Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

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

In Bible Accuracy 1 through 6 we read who were the authors of the bible, but many of these authors didn’t
write their letters until years after the events.  For example,

Mathew was written about 50AD, when the church was still largely Jewish, approximately 18 years after the
death of Jesus.

Luke was written about 59 AD to 63 AD, approximately 30 years after the death of Jesus.

John was written about 85 AD, more than 50 years after the death of Jesus.

1 Corinthians was written about 95 AD, approximately 62 years after the death of Jesus.

1 Timothy was written about 63 AD to 65 AD, more than 30 years after the death of Jesus.

Hebrews was written about 70 AD, approximately 37 years after the death of Jesus.

If the Apostles didn’t write their letters until 18 years to 62 years after the death of Jesus, how do we
know their memory was accurate?  How do we know the original scriptures were accurate?

We will answer this question next week.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Last week we read that five historic manuscripts were copied over and over by scribes.  The earliest textual evi-
dence we have are 500 to 1500 years after the actual events.

Let’s compare this to the earliest biblical textual evidence that has been discovered, the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Before we do that, what are the Dead Sea Scrolls?  In 1947, Bedonin teenagers were tending their goats and
sheep near the ancient settlement of Qumran located at the Northwest shore of the Dead Sea (lowest place on
earth).  They found a collection of large clay jars that contained the scrolls.  About 85% to 90% of the scrolls
were written on parchment made of processed animal skins known as vellum.  Most were goats and gazelle skins.

The Scrolls include fragments from every book in the Old Testament except Esther.  Some fragments
describe the first three days of creation from Genesis.  Some fragments describe the Ten Commandments.  The
book of Psalms is one of the best preserved biblical scrolls that contain 48 Psalms.

It is widely believed the Dead Sea Scrolls were written by the Essenes, a religious community of Jews.
The Essenes flourished for several hundred years from about 300BC to 70AD, possibly fleeing when the
Romans seized Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple.  The Essenes devoted their lives to writing and preserving
sacred text.

Next week we will compare the five historic manuscripts against the Dead Sea Scrolls.  How long after the original
events were the Dead Sea Scrolls written.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

Welcome to the new readers.

Let’s continue to read who wrote the New Testament.  What single author wrote most of the
New Testament (after Jesus birth)?

Romans was written by the Apostle Paul.  Reading Romans 15:26 it is suggested that Paul had received con-
tributions from the churches of Macedonia and Achalia, so he either was in the city of Corinth or had just been
there.

1 Corinthians was written by Paul.  1 Corinthians 16:21  I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.

Galatians was written by Paul.

Philippians was written by Paul while he was in prison.  Philippians 1:13  As a result, it has become clear
throughout the palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

Colossians was also written by Paul while he was in prison.  Colossians 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by
the will of God …

1 Thessalonians was written by Paul.  1 Thessalonians 2:18  For we wanted to come to you- certainly I, Paul,
did, again and again-

1 Timothy, Titus, Phlemon 1, and Hebrews was written by Paul.  

In all, Paul wrote 14 books of the New Testament.  More than any other author.

Just a little background.  Paul, originally named Saul, was a Roman citizen.  He would imprison Christians and per-
secute them and even have them put to death.  One day, Saul was nearing Damascus to search for Christians.  He
was stopped by a bright light that surrounded him.  He fell to his knees as he heard the voice of Christ say “Saul,
Saul, why do you persecute me.”  Because of this encounter, Saul entered Damascus and tells of his conversion.
After this he traveled the northern and eastern sides of the Mediterranean Sea spreading the news about Christ.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

The Old Testament was written mostly by the prophets.  Continuing, who wrote the books of the
New Testament (after the birth of Jesus).

Mathew was written by Mathew, one of the twelve apostles.  He traveled and walked with Jesus.  He was an
eyewitness to the life of Jesus.

Mark was written by Mark, also one of the twelve apostles.  He also traveled and walked with Jesus.  He also
was an eyewitness to the life of Jesus.

Luke was written by Luke.

John was written by John.  John 21:24  “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them
down.  We know that his testimony is true.”

Luke was written by Luke.  Luke 1:3  “Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the
beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you.”

So far, it appears most of the New Testament was written by the original twelve apostles that travel-
ed and walked with Jesus.

Next, what single author wrote most of the New Testament.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

 

Heaven 9

Posted: June 22, 2017 in Heaven
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Let’s sum up our study of heaven.

The scriptures tell us that heaven is a real place and God lives in the heavenly realm.

Further study reveals that God is a Spirit that not only lives in heaven but also outside of heaven.

We read that heaven is upward in the sky.  The heavens start around the clouds and reach to the stars.
There are at least three layers to heaven.

God is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit.  All three are spiritual beings that fill the entire
universe.  They are omnipresent or present everywhere at the same time.

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

Next week we will review our study on hell.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff