Can I Blaspheme?

This is not to be confused with may I. As I am reading through Mathew and coming off of the 3rd commandment I was struck by the only two times in the Bible that God attached unforgiveness as a possibility to an action. The first as we looked at a few weeks ago was in the…

Some Hebrew (Commandment 3)

Dennis Prager shares a bit about the 3rd commandment which I think is very helpful and informative to non native speaking Hebrew people. He focuses on the this first word Nasa. Nasa means to carry, take, lift, bear. We often simply translate it to take. This still doesn’t quite help us yet to another full…

The Lasting Seed

I have seen and probably you have seen the people who have drifted away. This breaks my heart and pains me to write that I know people personally who this can be said of. There was a time they walked with the Lord and now they do not. I hear that the percentages are about %50;…

Excruciating Observations

Paul determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2) I used this as an example of how Paul viewed his own leadership qualifications and I want to look at it. What does that mean? What does it look like? I think I want that, to have everything shaped and changed…

A Dying Breed

The previous commentary on Jude was all about false teachers already in operation in the first church. But false teachers were not only around in the first century. The apostle Paul vehemently charges young Timothy to a proclaim and respect the Word of God in 2 Timothy 1. I charge you in the presence of God…

Wrestling with 1 Corinthians 5

Where is the grace Paul?! 1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. 2And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you….

Jude 17-25 a Commentary

Finishing up on Jude. 17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your…

Jude 14-16 a Commentary

Continuing our look at Jude. It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way,…

Jude 9-13 a Commentary

Continuing the series in Jude. 9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like…

Jude 5-8 a Commentary

Looking at part two of this short book of Jude which is uncannily appropriate for our culture today. Jude has as much to say to us as he did in the first century. Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt,…

Jude 1-4 a Commentary

During seminary I had the task of translating Jude among other books in the New Testament and I was toying with the idea of writing a commentary and I decided, why not? Jude it one of the shorter books in the Bible.  So here it goes Jude in five blogs: Jude 1 English Standard Version…