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I started this blog when I was following the Life Journal Bible reading plan on YouVersion. (I've since completed that plan.) At that time, YouVersion didn't provide any way for people to respond to my notes, other than to "like" them. So this blog is here to remedy that problem. You may comment on my notes here in the comment section.
I also have a general blog.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

What is the Temple of the Holy Spirit that secret sins affect?

1 Corinthians 6:18-20 New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
I'm sure you have all read these verses many times, and didn't realize something because English doesn't have singular and plural anymore for "you". So I'm going to share with you the King James Version, which is an older form of English where there was still singular and plural for "you":
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 King James Version (KJV)
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
I do not usually use the King James Version for my Bible studies because the English language has changed since that translation was made, which makes reading it difficult.

However, this time, I need to refer to the King James Version, or another language like German, which distinguishes between the singular and plural "you". You see, in the form of English used back during the time of King James, they used you/ye for plural and thou/thee for singular. Greek has this singular/plural distinction so the KJV is translating the original Greek, but this is lost in the modern English translations.

Do you see that? All the "you" are plural. That means that the Temple of the Holy Spirit that is affected by our secret sins is not only our singular personal self but the corporate body.

We have a tendency to hide our "secret sins" thinking, "It's only my own problem." But our sin affects our families, our church, people around us.

May this be additional motivation to flee temptation.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Have we been misinterpreting Jesus' intentions regarding the Widow's Mite?

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Passage: Mark 12:40-44 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

One of my old friends from the University of Illinois, Brant Hansen, is now a Christian Radio talk show host, while working for CURE International (a Christian medical mission group). His Brant & Sheri Oddcast has a Christian radio version as well as a podcast version; I listen to his podcast version. It’s a blend of comedy and spiritual insights I enjoy a lot.

Towards the end of a recent podcast, starting at 12 minutes 20 seconds, he pointed out that we may been misinterpreting what Jesus was teaching with the Widow’s Mite incident.

Luke 21:1-4 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

We usually take this passage to mean, “We must give everything like that widow.” And sometimes unscrupulous people try to guilt trip people to give to their ministry even if they can’t afford to give, saying God will bless them if they do that.

However, just before that passage, Luke 20:45-47, he just warned against the religious leaders “who devour widows’ houses”.

So Brant pointed out, maybe Jesus was actually teaching people not to put a guilt trip on people to make them give when they cannot afford to give? There is also the principle of how Jesus scolded the religious leaders for telling the people that they should give to the ministry even to the detriment of supporting their parents (Mark 7:9-13)

So, a very interesting interpretation of this passage, which I had not thought about before. As I mentioned earlier, Brant works for CURE International and often does fundraising for them, so he admitted he may have used this passage in the wrong way as well.

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Time Is Now

Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:21‭-‬22

At first glance, it seems as if Jesus is saying he should leave his father's dead body and not bother to have the funeral.

However, all the Bible scholars I've read talking about this passage say that this is not a case of the father has died and his body is waiting to be buried.

This is a case of the guy giving excuses that he wants to wait until his father has died before he comes to follow Jesus.

We hear similar excuses today. "I'll serve God when I retire." "I'll get baptized after my parents have passed away." etc.

The time to follow Jesus is now.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Am I a blessing or a curse to others?

S: Genesis 12

O: God told Abram, “All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” However, because of Abram’s lie, he ended up being a curse for Pharaoh.

A: God has called us to be a blessing to the world. Let not our actions cause us to be a curse to others instead.

P: Father, help me to be conscious of my own actions, that I may be a blessing to others. In Jesus' name, amen.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Puzzling Parable

Luke 16:1-11 is probably one of the more puzzling parables because we focus on "Why is the master commending the crooked manager?"

However, the master in this story isn't really God, and Jesus tells us that the application is "Make friends for yourselves using ungodly Mammon, so that when it runs out you will be welcomed into the eternal homes."

Then he goes on to say "The one who is faithful in little is also faithful in much", etc. and points out we can't serve both God and Mammon.

So the focus here is, don't idolize wealth. Instead, serve God, and use our wealth to draw people to God.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Parable of the Good insert hated group here

Luke 10:25-37

When we hear the word "Samaritan" these days, we think of a good person.
But it was totally different to Jesus' audience. Go back and read Ezra and Nehemiah to see the beginning of the enmity between the Jews and the Samaritans.

So think of the group you hate most, and put them in the place of this Samaritan in Jesus' parable. That is Jesus' point.
For example, to the conservative American Christian, out on the web you can find several renditions of "The Parable of the Good Muslim", for example

Who is your Samaritan? A Muslim? A foreign worker? The African who comes by trying to sell you stuff while you're eating?

That is who Jesus is taking about when he said "Samaritan".

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Resurrection of Israel - the Israel of God


Ezekiel 37

This is the passage telling about the Valley of Dry Bones. It is about the restoration of Israel after the exile. Israel was dead and dismembered, conquered, taken to exile. Yet God promised to do an amazing thing - to resurrect the nation. Like dry bones forming flesh and coming back to life, that was what Israel was going to experience.

From verse 1 till verse 23, it looks as if the prophecy has almost 100% come true -- and Israel would not return to idolatry as a nation -- even to the point of extremism in this respect.

But verse 24 onward seem to not have come true. They were never ruled by David's line again -- except in the sense that Zerubbabel ben Shealtiel was made governor by the Persians, but that was just for a short while, not "forever".

So actually, this was not fulfilled in its entirety until and unless you consider Galatians 6:12-16. "Israel" is no longer the circumcision of the flesh, but rather, the circumcision of the heart. And the Son of David rules over this "Israel of God" forever.