Psalm 50 is the first of the Psalms credited to the man Asaph, and is the only Psalm so credited in the second, Exodus book of Psalms. The remaining Asaph Psalms are all found in the third book of Psalms. There are in total twelve psalms credited to Asaph.

The name “Asaph” means “Gatherer” or “Collector.” He is first introduced to us among the musicians who served in the house of the LORD in I Chronicles 6.

31. Now these are the men whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after the ark came to rest. 32. They were ministering with music before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, and they served in their office according to their order.
33. And these are the ones who ministered with their sons: Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following comments from a reader of this blog:

Brittany: Nathan, I am concerned that you are online writing in depth about scripture, yet you are not a part of a bible teaching church? where are your elders, your men around you to sharpen and rebuke you? It is easy to find people to agree with you on the internet, it is entirely different to “do life” with other families that are a part of the church to help keep ourselves in check. It is one thing to do a scholarly study of the word, yet you do not serve in Christs church? The church is the bride of Christ, and we all have a place in it.

Precepts: Brittany,

My comments, both given above and in the “About” section of my website, have to do with the affiliation of my website and of the studies posted on the website. I did not intend my comments to say anything about whether or not I attend a church or fellowship with other believers. My point was only that this website is not affiliated with any group or organization, even one that I myself might be affiliated with. The articles posted on this website are my own, and are the results of my own, personal studies in the Word of God. They are, indeed, not passed by anyone else for approval but myself before they are posted. Thus, they are my own responsibility and, as I said, the result of my own studies and my own conclusions entirely. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 6 Part 3

New King James Version 15. which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

The Resultant Version 15. Which He will show in its own fit seasons, Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of those who reign and Lord of those who rule as lords,

The Lord Jesus Christ will manifest His blazing forth in His own time. The word “manifest” means that He will give evidence or show to the eyes His blazing forth. This will not be a hidden thing, like all the works of God are in the dispensation of the grace of God in which we live. Instead, it will be an evidential thing, an open and obvious thing, when Christ will blaze forth to this world. He will do this in His own time. The word is actually plural in Greek, “times.” The idea of the Greek word kairos seems to be of the right times, fixed times, or some definite times. Indeed, the kingdom of God and the blazing forth of Jesus Christ that accompanies it will come at the right time, the time God has fixed for it, and the definite time He has planned for the start of His kingdom. These are the times which we eagerly await even now. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 6 Part 2

New King James Version 9. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.

The Resultant Version 9. But they who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts such as sink men in extermination and destruction.

Yet there are those whose desire is to be rich. They are not satisfied with what they have in this world, and instead of willing to increase in Godliness, their will is to increase in possessions. Yet their will to be rich leads them astray into temptation, a snare, and many foolish and harmful lusts.

The “desire” here is the Greek word boulomai, which has to do with the will as it is related to the desires. A desire like this could and often does lead to a determination to carry out some kind of plan in order to bring the desire to fruition, but this word does not have to do with the decision to act, but only on the desire that can lead to it. “To be rich” could also mean to have abundance. In this context, it would refer to those who want far more than the necessary things they need and should have been content with, as Paul suggested in the previous verse. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Nathan, I have over time greatly appreciated your help to us in study of God’s Word.

Recently had the pleasure of listening and studying your talk on the Resurrections at the 2015 conference.

I have a question and need for clarifying a couple of points.

You explained that you believed Enoch was translated to heaven without seeing death.

Did you mean that he was translated so quickly he did not see death, or that he is now permanently in heaven with the Lord and did not die, but went thru a change into an immortal body? Some type of out resurrection/translation? Could Paul also have had similar as Enoch translation if he desired?

The faith chapter mentions a number of people of faith, but it says these ….ALL
DIED not as yet receiving the promises, of these, Enoch is mentioned. Was he also one that died not having received the promises, or are we to assume he is excluded from the list that died. It did say these all died?

Thanks for your input on this. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

I am confused regarding the salvation of Israel during the Old Testament.  I appreciate your helping me clear up my misunderstandings.

Deut 6
24. And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
25. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.

This verse seems to say that keeping the law will bring righteousness. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

2 Thessalonians 1
7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

In this passage we are told to obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Would you please explain what this gospel entails?

Thank You,

The word “gospel” in Greek is the word euangelion, The prefix “eu” means “good,” but good in the sense of being right. “Angelion” means a message, and is related to the Greek angel or “messenger.” So a gospel is a right or true message. One example I like to give as a “gospel” is if you were sleeping at night, and suddenly you were woken up by a shout, “Fire! Get out!” This would be far from good news, yet if it was true, it would be the right news, and the news you needed to hear. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 6

New King James Version 1. Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed.

The Resultant Version 1. Let as many of you slaves as are under the yoke consider their own masters fit for all honor, in order that the name of God and His teaching may not be blasphemed.

Now Paul speaks to the slaves. This is not “bondservants,” as in the New King James Version, but is the Greek word doulos, which means “slaves.” Slaves were a very crucial element of the economy in the Roman Empire. A large portion of what we would call the “blue collar work force” was slaves. In Israel this was regulated by God, Who did not allow any Israelite to enslave his fellow Israelite for longer than a set period of time, unless that slave chose voluntarily to bind himself to that master for his lifetime. Thus slavery in Israel really was much more like employment than the slavery we know of in the American South in times past. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 5 Part 3

New King James Version 17. Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.

The Resultant Version 17. Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and teaching.

He urges them to let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor. “Elders” here is the Greek word presbuteroi, and refers to the representative men in the Ephesians’ community. Again, they had no separation of church and state in their communities, so these elders decided matters both religious and secular. The elders were expected to rule, and did rule. Yet it was important for those who ruled to rule well. The Lord urges them moreover to count those who do rule well as being worthy of double honor, or to value them at twice the assessment. Indeed, for an elder, ruling well was the doubly important thing. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 5 Part 2

New King James Version 9. Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man,

The Resultant Version 9. Do not let a widow less than sixty years old be enrolled, having been the wife of one man,

Paul now continues by listing certain criteria that must be met before a widow shall be taken into the number or enrolled. First of all, He demands that a widow must be at least sixty years old in order to be enrolled. This might seem rather harsh to us, for surely a woman might be younger than this and yet lose her husband, have no father to return to or grown children to look to, and therefore be desolate? This is certainly true, but I think we must consider carefully what this list was before we get too upset at this requirement. It does not seem that this list was just a list of those to whom they were going to give charitably. Of course kind-hearted individuals among the believers would want to help out some poor young woman in such a condition, and this passage is saying nothing against them doing so. So this list must be something more than merely a list of widows who were going to be supported permanently by the ekklesia. What it was is very difficult to say, since Paul does not elaborate. Perhaps it was simply an “honor roll” of widows who were marked out in the community of believers in Ephesus. If they had any duties or position of leadership over the younger women, we do not know it. But it does seem that these widows were honored in some way, and Paul wants to set down criteria before placing any widows in this kind of respected position. The first criteria is that she must be sixty years old. This will ensure that she is of sufficient age that her Godly character should be well established and beyond question. Read the rest of this entry »