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Ask Pastor John
Dec 21, 2020
Do We Have the Exact Words of Christ, or a Paraphrase?
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Do the Gospels give us the exact words that Jesus spoke, or do they give us a paraphrase that captures his meaning?
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
Crossway
March 1: Leviticus 21–22; Psalm 56; Luke 20
Old Testament: Leviticus 21–22 Leviticus 21–22 (Listen) Holiness and the Priests *21 *And the LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them, No one shall make himself unclean for the dead among his people, *2 *except for his closest relatives, his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother, *3 *or his virgin sister (who is near to him because she has had no husband; for her he may make himself unclean). *4 *He shall not make himself unclean as a husband among his people and so profane himself. *5 *They shall not make bald patches on their heads, nor shave off the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts on their body. *6 *They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God. For they offer the LORD’s food offerings, the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy. *7 *They shall not marry a prostitute or a woman who has been defiled, neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband, for the priest is holy to his God. *8 *You shall sanctify him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I, the LORD, who sanctify you, am holy. *9 *And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire. *10 *“The priest who is chief among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil is poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose nor tear his clothes. *11 *He shall not go in to any dead bodies nor make himself unclean, even for his father or for his mother. *12 *He shall not go out of the sanctuary, lest he profane the sanctuary of his God, for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is on him: I am the LORD. *13 *And he shall take a wife in her virginity.1 *14 *A widow, or a divorced woman, or a woman who has been defiled, or a prostitute, these he shall not marry. But he shall take as his wife a virgin2 of his own people, *15 *that he may not profane his offspring among his people, for I am the LORD who sanctifies him.” *16 *And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, *17 *“Speak to Aaron, saying, None of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God. *18 *For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, *19 *or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, *20 *or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles. *21 *No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the LORD’s food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God. *22 *He may eat the bread of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy things, *23 *but he shall not go through the veil or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries,3 for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.” *24 *So Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the people of Israel. *22 *And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, *2 *“Speak to Aaron and his sons so that they abstain from the holy things of the people of Israel, which they dedicate to me, so that they do not profane my holy name: I am the LORD. *3 *Say to them, ‘If any one of all your offspring throughout your generations approaches the holy things that the people of Israel dedicate to the LORD, while he has an uncleanness, that person shall be cut off from my presence: I am the LORD. *4 *None of the offspring of Aaron who has a leprous disease or a discharge may eat of the holy things until he is clean. Whoever touches anything that is unclean through contact with the dead or a man who has had an emission of semen, *5 *and whoever touches a swarming thing by which he may be made unclean or a person from whom he may take uncleanness, whatever his uncleanness may be—*6 *the person who touches such a thing shall be unclean until the evening and shall not eat of the holy things unless he has bathed his body in water. *7 *When the sun goes down he shall be clean, and afterward he may eat of the holy things, because they are his food. *8 *He shall not eat what dies of itself or is torn by beasts, and so make himself unclean by it: I am the LORD.’ *9 *They shall therefore keep my charge, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby when they profane it: I am the LORD who sanctifies them. *10 *“A lay person shall not eat of a holy thing; no foreign guest of the priest or hired worker shall eat of a holy thing, *11 *but if a priest buys a slave4 as his property for money, the slave5 may eat of it, and anyone born in his house may eat of his food. *12 *If a priest’s daughter marries a layman, she shall not eat of the contribution of the holy things. *13 *But if a priest’s daughter is widowed or divorced and has no child and returns to her father’s house, as in her youth, she may eat of her father’s food; yet no lay person shall eat of it. *14 *And if anyone eats of a holy thing unintentionally, he shall add the fifth of its value to it and give the holy thing to the priest. *15 *They shall not profane the holy things of the people of Israel, which they contribute to the LORD, *16 *and so cause them to bear iniquity and guilt, by eating their holy things: for I am the LORD who sanctifies them.” Acceptable Offerings *17 *And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, *18 *“Speak to Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel and say to them, When any one of the house of Israel or of the sojourners in Israel presents a burnt offering as his offering, for any of their vows or freewill offerings that they offer to the LORD, *19 *if it is to be accepted for you it shall be a male without blemish, of the bulls or the sheep or the goats. *20 *You shall not offer anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you. *21 *And when anyone offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering from the herd or from the flock, to be accepted it must be perfect; there shall be no blemish in it. *22 *Animals blind or disabled or mutilated or having a discharge or an itch or scabs you shall not offer to the LORD or give them to the LORD as a food offering on the altar. *23 *You may present a bull or a lamb that has a part too long or too short for a freewill offering, but for a vow offering it cannot be accepted. *24 *Any animal that has its testicles bruised or crushed or torn or cut you shall not offer to the LORD; you shall not do it within your land, *25 *neither shall you offer as the bread of your God any such animals gotten from a foreigner. Since there is a blemish in them, because of their mutilation, they will not be accepted for you.” *26 *And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, *27 *“When an ox or sheep or goat is born, it shall remain seven days with its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be acceptable as a food offering to the LORD. *28 *But you shall not kill an ox or a sheep and her young in one day. *29 *And when you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted. *30 *It shall be eaten on the same day; you shall leave none of it until morning: I am the LORD. *31 *“So you shall keep my commandments and do them: I am the LORD. *32 *And you shall not profane my holy name, that I may be sanctified among the people of Israel. I am the LORD who sanctifies you, *33 *who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the LORD.” Footnotes [1] 21:13 Or _a young wife_ [2] 21:14 Hebrew _young woman_ [3] 21:23 Or _my holy precincts_ [4] 22:11 Or _servant_; twice in this verse [5] 22:11 Hebrew _he_ (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 56 Psalm 56 (Listen) In God I Trust To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Mikt…
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Bible Thinker
Bible Thinker
Mike Winger
20 Questions with Pastor Mike (Episode 24)
Question Time Stamps for Quick Reference: 0:00 - Introduction 1. 0:13 I'm a follower of Christ, and I have several major illnesses which makes me uninsurable, and I can’t afford a funeral plan. My family will likely cremate me, but I’m REALLY troubled about this. Can only buried bodies be resurrected? Will I miss out on eternal life and go to Hell if my body is cremated? When I asked a pastor nearby, he said cremation is Pagan and only burial is biblical. Is this true? 2. 8:10 How do you see God when you pray? My mind wants to envision a person. 3. 10:29 Is there a possibility that “Lady Wisdom” in Proverbs 8 is actually the Holy Spirit? Is there ever any definitively male or female pronouns used in the Hebrew or Greek to know? 4. 13:26 Romans 11: 25-32 seems to say that the Jewish people will turn back to Christ. Do you have any thoughts on that or see a connection between that and the rising number of Messianic Jews is Israel? 5. 18:59 I am a new Christian, formally LDS. Many LDS folk have been very active at challenging my new beliefs (the Trinity, etc.) I want to share the Gospel with them, but I recognize I'm still learning. Do new Christians have an obligation to defend our beliefs and evangelize, or is it o.k. to ask these challengers to give me space? 6. 22:02 If God is timeless, how could He have sequential thoughts, especially before time was created (e.g., His decision to make time and creation)? 7. 25:36 What are our "non-negotiables" as Christians? What doctrines do we unapologetically plant our flags on and refuse to back down from? 8. 32:33 To what extent do we expose works of darkness? (Ephesians 5:8-14) A family member who claims to be a Christian is openly selling food w vulgar text & images and I found out she’s supplying alcohol to minors as well, through her business. The 1st part was bad enough, but I can’t stay silent anymore. She is already unhappy with me and another family member calling her out on behavior that endangered her child & our family, but admitted at the time that she “should be a better Christian.” How do we handle this? 9. 34:12 Is the Paradise mentioned by Paul in his vision of being taken to the third Heaven, Jesus to the thief on the cross, and in the account of Lazarus the same place? 10. 37:11 How can God love the whole world while hating sinners like in Psalm 5:5? 11. 41:23 Any advice for a wife whose husband has admitted he is not as spiritually mature as the wife? She doesn’t want to lead *him,* but is more spiritually mature. 12. 44:07 If a born-again Christian dies suddenly with an unconfessed sin (not a lifestyle) like momentary lust or deceit, will this lead to Hell? Or does Christ's sacrifice cover all sins (past & future)? 13. 49:05 Where are we when we are judged? On Earth, in Heaven, or somewhere in between? 14. 50:51 In Matthew 27, who are the people coming out of the tombs when Jesus rises? Did they continue earthly life and die again, or ascend too? 15. 54:22 How can I get close to God and overcome demons I have and oppression? 16. 57:31 My wife and I think we are called to move to Alaska for missions (to Remote Alaska). How can I know God is guiding us there? 17. 1:01:47 Would you please explain Matthew 10: 23? What is meant by “before the Son of Man comes”? Mark does NOT state this in his rendition of “Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles” (Mark 6:7-13). 18. 1:05:04 Have you ever read anything on the Eastern Orthodox view of the Holy Trinity called the Monarchy of the Father? If you have, do you have any thoughts? 19. 1:06:22 I think I'm getting diagnosed with Covert Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Proverbs 16:5 scares me. Am I unsavable? I want to be saved and truly converted, but fear is my motive. 20. 1:13:22 My heart has become hard due to continued rebellion which led to a problem trusting Christ and resting in Him. How do I know if I’m repentant when I’m not “sorry” anymore? I miss living near to Christ. Every Friday at 1pm PT Here’s how you get your questions answered in the Q&A 1) Please reread your question before you ask to ensure that it will make sense to me. Clarity is paramount. 2) Wait till we go live before asking. We don’t take questions until then. 3) Put a “Q” at the beginning of your question. 4) Please only ask once, our mods are checking the chat continually. 5) I’m truly sorry if I’m unable to get to your question. I know its a bummer, but I am doing my best. 6) If you arrive late we may have already gathered 20 questions. Please check the live chat to see if we are full on Qs. Thanks! Helping you learn to think biblically about everything, because the Bible is more brilliant, beautiful and life-changing than most of us have realized.
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