Posted by: thaishin | January 12, 2018

It’s not about prayer

Related Passage:

Matthew 18

15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

-kjv

Question from moody radio listener on Jan 6, 2018:

My question is related to that I was listening to you the other day when you said that one of the biggest misquoted part of the bible is when Jesus said where two or three come together in my name, there I am with you and it intrigued me and I didn’t know where is that in the bible, so I will like to know more about that.

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

Well, it’s in Matthew 18 and I think it’s interesting because it’s quoted all the time about prayer. I think it’s praying in groups of two and three, where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst. But, if you look at it in context, it has a whole different meaning. I will pick it up in 18:15. It says if your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you’ve won your brother. But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses,  every fact may be established. If he pays no attention to them, tell the church and I think that usually means the elders of the church but if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you, in other words have nothing to do with him. I assure you and he’s talking here to the leaders of the church, whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven and again I assure you, if two of you on earth agree on any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by my father in heaven, for where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them. What he’s saying is when the leadership of the church decides on some sort of congregational discipline, if the two or three agree, it’s bound in heaven. God is going to act on that. They have that kind of authority, where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. In other words when the elders of the church act in accordance with the discipline of the local church, the one who is there in their midst, operating with them and making that decision is the Lord Jesus. And so it is really about church discipline, not about prayer.

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Posted by: thaishin | December 29, 2017

Who were the wise men?

Question from moody radio listener on openline December 16, 2017:

I have wondered about the wise men and the birth story of Jesus. I have kind of seen them as possibly being astrologers. There are places in the bible that seems to me to stay away from astrologers. Mary and Joseph didn’t seek them but they were visited by them and accepted the gifts they brought. Can you discuss these people and  maybe who you think they were and help us clear this up please?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

I think to understand it, they were wise men from the East, Magi from the East, we don’t know if there were three of them. They weren’t kings, they were wise men and they came probably from the area that we considered Persia. About five hundred years before their arrival, there was a Jewish exile who was very influential among the wise men of the East, his name was Daniel. He gave very specific prophecies about the Messiah and the end of days. I do believe that he had a profound influence on that class of wise men, so that they were looking for the coming of the Messiah. I wouldn’t call them astrologers but astronomers and as they looked at the stars, God gave them a special sign. Don’t think it was a real star but it looked like a star to them but I do believe it’s the shekinah glory of God. The reason I think that is stars don’t move. They don’t stop shining like the star did when they got to Herod, then start again to take them to Bethlehem, so I think it was the presence of God, the glory of God  as it moved. Sort of like the light that led the Jewish people in the wilderness at night. And so that’s what I think they saw, that’s what led them. They saw it because they were astronomers, not astrologers. They had a biblical faith because of the influence of Daniel.

Posted by: thaishin | December 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Posted by: thaishin | December 22, 2017

Which is the oldest book in the Bible?

Passages included in this discussion are:

Deuteronomy 33

1 And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.  -kjv

Deuteronomy 34

So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day.  -kjv

 

Question from moody radio listener:

I am currently discussing in my bible study about the oldest book in the bible, some claim it’s Job, I can’t find any proof and a question comes up if Adam wrote the first few chapters of Genesis and Moses edited those? My question is do you find any evidence that support that?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

No, what we know from scripture is that Moses wrote the Pentateuch, the Torah, Genesis through Deuteronomy as one book. Moses wrote it. There’s no evidence that Adam wrote anything. Too often, we think of the scriptures as sort of developing, sort of with different writers. Even famous biblical theologians and they will write books on biblical theology and they will talk about revelations in the days of Adam, revelations in the days of Abraham, revelations in the days of Joseph and  so forth. The truth of this is Moses wrote the whole thing. The Torah is revelation as God wanted it in the days of Moses. For us Moses wrote it, where did he get information about Adam and Eve, I don’t know. Maybe God told him. Maybe there were records. I don’t know. I know he did use some records. Maybe there were oral traditions that were passed down from his mom and dad but here’s the thing, the bible that we have, you know we are reading the Torah, whether it’s Genesis or Deuteronomy or anything in between, what we are looking at is the revelation as Moses understood it and wrote it and that’s the inspired text of scripture. Then I will even go further, before the Canon was closed, before the scriptures were completed, in the old testament, there seemed to be an editing by  someone like Ezra, because he added stuff like there’s a verse at the end of Deuteronomy 33. It says this is the blessing that Moses blesses with the children of Israel before he died. Obviously it was added after he died and then you have Deuteronomy 34 where it includes Moses death and no one remembers where he was buried. And so it does appear that there was a further editing with the additions of chapter 33 and 34 of Deuteronomy to the Pentateuch.  So a biblical writer like Ezra did that. Torah 2.0, that’s what he did.

Question from listener:

Is Job older than the Pentatech?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

Don’t know. It does appear that Job was a character from the patriarch age, don’t know when it was written.

Posted by: thaishin | December 1, 2017

What are the categories of temptations?

Question from moody radio listener on Nov 18, 2017:

Our bible study is on the temptations in chapter 3 in  Genesis,  what are the underlying categories of the devil’s temptations to Eve? She’s heard that the first one is in general the temptation of appetite, is that the tree is good for food. The second one is that the tree is a delight to look at,  is the temptation of the eye. And the third one is the tree was desirable for obtaining wisdom is the coveting of the knowledge of God. I am not sure if those are accurate categories and want to know what do you think that the categories represent?

Passage to be considered:

1 John 2

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. -kjv

16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.  -niv

16 For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world.  -hcsb

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

I think the best way to look at the categories is in 1 John 2 verse 16, where I think is exactly related to Genesis 3. It says for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, that has to do with desire. When we talk about the lust of the flesh, God has built us with desires and those desires get out of whack. They get distorted. And that’s what called the flesh. Desire is normal. For example, appetite would be normal but the desire to eat something we should not eat like gluttony, that would be the flesh. And so the lust of the flesh, it says. The lust of the eyes is when we see something and we want it. The desire of the eyes. And then boastful pride of life. The fruit is desirable to make someone wise. I want to be wise like God. To be really wise was what the temptation was. And so, those are the three categories. Now, what I think is every temptation we face, now I am wondering if Eva wants to add to this, but I think this is true. Every temptation that we face is in one of those categories.

Dr Eva Rydelnik:

Some times you hear of: the world, the flesh and the devil.

Dr Michael Rydelnik:

That’s the three area of warfare that we face. But this is the flesh, the flesh is pride, it’s visual desire and physical desire. And all three of those things, Galatians 5 talks about what comes of the fruit of the flesh versus the fruit of the Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: thaishin | November 18, 2017

He has set eternity in the hearts of men

Ecclesiates 3

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. 11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.  -kjv

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  -niv

What does the worker gain from his struggles? 10 I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied. 11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end.   -hcsb

Observation:

God has placed a God-shaped vacuum in people’s heart but they are not able to understand it.

In kjv, it says  the heart of man is blinded by the desires of this world, which is opposite to that of God

 

Posted by: thaishin | November 8, 2017

God’s desire is for all men to be saved

1 Timothy 2

1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  -kjv

1I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  -niv

1First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  -hcsb

Observsation:

It is God’s desire that everyone come to the saving knowledge in Jesus Christ.

 

 

Posted by: thaishin | November 3, 2017

God will reveal the hearts

1 Corinthians 4

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.  -kjv

Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.  -niv

Therefore don’t judge anything prematurely, before the Lord comes, who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God.  -hcsb

Observation:

God will reveal the motives of the heart on judgement day.

 

 

Posted by: thaishin | October 13, 2017

The men of Issachar knew the times

1 Chronicles 12

  1 Now these are they that came to David to Ziklag, while he yet kept himself close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the mighty men, helpers of the war.

32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.  -kjv

 

1These were the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish (they were among the warriors who helped him in battle;

32 from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;  -niv

 

1The following were the men who came to David at Ziklag while he was still banned from the presence of Saul son of Kish. They were among the warriors who helped him in battle.

32 From the Issacharites, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do: 200 chiefs with all their relatives under their command.  -hcsb

Observations:

The men of Issachar knew the times and supported David to be the next king

Application:

How does that apply to us christians now?

 

Posted by: thaishin | September 29, 2017

About the rapture

Passages to be considered:

1 Thessalonians 4

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  -kjv

1 Corinthians 15

51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  -kjv

 

Question from moody radio listener on September 16, 2017:

My question is about the rapture event and I have never really been taught about any of the specifics about it but, of course I believe in the second coming, what are the scripture verses that support the belief of the rapture event and what is the history of the word, is rapture the English word or what was the original greek word?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

The greek word “harpadzo” is caught up and is used in 1 Thessalonians 4 and so when people say rapture, it is not in the bible and the word trinity is not in the bible either but we believe it. I do find it’s funny that when people say it is not in the scriptures, I don’t know how anyone could say that it is not in the scriptures. In 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4, it says that we will be caught up,  beginning with verse 13 of chapter 4, it says ” we don’t want you to be uninformed brothers concerning those who are asleep”,   those who are dead, they are called asleep because that’s the metaphor for death, “so that you will not grieve like those who have no hope, since we believed that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus, who we say this to you, by revelation from the Lord, we who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a loud shout,  with the arch angel’s voice and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds, there will be a great reunion between those who died and those of us who are still alive” , will be caught up together with them. The word “caught up” is “harpadzo” . In Latin, it’s something like “rapturo”. And so from the latin word “rapturo”, that’s where we get rapture. But, it’s caught up and it’s right there in scripture. In 1 Corinthians 15, will be transformed in the twinkling of an eye and so in scripture, the idea those who are alive will be translated immediately to be with Him.

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