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Was Jesus going to symbolically marry the Father? Mark 2:19-20

Mark 2:19-20 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the ...
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Why was Mtt 17: 21 as appearing in KJV skipped in other versions of NT? [duplicate]

We read in Mtt 17:18-21 (KJV) And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not ...
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What is the special relevance of Luke 5:39 in the context of the Parable of the Wineskins?

In response to the query on why Jesus' disciples did not fast like those of John the Baptist, Jesus tells the parable of New Wine in Old Wineskins in the Gospels viz. Matthew 9:14–17, Mark 2:21–22, ...
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How did Anna "serve" God through fastings (Luke 2:37)?

In Luke 2:36-37, we read the following about a woman named Anna (NKJV, emphasis added): Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, ...
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What's the purpose of fasting and prayer in Acts 14:23?

Acts 14:21-23 reads (NKJV, emphasis mine): And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the ...
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Is Matthew 17:14-21 implying that miracle-working faith can be attained through prayer and fasting?

Matthew 17:14-21 (ESV): 14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often ...
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Why is the doctrine of fasting omitted by the modern revisions of the Bible?

Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness (see Matthew 4:2), just as Moses had done and Elijah had done (see Exodus 24:18, 1 Kings 19:8). And Jesus taught the disciples to fast, such as before ...
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Are we expected to fast today (Matt. 6:16 ff.)? [closed]

In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ teaches about fasting: Matthew 6:16-18: “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be ...
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What is the connection between fasting and mourning that the bridegroom is no longer with the disciples?

14At that time John’s disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast so often, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15 Jesus replied, “How can the guests of the bridegroom ...
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What was the purpose of fasting in Acts 13:1-3?

Acts 13:1-3 (ESV): 1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. ...
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Is there a causal relationship between Jesus' 40-day fast and his return in "the power of the Spirit" in Luke 4:14?

According to Luke 4:1-2, Jesus, after his water baptism at the Jordan river, was full of the Spirit and was led by the Spirit to a 40-day fast: Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the ...
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Why are prayer and fasting required to cast out certain kinds of demons?

The casting out of demons is one of the signs that Jesus promised would follow all believers: Mark 16:17 (KJV): 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out ...
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