Just because something is hard to understand doesn't make it wrong or impossible to learn from. I had to read through Bro. Scott's post twice to understand everything, but once I did my understanding of the passage improved and I did/have learned from his posts. I have the same problem with some Bible passages, at first read-through they can be confusing, but when I slow down and read it properly and study things out a bit, I gain understanding and clarity. This is one excuse many people use to not read the Bible, or to use modern versions. "It's hard to understand." "I can't follow it." They simply don't take the time to slow down and read the passages properly or to break out a dictionary or study helps. But people just don't want to even try to understand. Why is it unnatural? Maybe in everyday conversations it would be, but not in a debate setting where it's important to understand why something was written they way it was. Especially when one person interprets the passage differently from someone else. Sometimes breaking down the sentences is very needful.
Because it was still accurate. The witch saw more than just angels, she saw men as well, Samuel being one, and he was not an angel. The word can also be translated as 'rulers or judges'. Many words are exchangeable, and context matters. I'm sure the Bible translators took great care when more than one word could fit the verse they were working on.
Thank you, WellWithMySoul for your advice and testimony. I pray your Bible lessons continue to be a blessing! Haha! My lessons are very, very simple, basic Bible lessons. I'm actually in the process of changing some of the more 'advanced' ones(but compared to what you're used to, still 'simple') to use while on furlough next year. When I get a chance I might post a few in a different thread. Yes! He's my dad and I'm currently teaching the Sunday school class and playing the piano at the church he's started. While we are serving in the same church, we are separate missionaries, I spent a few years on deputation and am here with my own support. Thank you! I will look into this series.
Leviticus 16:5 "And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering." Two baby goats, but one was to be a scapegoat. The ram was to be offered up for Aaron and his household before the goat for the people of Israel was offered. Leviticus 16:5-22
In Jesus' genealogy in Matthew 1:5, it mentions Rahab, but spells it (and Boaz) differently: "and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;" ------------------ It was actually the raven that left the ark first, before the dove. Genesis 8: 6-7 - "And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: and he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth." ------------- Elhanan killed Lahmi - I Chronicles 20:5 "And there was war again with the Philistines; and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear staff was like a weaver’s beam." ________________________________________
I have heard sermons that were pretty graphic concerning the crucifixion, but I doubt they were like what you're describing. But what has made the most impact on me, personally, was when they describe Jesus, who knew no sin, having all the sin of the world poured on Him...and God turning His back.... I doubt we will ever truly comprehend the emotional and spiritual agony Jesus was in, in the moment He uttered the words "My God, My God..." The physical torment was nothing compared to God turning His back. The sermons on the crucifixion where the focal point is my sins caused Jesus agony and God turning His back on Jesus because of my sins, have made an impact on me more than the physical descriptions ever have or ever will.
The rules for this game are simple: Person A posts a question using the Bible. Person B responds, if they are correct they then ask a question. If they get it wrong, it continues until someone answers correctly. The question can be as easy or as difficult as you would like. Example: Person A: Who did Queen Esther invite to the banquet? Person B: The king and Haman! "And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him." Esther 5:4 Person A: Correct! Person B: What was Peter's other name? And....that's the question, should be simple Make sure you post the scripture verse with your answer.
King Solomon? The current Queen of England, Elizabeth II? Those are two that I can think of off the top of my head that might be what the verse is talking about. Highly respected heads of state who weren't rebelled against or attacked by an invading army. I'm sure there have been many others. I doubt very much it's talking about dictators who are hated by their people, because they are rising against him, if only in their imaginations or in secret gatherings. Comely: to be good, be pleasing, be joyful, be beneficial, be pleasant, be favourable, be happy, be right
There are many differences that show it is two different events, and not a reiteration of the same event. Chapter 19:11-16 - Jesus arrives on a white horse to the site of the battle 19:20- The Beast and False Prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire (These are separate individuals, they are not Satan and they are not in the bottomless pit) 19:21 - Jesus, from His horse, destroys the remaining army with His words. Chapter 20:2-3 - Satan is chained up into the bottomless pit. (He wasn't imprisoned or cast into the Lake of Fire in chapter 19, so how can this be a reiteration? It's not - this is a continuation of events.) And here we wait for the next installment of lessons. However, to show the differences I'll jump ahead: 20:7 - Satan is loosed from the bottomless pit 20:9 - God (not Jesus) sends fire from Heaven (not while sitting on a horse at the site of the battle) to destroy the remaining armies. 20:10 - The Devil/Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire where he joins the Beast and False Prophet (who had not been released as Satan had) and this time there will be no release for him: "...and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."