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The commissioning of the twelve, of Matthew 10, was for an exclusive purpose for a period of time. Jesus stated his purpose was to reach "the lost sheep of the house of Israel". A close look at who the "lost sheep" were, and examining the prophetical context of that verse will shed light on why Jesus temporarily directed the disciple's focus to their ...


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But she came and bowed down before him and said, “Lord, help me!” “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,” he said. “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,” he said. “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, ...


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Esther 4:16 (NKJV) (emphasis in all texts mine): 16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Esther 5:1, 4 (NKJV): 1 Now it happened on the third day ...


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And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” Then he instructed his disciples not to tell anyone that ...


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Consider understanding: a) Judges 19: 4-5, and the difference between the Hebrew text and the Greek text (LXX). His father-in-law, the girl’s father, persuaded him to stay with him for three days, and they ate and drank together, and spent the night there. On the fourth day they woke up early and the Levite got ready to leave. But the girl’s father said to ...


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In order to explain this question, I have to give you the back story of Israel. At the outset, after the Egyptian captivity and Pharaoh's defeat, the children of Israel promised in the wilderness by saying to Moses in Exodus 24:7 “All that the Lord has said, we will do, and be obedient.” So Moses proceed with the blood covenant which was made between God ...


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Christ came to the Jews and the House of Israel - God's chosen people - first (Mat. 15:24). He gave them a chance to accept salvation knowing they were so steeped in tradition and man's commandments they would, for the most part, reject Him (Mat. 13:57). It was ordained from the beginning that Christ would be born a Jew and that they would have Him ...


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A close examination of scripture reveals Rachael's death and burial location as falling short of reaching Ephrath. Jacob made mention of this: Gen 48:7 As for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was still some distance to come to Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (also ...


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In addition to word studies and lexicons, how a word is used conveys meaning. In this case the word “doubt” ἐδίστασαν is used only twice in the New Testament: So he said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind he became afraid. And starting to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” ...


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A typical 1st century family home in Palestine was not one room but several rooms, on one or two floors, around a common open courtyard. Each room opened to the central space, so one lampstand in the central courtyard could shine into all the rooms of the house. The courtyard architectural type is well documented. The Neolithic site of Sha'ar HaGolan on ...


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Although I could admit to the possibility that there were homes of an one-room nature in Israel at the time of Jesus, especially when the occupants of a particular dwelling were poor, it certainly was not a universal norm. Jesus himself asked his disciples to prepare the Last Supper in the "Upper Room." (Luke 22: 10-13). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cenacle ...


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The literal translation of the key phrase in Mat 5:32 differs between the Textus-Receptus and the Westcott-Hort because the voice of the verb "to adulterate" differs. In the Textus-Receptus, it is literally translated as: "causes her to adulterate" (active voice). In the Westcott-Hort, it is literally translated as: "causes her to be adulterated" (passive ...


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In Search of Lost Lilies “[A]lthough there is little doubt that the word [κρίνον] denotes some plant of the lily species, it is by no means certain what individual of this class it especially designates.” So William Smith framed his widely-quoted and, as we’ll see, outdated entry for ‘Lily’ in his popular Bible dictionary of 1863. Following his ...


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It is unlikely that the Magi were Zoroastrians because they were sun worshippers. Those who came to check on the birth of Christ knew that he would be a person that could not accept sun worship. i.e. they knew that he came from the Creator who was to be worshiped for Himself and for what He is. If we wish to locate the place where the wise men came from ...


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On the basis of John 15:12-13, we are not just allowed to love our neighbor more than ourselves, but we are required to. This passage states: My commandment is this—to love one another just as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this—that one lays down his life for his friends. Only one who truly loves his or her neighbor more than ...


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1. Question Restatement: Question 1: Someone just came to me arguing that the second of the biggest commandments is also a commandment to love oneself. Question 2: My hope is that there could be a language perspective on the word ὡς that could shed light on this, but as far as I know that word can be used in both senses. NOTE: Ironically -- it is ...


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First, I need to qualify or explain that we need to bring in the field of Mathematics and Engineering into this question. some people have problem with that because , they quote 1Cor 2:5-6, which I now try to transliterate from Greek, so that the your belief shall not be of/in wisdom of humans but of/in the dynamics of god. Wisdom which we speak is ...


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When we talk of 'wise men' who visited Jesus, the word used in Matthew's Gospel is μάγοι (magoi), which comes to us via Latin as 'magi'. The magi were priests of Ahura Mazda, the Persian god in the Zoroastrian religion. They were known as great astrologers, wise men and interpreters of dreams. Prior to the Persian conquest of Babylon under Cyrus the Great ...


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Mark 1:34 explains this … and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him. Jesus did not need or want the testimony of demons. I wouldn't either. He would have enough of the Pharisees accusing him of being in league with the devil in a short while. The reason given is that the demons "knew him". This is not a testimony of faith or ...


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In Mark's Gospel, there are three instances of Jesus ordering demons into silence, Mark 1:21-28, 1:29-34, and 3:7-12. They form part of the 'Messianic Secret', in which Jesus is portrayed as commanding silence about his Messianic mission. It is a motif primarily in the Gospel of Mark, but elements of this have been copied into the later synoptic gospels ...


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One-eyed and one-handed people aren't immune from sin (though zero-headed people are!) So Jesus' teachings in this passage shouldn't be read as a practical method, but instead intended to demonstrate the seriousness with which we must attempt to deal with our sin: if gouging our eyes would fix our sin (even though we know it won't) then we should not ...


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In short, to pluck out the eye here, symbolizes to stop contemplating the things that tempt you. As for hand, to stop doing things that bring about temptation. To prove this, imagine a person has cut out his eye because he could not stop lustfully looking at women. But in his inward imagination he continues to lust after the images of women that he still ...


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This also brings into play another allusion, to Moses when he fasted for 40 days while he wrote the words of the Ten Commandments on tablets, Dick Harfield: Exodus 34:28: And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten ...


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I would agree that a strict description of the term "dunameis" would refer to heavenly beings, agreeing with a similar usage in Ephesians 6:12. But to state unequivocally that this does not refer to corresponding physical destruction or desolation on earth would betray the previous verses of this text. The writer intended us to understand a physical ...


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There have been instances when fasting was used as a tool to gain spiritual strength. When the disciples of Christ were unable to cast out a spirit, they take part in the following discussion recorded in Matthew 17:19-21 (KJV) 19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of ...


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Wilderness can be symbolic of apostasy or wickedness (Is. 64:10). Jesus lived in such a time.


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First of all you are using NIV. Horrible Translation! It would help to use Rotherham's, Smith And Goodspeed, Ferrar Fenton, etc. Some other good translation besides KJV and NIV. SEVENTY is another combination of two of the perfect numbers, seven and ten. We have seen something of the significance of their sum under the number seventeen; their product is no ...


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The earliest story of Jesus going into the wilderness occurs in Mark 1:13. Adam Winn (Mark and the Elijah-Elisha Narrative) says that all the details of Jesus' temptation narrative find parallels in the wilderness experiences of Elijah. Both Elijah and Jesus are in the wilderness for forty days, both are tempted, both are attended by angels and both are in ...


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In Matthew 10, Jesus has just chosen His 12 disciples and proceeds to give them His instructions for anyone who wants to be a disciple. In verse 38, the phrase "take his cross and follows me" refers to each person's unique call in life. A disciple must embrace and live out his/her personal call to follow Jesus. Again, in Matthew 16:24, Jesus says, "takes up ...



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