Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tittles of Truth

What is a "tittle"?
1. a dot or other small mark in writing or printing, used as a diacritic, punctuation, etc.
2. a very small part or quantity; a particle, jot, or whit
3. a point, the minute point or stroke added to some letters of the Hebrew alphabet to distinguish them from others which they resemble; hence, the very least point.

Matt 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.


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In his first epistle, Peter tells us to always be ready to give an answer for the reason of the hope that lies within us. (1Pet 3:15) The word translated as "reason" is the Greek word, "logos" (G3056). Yeah, THAT logos! The same logos translated as the "Word" in John 1:1 and 1:14, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." The "reason" for the hope within us is the logos, Jesus Christ, the hope of glory. (Col 1:27) See more - Have You Unpacked?
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 When Eve was deceived by the serpent in the Garden of Eden, the 3 things that caused her to sin are the same 3 things at the root of all sin still today.

John outlines these for us in (1John 2:16)  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

(Gen 3:6)  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

The lust of the flesh ----- was good for food (satisfies hunger)
The lust of the eyes ----- was pleasant to the eyes
The pride of life --------- desired to make one wise

From beginning to end there really is nothing new under the sun! (Ecc 1:9)
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Who did Jesus say that He is?
When confronted by the high priest -
But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: ...(Matt 26:63-64)

When the Pharisees taunted Him -


Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (John 8:58-59)
This infuriated them! Why? Because they were well familiar with the scriptures -
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (Exo 3:13-14)
By His response, Jesus was telling them that He is the God of the old testament who created all things. (John 1:1-3; 14)

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Remember the story in John 8:3-11 where the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery to Jesus to condemn her? While they spoke, Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground as if he weren't even listening to them.
Ever wonder what He wrote?

We have a clue in Jeremiah 17:13 - O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

He was writing their names!

Those who do not forsake the LORD but rather obey Him have their names written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)


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Jesus told us that He is the bread of life in John 6:35. Where was He born? In the city of Bethlehem (Matt 2:1-5) as foretold by the prophet Micah (Mic 5:2). Bethlehem in Hebrew is bêyth lechem which means "house of bread".

So we have the "bread of life" born in the "house of bread".



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When Moses lead the children of Israel out of Egypt through the wilderness of sin in Sinai, they became hungry as they did not have time to make food preparations before they left. God rained bread from heaven for them to eat in the form of a small, white round thing like a coriander seed that tasted like wafers with honey. When they saw it, they exclaimed, "What is it?" literally in Hebrew the word "mân" (Strongs # H4478) or "manna" meaning "Whatness?" (Exo 16:14-31)




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How many people were with Noah on the ark? The answer is 8 - Noah and his wife, Shem and his wife, Ham and his wife and Japheth and his wife (Gen 7:13). Did any other human beings survive the flood? No, no other humans survived (Gen 7:23). Now since there were only 8 people on earth after the flood that means ALL people since then are descendants of these eight.

If Columbus discovered America, where did the "natives" come from who were already there to greet him?



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Did Jesus really have long hair as most of the depictions we see of Him display? During that time, the men wore their hair short and it is likely Jesus did too as he often escaped by blending in with the crowd. Jesus was described in Isaiah as being ordinary looking and not particularly handsome. Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. Paul tells us that long hair for men is shameful. 1Cor 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? I think we can conclude from this that Jesus did not have long hair.


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Genesis 1:1-2 tells us, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."

The word "was" is the Hebrew word "hâyâh" (Strongs H1961) which might more properly be translated "became". The term "without form" is the Hebrew word "tôhû" (Strongs H8414) meaning "waste, without form or in vain". The word "void" is the Hebrew word "bôhû" (Strongs H922) meaning "empty or void".

But Isaiah 45:18 tells us, God created the world "not in vain". Here "vain" is the same word "tôhû". So God did not create the world "tôhû and bôhû" but it became so. Why? See Rev. 12:7-9.

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In Genesis 30:14-20, Jacob's favorite wife, Rachel, had not yet born him a son despite her sister, Leah, and her handmaids bearing sons to Jacob. Reuben, the firstborn son of Jacob, when he was about 4 or 5 years old went out and gathered mandrakes for his mother, Leah. Rachel, upon discovering Reuben had brought mandrakes to Leah, traded her turn in bed that night with their husband, Jacob, for the mandrakes. Seems to be a strange thing considering her intense desire to get pregnant. Except that mandrakes were an aphrodisiac and supposed to promote fruitfulness of the womb. So Rachel felt she needed the additional help to conceive. Leah, as a result of the trade, conceived and gave birth to Issachar, which means "reward" in Hebrew. A reward for her generosity.

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In Genesis 17:16-19 God informed Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would have a son and name him, Isaac, even though they were 100 years old and 90 years old, respectively. Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed. The Lord informed them again that they would have a son to be their heir in Genesis 18:10-15 and Sarah laughed within herself. The Hebrew word for Isaac, "yitschâq", means "laughter".

Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?



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We have all recited the model prayer in Matthew 6 generally referred to as "The Lord's Prayer" but there is one word that carries with it a meaning that overshadows its size. The word is "as" and more specifically, the word "as" in verse 12. See - Depends on what the definition of "as" is

Matt 6:12 And forgive us our debts (trespasses), as we forgive our debtors (those who trespass against us).



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The word "Easter" appears only once in the bible in Acts 12:4. It is a mistranslation of the Greek word "pascha". Everywhere else in the bible where the word "pascha" appears it is correctly translated as "passover". See the account of Jesus observing the Passover with his disciples in Luke 22:1-15, for example.

The word "Easter" is derived from the word "Ishtar" the Babylonian fertility goddess also known as Astarte or Astoreth. Due to his worship of this pagan goddess (among others) King Solomon's kingdom was split by God and removed from Solomon's rule. (1Kings 11:31-35)


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In 1John 5:7-8, the words in [bracketed italics] below are not found in any Greek manuscript prior to the 16th century.

For there are three that bear record [in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (8) And there are three that bear witness in earth], the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

They appear to have been added later in an attempt to explain a trinitarian viewpoint.

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Each and every word of the bible is God inspired and worthy of our full attention and reverence.
2Tim 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
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