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Everlasting Father

Everlasting Father

Isaiah 9:6


‎This Deliverer will also be called the Everlasting Father. Many people are puzzled by this title because the Messiah, God’sSon, is distinguished in the Trinity from God the Father. How can the Son be the Father? Several things must be noted in this regard. First, the Messiah, being the second Person of the Trinity, is in His essence, God. Therefore He has all the attributes of God including eternality. Since God is One (even though He exists in three Persons), the Messiah is God. Second, the title “Everlasting Father” is an idiom used to describe the Messiah’s relationship to time, not His relationship to the other Members of the Trinity. He is said to be everlasting, just as God (the Father) is called “the Ancient of Days” (Dan. 7:9). The Messiah will be a “fatherly”Ruler. Third, perhaps Isaiah had in mind the promise to David (2 Sam. 7:16) about the “foreverness” of the kingdom which God promised would come through David’s line. The Messiah, a D…

Altar of Burnt Offering

Altar of Burnt Offering

The Israelites made daily sacrifices to Yahweh on the altar (Ex 29:38).

‎Sometimes called the “Brazen Altar” (Ex 39:39), “The Altar of God”(Ps 43:4) or the “Altar of the Lord” (Mal 2:13).

Lord of Hosts

Lord of Hosts

Isaiah 9:7

[Lord of Host is] a term describing all the forces that operate at God’s command throughout his whole creation (e.g., Ps. 89:6-8). It is an old title for God who, in the role of divine warrior, was the leader of the armies of Israel. He was believed to be enthroned upon the cherubim on the Ark of the covenant. For that reason, when the Israelites were preparing to go to war against the Philistines, they sent to the shrine at Shiloh in order to get the Ark, so that God, who was enthroned on the cherubim, might accompany them into battle, thus ensuring, they thought, their success (1 Sam. 4:4). In the nt, the term occurs in Rom. 9:29 and James 5:4.

Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 574. Print

Zebulun and Naphtali

Zebulun and Naphtali

Isaiah 9:2


‎With typical Hebrew parallelism the prophet described the effect of the Messiah on this northern part of Israel. The people were in darkness (cf. 8:22) and in the shadow of death. Then they  saw a great light and light...dawned on them. Matthew applied this passage to Jesus, who began His preaching and healing ministry in that region (Matt. 4:15-16).

Martin, John A. “Isaiah.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 1052. Print.

The Sanhedrin

The Sanhedrin

Acts 4:5-6


‎The next day the supreme council or Sanhedrin meets, what Luke calls the rulers, elders, and scribes (4:5). Some antecedent to this body was likely organized by Ezra after the exile (cf. Ezra 5:5; Neh. 2:16; etc.). By Peter’s time it is modeled after the group of seventy elders who assisted Moses (Num. 11:16–24; Mishnah Sanhedrin 1.1, 6). This court has come to exercise wide-ranging powers, functioning as the final authority in religious matters and handling many domestic political cases as well. The high priest presides over the assembly, with former high priests, members of privileged families, and noted jurists on the court with him. In earlier days the Sanhedrin was made up chiefly of Sadducees, but around 67 b.c. Pharisees gained in power. Now both parties are found in some strength in the Sanhedrin (cf. Acts 5:34–40; 23:6–10).

‎The present meeting seems to be a specially called one. The councillors sit in a semicircle, with the presiding officer …

The Man is Cast Out

The Man is Cast Out

‎The authorities had earlier asked the man for his view of Jesus. Now they do not appreciate this fuller version of that for which they had asked. They are reduced to abusing the man in terms of their theology that his blindness was caused by sin, a perspective earlier dismissed by Jesus in his conversation with the disciples (cf. vv. 2–3), and they rebuke him for daring to try to teach them his theological insights. For the evangelist this man’s ability to teach the teachers would in all probability be seen as part of the fulfilment of the scripture that was cited in 6:45—‘And they shall all be taught by God’ (Isa. 54:13). Finally, they drove him out. ἐκβάλλω, the Greek verb used here, can mean ‘to expel from a group’ and therefore takes on the force of the earlier notion of expulsion from the synagogue in v. 22. The excommunication his parents had feared is precisely the outcome of his witness.

Lincoln, Andrew T. The Gospel According to Saint John. London…

A Translator’s Handbook on the Book of Psalms

Protect Me And Help Me

‎In these two verses the psalmist pleads with Yahweh to rescue him from his oppressors, for he has always done what is just and right (verse 121). He calls his enemies my oppressors because they persecute and mistreat him; the same verb oppress is used in verse 122b. In verse 122a the Hebrew verb form translated Be surety by rsv is a legal term describing the action of someone who makes himself responsible for another’s debts; here the term has the general sense of helping. The meaning of the line is well expressed byNJV, “Guarantee your servant’s well-being” (also njb); frcl has “Guarantee me that everything will end well.” Be surety for thy servant may also be rendered, for example, “Be my protector and helper” or simply “Protect me and help me.” For thy servant see verse 17a; for the godless see verse 51a. (It is to be noticed that in verses 121–122 there is no reference to God’s law.)

Bratcher, Robert G., and William David Reyburn. A Translator’s Han…

KJV Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From 1 Thessalonians4:14 KJV Translation: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. NKJV Translation: For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Logos Verse of the Day

Bible Gateway Verse of the Day

Matthew 5:14,16King James Version

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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Faith When God is Silent

Faith When God is Silentby Laurie Short from Finding Faith in the Dark

Trust, by its very nature, must overcome distance to build its bridge. And yet that distance, when it comes to God, can just as easily produce doubt. This seems to be a risk God is willing to take.

In my season of basking in the silence of God, my eyes caught a short psalm in the Bible I had never noticed before:

My heart is not proud, Lord, 

my eyes are not haughty;

I do not concern myself with great matters

or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,

I am like a weaned child with its mother;

like a weaned child I am content.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord

both now and forevermore.

- Psalm 131

I thought about the image of a weaned child, beginning to be taught to feed on his own, and what that process feels like for a child. What that process feels like for a mom. What it would be like if the weaning never happened.

Time magazine ran an article on “attachment parenting” in May 2012, which included a…

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

July 30
Destructive People
2 Samuel 22:1–51; Jude 1:1–16; Psalm 147:1–20

Some destructive people don’t realize the carnage they leave in their wake. Others intentionally cause rifts and pain, driven by selfish motives. Jude’s letter, which contains succinct prose, startling imagery, and a swift warning, is unlike anything we read in Scripture. The letter equipped early Christians to deal wisely with false teachers who had entered the church community. Today, it can provide us with wisdom to respond to some of the most difficult people and situations we encounter.

The community that Jude addressed contained destructive false teachers “who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 4). They did not respect authority, but acted out of instinct rather than conviction: “But these persons blaspheme all that they do not understand, and all that they understand by instinct like the irrational animals, by these things they are being destro…