Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

The following two versus describe the same event but slightly different.  This appears to be a contradiction.

Mathew 20:29-34  As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.  Two blind men
were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have
mercy on us!”

The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, …

Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes.  Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Mark 10:46-52  Then they came to Jericho.  As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving
the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus, was sitting by the roadside begging.  When he heard that it was Jesus of
Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet …

Go, said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”  Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the
road.

As we read, Mathew mentions two blind men but Mark mentions one blind man.  This appears to be a
contadiction but it’s not.  Mark is just describing one of the two men that became prominent.  There
was two men but he is just describing one of them.

As we read, Mathew tells us that Jesus touched their eyes and they were healed.  Mark tells us that
Jesus healed them because of their faith.  Both details are correct.  The blind men had faith and Jesus
healed them by touching their eyes.  Each author is just giving different details.

A final detail is that Mathew does not mention the names of the blind men.  Mark mentions the name of one blind
man, Bartimaeus.

There is no contradiction between Mathews account and Marks account, just different details.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

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Last week we read that the Apostles didn’t write their letters until many years after the death of Jesus.  How do we
know their memories were correct?  How do we know their letters were correct?

Answer:  The Apostles didn’t keep the stories to themselves.  They verbally passed on the ministry of Jesus.
During the first century, story telling was taken very seriously.  It is how important ideas were passed down from
generation to generation.  It was how history was told.

Story telling wasn’t like whispering from one person to another and the story changing over time.  So serious was
story telling that the people listening would speak up and say, “Hey, that’s not correct!”  It was a community
event and the entire community held the speaker accountable.  It was about sacred holy tradition. 

Here are two versus of Peter and John explaining that they testified about Jesus.

2 Peter 1:16  We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:2  The life appeared;  we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life,
which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

Let’s answer the following questions?  Why are we here?  What is the meaning of life?

Jesus answered this question when the Pharisees (religious leaders of the day) asked him, what is the greatest
commandment?

Jesus summed up the entire bible (Old Testament and New Testament) with his answer.  The greatest command-
ment is “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul.

This is why we are here!  This is the meaning of life!  This is why we were created!  To love the Lord
our God!

When we love the Lord and pray to the Lord and he answers with his wisdom, this is the relationship that God
wants from us (his creation) and has wanted from people since the beginning of time.

I think it’s important to remember that God is a Spirit that is omnipresent and this Spirit is invisible to the
human eye.

Remember John 4:24  God is Spirit and his worshipers must worship him in the Spirit and in truth.

Next week we will start “Bible Accuracy.”

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Hell 3

Posted: July 13, 2017 in Hell
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In Hell 2 we read that hell is referred to as a place of eternal fire.  Now, let’s examine where hell is located.

In Heaven 2 and Heaven 3 we read that heaven stretches from the clouds to the stars.  God is in heaven and out-
side/above heaven.  The only other place for hell is down.  Is hell inside the earth?  Is the eternal fire 
inside the earth?  I think it is.

The earth’s crust is 20 to 30 miles thick.  Beneath the crust is a layer called the mantle.  The mantle is a layer
where hot magna, molten rock and hot gases exist.  This mixture often seeps to the earth’s crust as volcanoes.

Beneath the mantle layer is the outer core which has a temperature of 4400 degrees Celsius.  Beneath the outer
core is the inner core or center of the earth.  The earth’s inner core temperature is equal to that of the sun’s sur-
face at 6000 degrees Celsius.  Some where inside the earth is the eternal fire of hell.

How do we know hell isn’t in another fiery place like the sun or another burning star?

Ephesians 4:9  What does “He ascended,” mean except that he also descended into the lower, earthly regions?

1 Peter 3:19  In it he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey.

After Jesus died on the cross, he descended into hell and proclaim the good news to the nonbelieving souls.

Next week, more on the Abyss.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Heaven 8

Posted: June 15, 2017 in Heaven
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Welcome, last week we read that God is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  All three are spiritual
beings that fill the entire universe.  All three are omnipresent which means they are always present everywhere at
the same time.  God cannot be contained by heaven.

In fact, let’s read that God was alive before the heavens and God actually made the heavens.

Psalms 8:3  When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you
have set in place.

Psalms 33:6  By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry hosts by the breath of his mouth.

Psalms 102:25  In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your
hands.

Jeremiah 32:17  “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you made the heavens and the earth by your great power and out-
stretched arm.

Collssians 1:16  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;  all things have been created through him and for him.

Not only does God fill the earth, the heavens and the universe, he created the earth, the heavens and the universe.

Next week, the conclusion to heaven.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

Old Testament 27

Posted: December 29, 2016 in Old Testament
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Last week we read that the Israelites reached the land of Canaan or the promised land or the land of milk and
honey.

After exploring the land, the twelve scouts were afraid.  They said “We can’t attack these people;  they are stronger
than we are.”  The Israelites grumbled and wished they had died in Egypt or in the desert.

The Lord spoke to Moses at the Tent of Meeting.

Numbers 14:11  The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt?”  How
long will they refuse to believe me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?

Numbers 14:23  -not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers.

Everyone of the Israelites twenty years old or more will not see the promised land because they did
not trust the Lord.  They disobeyed him by not entering the promised land of Canaan.

Numbers 14:33  Your children will be shepards here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness,
until the last of your bodies lies in the desert.

Numbers 32:13  The Lord’s anger burned against Israel and he made them wander in the wilderness forty
years, until the whole generation of those who had done evil in his sight was gone.

The Israelites wandered in the desert.  Although the above scripture mentions wilderness, this means 
they were in a state of desolate, barren, no city to dwell in, a solitary way.

Next week, the forty years of wandering are over.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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Last week we ended with the Egyptian army marching toward the Israelites- who were trapped against the
Red Sea.  The Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord.

Exodus 14:21  Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the
sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land.

The Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

See photo above, lower right corner.  The green arrow shows where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea.

The Egyptians pursued them following them into the sea.  God threw the Egyptian army into confusion 
and caused the wheels of their chariots to come off.

Again, Moses stretched out his hand over the sea.  The water flowed back and covered the entire
army of Pharaoh.  Not one of them survived.

Exodus 14:30  That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the
Egyptians lying dead on the shore.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff