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Jan
30
comment What species of flower might Jesus have been referring to when he said, “Consider the lilies”?
@Nathaniel: My answer has been lengthened quite a bit, and I've cut back on the application a bit, too. The answer may not be what the OP desires, but I think any dispassionate conclusion based on the authorities I've quoted would lead one to believe that the identification of the "lilies" Jesus referred to was incidental (if that!) to the lesson he was teaching. What thinkest thou? Don
Jan
29
comment What species of flower might Jesus have been referring to when he said, “Consider the lilies”?
@Schuh: I was in such a hurry to put together my revised answer that I didn't proofread it at all. I'll try to clean things up a bit. Some of your critiques are legitimate; some are not. The point I will attempt to underscore in my revision is that the experts in biblical languages are united in saying the exact species of flower Jesus referred to is relatively unimportant. Consequently, attempting to make it more important that it is detracts, I feel, both from Jesus' teaching and the illustration with which he communicated a big idea; namely, heavenly Father cares for his image bearers.
Jan
29
comment What species of flower might Jesus have been referring to when he said, “Consider the lilies”?
@Schuh: You might want to check out my newly edited version, which includes a few interesting, though highly inconclusive, citations. Don
Jan
28
comment How can I interpret the blessings Joseph in context of the concept that Judah's blessing by Jacob was foreshadowing of Jesus?
I didn't vote on your posting yet, Dick, so that -1 is not mine! I may vote later, after I check out the website the OP provided a link to. You're certainly right about one thing: not every approach to biblical hermeneutics is sound. Some folks go too far by seeing Jesus in every page of Scripture. That's one reason why I wish the COMPLETE dialogue between Jesus and Cleopas (and the other disciple who was not named) in Luke 24 had become part of the canon of Scripture. Alas, God found fit not to include it. A preacher once said facetiously, "That's the trouble with God: He thinks he's God!"
Jan
28
comment How can I interpret the blessings Joseph in context of the concept that Judah's blessing by Jacob was foreshadowing of Jesus?
Adam: I'm chagrined to the max! The website you provided a link to has nothing to do with the folks to whom I sent an email, requesting information. Here's what they (i.e., the folks at Modesto Chapel) said: "'According to the Scriptures' is the name of our radio program with Pastor Damian Kyle, but we have nothing to do with the website link you sent us [viz., the link in your question, Adam]. Since this title comes from a popular verse in the Bible, a lot of ministries probably use it in their materials." Guess I should've simply used your provided link. What a dummkopf I am. Don
Jan
28
comment How can I interpret the blessings Joseph in context of the concept that Judah's blessing by Jacob was foreshadowing of Jesus?
Adam: I've sent an email to the folks at the "according to scripture" website you cited, asking them if they believe their method of biblical hermeneutics to be sound (and defensible). I await a response. My sneaking suspicion is that they do believe their method is sound and defensible, but we'll see. Don
Jan
28
comment What did Joseph suspect Mary of in Matthew 1:18-19?
Because an angel of the Lord told Joseph she was impregnated by the Holy Spirit! The baby Jesus, in other words, did not have an earthly father, so how could Mary have been stoned if she did not have sex with a mortal man? Mary simply allowed God to perform a miraculous, supernatural conception in her womb. Joseph was informed of this, but only after he entertained the idea of divorce. Once he believed what the angel told him, Joseph seemed to "get with the program," although I'm sure he found very few--if any--people to believe his story! Don
Jan
28
comment What did Joseph suspect Mary of in Matthew 1:18-19?
Friend, you answered your own question. The winning answer is a combination of a and b. For an engaged woman, sex prior to marriage with a man other than her husband-to-be was considered adultery. For that reason, Joseph, being the honorable man he was, determined to annul the betrothal quietly, since making the "divorce" public would shame Mary and perhaps even prove fatal to her (death by stoning)! Don
Jan
24
comment Why did Jesus fast in the wilderness?
The belief in the historicity of the NT documents is alive and well in the 21st century, Dick. Take Richard Bauckham, for example. Here's a link to a review of his magnum opus: biblicalfoundations.org/jesus-and-the-eyewitnesses
Jan
24
comment Why did Jesus fast in the wilderness?
I shan't retract. Only someone who is familiar with your presuppositions (as I am) would likely focus on the word "created" and then discount your entire answer. However, another someone, who believes firmly in the historicity of the NT documents but is not yet sensitized to the "critical" approach taken by some folks (like you) who do not believe in the historicity of the NT documents, might gloss over the word "created" and conclude you're also a believer in Mark's historicity. If that happened, and if I knew that it did, I'd have given you TWO or MORE up votes! Don
Jan
23
comment Why did Jesus fast in the wilderness?
Dick, Dick, Dick . . .. I really have no idea why you are deflecting my approbation and praise. Possibly, the only offensive word I find in your answer is the word "created,." since the word may imply Mark made up the account of Jesus' temptation out of whole cloth! I believe firmly Mark was an EYEWITNESS to much of Jesus' public ministry. He may not have been with Jesus in the wilderness but he certainly had "face time" with Jesus, after the fact, when Jesus "filled him in," so to speak. If you tell me that Mark (acc. 2 your understanding) wrote fiction, THEN I'll retract my downvote! Don
Jan
22
comment Why did Jesus fast in the wilderness?
+1. Don't forget Nehemiah. See his book, chapter 1, verses 4-11; also, chapter 2, v.4 (which was probably an impromptu, quickie prayer!). Fasting (not to mention sleep deprivation) had an obvious effect on his mood and facial expression (see 1:6 and 2:1-2). Don
Jan
22
comment Why did Jesus fast in the wilderness?
Good answer. +1. Oh, don't forget Nehemiah, who led the effort to rebuild the derelict walls and gates of Jerusalem. When he heard of the condition of the walls in Jerusalem, he said in 1:4 ff. - "I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. . . ." Yes, there was mourning and repentance involved in his fasting, but there was also a good deal of beseeching and pleading with God, as well as confessing his and his compatriots' sins to God. This indicates to me that fasting is a way of showing God how serious we are regarding our supplications.
Jan
12
comment What is the meaning of “Sorceress” in Exodus 22:18?
@David: It's a red herring only if I used it in an attempt to slip something by someone, so to speak. That, rest assured, was not my intent. I even said the passage from Shakespeare was anachronistic. Lighten up, David. Empires are crumbling. Don
Jan
12
comment Circumcision / Flight into Egypt
I commend to you the reading of an article written by Hodge and Chaffey. It's here: answersingenesis.org/holidays/christmas/a-matter-of-time. The article provides what I consider to be a welcome balance to the oft-repeated charge of the "higher critics" that there are glaring contradictions in the Christmas timeline. Enjoy! Don
Jan
7
comment In 1st Timothy 5:17–18, is the “double honor” an imperative for pay?
@warren: IYHO, yes?
Jan
6
comment In 1st Timothy 5:17–18, is the “double honor” an imperative for pay?
+1. I wish you would've made the "double honor" expression even clearer by saying something to the effect that "The first honor is the respect he commands by being a good elder who preaches and teaches. The second honor is a salary/stipend/honorarium (or whatever you want to call it)." Each honor--respect and remuneration-- is a reward. The elder can waive the latter, however, when circumstances warrant it. If and when circumstances change, I see no reason why he shouldn't ask for the second honor. The apostle Paul obviously did both, each at different times, according to circumstances. Don
Jan
2
comment What was the tree of life in Genesis 2:9
I choose not to weigh in on this one, but I commend to you the reading of Revelation chapter 2 (especially v.7), and Revelation 22 (especially vv.2, 14, & 19). What was once forbidden and guarded by cherubim and a flaming sword in Genesis is in Revelation freely available to "overcomers" and to those who "wash their robes." Just a thought. Don
Jan
1
comment What is the ontological constitution of a believer according to Galatians 2:20?
Romans 6 also has some great explanatory material related to life and death. Don
Dec
29
comment Psalm 23, “…table in the presence of my enemies…”
+1. Fine answer. I've heard Ken Bailey preach on a couple of occasions. He has some fascinating insights borne of extensive research, as well as many years spent in the Middle East. A younger, though equally insightful Bible teacher is Ray Vanderlaan, whose video series "That the World May Know" is filled with insights on ANE culture, and the series sheds much needed light on biblical content. I also commend to you a little book written by G. Christian Weiss, called "Insights Into Bible Times and Customs," which the Back to the Bible Broadcast published back in '72. Good stuff. Don