The high priest Ananias commanded whoever was standing near Paul to smite him on the mouth. Acts 23:1-2 1. And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. 2. And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.
Yes. Numerous times. They are the people who received something from the cheerful givers. The examples are too numerous to list out, but just think of the reactions they had after a prophet, Jesus, disciple, or apostle raised a loved one from the dead, healed the blind, healed the lame, etc. Giving isn't always about money. It can be giving your time, your talents, yourself. Now, I'm not sure if there is a specific person in the Bible who was cheerful all the time but never gave anything to others, whether money or something else. There were some kings who were pretty cheerful after winning a battle and gathering spoils from the defeated, but the cheer didn't last long, especially if it was an enemy going against God's people. There is an example of a church so sold out for God that the members were selling land and giving the money to the church and then Ananias and Sapphira decided they wanted fame, glory, and honor, but didn't want to part with the all the money they had gained from selling the property.... we know how that turned out. They were cheerful partial givers up until God dealt with them. The problem wasn't the money, they had a heart problem and God didn't want it infecting the church. Acts 5:1-11 In my own opinion, God wants someone who is willing to give themselves to Him...not out of fear or grudging or duty, but out of love. When we give ourselves completely over to God, we will cheerfully give, whether money, or time, or talents, or whatever else.
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.