:15ff: The two sticks are the two nations: Israel and Judah, not two books as LDS claim.

1:12 “vegetables”: Hebrew word includes fruits and grains.
3:1:  Statue of what?
7:9, 10: See Rev.1:12-16.
10:1-9: Rev 1:12-16.

11:2 “fourth”: Xerxes.
11:3 “warrior king”: Alexander the Great.
11:4 “four winds”: Four generals divided Alexander’s empire.
11:5: Ptolemies and Seleucids.
11:6-9: Alliance of Syria and Egypt.
11:10-12: Egypt defeats Syria.
11:13-16: Syria defeats Egypt.
11:17-19: Stalemate
11:20-35: Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
11:28 “holy covenant”: Israel.
11:30: “Kittim”: Cyprus.

12:2: Rev. 20:11-15.

Amos — 9:13-15: Modern Israel?

Seen at 2 Kings 14:25. He was not a false prophet as atheists/LDS claim: see Jer. 18:7-8.
1:8: Better translated as, “You, who are to blame, why?”
1:8: “trouble”: Literally, “calamity.”
1:9: “worship”: i.e., fear.
3:3b “extremely large”: Idiom meaning one of 5 ideas: 1) “to the gods a great city” 2) “large city even to God” 3) “of great importance to God” 4) “of God” meaning “belongs to God” 5) “great for God’s purpose.” #5 is best, seconded by #3.

Micah — Takes place before Jeremiah (3:12 is cited in Jer. 26:18)
14:6: See Rev.16

Malachi — 4:4: The “Law” (commandments) are for Israel ONLY.

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