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

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

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