2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 220,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 9 days for that many people to see…

The duel in the desert.

Having shown us who the Branch of Jesse is, Matthew brings us back to the thoughts on chapter one. He is going to establish that Jesus as the very son His Father takes delight in. Unlike Luke he doesn’t trace Jesus’s ancestry back to Adam but to David. David was a king who succeeded. Adam…

He shall be called “a Nazarene”.

Matthew thus closes the chapter on Herod’s part in the history of the Gospel by these words. Matthew 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. It seems strange that he suddenly points to a…

The things Matthew left behind.

Matthew 2:16 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. There are different records on this…

And it was fulfilled…

One of the most beautiful things about Matthew’s gospel is how he would narrate an incident and then shows us how the scriptures had been fulfilled. Here are some examples. Matthew 2:23 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: “He will be…

Wise men, mad king and blind guides

As I study Matthew’s account of Christmas I am amazed by 3 things. Firstly we must understand that Magis are people who study world religions and embrace the truths they teach. Yet they seek Jesus. Secondly Herod has killed relatives family and any opposition to his throne. He had built a blockade at the east…

The pivotal moment of John’s life.

John 13:12 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. John 13:23 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Did you know that John had never…

Breaking the myth of unequaled anointing: Elijah and Elisha.

What transpired when Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s spirit? Many teach this as if certain believers are more powerful or anointed than the rest. This is misconceived. 2 Kings 2:9-12 9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”…

What did God condemn?

We must really get rid of this idea that God loves to condemn the sinner for his sins. Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: He…

Born again: it’s a grace thing.

We sometimes forget who things are being said to. Jesus said “you must be born again” to a Pharisee. A man who is considered a righteous man. A man whom had followed the Law of Moses from young. A man who had every right to “enter God’s good books”. Jesus told him “You, Nicodemus, must…

The parable of the talents.

Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents 25: 14- 30Ref – Lk 19: 12- 27 14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent,…

Marriage of the Lamb.

When I was younger I was told Jesus will “when the trumpet shall sound” or that he will return at the festival of the trumpets. Joel 2:1 An Army of Locusts 1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day…

50 Scriptures Inclusionism Can’t Explain

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Heb 2:1) Being careless with God’s word can cause people to drift away. This is why I am opposed to the doctrine of inclusion for it distorts and twists scripture and, as a result, some have…

Truth does not change. It’s expression does.

Recently I explained on a note on “head covering” that the principle remained but the custom had changed. It’s equivalent to wearing your ring in church. Someone wrote to me and accused me of changing God’s scared symbols. I just thought I may show you some stuff that has changed symbolically but yet the principles…

The myth of God punishing you for Adam’s sins.

There are people who say that “We are NOT born sinners. It’s unfair for God to punish us for Adam’s sins”. Friends you are NOT punished for Adam’s sins or even for your sins. Jesus is the one that bore your punishment and Adam’s sins. The only punishment comes when you reject this substitutory death…

Head covering.

It is very important to use culture, custom and audience relevance to understand Scriptures. Let’s take this one. 1 Corinthians 11:6-7 6 If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she…

What our sub-conscious mind tells us about God.

Here’s something to think about. Have you ever feel bad about something you did? It usually makes you feel so bad that you have to confess to. The question is this. Who do you go to confess it? Someone who makes you feel worst or someone whom you know that will make you feel better?…

Arguing Melchizedek is Jesus is missing the point.

Guys. Let me be frank. Melchizedek is not a real name. His name is actually a title. It is taken from 2 words. Melchi and Zedek. King and Righteousness. It is his title. King of Righteousness. He was also the King of Salem. Salem was the original name of Jerusalem before it became Jerusalem. Traditional…

How do we become unholy (“common”) Part 2

Recently I wrote a note about ‘How we become unholy?’ i.e. common,. I did mentioned that it was the children of Israel that wanted a law code and sacrifices like the nations around them. Let me show you a link of how the idea of the ark of the covenant came about. It is actually…