Monthly Archives: March 2014

Introduction to Paragraph Method of Study

 

These lessons are based upon the paragraph division of the King James Bible. I will be using the following reference books, which are a part of a software program named WordSearch Bible software.

 

 

King James Version

Red Letter Edition

Introductions, Footnotes, Cross References, Concordance, Strong’s Dictionaries with AMG’s Word Studies

Published by AMG Publishers

When I use other books within this software program, they will be mentioned within the text of the lesson. Please note that you can question me on any part of the lesson at any time. This is a journey that you and I are taking. I am not out to lecture, but to teach.

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Tradition

 

John Wesley says in his quadrilateral statement of belief that tradition is one of the five things he bases his statements concerning some of his biblical arguments/teachings on. What does the Bible says about “tradition?” The reference listed in the Bible’s word index states that this word speaks of “custom.” If this be the “biblical” understanding of this word, then we have an immediate problem. In the NASB text we have this word listed in four verses of the Bible. To understand the meaning in each verse, we must read them in their context. The verse used in the following comparisons is Matthew 15:3

 

NASB

tradition of the elders

AMP

rules handed down by the elders of the past

ESV

break the tradition of the elders

WESLEY NT

transgress the tradition of the elders

 

Notice in these translations, each uses the word “elders,” which means those who were/are holding high positions in the church government. In some aspects, it also has to with those who are “older in age, and considered to have the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the scriptures. Also, you must consider that these individuals are “past” and not present. The Amplified Bible especially brings to light that these individuals may have had access to the Old Testament. At the time of Matthew’s gospel, the OT scriptures were all they had. In light this, are these “traditions” able to stand in light of the New Covenant that came by Jesus Christ? I am not saying that traditions of the past should be cast aside. The question is whether they agree with the New Testament, which contains the Mind of God for us now. Some “traditions” should remain and followed faithfully because they are in alignment with the present Mind of God. The question then becomes what do we do with those “traditions” that contradict what is in the Mind of God now? This leads us to the question of the word usage in this particular verse. In order to understand its usage, we must read this verse within its context. We may need the help of those who have learned the language of both the Old and New Testament in order to develop our own biblically-based theology of this word. This is the tedious–but fruitful endeavor of discovering God’s Mind and His intention for such words.

 

Seeing Through the Eyes of God

      SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF GOD

      

      

       I am proposing a question to us as a whole: Do we have a habit of making fun of others?  If so, have we ever considered that we might be in the same condition one day if the Lord doesn’t come soon?

      

       Throughout our day, do we seen the mentally challenged, the hungry, the homeless, etc. and just say even a brief prayer for them?  Have you ever thought about the homeless and said they need to get a job like everybody else?

      

       I recently met a man who was in a homeless shelter.  Guess why he was there?  He was a former business owner—a successful business owner.  Then the economy hit his business.  The business went down hill, and his wife and family deserted him.  The finances that he did have in his savings and checking account soon disappeared as he sought a new job.  He found that he was incapable in skills to work in businesses that relied solely on computers, etc. 

      

       In his state, the only choice he had was homelessness and a shelter.He had been in the shelter for over a year or more.  Finally, the social services person at the shelter found him a job that was a entry level job.  He wore a suit and tie on that day.  I never saw him again.  Maybe…just maybe he got hired.

      

       To look at him in the shelter, you would think he was crazy.  He told me that he had a Ph.D. in business education and management, he was brilliant, but life had done him in.

      

       I never judged a homeless person in the same way anymore after that.  You see, I was homeless once.  I had three semesters in English Literature, and I was a successful internet writer.  Life, as the world calls it, “gave me a bad hand.” I never doubted Jesus.  I waited for Him to turn things around.  It was not the “things” that needed to be turned around.  It was only me that needed turning around.

      

       Maybe, just maybe, we need to see others through the eyes of Jesus.  Remember the song that came out…”give me your eyes so I could see…It was a Christian song where the singer was asking God to let him see life and people through His eyes.  If we see things through the eyes of Jesus, maybe the compassion, mercy and forgiveness we are supposed to flow through us will really happen.

      

       Before you and I judge, think about how you and I would be in that same position, but for the grace of God.

Update on E-mail Problems

I have fixed my e-mail. I can now read your e-mails that you are sending me. I just finished reading the e-mails in my box. I am so glad that somebody gave me good information on the move “Noah.” Hopefully, I will be able to see it before it leaves the movie theatre.