262 – Psalm 2 – Kiss the Son

We ended our time together last time with Psalm 2:5. Psalm 2:5 (LEB) 5 Then he speaks to them in his wrath, and in his fury he terrifies them: Since we are beginning with verse five we need to identify the antecedents (nouns) for the pronouns “he” and “them”.  Verse two clarifies that the kings and rulers of the earth who plot against Yahweh are the “them” of verse five, and Yahweh God is “He”.  What is the message that an Angry God terrifies wicked rulers who plot against Him?  Psalm 2:6 (LEB) 6 “But as for me, I have set my ...

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261 – Psalm 2 – Anointed

It might have been nice to begin a study in the book of Psalms with an introduction. Something that could give us information like who wrote the book, the date it was written, any grouping or categories of the Psalms, and how this book relates to the other books in the collection we refer to as the Holy Bible. The one peculiar feature of the book of Psalms is that each individual chapter is self-contained and potentially written by different authors. One possible exception of which I am aware is Psalms one and two. I have heard, but have not studied myself, that Psalms ...

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260 – Psalm 1 – Planted

I think the modern-day believer often treats the book of Psalms like spiritual comfort food. When laziness strikes or one doesn’t want to take the time to prepare a scriptural meal and sit down to a more formal dining experience, enter the Psalms. For the most part, each Psalm is a self-contained song in the form of Hebrew poetry and is easily digestible. When the reader feels they need comfort or encouragement or they want to provide the same to another, the Psalms is the likely “go-to” book of the Bible. While I agree the Psalms are packed with great comfort ...

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259 – Psalm 148 – Let All Creation Praise Yahweh

We’ve talked about pericopes before, but it seems prudent to say a word or two about them here. They are not a part of the inspired word of God. They are provided by the translators or publishers as a help to the reader. They are simply headings. Sometimes pericopes are a distraction to me. I’ll find myself thinking, “that’s not how I would have labeled this section” or “I wish they wouldn’t have put the pericope there - it introduces an artificial break in the flow of the passage that is distracting if not misleading”. I do find them mildly useful from ...

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258 – Hebrews 4 – The word of God

I wish I could sit down and have a conversation with you. I would like to ask you how you respond to the word of God? My favorite (I think) verse in the Bible is Hebrews 4:12. Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. As like minded believers we say the Bible (word of God) is accurate and true, but I wonder how deeply we believe verses like this one. Maybe we believe ...

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257 – Acts 7 – Cut to the heart

I want to talk about what Stephen said in the last part of Acts chapter seven, to those who rose up against him following the sermon he preach to them. But first, we need to provide some context, which actually begins at the top of chapter six. For the most enriching experience, you’ll want to read chapters six and seven together for yourself (hint: start in the last verse of chapter five), but for now, let me summarize. The number of disciples (students) was multiplying! It seems their rapid growth contributed to some logistical problems requiring attention. ...

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257 – Acts 6 – Service

Acts chapter six begins with some practical “house cleaning” information the early church needed to address. Reading verse one you might never expect there to be any “spiritual” content in the chapter. Acts 6:1 (NKJV) Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. The “twelve” addressed the issue by saying (my paraphrase), “we can’t leave the word of God to serve tables. So here’s what we’re ...

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256 – Psalm 149 – Reading someone elses Mail

Do you ever think about how the Old and New Testaments of the Bible fit together? Are you of the opinion that the Old Testament is named “old” because it has been replaced by the “New”? Do you see the Old Testament as not relevant to the modern-day believer? It’s just full of a bunch of stories about people before Jesus showed up on the scene? Do you kind of pick through like you would a discount bin deciding which verse is good and which one isn’t? I would like to suggest that both the Old and New Testaments together are the word of God and are just as ...

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255 – Psalms 149 – Praise!

You may not have known, but I am sure it will come as no surprise to you that, according to the Teacher’s Commentary, “The Hebrews knew the Book of Psalms as the Hallel, the Book of Praises”. We should pause a minute to think about that for a minute. The book of praises. So what could be the theme of this book? Would it be about praises, or would the book be about the object of those praises? So if I wanted to praise one of my children for a job well done would I thumb through this book until I found a “praise” that I could appropriately quote to them? I ...

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254 – Numbers 36 – Details Details

I published my first post in the book of Numbers on July 14, 2019. Almost three years later we come to the last chapter. For the Israelites, the journey through the book of Numbers spanned about forty years. Thinking back to when Yahweh called the descendants of Israel out of slavery, who could have imagined the impact they would have upon the history of the world.  I have often wondered what it was like to go from living under the heavy hand of cruel taskmasters one’s whole life, to suddenly finding oneself in a caravan of people heading to freedom from said ...

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