Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,
says Yahweh of Hosts.
Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of Glory may come in ! Who is this King of Glory? Yahweh of Hosts: He is the King of Glory.
"The world will deify any leader who will give to the people enough 'bread and circuses,' while making no high moral and spiritual demands upon them. But they will reject the true God if He asks them to receive what they do not want." -- Alva J. McClain
On this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, even the veil which is stretched over all nations. He will swallow up death for all time, and the Lord Yahweh will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; for Yahweh has spoken. Isaiah 25:7-8
"He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep." Psalm 121:4
"He has remembered His covenant forever...the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, 'To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion of your inheritance.' " Psalm 105:8-11
The "sign of the fish" was an early Christian symbol during the persecutions under the Roman Empire. It was often used to distinguish friend from foe. A Christian might draw an arc in the dirt to represent a simple fish. If a stranger responded accordingly, both knew the other was a Christian.
Why was the fish chosen as the symbol? The Greek word for fish is ιχθυς. Christians created an acronym based on this word.
ι: first letter in Ιησους Greek for "Jesus"
χ: first letter in Χριστος Greek for "Christ"
θ: first letter in θεου Greek for "God's"
υ: first letter in υιος Greek for "son"
σ: first letter in σωτηρ Greek for "savior"
Thus: "Jesus Christ, God's Son, our Savior."
May 7-8, 2013
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. (Psalm 137:5)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! (Luke 13:34)
NIV Translation Unreliable
In many ways, we are living in a dangerous age. Some dangers are where you would least expect them, as for example the degree to which feminism has infected even evangelicalism. What translation of the Bible are you using? The NIV has become an unreliable translation. Read "An Evaluation of Gender Language in the 2011 Edition of the NIV Bible" produced by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
The deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage is the central redemptive act in the Old Testament, and Passover commemorates this event. That first Passover meal was eaten the night that the tenth and final plague fell upon Egypt--the death of every firstborn male. The Israelites were protected ("passed over") by the blood of the paschal lamb smeared on the lintel and sides posts of their doors. "Passover" (Hebrew, Pesach) comes from the verb meaning "to pass over." The lamb was to be slain at twilight on the 14th of Nisan just before sunset and the beginning of the 15th of Nisan. Thus, the Passover meal was actually eaten then, as now, on the 15th of Nisan. Passover is followed immediately by the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread, and today both feasts are subsumed under the name Passover. It is to be "a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance" (Exod. 12; Lev. 23; Deut. 16). The picture above shows a dish for the modern Passover Seder. This year Passover begins sundown, April 14 (the 15th of Nisan); it lasts eight days. Christians should not only be aware of the Passover and its meaning; they should also know that it was the Passover that Jesus ate with his disciples just before his crucifixion and that it will be the Passover that he celebrates with them upon his return (Luke 22:7-16).
How cold our hearts must be if we cannot thank Jesus for saving us from eternal death with the same emotion that Vera Gissing shows in this video when she meets Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved her as a young girl from the Nazi death camps.
Passion Week: The term "Passion Week" refers to the week from Palm Sunday (this year, April 13) to Easter (April 20). You can read a summary of the events of this week in the life of Jesus in our excerpt from Alfred Edersheim's, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. You can also access all four of our excerpts on our Alfred Edersheim page. (April 10, 2014).
Infant Baptism: Too often, I'm afraid, we stubbornly hold to a doctrine without really knowing the evidence--or lack of evidence--for it. And sadder still is the tendency to outright dismiss any contrary view as if it were some sort of heresy. This applies to a number of issues, such as charismatic gifts, the millennium, and baptism. Why is it that we cannot pursue the subject with an open mind? Those wishing to read an excellent study of the "subjects" of baptism and consider the evidence for believer baptism will find this article by Robert Saucy most helpful. (March 1, 2014)
Replacement Theology and Amillennialism: Anyone at all familiar with this Web site knows that we are at the opposite end of the theological spectrum from replacement theology and amillennialism. At our sister Web site, Messiah Studies, we are posting perhaps the best book on Messianic prophecy that I have read: The Messiahship of Jesus by Alexander McCaul (1852). He does argue that the Messianic prophecies point to fulfillment by Yeshua (Jesus), but in his discussions he gives considerable attention to the Jewish objections to Christian interpretations of these prophecies. However, the point I would like to emphasize here is that he also argues for a literal fulfillment of the prophecies dealing with the future of national Israel and forcefully critiques replacement theology and amillennialism, which sees no future for Israel in an ethnic and national sense. I suggest that those who hold to replacement theology and amillennialism should examine this book carefully. The McCaul page is under the main menu item, "Messiah in the Tanakh." Under the menu selection "Summary Papers," there is a link, "The Messiah: An Overview," which is a short paper written by me summarizing what the prophets indeed predict for national Israel--God's chosen, covenant people, the apple of his eye and the nation written on the palms of his hands. You might also be interested in a short paper, "Does Eschatology Matter in Jewish Evangelism?" (February 18, 2014)
Great Empires: What great empire destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel? What great empire was responsible for the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple? How and why did all this come about? What took place in Judah and the Near East as a whole between Malachi and Matthew? Yes--the rise and fall of mighty empires! Indeed, the days of these empires -- Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome -- represent perhaps the most exciting period in Old Testament history. The articles we have just posted are not so much a history of Israel, king-by-king, but a survey of the larger picture of what was going on around Israel in the ancient Near East and how it affected Israel. Expect some fascinating reading on our new Great Empires page. (February 10, 2014)
John Murray was a teacher, writer, exegete, and theologian of the highest order. His two-volume commentary on Romans is a classic example of scholarship and clarity. In addition, we was a devout man of God, utterly devoted to his Lord. We have posted a short biography of Professor Murray written by Iain Murray. The biography also includes memories and reflections of John Murray contributed by other academicians and pastors. See our new John Murray page. (February 23, 2014)
We have long lamented the lack of depth in the preaching within Evangelical churches today. Many Christians possess only a shallow knowledge of both the Bible and theology. Check yourself with two questions that should be very simple to any Christian who attends a Bible-believing church.
Bible knowledge: The Psalmist wrote, "Sing the glory of his name" (Ps. 66:2). What is his name? What is the name of the God of the Bible, the God you worship?
Theological knowledge: What is the meaning of the word propitiation, which is used, for example, in 1 John 2:2?
The answer to the first question is Yahweh (often misspelled "Jehovah," based on an error made by European scholars of the Renaissance period). Why doesn't every Christian know the name of God? Part of the reason, no doubt, is that even though it is used about 6000 times in the Old Testament, our English translations foolishly render the Hebrew name Yahweh as "LORD" (all capital letters). However, every minister should be using God's name as he preaches and should also be explaining to his congregation how to recognize when the divine writers of Scripture are using it. For more information, read my paper, Who Is the King of Glory?"
The answer to the second question is appeasement of wrath. That the death of Christ appeased the wrath of God on us is central to the theology of salvation. Why doesn't every Christian know the definition of propitiation?
We hope that the Bible study material posted at this site will both increase your knowledge of the Bible and theology and also encourage you to buy and read books by great Christian preachers and theologians. On this Web site we've posted a number of condensations of classical works as well as full-length books by various scholars and theologians. There are also a number of sermons by the "Prince of Preachers," Charles Spurgeon. In addition, you'll find several original, in-depth Bible-study papers written by us. The Site Map shows you everything on this Web site at a glance.
We hope you enjoy this Web site and that the Lord will use it to stimulate your interest in the Bible and the theology it teaches. Comments and questions are always welcome.
Daily Devotions from the Classics
Carol's "Daily Devotions from the Classics" contains 365 short, insightful excerpts from great Christian scholars and preachers of long ago as well as the recent past. You will be blessed by the writings of these godly men, among them Matthew Henry, Thomas Watson, Charles Spurgeon, and J. C. Ryle. Click here for your "daily devotions from the classics"!
We have another Web site, Messiah Studies, that is devoted to a detailed study of Messianic prophecy. However, it is a new Web site, and so far there are only a few papers posted. It is our goal, however, to develop a series of papers dealing with the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament in historical order. The site is designed for Jewish inquirers, but Christians can gain much from these studies as well. There is also some Jewish music you can listen to, including HaTikvah, Hava Nagila, Jerusalem of Gold, and the Yigdal, on which the Christian hymn, "The God of Abraham Praise," is based. Please take a look and send us your suggestions. (January 27, 2012)
The star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. Matthew 2:9
"He that cannot pray, let him go to sea, and there he will learn."
John Trapp on Ps. 107:23-29, cited by Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David.