......................................................................LET US LEARN TOGETHER WHAT IS GOOD. Job 34:4b(NIV)................................................................. Some people see the Bible as a long and boring book filled with incidents and events from the lives of ancient people who probably never existed. Yet, many of the stories seen as fables are quite hilarious. So, to inspire you to look at the Bible in a new light, I've taken some of the situations and conversations found in the Holy Scriptures and placed them in categories under titles meant to peak your interest. Reference information, background information and links connecting the people and places are given so that a clear picture of every lesson can be seen and understood - to help you find a place to begin reading the Bible for yourself.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Lord God Himself

And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. And Isaac dwelt in Gerar.-Genesis 26:1-6***When Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) lived with his family in Ur in  southern Mesopotamia, the Lord God told Abraham to leave his country and kin and come to a land he would be shown. After leaving Ur with his wife Sarah (Sarai), their father Terah, and nephew Lot, and living in Haran in northern Mesopotamia, and mourning Terah's death in Haran, Abraham, Sarah and Lot began living in Canaan. The Lord God promised to give Canaan to Abraham and to Abraham's descendants. The 1st child born to Abraham was Ishmael, the son born from the intimacy between Abraham and Hagar, Sarah's maidservant. Before Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, the angel of the Lord spoke a promise to Hagar about Hagar's descendants. Years later, when Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 89 years old, the Lord God spoke promises to Abraham regarding Ishmael and also regarding Sarah and Abraham and their descendants, including Isaac, who had not been conceived and who would be the only child born within Abraham and Sarah's marriage. A few years thereafter, the Lord God spoke to Abraham again about the promises for Ishmael and Isaac, and when Isaac was an adult, the Lord God spoke to Isaac.

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And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.-Genesis 12:10

And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.-Genesis 22:15-18

                                          

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

In those days came John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.-Matthew 3:1-12***John the Baptist, his parents Zechariah (Zachariah) and Elizabeth (Elisabeth), Isaiah (Esaias) the prophet, and their fellow Israelites, including the Pharisees and Sadducees, descended from Abraham (Abram the Hebrew) and his wife Sarah (Sarai), their son Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and Isaac and Rebekah's youngest fraternal twin son Jacob (Israel), and his wives Leah and Rachel and maidservants Bilhah and Zilpah. Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilpah lived in Canaan, the land that the Lord God promised to give to Abraham, and Isaac, and to Jacob, and their descendants. Many idolatrous groups were also living in the land. Moreover, the idolatrous groups continued living in Canaan after Jacob and his family left Canaan to live in Egypt, and after Jacob died in Egypt and was buried in Canaan, and after Jacob's 11th born son Joseph, who had arrived in Egypt as a slave and eventually served as second-in-command in Egypt, also died, and the descendants became slaves in Egypt, and after the Lord God commanded Moses, an Israelite from the tribe of Levi, to lead the Israelites, with Moses' older brother Aaron, from Egyptian slavery to the Promised Land, and after Moses, Aaron, the Israelites, and those with them, wandered in the desert wilderness for 40 years, and after Aaron died and was buried upon Mount Hor, and after Moses saw the Promised Land, died and was divinely buried, and after the Israelites and the others followed Joshua, Moses' successor, across the divinely parted Jordan River and onto the Promised Land. Isaiah lived when the Israelites were living in 2 separate kingdoms in the Promised Land, Israel and Judah, according to the will of the Lord God, due to the idolatry and other wickedness of King Solomon, an Israelite from the tribe of Judah, the family line of Jacob and Leah's 4th born son Judah. Isaiah proclaimed the words of the Lord God to the Israelites, including descriptions and revelations about the One to be born. Zechariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, the Pharisees, and the Sadducees lived when the Roman Empire was ruling the land, centuries after the Lord God allowed the Assyrians to conquer the northern nation of Israel and the Babylonians (Chaldeans) to conquer the southern nation of Judah, due to the idolatry and other wickedness of the Israelites. John the Baptist was conceived through the natural process. Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, a virgin and close relative of Elizabeth, and Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea into the tribe of Judah to Mary and her husband Joseph when Mary was a virgin. When John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ were approximately 30 years old, John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove and lit upon Jesus, and the Lord God in heaven audibly acknowledged his Son Jesus. When Jesus was approximately 33 1/2 years old, Jesus was betrayed, arrested, crucified, buried in a tomb, resurrected, and returned to heaven. John the Baptist had been seized, imprisoned and beheaded sometime earlier.-Genesis 11:26-50:26, Exodus, Numbers 20:1-29, 27:12-23, Deuteronomy 31:1-30, 34:1-12, Joshua, Judges 1:1-2:23, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles 1:1-28,34 3:1-16, 3:1-24, 10:1-29:30, 2 Chronicles, Isaiah, Jeremiah 39:1-18, 52:1-34, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts 1:1-26

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The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.-Isaiah 40:3

                                          

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Instructions Against Destruction

The shipwreck that occurred when Governor Festus 
and King Agrippa were sending the
apostle Paul (Saul) to Roman Emperor Caesar in Rome: 

And as the shipmen were about to flee out of the ship, when they had let down the boat into the sea, under colour as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship, Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off. And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from your head of any of you. And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea. And when it was day, they knew not the land: but they discovered a certain creek with a shore, into the which they were minded, if it were possible, to thrust in the ship. And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves. And the soldiers' counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape. But the centurion, willing to save Paul, kept them from their purpose; and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land: And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.-Acts 27:30-44 

                                         

                                         

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Monday, September 09, 2019

Sounds Like a Plan

An incident involving Jonathan, his armor-bearer,
the Philistines, Jonathan's father King Saul,
their fellow Israelites, and the Lord God:

Then said Jonathan, Behold, we  will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them. If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them. But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us. And both of them discovered  themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves. And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel. And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him. And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.-1 Samuel 14:8-14

                                      


And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling. And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another. Then said Saul unto the people that were with him, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there. And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel. And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand. And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man's sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture. Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan. Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle. So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto Beth-aven.-1 Samuel 14:15-23

                                       

And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food. And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground. And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people feared the oath. But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened. Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint. Then said  Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey. How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?-1 Samuel 14:24-30

                                         

And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint. And the people flew upon the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground: and the people did eat them with blood. Then they told Saul, saying, Behold, the people sin against the LORD, in that they eat with the blood. And he said, Ye have transgressed: roll a great stone unto me this day. And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say unto them, Bring me hither every man his ox, and every man his sheep, and slay them here, and eat; and sin not against the LORD in eating with the blood. And all the people brought every man his ox with him that night, and slew them there. And Saul built an altar unto the LORD: the same was the first altar that he built unto the LORD.-1 Samuel 14:31-35

                                        

And Saul said, Let us go down after the Philistines by night, and spoil then until the morning light, and let us not leave a man of them. And they said, Do whatsoever seemeth good unto thee. Then said the priest, Let us draw near hither unto God. And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he answered him not that day. And Saul said, Draw ye near hither, all the chief of the people: and know and see wherein this sin hath been this day. For, as the LORD liveth, which saveth Israel, though it be in Jonathan my son, he shall surely die. But there was not a man among all the people that answered him. Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee.-1 Samuel 14:36-40

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Therefore Saul said unto the LORD God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped. And Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my son. And Jonathan was taken. Then Saul said to Jonathan, Tell me what thou hast done. And Jonathan told him, and said, I did but taste a little honey with the end of the rod that was in mine hand, and lo, I must die. And Saul answered, God do so and more also: for thou shalt surely die, Jonathan. And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not. Then Saul went up from following the Philistines: and the Philistines went to their own place.-1 Samuel 14:41-46

Reference Information:
discover = weniglinu = galah = uncover, show, reveal, remove

perfect lot = tamim/tamam = blameless, complete, sound

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Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.-Genesis 9:4

And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.-Leviticus 17:10

When the men of Israel saw that they were in a strait, (for the people were distressed,) then the people did hide themselves in caves, and in thickets, and in rocks, and in high places, and in pits.-1 Samuel 13:6

The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.-Proverbs 16:33

                                           

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Sunday, September 08, 2019

Wise and Wisdom and Foolish and Fools

Proverbs Chapter 24

1.Be not thou envious envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2.For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

3.Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4.And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

5.A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6.For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

7.Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

8.He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.

9.The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

10.If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11.If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12.If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

13.My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
14.So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off. 

15.Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; soil not his resting place: 
16.For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

17.Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
18.Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

19.Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked;
20.For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

21.My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
22.For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

23.These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24.He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him.
25.But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

26.Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

27.Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.

28.Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
29.Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.

30.I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31.And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32.Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
33.Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34.So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

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The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;-Proverbs 1:1

                                           

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Saturday, September 07, 2019

Do the Do's, Don't the Don'ts, and Be the Be's

From a letter written by the apostle Paul (Saul),
to believers in Corinth and its surrounding areas:


Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with an holy kiss. All the saints salute you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.-2 Corinthians 13:5-14


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edification = oikodomen/oikosdoma = building, upbuilding

perfect = katartizesthe/katartizo = completed, prepared, restored

perfection = katartisin/katartizo = equipping, preparing, restoration

reprobates = adokimoi/adokimos = rejected, castaway, worthless, unapproved

                                            
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Thursday, September 05, 2019

His Ma, His Pa and His Great-Grandpa

Abijam (Abijah), the son of King Rehoboam,
 the great-grandson of King David, and the 
2nd king to reign over the southern nation of Judah:


Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah. Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father. Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem: Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the manner of Uriah the Hittite. And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life. Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.-1 Kings 15:1-8

Reference Information:
lamp = nir/ner = light

perfect = salem/shalem = loyal, safe, complete, at peace

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And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.-2 Samuel 11:14-15

And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.-1 Kings 11:36

And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valour.-2 Chronicles 13:3

And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:-Acts 13:22-23

                                          

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