Category Archives: Bible Bites [Exegesis]

This category includes all posts that are primarily about exegesis (biblical interpretation), except for posts already included in the Church Chat category.

“Ran… embraced… kissed”

(Old Facebook Post–Revised)

Compare Luke 15:20 with Genesis 33:4. The father in the Prodigal Son parable “ran… embraced… kissed” his younger son; in Genesis the older son Esau “ran… embraced… kissed” the younger son Jacob.

Perhaps Jesus is saying prodigals and sinners (see Luke 15:1) are the typological fulfillment of Jacob–and are therefore the true Israel! The Pharisees and scribes (Luke 15:2), on the other hand, aren’t even as good as foolish, non-elect Esau (or the scoundrel Laban; see Genesis 29:13), who had the decency to welcome his younger brother.

Note: These are the only Bible verses where all these key words occur.


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Wisdom versus revelation – James 1:5

(Old Facebook Post)

Wisdom is the God-given ability to make decisions when faced with complex situations. Revelation is a voice from heaven–God speaking his wisdom directly to me.

So when I am faced with a complex decision and pray for wisdom, in response to James 1:5 (“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God…”), why am I often waiting, not for wisdom, but for revelation?

And by the way, wisdom comes by persevering faithfully through trials (cf. James 1:2-4), which means it might not come instantly.


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Jonah and superficial repentance

(Old Facebook Post)

Those of you who studied Jonah in Sunday School today may especially be interested in this study which suggests Jonah’s chapter 2 prayer was a sham. I agree! (There is even more evidence than given here.)

Takeaway thought: Beware superficial repentance–repentance which is still self-centered, which feels worthy of God’s mercy and refuses to offer it to others.


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