Putting a date to a book of the Bible

August 13, 2018

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Recently I was asked how we know when a certain book of the bible was written.  It was actually being asked specifically about the book of Malachi.

There are specific criteria looked for and used in dating the writing of books in the bible, or any ancient manuscript for that matter and also specific evidence proposed for each book (writing) based on researching for the mentioned criteria.

“External Evidence” tends to be general in nature, but certainly helps to narrow down the era in which something was written.  Simply put, we know historically Read the rest of this entry »

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Three Heavens?

August 7, 2018

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A couple weeks ago I was asked this question from one of our members, “My parents and I were talking about what the Bible says about heaven last night and my dad mentioned about the three heavens which really confuses my mom and I because we tend to think of heaven as being just one thing. What are the three heavens? Also when the Bible talks about streets of gold and many mansions in heaven should that be taken literally or is it a metaphor? I was not sure because I thought heaven was supposed to be more like earth but without sin or any imperfections.”  What great questions.  Let me see if I can break this down in bites, or bytes for you techies!

First, what are the 3 heavens in the bible?

Second, streets of gold and mansions in heaven; literal or figure of speech?

So, what is the bible talking about when it tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:2 that Paul “was caught up to the third heaven.”  What does Paul mean by “third heaven” and “caught up”?

“Caught up” here is translated from the Greek term, harpazo, which is the same word used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 about the rapture (harpazo) of the church.

So, what are the 3 heavens in the Bible?

The first “heaven” would be the atmosphere.  It is first mentioned  Read the rest of this entry »

Laughing at Jesus, Jairus a ruler of the Synagogue and His Daughter

June 19, 2018

There was a thought sent to me just this week in reference to a specific statement in Luke 8:54, where in the New King James Version says, “But He [Christ] put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.”

The statement was, “Peter, James & John all got thrown out of Jairus’ house for laughing at Christ because he said “she only sleeps”. That had to hurt both Him and them.”  Of course, the heavy hearts of the Savior and the 3 disciples would indeed be paramount to an appreciation of the passage.

What a great thought, given the wording of the gospel of Luke in this translation.  It is imperative that we put ourselves in the shoes of primary characters in various passages of scripture so we might Read the rest of this entry »

Vows and Numbers 30/Marriage, divorce, and authority

June 15, 2018

Recently I was asked this question by one of our members who was searching God’s Word and asking great questions about what she was reading.

“Hey Pastor I have a quick question. I was reading the book of numbers the other day and was a little confused by numbers 30. I understand that the wife was supposed to obey her parents and submit to her husband but I was confused by what it said about the vows. Back then did a husband have to approve a woman’s vows to make them valid for marriage? Also if after marriage the husband decided to disallow the vows was that the equivalent of divorce?”

What a wonderful question.  Here is the text Read the rest of this entry »