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Gospel of Kingdom

The Eight Biggest Myths About The Bible

Christians and non-Christians alike do frequently misquote the Bible and misunderstand many parts of it—the Western perception of heaven as being “up in the sky” and Satan “living in hell” are just a couple of out of many inaccuracies that permeate not just Protestant churches, or the Catholic church, but our society as a whole. And those are the least divisive. Liberals and conservatives, Christians and atheists alike seek to use Scripture to justify their own viewpoints on everything from pork consumption to homosexuality.

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Our Servant

I opened my electronic Bible this morning and began reading Isaiah 53.

“1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?”  And with these words I see Jesus before many who turn away from Him.  That is so vivid in John 6 where He feeds the multitudes gathered mostly for a free meal and He gives a challenge to them.  They turn away from Him from that point on.

“2 For he grew up…like a root…”  I clearly see what we are waiting to celebrate right now: His coming as a baby and growing up as a normal Jewish boy. Read more of this post

Archaeology–Shows More Than You May Presume!

 

What’s in a Name? The Presence of God!

 by Sue Stratton

How God introduces Himself to us by His personal name tells us a great deal about how he wants to relate to us each day

 

Old Testament professor Susan Stratton is famous for her rich insights into the names and ‘Presence’ of God.  Her passionate teaching in classrooms, retreats, (and coffee shops) have richly blessed her students, her children, and her adoring husband. Read more of this post

God Wrote a Book

That Book is living, powerful, discerns in us things which are hidden according to Hebrews 4:12.   It is as if when approached humbly, the words on the page become God speaking as we take them in–truly take them in.

Why did Jesus Die?

I am watching the series, A.D.–the Bible Continues on NBC and we are right in the middle of the series.   This article from the BBC in 2009 captures some of the issues depicted in A.D.–the Bible Continues.

Atonement and reconciliation

Actors representing Roman soldier nailing Jesus to a cross

Actors Reenact the Cricifixion

The events leading up to the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus are well-told by the Gospel writers, as are stories of the Resurrection. But why did Jesus die?

In the end the Roman authorities and the Jewish council wanted Jesus dead. He was a political and social trouble-maker. But what made the death of Jesus more significant than the countless other crucifixions carried out by the Romans and witnessed outside the city walls by the people of Jerusalem?

Christians believe that Jesus was far more than a political radical. For them the death of Jesus was part of a divine plan to save humanity.

The death and resurrection of this one man is at the very heart of the Christian faith. For Christians it is through Jesus’s death that people’s broken relationship with God is restored. This is known as the Atonement.

What is the atonement?

The word atonement is used in Christian theology to describe what is achieved by the death of Jesus. William Tyndale introduced the word in 1526, when he was working on his popular translation of the Bible, to translate the Latin wordreconciliatio.

In the Revised Standard Version the word reconciliation replaces the word atonement. Atonement (at-one-ment) is the reconciliation of men and women to God through the death of Jesus.

But why was reconciliation needed? Christian theology suggests that although God’s creation was perfect, the Devil tempted the first man Adam and sin was brought into the world. Everybody carries this original sin with them which separates them from God, just as Adam and Eve were separated from God when they were cast out of the Garden of Eden.

So it is a basic idea in Christian theology that God and mankind need to be reconciled. However, what is more hotly debated is how the death of Jesus achieved this reconciliation.

There is no single doctrine of the atonement in the New Testament. In fact, perhaps more surprisingly, there is no official Church definition either. But first, what does the New Testament have to say?

New Testament images

The New Testament uses a range of images to describe how God achieved reconciliation to the world through the death of Jesus. The most common is the image of sacrifice.

For example, John the Baptist describes Jesus as “the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world”. (John 1:29)

Here are some other images used to describe the atonement:

  • a judge and prisoner in a law court
  • a payment of ransom for a slave’s freedom
  • a king establishing his power
  • a military victory

And here are some examples of how the New Testament explains the death of Jesus:

‘For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many’.

Words attributed to Jesus in Mark 10:45

‘Drink all of you from this’, he said. ‘For this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’

Words attributed to Jesus in Matthew 26:28

Well then, in the first place, I taught you what I had been taught myself, namely that Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the scriptures…

Written by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3

How have later writers and theologians interpreted the Biblical accounts and theologies? In varied, and sometimes conflicting, ways.

From the BBC, 2009.

Let My People Go!

I used this version of Let My People Go because Louie Armstrong sings the song.

The journeys of the Children of Israel: into Egypt, slavery and oppression there, judgement on all of Egyptians for 400 years of oppression, journey out of Egypt, miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, wandering 40 years in the dessert, the physical battles to take back the homeland and finally dwelling @ H O M E, are a perfect model for life and the battles we face between good and evil, between God and the fallen evil.

If you look back to the Old Testament, God was working all along the 400 years of slavery.  He was very engaged.  That’s how it is with our lives, He is very engaged but sometimes we don’t see, we don’t believe, we don’t sense God is doing anything.   Then, down the road we look back and we can piece some of the puzzle together that got us where we went.   We didn’t see it at the time but it was happening just the same.

God brought the children of Israel to the promise.  The promise was grand and glorious.  It was not easy–no, nothing worth seeing is never easy to get to where we behold the site.  Once we get there, the tough journey becomes worth it.

God help us to see what He sees.  God help us to appreciate the journey and the things we behold along the way and at the end.

Only The Word of God Can do this?

Sometimes 1 pictures is worth 1000 words. This is one of those pictures.

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What does this picture do for you?  Are you sensing Jesus through His Word embracing you as this?  Do you want to experience Jesus this way?

I am spending this year, 2013, diving into the Word of God and longing through this experience to sense His work in my heart and life.  This has been extreme pleasure and joy.  Feel free to comment.

Other blogs you may find interesting:

Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ

Imprisoned in Iran and Lived to Tell About It

EZER KENEGDO

What the woman is to the man…God’s design.

Usages of ‘ezer in the Old Testament show that in most cases God is an ‘ezer to human beings, which calls to question if the word “helper” is a valid interpretation of ‘ezer in any instance it is used. “Evidence indicates that the word ‘ezer originally had two roots, each beginning with different guttural sounds. One meant “power” and the other “strength.” As time passed, the two guttural sounds merged, but the meanings remained the same. The article below by William Sulik explains this point quite well. He references R. David Freedman and Biblical Archaeology Review 9 [1983]: 56-58). Read more of this post