In John 5:41-44 we read:
41 I do not accept glory from men, 42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God within you. 43 I have come in My
Father’s name, and you have not received Me; but if someone else comes
in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe if
you accept glory from one another, yet do not seek the glory that
The meaning of a word usually depends on the context in which it is used. In this instance the context of the word “neighbor” was the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This commandment forms the second half of the essence or summation of all the commandments. In this broad context, the meaning of “neighbor” likely goes beyond the traditional ...
This teaching is not about geographical distance. You can only be a neighbor to people who are physically near you, at least in the time of Christ, before skype, email, etc, it was not even a consideration that you could transcend distance.
The idea that distance was unimportant comes, I believe, from the fact that all four people were travelling to Jericho ...
Jesus does indeed reverse the perspective by showing someone receiving neighbourly kindness and asking "Who was a neighbour to him?" instead of answering "Who is my neighbour?"
But his point is not necessarily that you should avoid thinking of the question in favour of "Who will be a neighbour to me?" Rather, he holds up the ...
The answer to that question is given by the lawyer / legal expert in Luke 10:37
And he said, “The one who showed compassion to him.” Then Jesus said
to him, “Go and do the same.”
So instead of thinking "who is my neighbor" we ought to think what it means to be a neighbor for someone (= showing compassion).
The Mosaic Law contained certain requirements for Gentiles living among Israelites:
No matter how the complicated passage Acts 15:21 is to be interpreted in detail, the function of the verse is to validate the decree, to call upon Moses as witness. Everyone who truly hears Moses knows that the decree expresses what Moses demands from Gentiles in order that ...
One of the early church Fathers said that the Greeks had plagiarized the wisdom of the Hebrews.
The odd rules of the Jews were known throughout the world due to David and Solomon's conquests and the dispersions. The dietary laws particularly stood out as Jews negotiated the markets daily. Seeker gentiles would have heard more details.
But the goal is to not ...
The Leverite law dictates that the brother of a widow's husband must be the redeemer kinsman and take her as a wife to bear a child on behalf of her dead husband. (De 25:9)
If he refuses, she is to loose his sandal off his foot and spit in his face, and declare the prescribed insult publicly to him.
John is simply saying that he is not worthy to even be the ...
The shepherds would never leave their sheep alone at nighttime. It would be a dereliction of duty. If the shepherds abanded the flock, the owner of the flock would ask, "why did you lose sheep?" Their truthful answer would be, "we went into Bethlehem to see a baby". The owner would be justified to fire them so they never herd sheep ...
Many people have grappled with the meaning of 1 Tim 2:15. Three basic views have been suggested, and they are closely related to how people interpret the word teknogonia.
Some take teknogonia to refer to having children in the literal sense.
Some take teknogonia to be used in a metaphorical sense to the virtues mentioned.
Some take teknogonia to refer to ...
There is an interesting parallel in John where a similar word is used. ἐμβριμάομαι is used of the snorting of a horse, but also a heavy and deep sigh.
ἐνεβριμήσατο τῷ πνεύματι (John 8:33)
Ἰησοῦς οὖν πάλιν ἐμβριμώμενος ἐν ἑαυτῷ (Joh 8:38)
In the first one Jesus sighed deeply in spirit and in the second he sighed deeply in himself. The reason for the deep ...
Jesus referred to a woman and her daughter as being dogs.
Those dogs are the non-Adamic people. They are of a mixed
bloodline from the fallen angels who came from the dog star
sirius which is why Jesus called her a dog. He was denoting
her origin. Most people on this earth today are dogs. Jesus
said every plant my heavenly father has not planted will
In a comment above, Lucian referred to Justinian's Digest, page 100, paragraph 8 where I read "According to the Roman custom, the day begins at midnight and ends at the middle of the next night." The Wikipedia reference states that the civil day ran from midnight to midnight, while the natural day was from sunrise to sunset.
So, the question is ...
What does the word “Sword” mean in Matthew 10:34?
In garden of Eden, God said to Satan:**
Genesis 3:15 NET
15 And I will put hostility between you and the woman and between
your offspring and her offspring; he will strike your head, and you
will strike his heel.”
The situation then was the same as in the days of the earthly life of his Son, Jesus ...
There is an interesting translation problem which shows that literal translations sometimes are potentially misleading.
In the Greek text we have an infinitive βαλεῖν. The infinitive in English is indicated by the word "to" so it becomes "to send" (or literally to throw.) But the English "to" can also indicate purpose, but that ...
The anarthrous ποιοῦντες (v. 10) is functioning as a circumstantial participle which can be translated into English in a variety of ways,1 including means2 (“by doing”) and condition3 (“if you do”). The majority of English translations apparently interpret it as a conditional.
1 Smyth, pp. 456–459, §§ 2054–2069
2 id., p. 458, § ...
The simple answer is, obviously, YES. we can deduce this because:
The town of Bethlehem was a small town and they could not have taken their flocks with them
They left immediately (Luke 2:15) and hurried (v16) - one cannot hurry with sheep
The shepherds "returned" to their flocks (v20) shortly after.
However, while the shepherds left their ...