OYB March 31
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- 2009 Mar 31
16:1 In honor of the Lord your God, celebrate the Passover each year in the early spring, in the month of Abib (or Nisan), for that was the month in which the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night. How fitting as we approach this coming significant Passover, which falls on the 28-year cycle of "Blessing on the Sun." (Sun in it's original place and time as it was on the day of it's creation as we discussed in a previous blog). Perhaps we should call it "Blessing on the Son."
16:3 Eat this bread—the bread of suffering—so that as long as you live you will remember the day you departed from Egypt. I never remember seeing bread being referred to as suffering. Jesus is our bread of suffering. This is a picture of what we call "Communion"--the broken bread and wine consumed in remembrance of Jesus.
16:14-15 This festival will be a happy time of rejoicing with your family... This festival will be a time of great joy for all. Think of this in future terms-the great Festival of Shelters when Jesus comes to earth to shelter with His people. What a great time of rejoicing and celebration!! I can hardly wait.
16:16 Each year every man in Israel must celebrate these three festivals: the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Harvest, and the Festival of Shelters. On each of these occasions, all men must appear before the Lord your God at the place he chooses... We have discussed that representatives from every nation will be required to attend these three Festivals during the MK. Just a reminder :-).
17:16-17 This was God's strict direction for kings. Neither David nor Solomon obeyed this command and it was their undoing (even more so for Solomon). If David had obeyed, he probably wouldn't have taken Bathsheba, which was an outcropping of his greed.
17:9-20 He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. If reading God's word daily could work for kings, it should work for us common folks too. Why should they read daily? To remember. We have short memories. Deuteronomy is the "book of remembering."
9:25 And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose or forfeit your own soul in the process? In the coming days, we are going to explore faulty translations of Scripture. I think I have touched on the subject before that translations were skewed, whether by ignorance or agenda during the translation of the Latin Vulgate in the early Church at Rome. The more literal translation from the Greek says, "For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and destroys or damages himself?" That is quite a bit different than the traditional interpretation! See more on this topic in "Questions" today.
Why does it matter? As we go, you will see a pattern emerging as a result of the incorrect teachings of the NT. Are you in suspense? There is a beautiful theme that has been covered up! Stay tuned or you'll miss out.
Questions for reflection:
How are your daily readings going? I am so proud of you all who are sticking with this. Do you realize you will probably be in about 1% of Christians when you have finished reading your whole Bible, cover to cover? I realize more and more that we cannot possibly understand the Bible in parts, it must be taken in whole to understand the whole picture of what God is trying to tell us. I never realized it more than this year. Keep going! Don't lose heart. Many treasures still await!
Does it bother you to discover errors in Bible translations? I know it sure was hard for me to believe until I saw it for myself. In fact, until this year, I would have fought anyone tooth and nail who suggested such a thing. We are so brainwashed to believe our translated Bible is the "inspired, infallible, inerrant, Word of God." So many ministries today have changed their old statements of faith (old: "The Bible is inerrant") to the following (I found these statements randomly by a Google search):
Wikipedia: Biblical inerrancy is the doctrinal position that in its original form, the Bible is totally without error, and free from all contradiction...
Calvary Chapel Church: We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.
Christ Is Salvation: These truths are revealed in the Holy Bible, which is the Holy Spirit inspired and infallible Word of God contained in the books of the Old and New Testament, inerrant as given in their original form...
Joshua Project: We believe that the Bible, consisting of Old and New Testaments only, is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the infallible and authoritative Word of God.
Hmmm...there must be a reason for this? If you want to study questionable verses for yourself, go to www.studylight.org, look up a verse in NASB or KJV and click on "Greek or Hebrew" for a literal translation. Then click on the underlined words in the text to see what the original meaning of the word was.
Food for thought: Through my studies, I have read (I don't know if this is true or not) that the reason Greek was selected for NT manuscripts is because in Greek, there is only one meaning associated with each word. For example is the word, "love." There are at least 4-5 Greek words for love and they each mean a different application. Agape (God's unconditional love), Eros (romantic love), Philio (love between friends), etc. That should cut down on confusion, but you will find that all kinds of different meanings have errantly and inconsistently been associated with the original Greek. We're going to hunt some of them down!