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Examples of the Scorner, Fool, Simple and Wise

Scorners mock at God’s wisdom.  The primitive root in Hebrew means to make mouth or scoff. Jerusalem and the Pharisee’s in particular come to mind when looking for an example of a scorner.  Jesus wept for Jerusalem when they didn’t receive Him as their Messiah when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to fulfil prophecy.  Furthermore, He rode into Jerusalem on the very day that Gabriel told Daniel the Messiah would present Himself. Luke 19:42 (KJV) 42  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they

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Jesus is Wisdom Personified

According to the dictionary, wisdom is “accumulated knowledge or insight”, “the trait of using knowledge and experience with common sense and insight”. This would back up Solomon’s purpose for Proverbs where wisdom is first mentioned by Solomon in Proverbs 1:2 “To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding”. Despite writing the book of Proverbs and a pursuit of wisdom, Solomon is not “wisdom personified”. By the end of his life, Solomon didn’t follow his own advice given at the start of his life. He had 700 wives and 300 concubines which he allowed to worship their

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Dealing With Conflict

Matthew 18:15-17 (KJV) 15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. First you

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4 levels of Biblical Hermeneutics

There are 4 levels of Biblical Hermeneutics which simply means the study of the interpretation of scripture. With hermeneutics, we have to take into account the genre; whether it’s written as history such as Genesis or poetry such as the Psalms. The first application is the literal application. To the Hebrew, this is the Peshat. The second is the Remez which means the allegorical application or “hint of something deeper”. The third is the practical application or Derash. This is how the text can apply to you directly. The fourth is the Sod, which is the mystical or hidden

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Lessons Learned from Nebuchadnezzar

Dan 4:32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. Dan 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his

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Does God Always Reveal His Purpose?

There are a number of examples where God does not reveal his purpose until later. The biggest example that stands out is the Mystery of Christ. Ephesians 3:3-6 (KJV) 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and

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Fallen Angels and Nephelim

While there are many Bible scholars as well as Christians that would consider fallen angels mating with human women creating nephelim to be a fringe topic that appears to sound like mythology combined with science fiction, I believe understanding this is very key to understanding the “why’s” in the Bible that appear to be extremely harsh and final judgements from God. There is an abundance of evidence to show that a global flood happened, but why did it happen? It has to be more than people behaving badly as there are tyrants, war, violence, genocide and perversion all throughout

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Another Gospel?

Recently one prominent Emergent Church leader came out with a video proclaiming that Jesus death and resurrection was just a retelling of the many myths of dying and rising gods such as Mithras and Dionysus. Although many apologists have debunked this claim made popular by the Zeitgeist film, this popular leader still proclaimed it for the sake of being a universalist. At the end of his video, he proclaims that “we are the gospel”. This is gnosticism, the idea that we all have an inner-divine spirit. It’s played out in many movies, most blatantly in the Matrix trilogy. A

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Scapegoat

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. It is part of the fall feasts occurring on the 10th day of Tishri. The High Priest is only able to enter into the Holy of Holies once a year after much preparation. On this day there are many rituals that the High Priest must due to enter into the Holy of Holies. This ritual is repeated each year as blood from bulls and goats can’t eternally atone for sins. The book of Hebrews points out that Jesus replaces the old covenant and all

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The Law

The Law points to Jesus as it’s not possible to keep the Law perfectly out of our own ability. While it’s possible that with strict discipline we may not steal, kill or take God’s name in vein, everybody will covet. There is always somebody that has something that we would like. To put aside the Law and your own ability to keep it in order to put your faith in Jesus alone for your salvation shows that there are no works that you can do in order to attain salvation. It is only by Jesus payment on the cross.

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How Important is a Covenant to God

A covenant is a contract or a binding agreement. As God can not lie or break his promise, covenants are vital to showing that God keeps His word. The first time a covenant was mentioned was between God and Noah in Genesis 6:18. God intends to wipe out every living thing from the earth except Noah and his family. This was fulfilled by God preserving Noah his family and the animals on the ark through the flood. The next covenant is between God and Abraham, commonly known as the “Abrahamic Covenant”. This is in regards to the land that

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Sanctification vs Justification

Some Christians may see sanctification, justification and glorification as either too trivial or too complicated to bother with. I’d argue that overlooking or ignoring what these definitions mean would be a big mistake. In the typical evangelical alter call, you will hear an emotional plea to invite Jesus into your heart. I have no doubt that the speaker has the intention of wanting people to accept Jesus as their savior. This is usually done near the end of the service with music lightly playing in the background to add to the emotional impact. While it’s probably true that the

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Dull Of Hearing

Hebrews 5:11 11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. In secular society we’re taught to not question what we’ve been told.  The example I’ll use is evolution.  Here’s a quote from evolutions biggest evangelist Richard Dawkins: “It is absolutely safe to say that

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Inheritance

Inheritance occurs in the Bible 239 times, first occurring when Jacob leaves Laban in Genesis 31:14. Strongs 5159Hebrew Word: ‏נַחֲלָה‎ Transliteration: naḥalâ Definition to inherit or inheritance In Numbers 14:12: 12 I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they. Disinherit is from Strongs 3423 Hebrew Word: ‏יָרַשׁ‎ Transliteration: yārash The following is the definition: ” yaresh, yaw-raysh’; a primitive root; to occupy (by driving out previous tenants, and possessing in their place); by implication to seize, to rob, to inherit; also to expel, to impoverish, to

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Kadesh-Barnea a type of Salvation?

In Numbers 13 God tells Moses ” Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.” Num 13:2 I see the key word here as “give”.  The men are simply to report what they saw.  To report back on the people that live there and what type of land it is, whether good or bad.  God is giving them this promised gift of land so that they may become a nation.  God

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Apostle, Prophet and Priest Spiritual Gifts

The word Apostle comes from the Greek ἀπόστολος apostolos. This means one who is sent out. There’s 2 ways this word is used in the New Testament. The first refers to the 12 apostles. The 12 apostles were directly chosen by Jesus and were the first to proclaim the Gospel after Jesus death and resurrection. This is the office of the apostle as the 12 apostles and Paul were to set up the early church. Mark 3:14 14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, Paul also

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Bema Seat

24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 1 Cor 9:24 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith 2 Tim 4:7 If you’re in an athletic competition of any sort and you decide to stop trying, you won’t win.  Athletic movies can be heartwarming and motivating.  The story usually begins with an underdog who has a heart for the sport and has to overcome a number of obstacles to get his team to the championship

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Davidic Covenant

The Davidic covenant is an unconditional covenant between God and David.  Unconditional meaning that there is nothing that David needs to do in order for God to keep His promises. 1 Chron 17:11-14 11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. 13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son:

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Sanctification, Justification and Glorification

Some Christians may see sanctification, justification and glorification as either too trivial or too complicated to bother with.  I’d argue that overlooking or ignoring what these definitions mean would be a big mistake.  In the typical evangelical alter call, you will hear an emotional plea to invite Jesus into your heart.  I have no doubt that the speaker has the intention of wanting people to accept Jesus as their savior.  This is usually done near the end of the service with music lightly playing in the background to add to the emotional impact.  While it’s probably true that the

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Tattoos and the Bible

Tattoos are becoming increasingly trendy in popular culture and the problem occurs when Christians want to place the label “Christian” on a secular trend.  You can see this in the music community with Christian “death metal”, a heavy metal sub-genre that is primary focused on death and the occult.  Lyrics are screamed in a guttural growl over intense rhythm and little if any melody.   Death and Christianity are opposite, it’s an oxymoron, a figure of speech that has contradictory terms.  This can be applied to “Christian Yoga”.  Yoga is Hindu meditative practice with positions and stretches to awaken