The picture which Jesus paints of persistence in prayer is based on customs which would have been familiar to His disciples. In most households in th... Read more
The picture which Jesus paints of persistence in prayer is based on customs which would have been familiar to His disciples. In most households in that time and culture, the entire family slept together in one bed; thus, the householder would have been reluctant to get up not only because of the inconvenience to himself but because he might well rouse the rest of his household. On the other hand, the importunate friend would have been driven by the customs of hospitality, which required that a guest be provided with food regardless of the hour of his arrival or the inconvenience to the host. Jesus' point appears to be that if a man would persist in asking a favor of a friend to meet a relatively small need, should he not be equally diligent in presenting his petitions before God? Persistence in prayer does not always get the answers the petitioner expects (see Matthew 7:7-11 and associated notes) but is necessary in developing a strong and healthy relationship with God, which is one of the main purposes of prayer. Read less
The Dedanites and the people of Kedar were tribes of Arabia; the former were descendants of one of Abraham's sons by Keturah, while the latter descend... Read more
The Dedanites and the people of Kedar were tribes of Arabia; the former were descendants of one of Abraham's sons by Keturah, while the latter descended from a son of Ishmael. Both, thus, were kindred peoples to the Jews; they were probably also kin to the tribe holding the oasis of Tema in northwestern Arabia, which is pictured as offering hospitality and refuge to fugitives. Isaiah predicted that both the merchants of the Dedanites and the pastoral people of Kedar would find themselves overrun and greatly diminished by war, probably during one of the Assyrian invasions of Judah and/or Egypt. Read less
The Scriptures are designed to be the basis of truth for leading a Christian to maturity in Jesus Christ. They are accurate and trustworthy, afford ad... Read more
The Scriptures are designed to be the basis of truth for leading a Christian to maturity in Jesus Christ. They are accurate and trustworthy, afford adequate knowledge, and lead to a godly, biblical lifestyle. They also yield a biblical ministry: "that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (v. 17). A mature Christian is one who knows what he needs to know (knowledge), is what he needs to be (lifestyle), does what he needs to do (ministry), and is guided by the Scriptures in all of this. Read less
This is one of Isaiah's most obscure prophecies and has been subject to numerous interpretations. Perhaps the most common one is that it refers to a ... Read more
This is one of Isaiah's most obscure prophecies and has been subject to numerous interpretations. Perhaps the most common one is that it refers to a taunt against Judah by the Edomites, perhaps alluding to Edomite encouragement of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem as mentioned in Psalm 137. The watchman's reply suggests that blessing (morning) will come again to Israel, but night (destruction and calamity) to Edom unless Edom repented of its evil ways toward a kindred nation. Read less
1 John 3:12,13 "We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were ev... Read more
1 John 3:12,13 "We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers,that the world hates you." (ESV)
I am uncomfortable claiming any special righteousness; I am too well acquainted with my failures. And I have to suppose that these people John wrote to were like me. Yet John writes as though they were in some way distinct from those of their world among whom they lived in their righteousness. How was that so? In what way?
If the context is any clue, there were two things that stood out. 1) their love for others 2) their moral purity.
As to loving others, John directly says that we who love will be generous toward those in need (v. 17). This not, of course, a zero sum game in which only Christians are generous. But it is true historically that followers of Jesus have been unusually generous. Those are nice statistics in a debate, but the question really is am I.
As to purity, John does not say that a Christian does not sin. In fact, he assumes that we do (2:1). What he says is that a follower of Jesus does not continue sinning: he does not make that his lifestyle. When he sins he is grieved and repents.
I know what that is about. God has not allowed me to dive into sin and enjoy it. He has always called me back to purity.
So, why do these things bring upon believers the world's dislike? We don't try to do things that will make others dislike us. I guess it is something like the Cain and Abel story John alludes to here. Abel did nothing to arouse Cain's hatred. But Cain's failure and sin was cast into relief by Abel's righteousness. Read less
Your enemies will know that work that you are doing and will seek to put an end to your deeds or you. In this chapter we see the enemies of Nehemiah s... Read more
Your enemies will know that work that you are doing and will seek to put an end to your deeds or you. In this chapter we see the enemies of Nehemiah seeking to have an audience with him but he refused. His reason for refusing is important. He noted that he was doing a great work, a work for God and would not cease from working to come meet with those who sought to harm him. He noted that the attempted to meet with him several times but he refused with the same words as before. However, his enemies did not stop there, after they failed to harm him, they sought to place him in fear of his life and by fear that wanted him to sin and gain entry to show Nehemiah is problematic. Their plan was worked by a false prophet, Nehemiah noted that he perceived that God did not send the prophet but spoke a prophecy against him for his enemies. We have to be careful from those who say they are of God but are tools for the hands of our enemies, but that means we have to be extra careful.
Nevertheless, the could not stop the finishing of the wall or place the leader in fear, though they will try, not only by seeking to plan false meetings, or prophecy (advice), but also by being close to those whom you must do business with and seek to manipulate by information and stir up fear. Hear the word, keep your eyes to God and hands on his work.
Sanballat: secret enemy, error thoughts and fears of which we have not as yet really become conscious, but which are working with seemingly great strength in our sub consciousness and out into our body consciousness and our body.
Tobiah: thought is very deceptive, and is sometimes believed to be of a true spiritual character but is not. while it acknowledges the Christ Truth to be good, and professes to believe in the law of God and in the divine goodness, it does not seek to lift itself to the spiritual plane. it continues to express in its old error ways and thus hinders the true overcoming of the individual-the true rebuilding of the body temple. it must be discovered what it is and must be cast out of the temple completely with all its good-all the thought substance that has gathered about it. Read less
Here the apostle encourages against sins of infirmity (v. 1, v. 2), shows the true knowledge and love of God (v. 3-6), renews the precept of fraterna... Read more
Here the apostle encourages against sins of infirmity (v. 1, v. 2), shows the true knowledge and love of God (v. 3-6), renews the precept of fraternal love (v. 7-11), addresses the several ages of Christians (v. 12-14), warns against worldly love (v. 15-17), against seducers (v. 18, v. 19), shows the security of true Christians (v. 20-27), and advises to abide in Christ (v. 28, v. 29).
Overview - 1 John 2
1 He comforts them against the sins of infirmity.
3 Rightly to know God is to keep his commandments;
9 to love our brethren;
15 and not to love the world.
18 We must beware of seducers;
20 from whose deceits the godly are safe, preserved by perseverance in faith, and holiness of life.
Definition- an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government
ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, 'the heavenly hosts', as the ornament of the heavens. 1 Pet. 3:
the world, the universe
the circle of the earth, the earth
the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human family
the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ
world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly
the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc, which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ
any aggregate or general collection of particulars of any sort
the Gentiles as contrasted to the Jews (Rom. 11:12 etc)
of believers only, John 1:29; 3:16; 3:17; 6:33; 12:47 1 Cor. 4:9; 2 Cor. 5:19 Read less