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"The Star" is a reference to the Messiah, and "out of Jacob" is interpreted even by Jewish commentaries as "the son of David" which you quote. Interestingly, many in Matthew's day called Jesus "son of David"(Matt. 9:27,12:23,15:22,20:30,20:31,21:9,21:15) so the teachers of the day must have taught that the Messiah was the "son of David". In the KJV it says:(...


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I am not a Catholic so I may not provide the full or best answer but from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as far as I can tell, implies that these 'four distinct layers' are potential there for any scripture. In the Protestant reformation there was a clear 'break away' from this method. So it is certainly not the case of your second option 'each ...


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Short Answer: Yes, the "fear of death" refers to being afraid of physically dying, as shown by the context in which it is used. The point is that Christ's solidarity with His people gave His people hope, thereby freeing them up to live the life He was calling them to without concern for what it might cost them. The passage is not about unbelievers and ...


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those verses do not mention the Messiah they are just understood to be a reference to the Messiah. The Messiah in Judaism simply means a person anointed to fulfill a purpose outlined in the Jewish Bible. For instance Cyrus the Persian was called Moshiach in Isaiah 45.1. In the context of the star prophesy, a warrior-king shall arise from within Israel and be ...


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This passage should be read within the context of both Psalms 72:8 and Numbers 24:19 because both verses use the word "dominion" (V'yared) and only Moshiach (Messiah) will have "dominion" from "the River to the ends of the earth" as David says in Psalms 72:8, May his empire stretch from sea to sea, from the [Euphrates] River to the ends of the earth. ...


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To an unbeliever, there are two deaths. First the physical death, then the eternal death. An unbeliever will not acknowledge the second and therefore can only fear the physical. "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth ...



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