Psalm 119:89-93 – Syntactical Analysis

April 10, 2008

Another paper from my Hebrew Exegesis class last semester on Psalm 119:89-93.

Introduction

This paper will analyze the syntactical elements of Psalm 119:89-93 so as to properly identify each element and explain the exegetical importance of each element in preparation for preaching the text. The focus will not be on exposition but will rather focus on a phrase by phrase discussion about the elements which are exegetically significant.

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Psalm 119:89-92 – Literary Analysis

April 10, 2008

Another paper for Hebrew Exegesis from last semester – speaks to the literary elements of Psalm 119:89-92

Introduction

This paper will analyze the literary elements of Psalm 119:89-92 such as genre, device, argument, and theme in order to provide vital information to the process of exegesis in preparation for preaching this text. The focus will not be on exposition, but rather on observing literary facets and a discussion of their exegetical significance. Read the rest of this entry »


What Does it Mean to be “Sealed” by the Holy Spirit?

April 4, 2008

For my Greek Exegesis II class I did a word study on “sealed” (σφραγίζω) as it is found in Ephesians 1:13.

I’ll post my conclusion first, and if you want to know where I got my conclusion, you can read the rest.

The meaning of “sealed” becomes quite clear after having examined the context so thoroughly, for Paul has repeatedly shown the believers at Ephesus that their hope is in what God has done and not what they have done or will do. So this sealing is their hope, their security – for God himself has placed his stamp on them, and there is no one greater than God, therefore they are secure, and can be sure that all these blessings are theirs in Christ. It is by the Holy Spirit that they will be enabled to do what God requires of them, so what else do they require, for if God is for them, who can be against them (Rom. 8:31)? It is not the believer’s role to earn or lose salvation, but rather it is to walk in that Spirit which they have been sealed with.

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Am I Too Proud To Beg?

April 4, 2008

Am I Too Proud To BegWhen it comes to evangelism, there is much debate as to how we as Christians should go about it. Some say get a soap box and let it rip, others say that we should just let evangelism happen naturally as we live our lives.

But in my preaching class something was brought up that made me think. It is what Paul said in Second Corinthians:

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

The key phrase of focus is, “we beg you.”

Do I beg people to be reconciled to God? Am I too proud to beg? Read the rest of this entry »


Sacrifices in the Millennium?

April 3, 2008

Sacrifices in the Millennium?This is one of the main difficulties I’ve heard about the whole literal millennium deal – that in Ezekiel (and Joel, Micah, Daniel, Haggai) the temple will be rebuilt and that there will be sacrifices.

The question is this: “Why would animals be sacrificed during the millennial age, when Christ’s death upon the
cross did away with them?”

Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, having oversight at the gates of the house and ministering in the house; they shall slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister to them.” (Ezekiel 44:11) Read the rest of this entry »


Is Jesus Ruling on His Throne Right Now?

April 2, 2008

Is Jesus Ruling Right NowIn the first chapter of Ephesians a problem arises that is raised both by Dispensationalists and Covenantalists. Classical Dispensationalists believe that Christ’s reign is wholly in the future, while Progressive Dispensationalists believe He is reigning right now and will have a reign that will be fully culminated in the millennium. Covenantalists who are Amillenial believe that Christ is reigning right now and that there is no future culmination on earth. Read the rest of this entry »


Gmail and NASA Do April Fools

April 1, 2008

GmailIf you haven’t seen these yet, you should check them out out: http://mail.google.com/mail/help/customtime/index.html

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap080401.html