280 – Psalm 9 – Let There Be Music

For this devotional, I decided to use the Lexham English Bible (LEB). As far as I can tell, It is a good solid translation. One thing I particularly like about it is that it does not substitute the word LORD for God’s name YHWH. The translators actually transliterate (spell in English) God’s Hebrew name to Yahweh. Another thing they do that is helpful to the English-speaking student of the Bible is they put left and right brackets around phrases and give an explanation for the translation decision they made. It would be hard to recommend the LEB as your main Bible ...

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279 – Psalm 9 – Yahweh Does

In continuing our study in Psalm 9 I’d like to consider the next five verses. First of all, I replaced “the LORD” with [Yahweh], because God’s name isn’t “the LORD”. The Hebrew says Yahweh so, in my opinion, the translations should too.  Psalm 9:7-11 (NKJV)           7       But [Yahweh] shall endure forever;     He has prepared His throne for judgment.            8       He shall judge the world in righteousness,     And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.          ...

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278 – Parable of the Talents – Outer Darkness

As with many Bible passages, the so-called Parable of the Talents has been misunderstood. Part of the problem is many modern-day believers have been taught to allegorize biblical text instead of applying literal interpretation methods. They too quickly assume that a given text must mean thus and thus, instead of taking the time to understand the textual and historical context of the passage. If we are studying the Bible carefully we should be able to uncover the truth the author is attempting to communicate, instead of deciding what we think it means.  The parable ...

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277 – Parable of the Talents – Introduction

The so-called “parable of the Talents” is recorded in Matthew 25:14-30. Before we get to the parable, I think it’s essential to understand how Jesus used parables. Do you remember the “parable of the Soils”? Matthew 13:3 (NKJV) 3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. Jesus tells the parable, then His disciples asked Him a question in verse 10, and Jesus provides the answer in verses 11-17. Matthew 13:11 (NKJV) 11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the ...

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276 – Psalm 9 – Some Observations

As I read through Psalm nine I began to notice several characters mentioned or referred to by their pronouns. I noticed they did various things and various things were done to them. The first character mentioned is the author himself.  Psalm 9:1-4 (NKJV) 1 I will praise You, O [Yahweh], with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.  2 I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.  3 When my enemies turn back, They shall fall and perish at Your presence.  4 For You have maintained my right and my ...

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275 – Psalm 8 – But we see Jesus

I’ve talked about it before, and it bears mentioning here in Psalm eight. Sometimes chapter and verse markings are distracting to us. Remember that God did not inspire Chapter and verse divisions, they are man’s invention. They are, however, handy to the biblical discussion. I love that I can follow along on a Sunday morning with the Pastor when he is talking about a particular passage because he gives the address (Book/Chapter/Verse). Without a commonly shared addressing structure, we would not have time to get on the same page. When we sit down to do our own ...

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274 – Psalm 8 – Excellent Name

Let’s consider what would be verses one and two of Psalm eight in the Hebrew Bible. Of course, in the English Bible, it’s the Psalm’s title and verse one. Psalm 8:title - 1 (NKJV) To the Chief Musician. On the Instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. 1 O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! The title informs us David wrote the Psalm and sent it to the chief musician. But what is, “on the instrument of Gath”? The Leham English Bible admits the meaning of the Hebrew word Gath (or ...

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273 – Psalm 7 – Righteous Yahweh

Do you ever experience discouragement or despair by the seemingly growing wickedness plaguing our society? The voices of truth are too often silenced while anti-God rhetoric is shouted out repeatedly. It’s easy to feel helpless against the media machine - “after all I’m just one of the little people”. The message and actions of the wicked are increasingly embraced and seem to prosper. What is a believer in Jesus to do? For starters take heart! Psalm seven is one among many Scriptural passages that offer real encouragement. Let’s consider the last ...

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272 – Psalm 7 – Pronouns!

Last time we talked about God being a just or righteous God. There seems to be a natural inclination among us humans to believe that God is righteous. How many times have you heard the objection to His existence phrased this way, “if there is a God why does He allow such suffering in the world”? Inherent in the question is the understanding that God must be good. The conclusion, therefore, is He must not exist because if He did He certainly would not allow suffering.  We don’t have a problem with God being righteous until He executes His justice. While the ...

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271 – Psalm 7 – Dig

Most of the time when we encounter the Bible devotionally we aren’t spending the time to look up words in the source language lexicon (dictionary). It’s like we are going for a casual drive through a neighborhood. We notice quite a bit, but because we are driving, there is plenty of detail we just don’t have time to notice before we are past it.  One way to slow down, like we are taking a stroll through the same neighborhood, is to compare our passage in at least one other (hopefully good) translation. I would say the main translation I use is the New King ...

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