Bible Discussion

  • Richard H Priday on Psalms 55
    Psalm 55. An impreccatory Psalm; not mincing words about destruction and hell for the wicked. This Psalm also has prophetic implications as well.

    The first five verses show at the very least an anticipation of death; verse 4 discusses the "heart is sore pained within me."...The description of this could be David himself but also as with many other passages in Psalms could also be describing Messiah's sufferings.

    Verses 6 through 8 reflect the desire to escape such as was stated by other Prophets and by David himself in 1 Samuel 27:1.

    Verses 9 through 11 also discuss a general observation of Jerusalem; which was particularly true before God's judgments such as with the Babylonians; although it could apply to other times as well.

    Verses 12 through 15 describe a prophecy of Judas Iscariot and betrayal; although conceivably it could describe a friend of David's as well. ( Matt. 26:21 and 30 other verses discuss this in the N.T.)

    Verses 16 through 18 talk of the importance of prayer and deliverance. Verse 19 and 23 talk again of the destruction of the wicked. Verse 22 just beforehand gives the opposite promise that He will "never suffer the righteous to be moved."

    Verses 20 and 21 could very well signify the Antichrist himself with the 1st Seal behavior also mentioned in Daniel 9:27. It is not evident that this had any relation with a direct experience David was having.
  • Brittany Green on Revelation 12
    It's Israel, because the twelve stars represent 12 tribes. See Genesis 12:9: "And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.". The church does not have 12 stars, but SEVEN: "The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches." ( Revelation 1:20). And as for Mary, she does not represent all twelve stars, save in the fact that she's an Israelite.
  • Geraldine B. Gaddis on Luke 2
    I was challenged to read the book of Luke starting today. I was amazed that I learned things about the conception of Jesus that I didn't know and about Mary's related that God blessed with a child called John, too. A Bible Challenge is a good idea. I am proud of my cousin for doing this on FaceBook. I love my online Bible. I post scriptures every day for others to read. I love this website.
  • Alex1939
    alex1939..Hi Gerald..I enjoy reading your post... Numbers 14:31-...God told Israel your LITTLE ONES who you said will be a prey them will i bring into the land.

    ....This is a beautiful Picture of Salvation under the New Covenant...Where we must be bornagain of an incorruptible seed giving birth to the babes and sucklings in our hearts...Our new innerman, Our new hearts and new Spirits...Unless you receive the Kingdom of God ( the Promise land ) as a lil child you will in no wise enter there in...Our New Hearts and spirits is the H.G. the Children of PROMISE that resulted from his death... Zech 13:7..Smite the shepherd and the sheep will be scattered then i will turn my hand to the little ones...The babes and Sucklings which are spirits the H.G. that are gonna be as the stars of heaven in multitudes...That was the great Promise that Christ wd be multiplied as the stars of heaven...Thats y Jesus refers to the H.G as the promise he is the multiplication of Jesus/God...God swore by his very self when he made that Promise...Thus the babes and sucklings are Spirits the H.G...A number no man can number...Is what John saw standing before the throne in white raiment..But these things are hid from the wise and prudent but revealed unto babes....Unless you receive the Kingdom of God as a lil Child you will in no wise enter there in... Numbers 14:31 The little ones that you said wd be a prey them will i bring in...k lemme go
  • Abiodunrin Odumosu on Psalms 103
    Knowing the forgiveness of sins and receiving grace!
  • Abiodunrin Odumosu on Psalms 100
    Aid toward purity this psalm (100)sounds like!
  • Texsis
    Good morning everyone. Pray this day finds you in better health & spirits.! Read, study, learn & know His truth.!
  • Richard H Priday on Psalms 54
    Psalm 54

    Verse 1 apparently is about a place where David was hiding out and those who gave news to Saul who were living in that area. The "strangers and oppressors" were apparently godless people that added to David's misery by giving Saul fresh ammunition to go after him in hiding.

    As with many other Psalms; David emphasizes God is His helper and perhaps those that "uphold his soul" could be angels of protection. Verses 5 and 7 show David's confidence that these enemies will be "cut off" since he had apparently seen that before.

    Finally; verse 6 talks about praise and "freely sacrificing" to God. That would be as Psalm 51 indicates with a broken and contrite heart; as David wasn't qualified as king to do sacrifices except when he was commanded to on the threshing floor after the angel of destruction appeared there. That was apparently the site of the original Temple; but the Priests would normally be responsible for sacrifices. That would appear to be at a later date from this Psalm and others when Saul was no longer a threat and David was on the Throne.
  • Jesse
    I am studying in Luke Chapter 14 and would like to share something I've come to realize about God's humbling process. Luke 14:11 says, "For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

    This word "abased" is the word humbled in the Greek text. This is quote from Proverbs 3:34 and it is used quite extensively through the entire New Testament. Peter has probably the best presentation of this in 1 Peter 5:5.

    Peter quotes Proverbs 3:34 "For whosoever exalts themselves shall be humbled, and whosoever should humble themselves shall be exalted." In the very next verse, 1 Peter 5:6, it says, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God."

    Now, this looks like it is saying we are to humble ourselves, but as I am comparing this with the original language of scripture, the phrase "Humble yourselves" is what is called a Passive Voice, which means the subject (the believer) is not told to do the action, but rather the subject (believer) is to receive the action.

    So, it is literally "be humbled," not the believer doing the humbling, but the believer submitting to the humbling that is coming to you. As I look at what the text says, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God," it is not telling me to humble myself, but to submit myself to God's humbling process.

    Peter is saying that God's mighty hand is coming upon us to humble us, that is, bring us low. We are to submit to it!
  • Wretched Daniel kanelos on Isaiah 53
    Blessed; dead in lord jesus christos only begotten son glorified in atonement... ... ...
  • Philip Christian Parks on Isaiah 45
    The LORD; Isa. 45:18 = When written in all capital letters as it is here, the title LORD renders GOD's unknown, incommunicable, unpronounceable Proper NAME.

    It translated from the Hebrew tetragrammaton YHWH (Eng. transliteration.).

    The Hebrews added the vowels from their title "adonay" (Eng. "lord") to the tetragrammaton YHWH to derive the more pronounceable name "JEHOVAH" (or "YAHWEH").

    When recorded in this all-capitals manner, the title "LORD" Identifies "The Eternal, SELF-Existing ONE.

    created; Isa. 45:18 = Translated from the Hebrew verb root "bara'" (transliterated; pronounced "baw-RAW"), the term "created" applies only to JEHOVAH GOD, for it literally describes HIM bringing something into existence from nothing simply by HIS DIVINE Words or Will (cp. Rev. 4:11). Compare Genesis 1:1:

    "In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth."

    formed; Isa. 45:18 = Translated from the Hebrew verb root "yatsar" (transliterated "yaw-TSAR'"), the term "formed" describes JEHOVAH GOD miraculously, and on a grand scale, shaping and fashioning that which HE previously created out of nothing.
  • Philip Christian Parks on Isaiah 45
    made; Isa. 45:18 = When translated from the Hebrew verb root "asah" (transliterated' "aw-SAW"), the term "made" describes the sequence of GOD first "creating" something out of nothing, and then shaping and fashioning "formed") that "creation" into its beautiful and useful existence. Finally, HE arranges, places, and securely fixes ("established") HIS Creation for HIS and man's availability and use.

    Compare GOD's subsequent actions immediately after HE "created the heaven and the earth" ( Gen. 1:1). Note that "the earth was without form and void" ( Gen. 1:2). GOD's creative finishing touches of "forming" and "establishing" that which HE previously "created" occurs throughout the following verses (vv. 1:2b - 2:3).

    Understand, the act of GOD's "forming" and "establishing" HIS Creation required DIVINE miraculous Words and Will that only JEHOVAH GOD possesses, and that JEHOVAH GOD solely could accomplish.

    established; Isa. 45:18 = When translated from the Hebrew root verb "kuwn" (transliterated "koon"), the term "established" describes GOD setting HIS Creation and HIS fashioning of it into its permanent place and operation.

    Consider GOD's "establishment" of the sun which HE created in the heavens ( Ps. 19:4):

    "In them hath HE set a tabernacle for the sun."

    In addition, consider GOD's "establishment" of the earth ( Job 26:7):

    "HE stretcheth out the north {the vast expanse of the northern heavens} over the empty place {nothing exists for support}, and hangeth the earth upon nothing."
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  • Falldown7standup8 on John 14
    Praise be to The King of Kings! Hosanna in the highest! We serve an awesome and mighty GOD! Word's cannot not express the joy that awaits us in Heaven. Let us rejoice and praise and bask in the glory of GOD! Soften our hearts lord. Let us not be vain or puffed up against one another. We love you, We love your word. We are filthy and vile lord. You are our only hope, The author and finisher of our faith. Thou are art the only one found holy, oh lord. I will praise thee in the gates. I will sing of your holiness, your beauty and your righteousness. Filly my cup with the overflow of your abundant love. Cleanse my mind of impurity and evil. Lord I pray for all of the people on this forum lord. May your love overshadow them today in a mighty way. Bring tears of love and of joy to our eyes lord as we think of the beauty of your holiness and glory. Oh GOD, How great thou art! I love you King Jesus! I love you father! We love your spirit, Your holy spirit! AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! Alleluia! Praise be to the King of Kings!
  • J w morgan on Ephesians 1
    Ezekiel found a door chapter 8 Behind the door was all manner of dead and Evil and idols it was. The Temple whwith the leaders inside take heed among yourselves and I will take heed with myself be careful God is not mocked. I heard a radio preacher tell a lady the reason men didn't live as long after Noah's Ark was because of climate change I think he sent that woman on a road without the power of God I pray she recovers from the voice of Dead m e n and what do you say
  • Cristal
    A want to give god thanks for this morning for making me cross over today and for my families and friends amen
  • Nsituma on Revelation 22
    HI GIGI please may I get your EMAIL so we can talk well on that space
  • Jazzy james on Philippians 4
    the book of Philippians was written by Epaphroditus
  • Michael homan on Isaiah 8
    verse 13

    Let him be your Fear

    Let him be your dead

    God is the only one

    who can extinguish

    both flesh and soul
  • Johnny L Hamilton on Mark 1
    Explain Verse 19 chapter 22 of Revelations
  • Richard H Priday
    Prayer: Conclusion.

    I suppose this could be a sixth fact or point. Recognition of when a prayer is being answered needs to be addressed. My earlier comment on God answering things NOT according to our request is probably more common than we sometimes like to admit.

    One personal example is my dad who was very much against believing that Jesus is Lord; or sin; the Rapture and basic concepts whose mind has gone to the point that he is asking questions about basic facts about Jesus. In this case His not remembering has allowed him to disengage from all his defenses and perhaps that can allow at least a less biased reaction to information he is given. His salvation BTW is something others can be praying about.

    When it comes to family members; God often uses others to reach them as it is always harder to "see the forest through the trees" or practically speaking avoid seeing the sins that those who are in the immediate family have that can be used against their testimony. We can be thankful that there are those out there who are coming forward among the youth today out of all sorts of sins and many great testimonies can be seen on You Tube. I think that there needs to be a better way to incorporate these testimonies in videos shown at other churches; as well as facilitating to get these people involved with ministry travelling to other churches. That should really be the focus of Christian musicians as well (I won't get into the whole "Christian music industry" here other than that comment). In prayer specifically we need to seek those as we seek that one lost sheep. When preaching the Gospel we should be ready to offer prayer and we should never just be content with scheduled prayer. Life simply doesn't work that way. Needs come up and should be met; a proactive approach should occur more often in church; and that involves at times those trained in discipling. Men need to equip men; and women other women. The more we know God the better we pray.
  • David0920
    Principles of Bible study and interpretation:

    The following are the fundamental rules of Bible study that the Bible lays down:

    > Christ is the author of the whole Bible. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we behold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1,14

    > the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit 2 Peter 1:21

    > Christ spoke in parables (earthly stories with a spiritual meaning). But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples. Mark 4:34

    > We compare spiritual with spiritual. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13

    The historical-grammatical method of interpretation employed by the churches seeks to discover the writer's intended meaning, customs of the times, and the writer's intended audience and thus fails to recognize that God is the author and that the Bible is written for us today.

    Moreover, the method of Bible interpretation employed by the churches fails to recognize that as we approach the end of the world, and the coming of the bridegroom, God is unsealing truths that have been kept sealed until the time of the end ( Daniel 12:9-10). This is spoken of in the Bible as a vision that will speak at the end and not lie ( Habakkuk 2:2-3).

    God ultimately must lead us into truth as we apply these principles and pray for understanding with a view to being obedient to His Word.
  • Richard H Priday
    Subject: Prayer (Part two).

    Fact Two (continued). The emphasis of prayer related to the edification of the Body should be fairly obvious with the overwhelming emphasis on such in the Epistles. Other than the Book of James we should note that there is not ANY instruction about right vs. wrong types of prayer in scripture. When we consider the nature of Paul's sufferings often associated with imprisonment; we see that his concern was for the state of the churches; with only a passing request for his own needs. It should go without saying that we should put the needs of others above our own (Phillippians 2:3-4). We are asked to remember those with "like temptations" ( 1 Peter 5:9). Although this doesn't directly address prayer; it does discuss the Devil prowling about; certainly in spritual warfare prayer is tied in (see Ephesians 6:18-20). The preceding verses in this chapter explain about the full armor of God which probably is a separate fact for praying with authority.

    Fact Three: Personal application. When we have a proper perspective on lifting His name up in praise and considering the saints above ourselves; we then get to our personal devotions and prayers. I think it should be said that we should do as much work as we can with the opportunities available to be the "hands and feet" of Christ in service. For our own needs; we pursue possibilities; and seek "in and out of season" ( 2 Tim. 4:2) to perform our jobs and live our personal lives working "heartily unto the Lord." ( Colossians 3:23-24). This is not to puff ourselves up; but to ensure that our own laziness; or any other vices may not interfere with God answering prayers; or unnecessarily turn people off when opportunities arise. To trust God for blessings based on His promises rather than seeking self gain may only be something God Himself can judge in each individual case. Gaining access to "more of the Holy Spirit" certainly is a win/win situation ( Luke 11:13).
  • Richard H Priday
    On the subject of prayer...

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 exhort us to pray continually. We should note that giving thanksgiving and rejoicing in Christ are other factors. Meditating on the Word day and night ( Joshua 1:8) certainly would be the other principal act associated with answered prayers. This verse in greater detail gives the exhortation to DO the things in the Word; and gives the added benefit of prosperity and success. This causes us to look at Solomon's prayer for wisdom when God also gave Him what He DIDN'T ask for in terms of exceedingly great riches. 1 Kings 3:5-15 shows this coming to pass; but of course the later sins that Solomon committed despite being warned of God to avoid basically caused the downfall of Israel.

    There are obvious guidelines of what to avoid in seeing answered prayer in the Book of James chapter 4. We should note that this passage can be broadly taken for ANY type of lust (sexual; power; material gain) that comes from the world; flesh or the Devil. This would be something that hopefully would be limited to new; immature believers or the prosperity preaching crowd.

    There are a number of basic concepts that need to be covered here providing that we are at least attempting caution as to the warnings in James; including our character not being "double minded" for example; where a person is warned that they should expect nothing from God. (see James 4:8).

    Fact One: The primary purpose of prayer should be for the sake of God's Kingdom. The most obvious conclusion should of course be in accordance with the Lord's Prayer that HIS will is done and His Kingdom comes; and that He gets all the power and glory. ( Matthew 6; Luke 11 version somewhat abbreviated). That prayer is written as a general concept of prayer; only asking for "daily bread" as a request for human needs. It is not to be rehearsed as a mantra.

    Fact Two: Prayers need to be secondarily for the edification of the Body. (more in next section)
  • Leviticus Boy
    How was Church everyone (if you went). Mine talked about Revelation 19 & 20 featuring the defeat of Satan and the mocking trinity. They will one day be thrown into the lake of fire, and all evil will be finished! Amen! God has promised us a victory over all sin! Judgement will be completed and evil will be vanquished. I just can't stop thanking God for all that he has done and will do for me and all believers. Thank you God for everything, for this wonderful promise and victory.

  • Janet Miller on Daniel 3
    There are spelling errors music not musick.
  • GiGi
    Good evening S. Spencer,

    I HATE racism and prejudice of any kind. So, it saddens me to read it on this site. But Jesus died for this person, too. We all have our faults and faulty thinking. This person has faulty thinking that is not grounded in historical facts. But we can pray for him.

    As to reaching lukewarm Christians, certainly our example of commitment to the Lord and our sincere love for Him may draw some into a deeper walk with Him. Engaging such in bible study can be fruitful with any believer, but with lukewarm ones, being in a very focused group in the Word may give opportunity for the Holy Spirit to move them past their middle of the road-don't upset the apple cart approach to their faith.

    As far as leadership in churches, we should certainly pray regularly for them.

    But in the end, it is the Lord who will set them straight because He loves them and will finish the work begun in each believer.

    Have a good night, Steven. We'll meet again on here tomorrow.
  • Richard H Priday
    Part 5 Cross references and interpretations

    The New Testament lists miracles of Christ which can be close enough to likely be the same event which may have varying details revealed in one version; or a different event based on supporting evidence. That would relate to the turning of the moneychangers tables. It appears in John 2:14 and Matthew 21:12-13. The time frame clearly show that it straddled pretty much the whole ministry of Christ (was several years apart). The case in Mark would likely be right before the crucifixion as the text indicates; although for some reason some seem to think He did this 3 times.

    Another time frame issue comes from the verses on the signs given to the early church on healing and tongues that apparently were widespread events at that time. No one can doubt that the scriptures prophesied such things as for instance Isaiah 53 makes clear. The controversy is what is applicable today. It is important to understand that since no one since the time of the Resurrection has escaped physical death than there is a specific application to the dispensation (or time frame) that we are in prophetically. What we can claim as promises need to be looked at with the light of scripture; for even with the case of Paul; Satan gave him a thorn in the flesh and Phillippians 2:27 where Ephaphroditus nearly died and was "sick to death". We can certainly apply a total healing to eventually involve the mind; body and soul or spirit of an individual and also say that He can expidite certain miraculous events when He chooses. We can look to verses on material blessings as well and legitimately claim certain promises; but of course as James warns us if we do it to consume upon our own lusts or are doubleminded we shouldn't expect results.

    Finally; it is important to make sure we are correctly interpreting a a verse as well as connecting it with an appropriate cross reference; and good teaching stills help along with growing in wisdom/truth.
  • Richard H Priday
    Part 4 Cross references and applications.

    The application of scripture is also in regard to say various ordinances in the O.T. case specific for the nation of Israel at that time; and that in regard to the ceremonial cleanness and rules and regulations for animal sacrifices which were only a temporary fix for the sin issue which ultimately pointed to the cross at Calvary. The 10 commandments on the other hand have universal applications with the exception of the day of worship which I feel Matthew 12:8 covers. The concept of marriage; for instance is fairly universal and hence as we see with the case of John the Baptist confronting Herod ( Luke 3:19) or God causing plagues on the ruler of Egypt ( Genesis 12:17) we see that even pagans were held to a certain standard of the law. We may see this also in the case of Judges 1:7 where even a pagan realized that what was done to others now was being done to him. This takes some wisdom as well; as we are supposed to if at all possible to remain peaceable upon all men and to respect authority. (see Romans 12:18).

    We should certainly take things literally that are repeated in scripture such as verses in Deuteronomy on the giants; since other scriptures elaborate on the subject (such as 1 Samuel 17). Same concept for the demons mentioned in Revelation; for example. This has an eschatological ramification as well; for scripture makes it clear that there is nothing new under the sun. ( Ecclesiastes 1:9). We can make all sorts of inferences when we see the descriptions in scripture of those who are said to be affected by demons (i.e. psychological analysis) but we shouldn't do violence to clear meanings because of a myopic viewpoint (as I stated before).

    Another possible error is if a more recent archaeological site makes a previous interpretation archaic as to the time frame when or where a certain event or place with the same or similar name occurred.

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