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Nations are all nations not being Israel and Judah.
Jesus is 3 Lambs.
1 John 5:3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
John's wordplay was lost in translation from Hebrew to other languages.
Torah = commands or more accurately: law
Torach = burden
1 John 5:3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his Torah is not a burden
40 years of Philistine oppression.
40 years of King Saul, Joash.
40 years of King Jehoash.
40 years of King Jeroboam II.
40 years of King David. (positive judgement)
40 years of King Solomon. (positive judgement)
40 years of Moses in .
40 years of Moses in Midian.
40 years in the wilderness.
40 years between Jesus' death and the destruction of the Temple.
40 years of Judge Othniel.
40 years of Judge Gideon.
40 years of Judge Barak.
40 years of priest Eli.
Judgment at the house of God always takes 40 years.
Act 7:23,30, 13:21, Deu 8:2-
Let this cup pass from me
Mat 26:39 And going forward a little, He fell on His face, praying, and saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.
What does the above exactly mean? The usual interpretation is that Jesus asked Father if there was another way besides going to the cross and if so He would prefer that way if Father agrees. In my opinion He asked the opposite.
At a meal a (very) large cup of wine was shared with everyone at the table. The custom was that everybody took a big swig; not just a sip.
At those times (cheap) wine wasn't as perfectly filtered as it's now and the bottom of the cup often contained bitter dregs. There was no cheating allowed by taking a tiny sip to avoid the dregs.
Once the cup was empty, the one that drank the dregs filled the cup again and passed it to the next person. So Jesus asked if He could be the 'dreg drinker'.
Translations vary a bit on the exact words of Jesus. Imo 'by' or 'from' doesn't carry the meaning "I don't want dregs".
It was more like I want a fresh cup if wine to 'originate' from Me. And the only way that could be if He drank the dregs. Obviously the dregs refer to His suffering on the cross so we can get a full cup of fresh good tasting wine.
The court room in the Temple was destroyed when Jesus died because when the curtain was torn the 30 ton lintel carrying it broke and destroyed the court room next to it. So He was the last one judged there.
Hidden manna -
"To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna."
The hidden manna is symbolic for Jesus Christ, which you'll see in a moment, and it refers to the 'Afikomen' tradition at the Passover Seder meal that is still practiced to this day. The tradition goes something like this;
1) The leader of the Seder, generally the father, would open a linen bag with three unleavened bread wafers in it called 'matzah'.
2) He would remove the middle matzah and break it in half.
3 He would wrap the broken matzah in linen and (there are two slightly different views on this part of hiding the manna)
a) hide it in the house during the course of the meal.
b) burry it during the course of the meal.
4) After the meal, the children would be turned loose to find this hidden manna (the 'Afikomen').
5) A reward was given: (there are two slightly different views on this part)
a) the child that finds the matzah.
b) all children who searched.
6) The 'middle matzah' or 'hidden manna' would then be shared with every member of the family.
Symbolizing the crucifixion of Christ and our salvation. The wafer represents the Lord who was broken, wrapped in linen, and hidden away in a tomb. And those who 'find' the Lord are rewarded with eternal life, a reality that will be shared by the entire Jewish family when "all Israel will be saved" in the last days.
Afikomen means 'dessert' "I came".
Jesus was on the cross between two thieves. That can also be seen as 3 pieces of matzah.
This reward was called "The promise of the father".
Father God's promise is:
The Hebrew alphabet and the star of David
SINGULAR AND PLURAL
In Hebrew, plurals of masculine nouns end with ‘im’.
Eloah – singular god ? Elohim – plural gods
El – singular god ? Elim – plural gods
So technically speaking Elohim/Elim, is plural; but context often shows it should be read as singular.
Like the word ‘sheep’ it’s the context that determines the word is singular or plural.
2000+ times Elohim means the singular Yahweh.
Beney means “son of”
Beney Elohim ? Sons of gods or sons of God. To be determined by context.
Beney Elim → Sons of gods or sons of God. To be determined by context
Proper names never have the ‘ha’ prefix.
Letter of the law vs spirit of the law
The government set speed limits to reduce the number of deaths due to speeding. The reason of that law is not to avoid speeding but to avoid death due to speeding.
On the Interstate everyone is driving at the correct speed. Then you see a big rock rolling down the hill. You know that when you keep your present speed you’ll be crushed by the rock. You also know that when you slam your breaks the car behind you will ram you and cause a severe traffic accident. You also know that when you accelerate, the rock will roll through the gap between you and the car just behind you. That way you broke the letter of the law by speeding but kept the intention/spirit of the law by preventing death.
Same with God’s law. Sometimes they conflict. Then the higher law has to be followed. No work is allowed on Sabbath, but Jesus said it’s good to heal the sick or pull an animal out of a ditch on Sabbath; because showing mercy and compassion trumps doing nothing.
Ps 25:19 Consider my enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
1) violence, wrong, cruelty, injustice
Hamas: A masculine noun meaning violence, wrong. It implies cruelty, damage, and injustice. Abraham's cohabiting with Hagar is described as a wrong done to Sarah (Gen 16:5). In relation to physical violence, cruelty is implied (Jdg 9:24). When coupled with the term instrument or weapon, it becomes an attributive noun describing weapons or instruments of violence (Psa 58:2 ). When it describes a person, it can mean an oppressor or a violent man (Pro 3:31).
Hamas one of the current enemies of the state of Israel.
Gen 6:3 And LORD said, My spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he also is flesh. Yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.
What type of years? There are several in the Bible. Regular years, Sabbath years and Jubilee years. A Jubilee year was kept every 50 years. Slaves were set free and land was returned to its original owner.
2Pet 3:8 But beloved, this one thing you should not ignore, that one day with Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Ps 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Gen 6:3 And LORD said, My spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he also is flesh. Yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.
“His days” is usually understood as the life span of a person, but the vast majority of people don’t live exactly 120 years. Not even close. “His days” can also be understood as the days mankind is allowed to rule the earth.
Mankind was allowed to rule during the 6 day working week. The working week is followed by the seventh day called Sabbath day.
Matt 12:8 For the Son of man is Lord of the Sabbath.
Jesus is the Lord (=ruler) of the Sabbath day. We know a day is a 1000 years. So Jesus is the ruler of the 1000 year long Sabbath day. The verse just below confirms that.
Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark on their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
The Hebrew word for violence is ‘hamas’.
Saved by faith alone
I think this article gives fair view on what doctrine of the people that believe that salvation comes by just believing in Christ.
While I dispute none of the verses in that article, I do dispute the interpretation.
In Hebrew the a verb most often has both a mental and physical action attached to it. The word "hear" isn't only about perceiving a command, but also understanding and believe that command. But above all act according to those words. Just like when a mother asks her kid "Did you hear me when I said clean up you room." she isn't inquiring about the sound of her voice but referring to her commandment to clean the room.
Isa 29:13 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Matt 7:21 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matt 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?
Matt 7:23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
The above verses show that God wants more than just lip service. It’s good to know and believe murder is wrong; but what use is that if you are a mass murderer that murders for fun?
Matthew is clearly about Christians, because pagans only do things in the name of their own god(s).
It’s confusing at times but some words have a double meaning. For example ‘the law’ refers to God’s divine law, but also to all sorts of manmade laws. It was those laws Jesus frequently broke and attacked. Linked to that is works. There are works of the manmade law which are totally useless for salvation. But there are also God ordained works so to speak. And that’s what the following verses are about.
Heb 6 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
→ The verse doesn't say to repent from all works, but from dead works
Jas 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
→ It’s abundantly clear that dead faith is viewed as something very bad.
Jas 2:16 And one of you say to them, Depart in peace, be you warmed and filled; notwithstanding you give them not those things which are needful to the body; what does it profit?
Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.
→ Verse 16 is perfect example of what I wrote above lip service, mental and physical activity. Just wishing someone peace means nothing, without the added works of giving certain things.
Compasion for a hungry homeless man isn’t just feeling bad for him, not even comforting the man, no real compassion means also offering the man (money for) food.
Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Does God forget things? Yes and no.
He will surely remember the iniquities for ever -
But He will He will cease the disciplinary action linked to iniquities -
Following Jesus doesn’t just mean walk where He goes, no it (also) means do as He does. Ok agreed, obviously we can’t do all He did because we can’t raise people from the dead or heal the sick with a touch. But we can really be kind, helpful and forgiving to people. Be obedient to Christ teachings. That’s the works of following Jesus. That’s living works. Following the manmade laws is dead works.
Loving Jesus also goes a lot further than really, really, really liking Jesus a lot. No it also means doing good works Jesus would have done. The root of His works was the great command to love. It means doing your best to be positive, helpful, caring person to everyone you meet.
Those things are living works because love=life. The works that was talked so bad about by Jesus are the works of the manmade laws. Rules that the Pharisees invented to improve God’s own rules. Needless to say Jesus very much about those rules. Those manmade rules/laws only produced dead works. God gave all the rules/laws that are needed. He didn’t forget any. He doesn’t need the help of mankind to improve His law. Improving perfecting isn’t possible, it’s actually destroying perfection.
So indeed dead works whicgh are based on mankinds laws have zero relevance to being saved. But God holy law inspired works do have relevance for sure. They are the works that makes faith live. They are the spirit that makes the body live.
Conciliation & Reconciliation
In the Greek, the word for 'conciliation' is commonly mistranslated 'reconciliation' but there is a big difference between these two words. Conciliation is one-
Is drinking alcohol always a sin?
One of the clearest verses proving moderate drinking isn’t a sin.
1Timothy 3:8 Deacons in like manner must be grave, not double-
1Timothy 3:8 Deacons likewise must be men worthy of respect [honorable, financially ethical, of good character], not double-
1Timothy 3:8 In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money.
Long or short hair
Is it shameful for a man to have long hair? Did Jesus and His apostles have long hair as so often shown in drawings, paintings and statues?
1 Cor 11:14 Isn’t it obvious that it’s disgraceful for a man to have long hair?
That very is very clear, they didn't have long hair. But it's never that easy.
What is long? An inch? A feet? A yard?
Besides the 4th century Byzantine art that;’s greatly inspired on long haired pagan (Roman) gods, there is also earlier art. From that I would say hair wasn't longer than a few inches.
“Jesus didn’t have long hair, said physical anthropologist Joe Zias, who has studied hundreds of skeletons found in archeological digs in Jerusalem.’ [He also mentioned:] ‘Jewish men back in antiquity did not have long hair.’ ‘The Jewish texts ridiculed long hair as something Roman or Greek,’ said New York University’s Lawrence Schiffman. Along with extensive writings from the period, experts also point to a frieze on Rome’s Arch of Titus, erected after Jerusalem was captured in AD 70 to celebrate the victory, which shows Jewish men with short hair taken into captivity. Erroneous descriptions of Jesus in Western art have often misled film makers in their portrayal of Jesus, experts say.”
Reuters 24 February 2004.