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Acts 9:31 – Fear of the Lord

| February 14, 2010

Twenty-five times the phrase “the fear of the Lord” occurs in the NASB. “Fear” is a word that is considered…well, you have heard the phrase “politically incorrect,” so let me coin another frightening phrase—“religiously incorrect.” Today’s “Christianity” has the “pendulum” effect of overreacting to the past emphasis of fear to the neglect of love. Too […]

Hebrews 9:8 – Outer Tabernacle

| October 23, 2009

Tabernacle (4633) – 8:2 (heaven); 8:5 (Old Covenant Tabernacle); 9:2 (Holy Place); 9:3 (Most Holy Place); 9:6 (Outer Tabernacle/Mosaical Tabernacle); 9:8 (Outer Tabernacle/Mosaical Tabernacle); 9:11 (Perfect Tabernacle/Presence of God/Heaven); 9:21 (Old Covenant Tabernacle); 11:9 (tents); 13:10 (Tabernacle – Old Covenant System)

Hebrews 9:1 – Sanctuary

| October 23, 2009

Hagios (40) – used to describe the “Holy” Spirit (2:4; 3:7; 6:4; 9:8; 10:15); saints (3:1; 6:10; 13:24); heaven/ spiritual realm/presence of God (8:2; 9:8, 12, 24; 10:19); tabernacle (9:1); the Holy Place (9:2; 13:11); Most Holy Place (9:3, 25)

Hebrews 7:11 – Another Priest

| October 18, 2009

“Verses 11 and 15 clearly state that Christ is another, different priest of the order originated by Melchizedek. There is no suggestion here that Melchizedek and Christ are the same entity. If they were, the writer of Hebrews surely would have stressed that point. But the use of heteros plainly indicates that Christ, although he […]

Hebrews 7:6 – Whose genealogy/genealogoumenos is not derived from them

| October 18, 2009

“The use of genealogoumenos in verse 6 shows that Melchizedek has lineage, but it is not through Levi. Let’s examine the Greek word genealogoumenos in verse 6 closely. Vine’s says of this word: “‘to reckon or trace a genealogy’ (from genea, ‘a race,’ and legõ, ‘to choose, pick out’), is used, in the passive voice, […]

Hebrews 7:3 – Without Genealogy

| October 18, 2009

7:3 – “without genealogy” (agenealogetos – only found here in the NT) “That is a word that, so far as we know, no Greek writer ever used before.” (Barclay) Two possible meanings based upon the word itself: No recorded genealogy No actual genealogy Now let’s look at some of the Greek words used in this […]

Hebrews 6:1-2 – Elementary Teachings

| October 15, 2009

Notice how there are six individual teachings that can be combined into three sets of two: Repentance from dead works – Faith toward God; Instruction about washings – Laying on of hands; Resurrection from the dead – Eternal Judgment 1.         What are they?  Repentance from dead works – What does this phrase, “dead works,” mean?  […]

Hebrews 6:1 – Maturity

| October 15, 2009

“But teleios, the adjective, and its kindred words have a technical meaning.  Pythagoras divided his students into …the learners, and …the mature.  Philo divided his students into three different classes…those just beginning, …those making progress, …those beginning to reach maturity.” (Barclay, Hebrews, p.52)] Combining 5:11-14 with 6:1-2, we see that spiritual maturity combines knowledge of […]

Hebrews 4:1 – Let Us Fear

| October 15, 2009

In looking at the following gradations of the word phobeo (by Thayer), which shade of meaning best fits the context? 1) to put to flight by terrifying (to scare away) 1a) to put to flight, to flee 1b) to fear, be afraid 1b1) to be struck with fear, to be seized with alarm 1b1a) of […]

Hebrews 2:4 – Signs, Wonders, Miracles

| October 15, 2009

There are seven Greek words used to describe the miracles by Christ: wonder/teras; sign/semion; miracle/dunamis; great/mighty/wonderful work/megaleion; glory/endoxon; strange/paradoxen; wonderful thing/thaumasion.  The first three are the most usual.  These are not different classes of miracles, but rather describe the effect upon the witness.  A wonder/teras ‘is the miracle regarded as a startling, imposing, amazement-wakening portent […]