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Aaron

AaronExcerpt The eighth of the twenty-four orders of courses into which David divided the priests (see 1Ch 24:1410). Of these courses, only four returned after the captivity (Ezr2:34–39), which were again subdivided into twenty-four—retaining the ancient name and order of each. They took the whole temple service for a week each. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron—The priests might marry into any tribe, but “it was most commendable of all to marry one of the priests’ lines” [Lightfoot]. More Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Vol. 2. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Words of “Sin” in the New Testament

Words of “Sin” in the New TestamentRomans 5:12–21 Excerpt The principal NT term is hamartia(and cognates), which is equivalent to ḥṭ’. In classical Gk. it is used for missing a target or taking a wrong road. It is the general NT term for sin as concrete wrongdoing, the violation of God’s law (Jn. 8:46Jas. 1:151 Jn. 1:8). In Rom. 5–8Paul personifies the term as a ruling principle in human life (cf.5:126:12147:17208:2).Paraptōma occurs in classical contexts for an error in measurement or a blunder. The NT gives it a stronger moral connotation as misdeed or trespass (cf.dead through … ’Eph. 2:1Mt. 6:14f.). Parabasisis a similarly derived term with similar meaning, ‘transgression,' ‘going beyond the norm’ (Rom. 4:15Heb. 2:2).asebeiais perhaps the most profound NT term and commonly translates pš‘in the lxx. It implies active ungodliness or impiety (Rom. 1:182 Tim. 2:16). Another term is anomia, lawlessness, a contempt for the law (Mt. 7:232 Cor. 6:14). kakia and 

God’s Intention Is an Unfolding Mystery

God’s Intention Is an Unfolding MysteryExcerpt The mystery is neither inscrutable nor obvious; it can be known, but only by revelation (3:3)* by the Spirit (v. 5), and requiring special insight (v.4). The term revelation is essential to our understanding of the inspiration of Scripture. (See notes.) The terminology in verses3–5 shows something of the process by which God communicates his truth. Not everything God reveals becomes Scripture, but in this case, it has, by divine inspiration. Through revelation, God conveys to humans that which they could not know otherwise. Reciprocally, the recipient is given the insight to understand the disclosure. More Liefeld, Walter L. Ephesians. Vol. 10. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

Baptism in John 3:5?

Baptism in John 3:5?John 3:5 Excerpt Could the text of 3:5 then possibly refer to Christian baptism? The answer is certainly not a simple one. Birth from above for John was the equivalent of salvation or eternal life. Such birth, as some scholars have noted, is in John similar to being children of God in the Synoptic Gospels (e.g., Matt 18:3Mark 10:15).78 In the early church baptismal language could be used in contexts that refer to the salvation process. Examples are numerous, but a few will suffice. Such as being buried and raised (e.g., Rom 6:1–11), or the putting off of the old way and the putting on of the new (e.g., Col 3:1–17), or in the commission to evangelize (e.g., Matt 28:10). In such contexts, baptism and salvation were clearly linked to the thinking of early Christians. Was the same true for John, who later in the first century was writing reflectively on the significance of the Nicodemus story for his community of believers? In trying to answer this question, we are work…

Connect the Testaments

April 27: Walking in Circles Joshua 18:1–19:9; 2 Corinthians 12:1–10; Psalm 56:1–13 I often wish things were more obvious. I ask God to help me understanding His timing so that I can easily act. I ask for everything to happen at the right moments. I ask Him to give me such clear directions that I can’t fail in following them. I used to think this was a good thing, but I realize now that all my questions could indicate a lack of faith. It seems that my questions lead to more questions. Like a man losing his memory in old age, I end up walking in circles around the block rather than finding my way home. Maybe it’s not the lack of knowing that disturbs me, but that when I really know what God wants, I will have to act. In general, this seems to be the problem with faith in western Christianity. We say we don’t know what God wants. However, if we’re honest with ourselves, perhaps we don’t really want to know what God wants. In our hearts, we’re certain that knowing will mean uncomfortable ch…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 27Go To Evening Reading
“God, even our own God.” —Psalm 67:6
It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God himself. Though he is “our own God,” we apply ourselves but little to him, and ask but little of him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do we go about our business, without seeking his guidance! In our troubles how constantly do we strive to bear our burdens ourselves, instead of casting them upon the Lord, that he may sustain us! This is not because we may not, for the Lord seems to say, “I am thine, soul, come and make use of me as thou wilt; thou mayst freely come to my store, and the oftener the more welcome.” It is our own fault if we make not free with the riches of our God. Then, since thou hast such a friend, and he invites thee, draw from him daily. Never want whilst thou hast a God to go to; never fear or faint whilst thou hast God to h…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 27th What do you want? Seekest thou great things for thyself?Jeremiah 45:5. Are you seeking great things for yourself? Not seeking to be a great one, but seeking great things from God for yourself. God wants you in a closer relationship to Himself than receiving His gifts, He wants you to get to know Him. A great thing is accidental, it comes and goes. God never gives us anything accidental. Nothing is easier than getting into a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want but only what He gives. If you have only come to the length of asking God for things, you have never come to the first strand of abandonment, you have become a Christian from the standpoint of your own. ‘I did ask God for the Holy Spirit, but He did not give me the rest and the peace I expected.’ Instantly God puts His finger on the reason—you are not seeking the Lord at all, you are seeking something for yourself. Jesus says—“Ask, and it shall be given you.” Ask God for what you want, and y…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 27 He … said … I … hid thy talent in the earth.… His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant Matt. 25:24–26 Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing. Monod

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.