Knowledge of the original languages can get you even farther. If you have the opportunity to learn the languages, take it. If you have learned the languages, use every opportunity to deepen your knowledge of them. If neither, learn to use responsibly the various study tools now available to help you in your study of God’s Word.
How many times have we been in church listening to the preacher do a good job expositing (explaining) the text? At some point, he says “Now, what the Greek actually says is…” At that pronouncement, the congregation grows a little quieter and a little more attentive. Why is that?
Why did the resurrected Jesus Christ invite Thomas to touch him yet he had stopped Mary Magdalene from doing so earlier? Mary Magdalene was a close friend, why would Jesus say that to her? "This verse belongs to a handful of the most difficult passages in the New Testament." - D. A. Carson
"There are two ways you can learn biblical Greek, and it all depends on your goal. If you want to be able to sit down and read biblical Greek, then you want the Basics of Biblical Greek resources. If you do not want the headaches of traditional language learning but rather want to understand biblical Greek on your Bible search program or with your interlinear, then Bible Study Greek is the solution." Bill Mounce
What Matthew has done here at 11:10 is combine Malachi 3:1 and Exodus 23:20. The first half of Matthew's quotation is identical to the Greek Septuagint of Exodus 23:20. The second half of Matthew's quotation is not identical to the Greek Septuagint of Malachi 3:1.
A congregation of Christians. A group of Christians, who gather for a Christian meeting, implying an interacting membership. In the Hebrew Scriptures, it usually refers to the nation of Israel, i.e., “the assembly of Israel” or “the congregation of Israel.” In the Greek New Testament, it refers to congregations of Christians, as well as the Christian congregation as a whole.
An improper desire (επιθυμια epithumia) can start in the corners of our mind. Dwelling upon or entertaining such desires normally intensifies the wrong desire, which, in turn, will influence the heart. Deep Bible study easily explained.
One of the most often stated half-truths that we learn early on in our Christian walk is that deep Bible knowledge does not necessarily equal spiritual maturity. However, that is only half of the truth. The other half of that truth is that a lack of deeper knowledge does equal spiritual immaturity. The often quoted... Continue Reading →
Acts 17:18 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
18 And certain ones of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, “What would this idle babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,” because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.