The House of Peter and Andrew

In my previous post, “Translation Decisions” I talked about the house where the paralytic man was healed. According to the gospel account (Mark 2:4), the man’s friends could not get him past the crowd to Jesus, so they broke up the roof and lowered him down. In the last paragraph of that post I asked the following questions. So either way, “at home” or “in the house” Jesus had return to a place He had previously stayed. Can we know the specific house? Is the house significant? What else might have occurred in this house during Jesus’ ...

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I Am

Textual Context Leading up to the verse I want to examine today, Jesus has been engaged in conversation with the religious leaders and scholars among the Jews. The conversation morphed into a discussion of their genealogy. They claimed to be descendants of Abraham, which they believed gave them standing with God. Jesus pointed out to them, that though they were indeed in Abraham’s lineage, their spiritual father was actually the devil, not Abraham, and certainly not God. “I Am” Claims Made by Jesus One way Jesus demonstrated His deity throughout the ...

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Qodesh

In the New King James translation of the Bible the word “Holy” appears 669 times in 598 verses. I’m sure we all have a sense for what the word means. But I wonder if we would benefit from looking up the actual source language words used in the Bible? The first time the word holy (in the form Holiness) shows up is in the book of Exodus. Here’s the context. The children of Israel were just rescued by God from the Egyptian army. God parted the Red sea, giving the nation an escape from their pursuers. Exodus 14:31 (NKJV) says, 31 Thus Israel saw the great ...

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Israel In Review

My wife and I went to Israel with twenty one other people recently. I viewed it as an educational pilgrimage and not a vacation. Why do I tell you it was a pilgrimage instead of a vacation? I suppose it’s because I’m trying to communicate my expectations. On a vacation I expect to relax, maybe visit family and do something fun. But since I viewed it as an educational pilgrimage, I had two expectations. One, I expected to learn something. And two, even though I couldn’t have told you exactly what, I went to Israel expecting to experience something deeply meaning...

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Hiel the Bethelite

I’m sure you can recall some great sermons based on famous people of the Old Testament. Sermons about people like Adam and Eve taking a bite of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Maybe the murder of Abel by his brother Cain. Sermons about Moses receiving the ten commandments, or Noah and the Ark. How about that sermon about Hiel and his sons Abiram and Segub? Remember any sermons about them? No? Maybe you’ve heard about them in a Bible study. If you told me you’ve never heard of these three people, it wouldn’t surprise me. However, if you’ve read 1 ...

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Religious Heritage

If you’ve been following me in our study of John chapter 8, you know we’ve spent many weeks moving slowly through this chapter. Today we are going to focus on verse thirty six, but since we are moving so slowly, now might be a good time to read starting from the beginning of the chapter and read down to our verse for today. This will refresh our memory and help us to keep the passage in context. John 8: 34-36 34  Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35  And a slave does not abide in the house ...

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The Tri-Une Symbol

The Truth Fellowship Live Cup [and wall decoration] - Designed by Artist Ralph Berg and Pastor Terry Kern. Written by Pastor Terry Kern and reprinted here by permission. This Symbol is beautifully conceived and represents beauty beyond description. It is a modern-day symbol of marvelous ancient truth. It should be understood to represent Jesus, The Christ - the Anointed One, the Messiah and the Glorious King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It is actually three separate symbols masterfully interwoven together to provide a distinctively beautiful symbol of Jesus, The ...

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Just Visiting or Abiding in the House?

I don’t know if you are anything like me or not, but I have to believe there’s at least one other person out there that reads the Bible like I do. Here’s what I mean. Have you ever been reading along in the Bible and come to a verse that seems misplaced? You don’t really get how it fits with the rest of the section you are reading, but you just sort of shrug your shoulders and keep going? Way back in your subconscious thoughts you think maybe you should check it out further, but for the sake of moving forward in your reading you just kind of ignore it? If ...

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Offended by the Truth

We looked at John 8:31-32 in a previous study. Let’s read these two verses again in order to provide context for today’s study. John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV) Now we come to John 8:33. It says, They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” (NKJV) In John 8:31-32 Jesus is addressing the Jews who came to ...

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Knowing the Truth

Last time we mentioned John 8:32, but we didn’t spend much time on it. I think this verse, this sentence, is worth a closer look. John 8:32 says, And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (NKJV) The first word in the sentence is the word “and”, which is a conjunction or connecting word. In this case, it connects the previous phrase “you are My disciples indeed”with “you shall know the truth”. So we know that verse 32 cannot stand alone. Verses 31 and 32 need to be considered together if we are to properly understand what our ...

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