Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 15, 2017

False Religion

In addition, Yirmeyahu said to all the people, but especially the women: “Hear the word of Adonai, all Y’hudah who are in the land of Egypt; this is what Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Isra’el, says: ‘You and your wives stated your intentions with your mouths and performed them with your hands — you said, “We will certainly fulfill our vows that we made to offer incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her.”’ Without doubt, you will indeed fulfill every point of your vows.”  Jeremiah 44:24-25 CJV

Most other versions use the phrase, “including all the women.”  But David Stern’s version emphasizes this point.  It seems likely that women are leading figures in many religions and set the cultural tone.  Here, the women seem to have had a major role in false religion just before Babylon carried off Judah around 600 BC.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | May 6, 2017

Passages revisited

Sometimes you read a passage in a different version and something jumps out.

Set up road signs, erect guideposts,
pay attention to the highway,
the path on which you traveled.
Come back, virgin Isra’el,
come back to these cities of yours!
How long will you hesitate,
you unruly daughter?
For YHWH has created something new on earth:
a woman with the strengths of a man.”  Jeremiah 31:21-22 CJB

The KJV has the end of verse 22 as, “for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.”  Yet, the NLT has,

For the Lord will cause something new to happen—
    Israel will embrace her God.”  And the Message has,

God will create a new thing in this land:
    A transformed woman will embrace the transforming God!”

And the NIV: “The Lord will create a new thing on earth—
    the woman will return to[b] the man.”  Or,

The Lord will create a new thing on earth—
    the woman will protect the man.”

Is this about women and men, or is it about Israel returning to her husband (God)?  A few verses later is this curious verse:

“At this point I woke up and looked around, but I had enjoyed my sleep.”  Jeremiah 31:26

Immediately followed by, ”

Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, when I will sow the house of Isra’el and the house of Y’hudah with the seed of humans and the seed of animals.  At that time, just as I used to watch over them with the intent to uproot, break down, overthrow, destroy and do harm; so then I will watch over them to build and plant,” says Adonai.  “When those days come they will no longer say,

‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’
Rather, each will die for his own sin;
every one who eats sour grapes,
his own teeth will be set on edge.

“Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah.  It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says Adonai.  “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says Adonai: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.  No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know Adonai’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.”  Jeremiah 31:27-35

Perhaps verse 26 is referring to more than just Jeremiah’s sleep?  Could it be referring to YHWH’s sleep?  Could verses 27-35 be referring to the Eighth Day after YHWH wakes from his 7,000 year slumber?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 30, 2017

Submit to One Another

“Honor Christ by submitting to each other.”  Ephesians 5:21

To modern ears, this sounds like, “everyone submit to everyone else with no particular distinction.”  It sounds like old can submit to young, husbands can submit to wives, parents can submit to kids; a little like the lyrics to the love child days: “Let everyone love one another right now…”

But this is not the intention.  The proof is in the following 12 verses.  A more accurate rendition to modern ears might be, “Honor Christ by submitting as you ought in your particular relationships.”  Verses 22-33 spell out what that looks like with bosses/employees, children/parents, husbands/wives, etc.  There is order in relationships, and not everyone is equal.  This is for our own good.  But Satan wants to upset the apple cart with the same lie that he used on Eve:  “If everyone just ‘loves’ one another you’ll be more free!  Don’t let that killjoy God enslave you saying you have to submit to your husband!  Be free!  Don’t let a man tell you what to do.  Get your own career; you can have it all!”  If only more churches would talk about these truths and Satan’s lies.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 27, 2017

Earning the Priesthood

How is it that a person becomes part of Jesus’ priesthood?  The Aaronic priesthood was composed of Aaron and his sons and their descendants.  It appears that Jesus’ priesthood, or the Melchizedek priesthood started with the selection of Jesus as high priest, and the twelve apostles as under priests.  From there, the great commission netted many more priests.  Many think the total will eventually number 144,000, some think more.  What role does the next life have regarding priesthood?  Will the priests be involved in killing the wicked?

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 23, 2017

God’s Hidden Truth

One of the most amazing things is how God reveals his truth.  Instead of giving us a prophecy or a ten page book that says, “I’m going to do X, Y, Z, then Q, ”  he gives us a book written over 4,000+ years that’s more than a thousand pages long.  That way, he can hide the truth in plain sight.  How many people have read the whole bible?  How many have read it enough times to see the interconnections?  How many can see past the logical inconsistencies of denominational creeds?  Even the apostles were surprised at what transpired in their day.  Will it be any different in ours?  Even the bible is vague enough that no one will know the whole truth ahead of time.  Yet it is specific enough that when things happen, the prophecies become obvious.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 17, 2017

Passion Week

In order to fulfill prophecy, Jesus had to march into Jerusalem on Nisan 10th (the passover lamb was selected and inspected on the 10th) and be crucified Nisan 14th (the lamb was cooked at the end of the 14th and eaten so that the blood could be on the door frames the night of the 15th).  Three days and nights in the tomb brings us to a resurrection on Nisan 17th.  Whether the 17th was the first day of the week, or toward the end of the Sabbath, we don’t know.  Perhaps the uncertainty is by design.  Does the resurrection happen on the seventh day or the eighth?  This is a very interesting question.  We probably can’t know until it happens.  There will probably be a few surprises along the way!  This has implications for our current time as we are already in the beginning of the seventh millennium since Adam’s fall.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 8, 2017

Eternally Dying Worms

And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says YHWH.  And they shall go forth, and look upon the dead bodies of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.”  Isaiah 66:23-24

This is after the great battle of God, referred to in Revelation:

“Therefore in one day shall her plagues come, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judged her.”  Revelation 18:8

The saints rejoice:

“And a second time they say, Hallelujah. And her smoke goes up for ever and ever.”  Revelation 19:3

Forever and ever is not a good translation.  For ages and ages is better.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 7, 2017

His Courts

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.”  Psalm 100:4

How many of us is happy when we go to court?!  Yet we are to be happy going to the Lord’s court.  We can expect much better service and treatment than modern courtrooms!  No crazy fees to pay, and perfect, supernatural justice.  King Solomon saw this injustice in his day:

“I also noticed that under the sun there is evil in the courtroom. Yes, even the courts of law are corrupt!”  Eccesiastes 3:16   The superiority of YHWH’s courts was expressed 3,000 years ago:

“A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.”  Psalm 84:10

Most of the psalms were written by David, and he was a king!  He certainly knew a thing or two about courts and laws.  Many millions upon millions will go up to YHWH’s courts in Jerusalem in the future.  If they repent and forgive, they will be allowed to eat from the trees of life:

“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow along both sides of the river. The leaves of these trees will never turn brown and fall, and there will always be fruit on their branches. There will be a new crop every month, for they are watered by the river flowing from the Temple. The fruit will be for food and the leaves for healing.”  Ezekiel 47:12

“It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.”  Revelation 22:2

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 7, 2017

Chores

Are there any biblical principles to chores?  Yes.  I read a great piece the other day from thecolemines.com about a mom’s attitude toward chores:

“But as I got older and especially after I was grown and had moved out of my parent’s house, my mom shared with me her philosophy on not giving us chores.  And honestly, it was so sweet and heartfelt that as a mom, I can’t help but feel the exact same way.

She told me – “Hillary, the reason I have never given you chores is that, from where I sit, your job as a child is to BE a child.  To enjoy the simple things.  To play.  To laugh.  To have fun.  To enjoy this carefree state for as long as you can.  To focus on school and extracurriculars.  To find a hobby you love.  To encourage your passions in life.  To own the responsibility the world will throw at you even from a young age.  But not to throw more at you by creating mundane lists of things you need to “do” at home.”

Isn’t that awesome?  She let me and my sisters just BE and enjoy our youth.  She knew that there would be plenty of time for making beds, and setting tables, and washing clothes.”

She goes on to say that her kids ended up being great at doing chores.  Yet other moms have elaborate lists and incentives to goad on the children.  Why did the mom  in this article end up with such great kids?  Attitude!  Not technique.  If parents’ attitude toward chores is positive, the kids will pick that up.  If mom is trying to share her horrible burden, the kids will think its a horrible burden too.

She finds wool and flax
    and busily spins it.
She is like a merchant’s ship,
    bringing her food from afar.
She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
    and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.”  Proverbs 31:13-15

The good wife is eager to do whatever chores she finds to do.  And in this modern age, chores can be simplified to an amazing degree.

Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 25, 2017

A Favorite Passage

One of my favorite passages is a little mysterious:

“So the Lord must wait for you to come to him

    so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
    Blessed are those who wait for his help.

O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,
    you will weep no more.
He will be gracious if you ask for help.
    He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
    and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
    You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left.
 Then you will destroy all your silver idols
    and your precious gold images.
You will throw them out like filthy rags,
    saying to them, “Good riddance!”  Isaiah 30:18-22

We will see our teacher with our own eyes!  Sounds like Job: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.  And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!”  Job 19:25-26

A voice will tell us which way to go in that day.  A quiet, gentle voice.  Especially is we are tempted to do the wrong thing.  This will be the best parent ever!  Elijah heard that voice:  “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.  And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  1 Kings 19:11-13

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