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This idea is very common in the OT: Ps 119:97 - Oh, how I love Your law [Torah]! All day long it is my meditation. Ps 1:2 - But his delight is in the Law [Torah] of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. Josh 1:8 - This Book of the Law [Torah] must not depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do ...


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Yet another case of Paul using ‘in him’. And in * this* lies the debate. Then add ‘in heavenly places’ and straight up many then relegate this to ‘the future when we are reunited with Christ. But the truth is we (that is, believers) already are reunited with Christ. EPH 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ ...


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The Hebrew word translated "bless" is simply בָרַךְ (barak) and in almost all cases is just a series of well-wishes for a person. Indeed, the LXX translates this word as εὐλογέω (eulogeo) which is literally, "good words", or, "good thoughts". The word occurs frequently in the OT, eg, Gen 1:22, 28, 2:3, 5:2, 9:1, 26, 12:2, 14:19,...


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In order to proceed, we need to define which covenant(s) we are discussing. In the OT, there are at least five covenants: Noahide covenant stated in Gen 8:20 – 9:17 Abrahamic covenant stated in Gen 15, 17, 18:9-15, 22:15-18 Israelite covenant stated in Ex 19-24 and then expanded in PARTS of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Levitical covenant stated in ...


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The plural form here is common, going back to Genesis, where God created the "Heavens" and the earth (heavens being in dual form, so perhaps there were only two or perhaps the dual form was a proto-plural). Post Alexander's conquests, Jewish tradition, infused with the spirit of Hellenism, was obsessed with dissecting, classifying, analyzing, and ...


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No. To translate torah as "Law" in Psalm 1 is to profoundly misunderstand the word's meaning here. The Hebrew word תרה primarily means "instruction" or "teaching" and only secondarily means "law." In Psalm 1, torah is being used in this more general sense, to refer to God's instruction. Jewish translations render this ...


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...blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. Typical to these promises is, "in Christ". When Christ was exalted to the heavens to be united with his God and Father after being resurrected, he shared in all that was God's. He did not have any of this before - he was made / appointed, as the heir to all God's possessions. ...


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God himself communicated with the boys' mother and God himself made it clear who would serve whom. Rebekah and Jacob followed God's will in the matter, despite Isaac having other ideas (initially). The blessing was to be given to he who had the birthright. Esau relinquished that birthright (in exchange for a bowl of soup). Jacob represented himself as the ...


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