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A Blasphemy Which Requires Stoning There are three points in the Fourth Gospel at which the Jews respond to something Jesus said by wanting to kill Him. The first is in Chapter 5; the second in Chapter 8, and the third in Chapter 10. It is in the final event in which John includes the reason for stoning: 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. ...


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There are two matters here: Marrying siblings was not always a problem but became a problem (as we now know) because of biological problems. Adam and Eve's children must have (almost) all married their siblings!! The prohibition against marrying siblings (Deut 27:22, Lev 20:17) only became an Israelite law under the the Levitical system that was given ...


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The claim of Divinity The people sought to stone Jesus for blasphemy - the statement that put them over the edge, and would serve as their justification for trying to stone him again later (see John 10:31-33), wasn't simply that He insulted them or claimed to have existed since before the days of Abraham - He claimed something much more than that. Those well-...


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Technically, Sarah was Abraham’s HALF-sister, according to Genesis 20:12: Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. There are two occasions when Abraham was less than honest regarding his relationship with Sarah, his wife. The first instance is mentioned in Genesis 12:10-20 ...


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Malachi makes clear that there is a malak (messenger/angel) that is 'the Lord himself'. Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. [Malachi 3:1 KJV] There is a ...


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The statement "πριν αβρααμ γενεσθαι εγω ειμι" = "I am before Abraham came to be" here is a claim of pre-existence, not of identity with YHWH. According to John, Jesus consistently claimed to be sent from God (John 8:25-26), and claimed to be superior to Moses and Abraham. But not once did he claim identity with his father. In fact, Jesus ...


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Matthew 13:10-17 is very instructive on this point. Jesus used his parables as a sword to cut through the crowds; on one hand fell (and continue to fall) the majority who fail to understand the message, and on the other hand are those who seek greater understanding, and in seeking, find the truth. There is a running theme in John of Jesus saying obscure, ...


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In the Gospels we have a number of incidents where the local Jewish leadership accused Jesus of blaspheming because He claimed equality with God. While some modern theologians might argue about these and what Jesus intended, the people at the time had no doubt. Matt 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:17-26 – Jesus is accused of blasphemy because He forgave a man’s ...


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The answer to that can be found in Hebrews 11:17-19 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and the one who had received the promises was offering up his only son; 18 it was he to whom it was said, “Through Isaac your descendants shall be named.” 19 He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also ...


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If the word “horror” is taken as a key word, that will dispense with mere darkness. Yes, there are lots of mentions of darkness in the Bible, supernatural ones too, but how often is that associated with ghastly dread? And if we take the matter of the carcasses laid out by Abram before darkness comes, we may well think of the body of Christ nailed and lifted ...


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Is this similar to the plague of darkness in Ex 10.21? Or Genesis 32.24, where Jacob wrestles with the Angel? I doubt it. Let's see how far we get... It'll help if one understands what "deep sleep" is in this context. The "deep sleep" can mean just a "deep sleep" or it can have have a divine intervention linked to it. In the ...


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The question is answered explicitly in Heb 11:16 - Instead, they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. This same idea is again referenced in Heb 12:22, 23 - Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You ...


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τέκνον is taken as vocative. Without any modifiers, this would be used for the speakers child. He was a descendent of Abraham, probably even a descendent of Israel. Senses in New Testament (Logos Bible Software) Note how the descendants of Israel were referred to as the children of Israel in Exodus. Abraham wasn't referring to him as a spiritual ...


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Might this rather be the meaning of "child" in Luke, as in "child of the Devil"? I doubt it. The whole conversation is rather civil despite the extreme circumstance. There is no hint of sarcasm. The rich man calls Abraham "father" 3 times. Luke 16: 19“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted ...


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How could the Jews claim “Abraham was their father” (Jn. 8:39) while in the next breath, insist that “God was their Father” (Jn. 8:41)? Literal father Abraham is our father: They are literal descendants of Abraham and so they believe that they have the same faith as God's friend Abraham. John 8:39: "They answered and said to Him, 'Abraham is our father....


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Those literal descendants of Abraham well knew the Hebrew scriptures where God is stated to have 'fathered' the nation of Israel. Here is a sample: Israel "forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation... Of the Rock that begat thee thou are unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee." (Deuteronomy 32:15 & ...


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Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. Genesis 21:5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. Genesis 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was ...


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Here is a biblical profile of Sodom that explains precisely why they were destroyed. Isaiah 3:8-9 says of Judah and Jerusalem, “They declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.” They had become so devoid of behavioral restraints that they did not even attempt to conceal their sins. a. No more fear of God. b. No more fear of accountability. c. No more ...


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We are not told the name of the servant here. Abraham had previous employed Eliezer of Damascus (Gen 15:2, 4) but whether this same man was still his chief steward is not known. It is entirely possible that Eliezer of Damascus was still the chief steward of Abraham's household - he had been very well regarded as, in the absence of Ishmael and Isaac was ...


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The promise is made to Abraham and his descendants. How can it be an everlasting possession for Abraham if he dies? Because it becomes the possession of his descendants after him - HIS descendants... and so it is in effect land that is "kept in the family" as an everlasting possession. But a bigger question is how it is everlasting, when it clearly ...


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@Abu Munir Ibn Ibrahim is on the right path that the "horror of great darkness" concerns the future events of Israel that will soon be unfolding. There are at least two ancient Jewish sources that comment on this passage in this regard. The first is from Genesis Rabbah 44:22. The following translation is from First Fruits of Zion, Depths of the ...


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The fear that descends on Avram in verse 12 is the fear of anticipation of the horrific tidings given in the following verse, "Know for a certainty that your descendants will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and they will be in servitude and afflicted for four hundred years". The verse shows that Avram was close enough to God to ...


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This claim of Jesus confirmed the conviction of the Jewish religious leaders that Jesus was a blasphemer as claiming His divinity, for they plainly say "we do not want to kill you for good deeds, but because being a man you make yourself God" (John 10:33), and "God" here does not mean a) any created being, even as elevated as angel or ...


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Ruth married a young man and had no child. Ruth married an old man and had a son. This was a work of God according to Psalm 127:3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Moreover, it was a special work of God. God saved her first pregnancy to become an ancestor to David. Ruth 4: 13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. ...


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Deuteronomy 21:18 If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, 19his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. 20They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He ...


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Brenton Septuagint Translation Genesis 15:12 And about sunset a trance fell upon Abram, and lo! a great gloomy terror falls upon him. The LXX Greek word is ekstasis. Thayer's Greek Lexicon STRONGS NT 1611: ἔκστασις universally, in Greek writing, any casting down of a thing from its proper place or state; displacement (Aristotle, Plutarch). a throwing of ...


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The location was first given a name by Abraham and/or Abimelek in Genesis 21: 31 So that place was called Beersheba, because the two men swore an oath there. Beersheba. שָֽׁבַע׃ (šā·ḇa‘) Noun - proper - feminine singular Strong's 884: Beersheba -- 'well of seven', a place in the Negev Earlier, the same name is mentioned in Genesis 21: 14 Early the next ...


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In both Greek and Hebrew father meant more than ones immediate father. Abraham was father as ancestor. God is father as creator of mankind. They considered God their spiritual Father. πατήρ, πατρός, ὁ ...1. lit.—a. of the immediate (male) ancestor... b. gener. forefather, ancestor, progenitor: of Abraham... 2. fig.—a. of spiritual fatherhood ... 3. of ...


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We have the following data: Gen 12:4 - Abram 75 years old when he moved from Haran to Canaan and given the promise in Gen 12:1-3 Isaac born to Abraham at the age of 100, Gen 21:5 Isaac marries Rebekah at age 40, Gen 25:20 (Abraham 140 years old) Isaac becomes the father of Jacob at age 60, Gen 25:26 (Abraham 160 years old) Abraham dies at age 175, Gen 25:7 ...


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Was Lot aware of how wicked Sodom and Gomorrah were when he chose the Jordan valley? Peter sheds some light on this question, 2 Peter 2: 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved ...


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