I received the following question:

God uses the clearest words when HE reveals the most important thing which is the identity of God

Please from the Old Testamant ONLY
Show me a very clear verse saying the holy spirit is God.
Please show me a very clear verse from the Hebrew old testamant saying that the holy spirit is also God
regards

Why are you asking me these questions? You are not my college professor. Are you trying to get me to do your homework for you?

The fact that the Holy Spirit is God is not demonstrated by a clear verse saying that the Holy Spirit is also God, but by verses wherein His actions are said to be the actions of God, or wherein He is stated to be equal to God. As such, Isaiah 48:16 is one such passage: Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following questions from a person who obviously was seeking to “trap” me by my answers:

There is evidence in the bible which says that paul and saul are the same person
and
There is evidence in the bible which says that peter and simon are the same person
 
My first question
 
Matthew chapter ten verses from one to four
and acts chapter one verse thirteen
 
Names of the twelve disciples of Jesus
 
Show me one verse in the entire bible which says that Judas the son of James is also called
Thaddaeus
If there is NO verse in the entire bible which says that Judas the son of James is also
called Thaddaeus,then this is a contradiction
 
Question number two
If you have seen me,you have seen the father
Trace this verse back to Jesus Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

If you would have time to chat about “marriage” if you have time this next few days. Yes for me, cause I am struggling with what God says about it in some areas and what you said in one of your comments on your Precepts Blog.
 
One of your comments of when you marry it is in front of God, family and friends, I just cannot wrap My head around this in this day and age. Are you talking the Wedding Ceremony here?
 
You have some very good things to say and I am “struggling” in the sense of studying the Word to know all what the Bible says about the subject, and obviously would love to have an enjoyable marriage.
 
Thank you for sharing the word, you do challenge me to think allot and my brain is hurting on this subject of marriage, and exactly what it is in all its details.
 
As you say…..”Keep studying the Word”!

I agree that marriage is a difficult issue, and I am not in any way certified as a marriage counselor! But I could offer you my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I am beginning to understand Hebrews a little better. Why were there so many warnings, over and over? For example in Hebrews 2:3,3:12,13,15-19  they were warned not to become like the O.T.Israelites who embittered God.

I think the many warnings in Hebrews reflects the fact that Silas is writing to them because of his fear (probably shared by Paul) that the Hebrews (whom I believe were the Thessalonians) would not stand fast in the things they had taught them. This fear was largely because of how abbreviated their ministry in Thessalonica had been. They had been unable to spend more than three Sabbath days sharing the truth with these new believers. Therefore, though some had believed, it seemed questionable as to whether or not they would remain standing strong. For one thing, they were facing persecution from the Jews who did not believe, and who so openly and vociferously opposed Paul’s proclamation, forcing him and his company to flee from the city. These Jews would not have stopped causing trouble just because Paul was gone, but would have switched the focus of their hatred to those Jews who believed Paul and were following Jesus Christ after hearing his message. Would these new believers prove true, or would they be like the seed sown on stony ground in Mark 4:17, who, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble“? Read the rest of this entry »

I Samuel 7

1. Then the men of Kirjath Jearim came and took the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.

The men of Kirjath-jearim accept the task of keeping the ark of the LORD. They come to Beth Shemesh and take it, bringing it back to their city. They put it in the house of a man named Abinadab, which means “Noble Father.” His house was on the hill in Kirjath Jearim. They take his son Eleazar, which means “God Has Helped,” and set him apart to “keep” or guard the ark.

2. So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

The ark remains there a long time. It was not just there twenty years either, as this seems to indicate. It was there twenty years, until the events we are now going to read about took place. Then, it was there all during Samuel’s tenure as judge. Then, it was there during the forty years of Saul’s reign as king. Finally, it was there during the first part of David’s reign, until he brought it up from there. If we add all this time together, we will see that the ark was in this place for the better part of a century.

Twenty years pass, and the house of Israel finally laments after Jehovah. They had to be oppressed by the Philistines a long time before they finally turned back to their God! Read the rest of this entry »

I Samuel 6

1. Now the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months.

So for seven months the Philistines try to keep the ark of the LORD, but they are plagued the whole time. As we said before, the Philistines were not ready to dwell in the presence of the holy God.

2. And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us how we should send it to its place.”

At last, the Philistines realize that they are beaten. They have no choice but to send the ark of Jehovah back to Israel where it belongs. However, the question now arises how they are to do this. What if by sending it back in the wrong way they anger Jehovah even further? So they call for those they feel are expert at such things, their own priests and diviners, and ask them how they should go about doing this. Read the rest of this entry »

I Samuel 5

The book of Samuel does not record for us the sequel to the Philistines’ victory at Ebenezer. If we would learn what happened next, we must turn to Psalm 78. Starting in verse 56, we read:

56. Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God,
And did not keep His testimonies,
57. But turned back and acted unfaithfully like their fathers;
They were turned aside like a deceitful bow.
58. For they provoked Him to anger with their high places,
And moved Him to jealousy with their carved images.
59. When God heard this, He was furious,
And greatly abhorred Israel,

This describes Israel’s sin of unfaithfulness to the LORD that apparently was going on during Eli’s tenure as high priest and judge. No wonder, when God’s tabernacle was so despised even by its priests, that the people turned to other gods! Yet this was no excuse, and we read of the God’s actions in respond to this in the next verse.

60. So that He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh,
The tent He had placed among men,
61. And delivered His strength into captivity,
And His glory into the enemy’s hand.
62. He also gave His people over to the sword,
And was furious with His inheritance.
63. The fire consumed their young men,
And their maidens were not given in marriage.
64. Their priests fell by the sword,
And their widows made no lamentation. Read the rest of this entry »

arkjones02I Samuel 4

We had moved the first part of verse 1 of this chapter to the end of the last chapter last time, so now we take up verse 1 in the middle.

1. Now Israel went out to battle against the Philistines, and encamped beside Ebenezer; and the Philistines encamped in Aphek.

The Philistines were Israel’s neighbors on the southwest along the Mediterranean Sea. Their name means “Immigrants.” They were descended from Ham, but not from Canaan, but from his son Mizraim. Since they were not actually Canaanites, they were not one of the seven nations whom the Israelites were supposed to destroy. Nevertheless, they were usually enemies of Israel, and often tried to conquer them. Israel was supposed to drive them out in order to possess their land, although they were not required to destroy them, like they were the Canaanites. However, the LORD had not driven them out at first by the Israelites, as He explains in Judges 3:1-4.

1. Now these are the nations which the LORD left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan 2. (this was only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it), 3. namely, five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwelt in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entrance of Hamath. 4. And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commandments of the LORD, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

So the five lords of the Philistines were left in their land, and they were not yet driven out by Israel. Therefore, they became a constant thorn in Israel’s side, and their incessant enemies. They first fought against them in the days of the judge Shamgar (Judges 3:31.) In Judges 10:6-7, we learn that they were oppressed by the Philistines again, yet this oppression seems to have been mostly the doing of the Ammonites, and Jephthah’s war to free Israel from them is mostly against Ammon. It does not seem that the Philistines became major aggressors against Israel until the days of Samson. Yet as far as we can tell, Samson was immediately before Eli as judge over Israel, so that at this time they are one of the most serious enemies the nation faces. Read the rest of this entry »

soulmaybe02I received the following question:

Well I know I haven’t written to you in a while with questions but lately I’ve been having discussions with others that are getting me thinking but stuck.  What’s the difference between spirit and soul?

A complete study of the word “spirit” should be undertaken to get the exact use of the word that the Spirit of God makes of it in the Scriptures. I will not take the time to do that here, but I think a quick concordance of the first 10 occurrences of the word for “spirit” in the Old Testament Scriptures, which is the Hebrew word “ruach,” should demonstrate for us its basic uses.

The first occurrence of the word “spirit” is in the very second verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:2. Read the rest of this entry »

jobblame02I received the following question:

So I thought that your prophecy of Jonah was pretty insightful.

It seemed to possibly give insight into the whole aspect the story of Job.  I have been contemplating what these guys (Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar, and Elihu) had said.  They have their thoughts right on certain issues like Sheol, but they are wrong about what happened to Job.  I am puzzled at this and wondering if there is another answer or situation that they are actually talking about.  It seemed like nobody has ever touched this aspect in Job.  Everybody is just willing to say these men were wrong.  If that be so then we can’t quote from Job to prove the aspect of Sheol.  I could explain further but I’ve been at a computer too long.

Thanks!  I’m glad you enjoyed it.

You have to remember that these men were not living in the atmosphere we live in.  At the time, what happens to men after death was much better understood than it is today, when such a cloud of tradition and superstition has arisen to obscure the truth of God.  It was probably common knowledge what happened to people after death at that time, and so Job’s three friends, though they were not inspired and often were wrong, did at least know the truth regarding this.

There was a lot of knowledge in what Job’s three friends said, for they were aged and wise men.  Yet it was wisdom according to human knowledge, not according to God’s truth.  They spoke from the perspectives of human experience, human tradition, and human merit. They did not speak from the wisdom of God.

As for using their words regarding what happens after death, Mr. Sellers wrote concerning Job 34:14-15, “We are forced to regard with some suspicion all statements made by Job’s friends, yet I will challenge anyone to prove that Elihu’s statement is not the truth. Man’s continuance in life, his continuance among the living, is dependent upon God continuing to give him life.”  (Word of Truth Volume 6 page 136)

I hope this helps you consider the issue.

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