Does the Bible Contradict Itself? – Part 2

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes [Proverbs 26:4-5].

Proverbs 26:4 does not have to do with the same concept as in verse 5. The first half of each verse is worded identically, except that the words “Do not” in verse 4 don’t occur in verse 5. But it is the second half of each verse which identifies the subject matter. Let’s vet them and see.

Both verses tell why we should or should not answer a fool according to his folly. The context for verse 4 is that, if we do, you yourself will be just like him. The teaching is simple enough when we consider the context. To be “just like him” we must behave just like him. The context, then, has to do with our behavior. The fool scoffs and scorns, sneers and jeers, and generally acts contemptibly. If I respond to him with the same behaviors, I will be just like him. Am I not right?

Now let’s vet verse 5. In this verse we are told to answer a fool according to his folly, the exact opposite of verse 4. This is what leads the gainsayers to bluster windy speeches about Biblical contradictions. However, the second half of the verse furnishes the context, and it is not the same context as we saw in verse 4. Listen to verse 5: or he will be wise in his own eyes. In verse 4 the person who answered the fool in his folly was the subject. In verse 5 the fool is the subject. Very different contexts, you see.

The reason why we MUST answer the fool in his folly is to refute his foolishness. Otherwise he (and many like him) will be emboldened to persevere with their foolishness. We want to disperse the darkness with the light, not turn away and permit the darkness to persevere. So we gently and systematically set forth the errors of the fool’s way, while simultaneously laying out the truth in plain English for all to understand.

Verse 4, then, teaches that we mustn’t respond to the fool in his folly by imitating his folly. He scoffs, but we don’t. He sneers, but we don’t. He jeers, but we don’t. Otherwise we are being fools in their folly along with him! And that doesn’t get rid of the foolishness, does it?

Contrariwise, verse 5 teaches that we must respond to the fool in his folly by being prudent and self-controlled, gentle and humble, yet still bold and adamant with respect to the truth. In that way his folly is exposed, both by noting his lack of logic and by presenting the true logic.

Words to be found in theology textbooks:

  • inerrancy: the Bible contains no errors
  • infallibility: the Bible is absolutely trustworthy and doesn’t lead us astray
  • inspiration: the Holy Spirit (Who is God) led God’s chosen men to write down His Word in such a way that their personalities were included (i.e., they were not mere robots or automatons), but with the Holy Spirit still overseeing the process so that what was written was exactly what the Lord wanted written, no more and no less.

To further research this issue, I direct you to my book Deuteronomy: Volume 5 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. For more info please visit these sites to purchase my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Randy-Green/e/B00507WC86

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Does the Bible Contradict Itself? – Part 1

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes [Proverbs 26:4-5].

“Looky there! A contradiction in the Bible! I knew it! I knew! The Bible does too contain errors! See! This proves it!”

Such are the rantings of typical worldly gainsayers. They search high and low, devoting themselves exclusively to disproving the Bible. They spend inordinate amounts of time sniffing like an old hound dog for the evidence to “prove” what they’ve already determined to be the case. They are staunch card-carrying activists in the anti-Bible brigade. The motto of this organization is, Don’t confuse me with the facts. I’ve already made up my mind!

But is there really a contradiction in Proverbs 26, between verse 4 and verse 5? A lot is at stake here, doctrines like,

  • Biblical inerrancy
  • Biblical infallibility
  • Holy Spirit inspiration

We mustn’t be slapdash in drawing conclusions based on appearance, dear friends, unless we enjoy having egg on the face! As Rule #4 for Bible study states: When something in the Bible is not understandable or seems in error, consider that our understanding is more likely in error than is God’s! Amen to that.

“Okay then, teacher,” challenges our local skeptic. “You think you know so much. Explain the contradiction if you can.” And then he sits back on his haunches, a smug look on his face and his chest puffed outward several inches.

Why thank you for the invite, my dear gainsayer. I’ll be glad to…only I didn’t say I could explain everything, only that we mere mortals are more likely in error than is God. Plus I can’t explain the contradiction because there is no contradiction. It is circular reasoning to assert that something nonexistent exists, and then demand that it be explained! Nice try though. It seems to work out there among the worldly folk.

The so-called “contradiction” is merely ostensible, on the surface, superficial. Those who are content to go by first impressions might see one. But to understand the Bible, we must learn the truth of Proverbs 2:4, that we search for the truth as hard as we would search for buried treasure. Half-hearted and perfunctory rituals won’t cut it, dear friends.

Rats. We’re out of time today. We will conclude this topic on the morrow. For now let’s go have a visit with Jesus.

To further research this issue, I direct you to my book Deuteronomy: Volume 5 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. For more info please visit these sites to purchase my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Randy-Green/e/B00507WC86

The Fork in the Road

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name  [Psalm 86:11].

I was on my way to be the guest preacher at a church to which I had never before been. In fact I had never been to the town in which it was located. I had never passed that way before.

The cautious and prepared soul who lives within me didn’t like taking chances. So I had someone from the church give me directions. Wouldn’t you know it? As is often the case when directions are furnished by the locals, vital details are left out under the assumption the newbie knows the territory. Since the locals know their turf so well, it doesn’t occur to them those from elsewhere don’t!

So here I was, driving down the roads and keeping in step with the directions afforded me. I turned left when the directions said to, and in the same manner I turned right at the prescribed times. I zigged when told to and zagged when that was the direction given.

Who woulda thunk it? Suddenly there was a fork in the road. Do I go left or do I go right? Hmm. Let’s see. What do the directions say? Uh, they don’t… Ah oh, what to do? I could imitate the king of Babylon on his way to sack Jerusalem. Here’s how he resolved being caught on the horns of his dilemma:

For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination; he shakes the arrows, he consults the household idols, he looks at the liver [Ezekiel 21:21].

So much for that plan. Think I’ll go with Plan B. So I hopped out of the car and flagged down the first passerby I saw. “Hey! How do I get to …?” It worked a bit better than the whole divination scene. That’s not my thing.

The Psalmist didn’t much care for the divination scene either. He wasn’t keen on the idea of facing life’s crossroads with a divided heart. The thought of having a fork in the heart’s road didn’t cut it with him. He wrestled with the angel until daybreak, refusing to surrender. “Give me an undivided heart, O Lord! I must fear Your name, not doubt You and be indecisive at the crossroads.”

The words of Psalm 86:11 are embedded in the hard disk of my gray matter. I ponder them anew frequently. I too want an undivided heart to fear the Lord, to fear Him as a loving, but righteous, Heavenly Father. He won’t hesitate to take me to the woodshed, should He deem that profitable in promoting my spiritual maturity.

Don’t we do the same for our kids? If not, then we are not much suited to be Christian parents. Let’s ponder this concept a space and see how the Lord will work in our lives.

To further research this issue, I direct you to my book Genesis: Volume 1 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. For more info please visit these sites to purchase my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Randy-Green/e/B00507WC86

Too Heavenly Minded – Part 2

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine [Romans 1:11-12].

Sadly, but most readers come upon a new chapter and believe the subject changes. And they quote a verse to prove a point, as if the verse takes place in a vacuum. That is, they take the words out of context. Rule #1 for Bible study states, a text without a context is a pretext. Those are vital words to live by, dear people.

Should we read verse 11 as if it occurs in a vacuum, we might very well correlate the “spiritual gift” here with Paul’s topic in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14. In Corinthians Paul discusses the spiritual gifts imparted by the Holy Spirit to each Christian, the purpose of which is to equip the Christian with ability to perform a specific ministry to which the Lord calls the Christian. But that topic is not even remotely discussed by Paul in Romans 1!

Verse 12 makes this obvious by defining the term “spiritual gift”, as it is used in Romans 1. Listen: that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine. See! The “spiritual gift” here consists of being “encouraged…by the other’s faith”. The phrase “spiritual gift” in Romans 1:11, then, refers to a blessing which results when we Christians see the Lord working in each of our lives. It occurs when we have true fellowship together.

Biblical fellowship (aka koinonia) always has the Lord and His Word as its axis. If we sit around the church fellowship hall, filling our faces with food and discussing the football game or the best sales at the mall—dear friends, that has nothing to do with fellowship! Just because it occurs in the church building does not make it “spiritual”.

Paul’s “spiritual gift” in Romans 1:11 has to do with sharing how the Lord is working in my life. It has to do with sharing a Bible verse which impacted me. It has to do with the Lord and His Word. When we get to that point in our churches, then true Biblical fellowship takes place…at which time all of us receive a “spiritual gift”.

Isn’t that wonderful? Wouldn’t it be great to go to church in order to receive suchlike spiritual gifts? Amen to that, brother! Amen to that, sister! Let’s do it, okay?

To further research this issue, I direct you to my book Genesis: Volume 1 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. For more info please visit these sites to purchase my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Randy-Green/e/B00507WC86

Too Heavenly Minded – Part 1

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine [Romans 1:11-12].

There is an old adage which states, “He is so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good!” Alas, but it is sometimes the truth. Sometimes we Christians can imagine ourselves to be floating on silver clouds and playing golden harps. But if we are so busy soaring into the wild blue yonder, our feet lose their footing on earth. If we fancy ourselves eerily spiritual, we likely haven’t a clue when it comes to daily living. We very well might wind up being no good to anybody!

Such is often the case for some Christians, when it comes to understanding the Bible. It is possible to hold to a man-made doctrine or set of doctrines to such an extent, that we practice eisegesis instead of exegesis. The word eisegesis refers to taking our beliefs and reading them into the Bible. It is to use the Bible for our own purposes, even though we might not be aware we are doing so. The word exegesis is to read the Bible literally and pull out of it what it teaches. It is to allow the Bible to use me for the Lord’s purposes.

The verses we quoted in Romans 1 are a case in point. Verse 11 affords a wonderful opportunity to practice eisegesis, should I be so inclined. Let’s read it once more, shall we? For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established.

Someone is befuddled and demands to know, “How does that verse foster the practice of eisegesis, teacher? I don’t get it!”

And a right fine query you have made, kind sir. Here’s how. The original manuscripts of Scripture, as inspired by the Holy Spirit, did not contain any chapters or verses. Chapter and verse divisions were inserted into the text by man circa 1000 A.D. If we use them for their right purpose—viz., to navigate our way through the length and breadth of the Bible—then we will be fine.

To further research this issue, I direct you to my book Genesis: Volume 1 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. For more info please visit these sites to purchase my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Randy-Green/e/B00507WC86

Slam the door!

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

“Oh that there were one among you who would shut the gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord of hosts, “nor will I accept an offering from you.” [Malachi 1:10]

I recall back in the day spending summer vacations and Christmas holidays and spring break—in fine, any free time I had from elementary school—staying with my maternal grandparents out in the country. They had a small farm with chickens and rabbits and corn and assorted other crops. They were surrounded by big old farms with pigs and cows and humongous acres of corn and soy beans.

My granddaddy built their home with his own hands, right after World War I. He was a carpenter by trade. The home was heated with a wood burning stove in the living room, and that was it for all the rooms! As for air conditioning, well, you held this cardboard in your hand and waved it!

Grandmamma cooked the food on her wood burning stove. Some of the tastiest, mouth-watering meals ever originated there. We hunted squirrel and rabbit to eat and fished for food too. Even frog legs were on the menu sometimes. The homemade bread and biscuits sung their siren song, compelling us back for more. It never gets better than that.

Well, both front and back doors contained screens. One end of a strong, heavy-duty spring was attached to the door near the handle, with the other end attached to the doorpost. This kept the doors from staying open: the spring action pulled them shut.

When the door was pulled shut by the spring, the door would slam loudly. In fact for being such a light-weight door, it sure startled the dickens out of us when it slammed! And God forbid anyone should be so jejune as to stomp out mad and slam the door on purpose. Yikes! That was even louder.

In the prophet Malachi’s time the Israelites got caught up in apathetically going through religious motions. They completely lost sight of the Lord and ignored His Word. Consequently the Lord spent His time by Himself every day because His people failed to spend time with Him. This didn’t sit too well with Him then, and it doesn’t sit too well with Him today (cf., Revelation 2:2-4).

This playing religion on the part of the Israelites became so intolerable to our long-suffering God, that He uttered Malachi’s words we quoted above. He said in essence,

Slam the temple doors shut and keep those religios out of My temple! I don’t want their worthless offerings because their hearts aren’t in it. They live to please themselves, when they are supposed to live for Me. I am the King of kings, but they behave toward Me as if I were a dead carcass back in Egypt. Keep them out of My sight!

Strong words, those…not the pleasantries I normally associate with church. Maybe I shouldn’t take God for granted. Maybe I shouldn’t rise up late on Sunday mornings and hie off to the church building, thinking I am doing God a favor by being there. He doesn’t need me. I need Him! He bestows the favors (i.e., grace). No matter what I do or how much, I am merely an unprofitable servant. At best I have merely done my duty.

So what will I do to get this right with the Lord? I know. I’ll diligently spend time alone with Him daily, with Bible open and hands folded in prayer. He can talk with me and I with Him. That is the definition of a personal relationship with the Lord. It’s during such times I receive His blessing, and then I can share the blessing with others at church and elsewhere. Anyone is welcome to go and do likewise.

To further research this issue, I direct you to my book Leviticus: Volume 3 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. For more info please visit these sites to purchase my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Randy-Green/e/B00507WC86

Word Games

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17].

On more than one occasion over the years, I have been confronted with doctrinal sophistry. The perpetrators of such blather usually spout arguments about words they heard from some self-styled intellectual genius. The genius knows how to sound convincing, and their followers swallow their chicanery hook, line, and sinker. But those followers don’t understand what’s involved at all, and they haven’t given it much thought so they don’t rectify their situation.

One of the more common examples of this is the argument that God doesn’t tempt anyone, period. He does test us, but He never ever tempts us because to tempt is evil while testing is not.

A cursory peek into the dictionary will dispel such illogical tripe, dear friends. To tempt may or may not be evil. Even more to the point, the original Greek for tempt is translated as test in some cases and tempt in other cases.

The translators are interpreting instead of translating, when they do this. They interpret the test/tempt as evil when they translate the word as tempt, while they translate the word as test when it’s a good thing in their eyes. But it’s still the same word. Their shenanigans lead the English reader astray because he/she believes two different words are used in the Greek.

I’ll assay one more example and expose the casuistry more thoroughly by means of it. I’ve been challenged about teaching the Scriptural truth of the Rapture. The challenge went something like this:

There is no such thing as the Rapture! The word doesn’t appear anywhere in the entire Bible. So there!

I might as well conclude this post right here and now. The challenge is so irrefutable! What’s the point of even answering such clever assertions?

But wait! There is every point to answering the argument. The Bible doesn’t mention any toilets in the church buildings. For that matter church buildings aren’t even mentioned in the Bible. Would those who argue against the Rapture be inclined to argue against toilets and church buildings? Methinks not.

But more to the point, dear friends. The crux of the matter is this: the original manuscripts which were inspired by the Holy Spirit were written in Hebrew and Greek, not English. When it comes right down to it, there are NO English words inspired by the Holy Spirit!

So yes, they are correct. The English word Rapture does not appear in the Bible. Nor does the word Trinity and a slew of other words used in doctrinal understanding. But guess what? The Greek word harpazo is. It is the word we translate into English as Rapture. It basically means to be caught up and taken to another place.

So the word Rapture doesn’t appear in the Bible, but what is depicted by the word Rapture does indeed occur in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (cf., 2 Corinthians 12:2). So do we really want to argue about words? I think it is much better to discuss what actually occurs in the Bible. Are you with me?

To further research this issue, I direct you to my book Leviticus: Volume 3 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. For more info please visit these sites to purchase my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Randy-Green/e/B00507WC86

Stargazers

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven [1 Thessalonians 4:16].

But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near [Luke 21:28].

Man’s only option for redemption is the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is a Person, not a set of beliefs or fervent church attendance. Accordingly Luke 21:28 refers to God’s people looking up (“lift up your heads”) because the Lord Jesus is returning (“your redemption is drawing near”).

In each case the Lord is descending from heaven. So the two passages refer to the same event. Right? Not so fast! Such a conclusion is a non sequitur. It assumes that the Lord Jesus can only descend from heaven one time. In fact He already did so at His first coming, when He took upon human flesh. We celebrate that time as His birthday, the holiday Christmas.

Fact of the matter is, the Lord Jesus will descend from heaven twice more. The first time He comes, He will come down to the clouds and call the Christians to meet Him up there in the clouds. He will not come to the earth at that time. This is known in theology textbooks as the Rapture. If you read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, you will obtain a fuller account of this marvelous event. I cannot wait for it to transpire! Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Then there is the time after that when the Lord will return to the earth with His angels and heavenly people. This is known as the Second Coming. The first coming or advent occurred circa 7 B.C. We celebrate this as Christmas. The Lord’s Second Coming will be after the Great Tribulation. At that time He will cast the antichrist and the false religious leader into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20), and lock up the devil for 1000 years (aka the Millennium; cf., Revelation 20:1-3). If you read Luke 21:25-28 you will obtain further information on this event.

To recapitulate, at the Rapture the Lord Jesus descends from heaven to the clouds and calls the Christians to meet Him there. He takes us home to heaven with Him to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-9). At His Second Coming the Lord Jesus descends from heaven with His angels and saints, coming all the way to the earth to destroy evil and set up the Millennial Kingdom on the earth (Revelation 19:11-19). For 1000 years He will rule the earth from His throne in Jerusalem, keeping all sin in check worldwide.

For further Bible teaching be sure to check out my Bible study series, Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. For more info please visit these sites to purchase my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Randy-Green/e/B00507WC86

Eight Days A Week – Part 2

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

I didn’t know it at the time, but this woman unconsciously brought to light a deep spiritual truth. In the Law of Moses the Lord repeatedly used visible physical realities to teach the Israelites invisible spiritual truths—sort of like using picture cards to teach very young children. The visible physical realities of everyday life were employed to open the eyes of God’s people to what lay behind the scenes in eternity.

A week DOES consist of only seven days, not eight. Once the seventh day is over a new week begins, itself consisting of seven days. So we have Days 1-7, followed by Days 1-7, then once again Days 1-7—for as long as time exists. There is no such thing as a Day 8…unless you’re a Beatle in love!

This understanding of the number “7” began in Genesis 1-2 with the creation of space, time, and matter. God created the heavens and the earth in six days, and He rested on the seventh day. From this the Law of Moses—as also the New Testament at times—employs the number “7” to typify “completeness” or “perfection”. Creation was made “complete” in seven days, six of those days being work days and the seventh being a day of rest. That is the typology involved in the Bible’s usage of the number “7”.

But not so fast! In some cases the Bible makes it a point to include a Day 8 in its typology. If all time is broken down into weeks consisting of Days 1-7, what are we to make of a Day 8? Hmm. Now that’s a toughie…at least it was until the Spirit revealed the typology or symbolism to me.

Do you know what Day 8 typifies? Look at it like this: if all of time consists of Days 1-7, what is left? Answer: eternity! Yes, in the holidays of Israel when a feast consisted of a Day 8, the Lord was teaching that the holiday continued into eternity. It lasted through all of time and didn’t stop there.

This is food for thought, dear friends. We have so much spiritual nutriment to feed on from the entire Word of God. Are you hungry for it?

To further research this issue, I direct you to my book Leviticus: Volume 3 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes. For more info please visit these sites to purchase my books:
http://www.amazon.com/Randy-Green/e/B00507WC86

Eight Days A Week – Part 1

Welcome to the church of the Galatians this riveting Sunday morning. This is must-see theater (or, more apropos, must-see theatrics). You thought the Church of Corinth was something? Well, Corinth has nothing on Galatia!

Some strange aliens from outer space (or rather some religios from Jerusalem) have invaded the churches of Galatia. For lack of a better cognomen, we call them the Judaizers. They have this pernicious doctrine about who Messiah Jesus is and what He does. They confuse Him with Moses, even though those two eminent men of God look nothing alike!

Oh, but we cannot get into all of that now. But don’t fret! We delve into it in detail in Galatians: Volume 14 of Heavenly Citizens in Earthly Shoes, which is now available as paperback and eBook. For your convenience, simply click here to order.

Back in the day when I was in high school, the Beatles came out with still another hit song titled Eight Days A Week. I recall being in a local diner with my school buddies one day after school. We were chowing on some burgers with grilled onions and sipping on cherry coke made at the fountain. Those burgers and cherry cokes back then sure were tastier than what is available nowadays!

Anyway, back to the point. Our waitress was a middle-aged woman, a wife who made extra family money at this diner. She was really good in the personality department. She didn’t flinch around teenagers, no matter how ridiculous we so often behaved!

Well, I stuck a nickel in the jukebox selector on the wall by our booth and chose Eight Days A Week. As we listened our waitress came with our order. She smiled and slyly dropped the comment, “Eight days a week? There’s only seven days in a week!”

She wasn’t being an old fogey, dear friends. She knew full well it was simply a song, and the lack of sense was a matter of poetic license. The Beatles were singing their love for someone, proclaiming they loved her so much that it required an extra day each week to express their love.

After all, isn’t “love” in reality incoherent and quixotic like that? Our waitress was simply relating to teenagers in a jovial manner, and we appreciated her for it. In fact she did such a splendid job of it that, though I cannot remember her name anymore, I can still see her face in my mind’s eye.

Oh, dear! We’re out of time today. We’ll get back to this tale tomorrow. See you then!

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