Posted by: thaishin | February 16, 2018

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Hi my friends,

I have moved to another blogging platform. If you can’t find me, just listen to moody radio open line broadcast. May God bless you!

Posted by: thaishin | February 10, 2018

Three days and three nights?

Question from moody radio listener:

What day of the week did Jesus die?

Dr Michael Vanlaningham rephrased the question:

Jesus said that it’s going to be three days and three nights in the grave and yet people will say: he was in there part of the day Friday, all Saturday and part of the day Sunday, so we don’t really have three full days.


I’ve always been taught that part of the day in the Jewish calendar counts as a whole day.

Answer from Dr Michael Vanlaningham:

That’s correct. That’s good. We get that from and I won’t read these verses but I will mention them and if you want to jot these down real quick. We get that idea in 1 Samuel 30: 12-13, 2 Chronicles 10: 5, 12, Ester 4:16, Ester 5:1. In Jewish thinking, apparently, any part of the day was counted as that day and so if Jesus is in the grave let’s say Friday night, all day Saturday and part of Sunday morning, any part of those days and their thinking factor is the full day. It’s pretty clear that he died on the Friday before the Sabbath of Passover week, that Friday would have started the Passover and there he dies then. Friday, where it’s the end of his trial, he get’s crucified, give or take around nine o’clock in the morning, passes away on the cross around three on Friday, and on Friday that night starts the Sabbath, the first Sabbath of Passover, Saturday, Sunday.

Related scriptural text:

1 Samuel 30

12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. 13 And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick. -kjv

2 Chronicles 10

5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day. -kjv

Ester 4

16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. -kjv

Ester 5

1Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house. -kjv

Question from listener on moody radio on February 4, 2018:

I have been studying the fig tree that Jesus cursed, normally I study in Mark 11, when he’s going on the road with the disciples and it’s said that he answered the tree and you get the impression that he’s crazy but he did not say anything. But, it’s said that there were no leaves and so he answered the tree and said that no man will eat fruit in Mark 11 verse 14, no man eat fruit of hereafter forever and his disciples heard it and coming down on the verse in the evening, they went out, verse 19, they went out of the city, verse 20, in the morning, as they pass by fig tree, they saw it dry up from the roots and Peter called to remembrance, said you cursed the tree. Matthew chapter 21, in verse 19, it says that and when he saw the fig tree on the way, he came to it and found nothing thereon, that leaves only and said onto it, let no fruit grow on you henceforth forever and presently, the fig true withered away. Verse 20 and when the disciple saw it and they marveled saying, how soon is the fig tree withered away and I have never really noticed that version of the story before, can you shed some light on it for me please and tell me when did the tree really dry up?

Answer from Dr Michael Vanlaningham:

Sure, great question and a of course a lot of more critical scholars say we have a contradiction here, matthew says it happens all in one day and mark indicates that it happened over two days. We are talking about Monday of the last week of Jesus’ life, more than likely, the day before it was Palm Sunday. I think as he is going into the city, as both gospel say on, that Monday, he sees the tree and he withers it. Matthew has a compressed account here. Mark has the fuller account. There’s not actually a contradiction. What we have is Matthew does not say that this happens the next day,  for whatever reasons that fits his purpose. A little something that you should know about Mark. When Mark has an episode that is parallel by either Matthew or Luke or both, Mark almost always has the longer account, especially with Matthew but sometimes Luke as well. Mark is the shorter gospel. He has fewer episodes in it overall but when he has an episode that either Matthew or Luke also have, he almost always have the longer account. So, he tends to give more detail on those episodes and here is one of those examples where he actually says this actually happens over a two day period. Matthew compresses it. Now, some are going to say, that’s a mistake, that’s an error. I will disagree and I tell you why. It was very common among ancient history writers, not just our gospel writers, that they would do a lot of that kind of thing. They would  compress accounts. They would sometimes arrange things thematically, whereas another account of exactly the  same thing would have been more straight forward in terms of its chronology. Now, let me give you an example, somebody who would write a biography of my life,  they might put in a single chapter all my education,  high school, college, master’s degree, phd. They would put it in the same chapter. Problem is those things are spread out over about a twenty year period. So, that would be a thematic arrangement. We would say it’s not inaccurate, it’s just how it gets done by this particular writer. So, Mark has certainly the fuller account, which is what Mark usually does. Matthew has a compressed account but I don’t think we have a contradiction.



Posted by: thaishin | February 2, 2018

Are we able to see our families and friends?

Referenced Text:

Hebrews 12

  1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  -kjv

Question from moody radio listener on openline Jan 27, 2018:

The scripture reference is Hebrews 12:1 and my question is when we all die and go to heaven, are we able to look down on our family and friends and  see how they are doing, where it talks about a great cloud of witnesses, are we that great cloud of witnesses?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

Well, we have to read that in context. The context tells me no.  When you read Hebrews 12, it says therefore since we all also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us but where is the surrounding us? It’s in Hebrews 11. When we think of witnesses, we think of people watching us but what do a witness do in a court?  He testifies or she testifies. In Hebrews 11, it gives the history of people who testify to the value of faith. And it starts right there in the beginning with Abel, offering to God in verse 4 a better sacrifice and goes all the way through with Noah and Abraham and Sarah and so on and so on and finally it’s almost near the end of the chapter and the writer of Hebrews says, what more can I say time is too short for me to tell of Gideon, Barack , Samson, Jephtah, David, Samuel, Prophets and goes on and even talks about events that happened in the inter-testamental  period between the old and the new. And he says all these were proved through faith and then he says in 12 he makes his application to his audience, therefore since we all have a large crowd, a group of witnesses, that’s all the people in Hebrews 11, who testify of the value of faith, they surround us, then what we have to do is to lay aside incumbrance, every weight that so easily ensnares us and run the race with endurance. The idea there is let’s take the testimony of all those who have lived by faith and say we too will live by faith with endurance. Now, the question then comes what do people who have gone before us to the Lord, can they see what’s going on here? There’s nothing in the bible that says so.  They will be comforted, They will see us again, great reunion, it’s going to be wonderful. But, they are not watching us because when we get to glory, we don’t become like little gods. God is omniscient, so he could see, they are in a whole different dimension and they are with the Lord. Because God is omniscient, he knows what we are doing but they are not God, so they are not omniscient. They can only see what they are in, which is in the presence of the Lord and that’s certainly satisfying to them. And so don’t stress about someone we love not being able to see us, they are completely satisfied.


Posted by: thaishin | January 26, 2018

Why kill even the children?

Relevant scripture:

Genesis 15

13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.  -kjv

Question from moody radio listener on January 20, 2018:

When the Lord commands that the Israelites go and conquer a nation and go over there and kill every man, woman and child.  What does the children have to do with that? Why do they have to kill the children?

Answer from Dr Michael Rydelnik:

The terrible destruction that Joshua was called upon to carry out as he conquer the land. Honestly, it’s one of the real difficulties of the bible. The nations there have to be purged, even the children. There are some difficulties about this but one answer to that probably makes the most sense to me. First of all, this is a one time, it was not something to be carried out all the time. There are some commands that every generation we carry out. Some commands are limited to that time and place. The conquest and the destruction of the Canaanites was a one time command, not something to be carried out every time Israel was to judge and be God’s instrument of judgement. The reason for it as I understand it is that the society had become  so corrupt  that it had to be purged.  It was so corrupt, so pagan, so idolatrous, so horrific with child sacrifice and awful licentious behavior in the temples that  God says this has to be purged and that was God’s judgement and His instrument of judgement was going to be the children of Israel as they took the land. It talks about in Genesis 15 that Abraham  was going to go into Egypt and it says in Genesis 15 because he was going to spend 400 years there. It says in Genesis 15: 13 : O for certain your offspring will be strangers in land that does not belong to them and they will be enslaved and oppressed 400 years and the reason that  God puts them in Egypt says  in the fourth generation, they will return here, for the iniquity of  the Amorites have not yet reached its full measure. The iniquity of the Amorites refers to the sins of the Canaanites and their sins have not reached their full measure. Basically God in his mercy says “Go ahead, he turned them over to their own desires and they became so wicked that God then was going to use the sons of Israel, the daughter of Israel to  come into the land and judge the Amorite or Canaanites for their sin, that’s why the great purging have to happen there.  That’s how I understand it. When you go to the archaeology museum in Jerusalem, at the Israel museum, it is amazing when you see the remnants of the Canaanite culture in the archaeology museum. They had become  so corrupted and so licentious, they have little idols, 3 inch idols that have enlarged genitalia because bigger than almost the whole idol because they were so consumed  with that kind of fertility rite and things like that and so they had become unbelievable and  they would offer their own children as sacrifices in order to satisfy their Gods, the Asherahs, the Ashtarte etc . Yeah, it was so corrupt that’s why the judgement happened but it’s not something that should be repeated because it was a one time judgement.

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.


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.

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?

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.






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