Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thurs 091217 pm Rev 13-17

Revelation 13
13.10 Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.  This is an interesting statement. We often think of faith as a have it or don't type thing.  Endurance seems to emphasize the importance of finishing well.
13.8  This calls for wisdom...let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast...  
Revelation 14
14.4  (144,000)...who have not defiled themselves with women...  14.4  follow the lamb wherever he goes...
14.10  he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels...  This kinda blows the whole sweet little angels fluttering around.
Revelation 15
15.3  the song of Moses...  They sang a song from Moses.  It makes you wonder who elses songs will be sung in Heaven.
Revelation 16
16.9  They did not repent or give Him glory.
16.11  cursed God... The did not repent of their deeds.
16.21  and they cursed God for the plague...
After they experienced God's wrath, they still would not repent.  So, fear of punishment is not enough to prompt repentance or giving glory to God.
16.15  who stays awake, keeping his garments  
Revelation 17
17.8  written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the earth...  The thing of interest is that the names are, or as in this case not, written from the foundation of the earth.  Or so it appears in this version.  It would be helpful to check the Greek construction here.
17.9  This called for a mind with wisdom...  apparently to understand what imagery means.
17.13  These are of one mind...  The group think of the lost.
17.14  chosen and faithful...  Adjectives describing the true saints of the Lamb.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wed 091216 am Jer 11-12

Jeremiah 11
11.21  Anathoth. The precise location of Anathoth, a priestly city in Benjamin, has long been debated. It was either located on the high mound of Ras el-Kharrubeh just south of the village of Anata or in the valley adjacent to Anata (the Jewish historian Josephus identified Anathoth with Anata). The most recent idea is that Ras el-Kharrubeh was initially Anathoth, but the city relocated to Anata after the Babylonian exile of the late sixth century b.c. The archaeological record appears to confirm this. The city is first mentioned as the home of some of the bodyguards of David, and later Abiathar the priest was exiled there. According to Isaiah 10:30 the city was on the route of the Assyrian invasion of Palestine, but it was not destroyed.   ----Matthews, Victor Harold ; Chavalas, Mark W. ; Walton, John H.: The IVP Bible Background Commentary : Old Testament. electronic ed. Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press, 2000, S. Je 1:1
Jeremiah 12
12.5 Jordan thickets. The thickets (literally, “height”) of the Jordan is a term that refers to the area where the Jordan River overflows to its junglelike thicket of reeds, bushes and trees, which often became a den for lions. It was a dangerous place and difficult to navigate.   ---Matthews, Victor Harold ; Chavalas, Mark W. ; Walton, John H.: The IVP Bible Background Commentary : Old Testament. electronic ed. Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press, 2000, S. Je 12:5

Mon 091215 pm Rev 9-12

Revelation 9
9.17  my vision...  Here is a hint to what state John was in when he received this revelation.
9.20  The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent...  How tragic it is when God has to  "slap us around" some and we just don't get it or refuse to act anyway.  I think that it is Proverbs that says the simple learn when the scorner is whipped.
9.20-21 worshiping demons and idols ... their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts...  Those sins were theirs--they owned them.  What kind of sins do I own?  Search me O God and give me the desire and ability to abandon my sins.
Revelation 10
10.10 It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when i had eaten it my stomach was made bitter.  Put this reminder up in a large font and bold print.
Revelation 11
11.8  that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt...  The Biblical symbolism of Sodom and Egypt would be an interesting study sometime.
SODOM: sod'-um (cedhom; Sodoma) One of the 5 CITIES  OF THE PLAIN (which see), destroyed by fire from heaven in the time of Abraham and Lot (Genesis 19:24). The wickedness of the city became proverbial. The sin of sodomy was an offense against nature frequently connected with idolatrous practices (see Rawlinson, History of Phoenicia). See SODOMITE. The fate of Sodom and Gomorrah is used as a warning to those who reject the gospel (Matthew 10:1511:242 Peter 2:6;Jude 1:7). The word is used in a typical sense in Revelation 11:8. Sodom was probably located in plain South of the Dead Sea, now covered with water. The name is still preserved in Jebel Usdum (Mt. Sodom).
11.14  second woe...  I think I missed where the first one was. ---George Frederick Wright in ISBE Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'SODOM'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". . 1915.
11.18 Your servants
prophets and saints,
those who fear your name...   Interesting descriptions.

Revelation 12
12.11  for they loved not their lives even unto death...  This kind of statement usually set me to thinking, because my first impression of this statement does not seem to be the reality for most Christians I meet.  How does this fit with, "I want to live long enough to see my grandkids."?  I don't think that it is the death wish a lot of these terrorist nut jobs seem to have.  At any rate it seems to be a key spiritual victory and is worthy of some contemplation.  Revelation 2:10 Revelation 2:13 20:4 Luke 14:26 ; Acts 20:24 ; 21:13 Hebrews 11:35-38