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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Regarding John 13:2

The AV’s rendering, “the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,” is probably not correct. The Greek construction and text are more plainly rendered , “the devil having already put it into his heart (the devil’s) that Judas, the son of Simon, should betray him.” The devil, in other words, had already made up his mind to use Judas as his tool. The tense of the verb “put” suggests that the evil desire to betray the Lord was sown in the heart of Judas by Satan sometime previously and that it has now taken root (cf.v.27; Luke 22:3).

S. Lewis Johnson, Jr., “Washing One Another’s Feet: An Exposition of John 13:1-17,” The Emmaus Journal, Vol.1/No.2, Summer 1992.

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.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

"This is my body"

When we insist on a literal meaning to this statement, “This is my body,” difficulties are created. Our Lord was physically present with His disciples when He took in His hand a piece of bread and said [“This is my body”]. He did not say, “This has or will become my body,” but “This is my body.” How cold something He held in His hand be a part of His body? How could the contents of the cup be literally His blood, when as yet He had not shed it? The metaphor, however, was just as natural then as when He said on other occasions, “I am the door,” or “I am…the bright and morning star” (Rev.22:16). If we were able to take the latter of these expressions, and apply it literally, we would be worshipping the planet Venus or, mystically, the presence of Jesus in the planet. However, taking the words as a metaphor, they suggest the simple New Testament truth of the Lord’s return for the church.

Neil M. Fraser, The Lord’s Supper, (An Emmaus Bible College Correspondence Course), pg.24

Friday, October 19, 2018

Good, Bad, and Ugly

Much more good educational and edifying stuff this time.

The Good:
What does it mean that “God is the head of Christ”?

The 400 “years of silence” between the O.T. and the N.T.

Responding to the question, “Who Created God?

The number one crime — Naming names.

Colossians 2:8 does not condemn philosophy.  I never thought it did, but obviously there are people out there who think it does.

Annihilationism vs hell — collection of articles proving the former wrong.

The Unification Church, i.e., “Moonies.”  A good introduction to them.

The Bad and/or Ugly
I have previously written why Christians cannot justify voting Demokrat, yet Emergent “pastor” Doug Pagitt is doing his best to get Christians to vote for this ungodly political party. Of course the fact that he is doing this in cahoots with the apostate and heretical United Church of Christ should tell you a lot about his beliefs.

Yes, Tim Keller is a Marxist. Here’s a prime example of his promotion of “social justice.”

AAANNNDDD Matt Chandler.  Sigh. (And Chandler thinks Obama is a great man!!!)

More Beth Moore nonsense.  Guess what—NO one man can ask forgiveness for all men who have behaved badly. Kevin Jones behaved foolishly (obviously has no spine), but it’s all part of Moore’s emotion-driving “ministry.” Read more about this situation and an overall look at Moore’s continued descent into “social justice” nonsense. Then there is this:
Can you say, “BLASPHEMY”?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Personal Bible Notes: Psalms

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

4:4: Eph. 4:26

9:14 “Daughter Zion”: Jerusalem

17:14 “You fill their bellies”: Who is “their”? NIV and Tanakh say those who God cherishes.

19:1: Cosmological and teleological arguments 
19:3: Not audible but plain nevertheless

29:1 “heavenly beings”: Sons of gods

39:6: Vanity of life

40:1 “waited patiently”: literally, “waiting I waited”
40:1 “my cry”: literal my “scream”

41: 9: See John 13:18

Chapter 51: 2 Samuel 12:13 “fleshed out.”
51:7: IAW Lev. 14
51:16: Lev. 4 (for sins of the “high hand”)
51:17: The only sacrifice for sins of the “high hand” it put self at God’s mercy.

58:7b: May they be as arrows with the heads cut off—blunt and harmless.

60: 5-12: Same as 108: 6-13

77:19: The crossing through the Red Sea.

78:25: Manna is “bread of angels”

104:6-9: Refers to the Flood

105:15: See the context vs WOF claims

107:29-30: Reflects Jesus calming the storm

Chapters 113-116: Passover, sung before the meal.

115:16: No other planet inhabited by humans.

Chapters 117 and 118: Passover, sung after the meal.

118:14 “The Lord is my strength and my song”: Music is power.

139:1-6: God’s omniscience.
139:7-12: God’s omnipresence
139:13-16: God’s omnipotence; it is a child even in the womb.

147:19-20: Only Israel has the Law.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Personal Bible Notes: Joshua Through Job

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

7:24-26: Punished IAW Deut. 17:2-7
9:14-15: They did NOT seek God’s counsel.

3:22 “insides”: Literally: dung, excrement
6:11,14: “Angel of the Lord,” “The Lord”:  Angel of the Lord is God (Jesus)

1 Samuel
Chap 2: Possibly a hymn of Israel’s which she applied to herself.
2:15 “fat”: means “choicest” - see Lev. 7:30-34

3:10 “The LORD came, stood there”: Vision? Theophany?

5:4,7,9 “his hands were broken off,” “His hand,” “LORD’s hand.”: Hebrew is word play showing Dagon’s hands cut off, while the hand of God punishes them.

9:6 “Look,” 7 “Suppose,” 8 “Here,” 12 “Yes”: all translate “Behold!” — Pay attention!

10:8: See 13:8

Chap.11: Judges 19-21 Joshua-Gilead refused to help Israel. 400 women given of theirs to 
Benjamin. Saul may be a descendent.

12:15: “your ancestors” doesn’t make sense. Alternative “your king” does.
12:22: God won’t abandon Israel.
13:8: see 10:8

13:11 “you didn’t come”: “It’s your fault!”

14:3: In Chap.2 Ahijah’s line was removed from the priesthood—he shouldn’t be wearing the ephod.
14:18: Ahijah was not authorized by God! Saul was wrong to consult him, and Ahijah did not have right to the ark.
14:37: Ahijah had not right to audience.

Chap. 15: See Exodus 17:8ff
15:29: God is not a man, does not change his mind.

16:1: “selected a king [for myself]” Translators left that phrase out. This was now God’s king vs Israel’s; God’s king is from Judah.

22:3-4: David’s grandmother Ruth was a Moabite; may be related to this king.

23:6: reflects 22:20-23.

Chap. 26: Results of 23:19ff
26:6: Abishai is David’s nephew.
26:12 “deep sleep”: same word as Gen. 2:21.

28:2: Story ends here, picks up at Chap.29
28:18 “did not obey”: literally means did not “listen to the voice of”

2 Samuel
12:23:  Shows that babies are saved.
16:15 Ahithophel: Bathsheba’s grandfather. See 2 Sam.11:3 and 23:34
24:1: the reason God was angry was because it was a census of military strength to set himself up.

2 Kings
2:23 “small boys”:  the Hebrew refers to young men  from 12 to 30 years old, and here the were most likely at least in their teens.

1 Chronicles
16:21-22: The context is Israel.

9:14: Sabbath revealed ONLY to Israel.

2:1 “Some time later”: Most likely after his attempt to conquer Greece, i.e. about 4 years.
4:3 “fasted and lamented”: As per Joel 2:12-14 (Joel was written first).
4:10 “Hathach”: the name means “truth”
5:14 “hang”: literally, “impale.”

1:4 “in turn”: Possibly on their birthdays
1:6, 2:1 “sons of God”: Angels

2:10 “Curse God”: meaning to bless ironically

3:3,16: The unborn are children.

26:7-11: Astronomy; the earth floats in space and is round.

Chapter 31 discusses various sins
31:1-4: Lust
31:5-6: Falsehood
31:7-8: Covetousness
31:9-12: Adultery
31:13-15: Treatment of servants
31:16-18: Concern for the poor
31:19-20: Robbing the poor
31:21-23: Justice for weak
31:24-25: Trusting in wealth
31:26-28: Worship of heavens

38:7: Angels witnessed creation