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Jesus always uses the mustard seed to represent something small. The mustard seed was popularly known to be the smallest of all seeds.1 Of course, it also has the property of being a seed (i.e. it germinates), but that part of the metaphor is not unique to being a mustard seed. There is no record of Jesus using any other of the mustard seed's unique ...


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The reference to singing comes a few verses later: 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast the understanding. 5 Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof, 7 When the morning ...


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The beauty of a young woman comes to us through our eyes, whereby we might be drawn into sin and adultery. Therefore, possibly making a covenant with our eyes is just a poetic way of saying: ‘I have agreed within myself, swore to myself and all the prime members involved, that I will not lustfully gaze after a maiden.’ One might say 'I made a covenant with ...


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I would first like to offer one passage in the New Testament that effectively answers both the issue of intermarriage between Israel and Gentiles, as well as the state of the Torah of Moshe. In Ephesians 2:14-16, the apostle Paulos wrote, 14 For he is our peace, who made both, one, and destroyed the middle-wall of the fence, 15 when he abolished the ...


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No. Yes, mustard seeds are small, but that isn't their only important property. Jesus doesn't say "If you had faith like a tiny grain of sand", or "The kingdom of heaven is like something really small". He uses the image of a tiny speck of dust, a "mote" when describing something really tiny in another passage, so it isn't like the mustard seed is the only ...


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The Hebrew word translated as "beauty" is "hod", which would be better translated as "glory" or "majesty". Same word used in Psalms 96:6 (beginning of verse), Psalms 104:1, Psalms 111:3, Isaiah 30:30, Job 40:10, I Chron 29:11 and many other places. Remember, we were farmers then, and to a farmer, even a corn stalk can be "glorious". The olive has the ...



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