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.

“Getting Excited About Melchizedek”

If you want to finally understand that bit about Melchizedek, or what to know the real reason why we today talk about Jesus being our high priest, or just want to watch a veteran Bible student demonstrate how to read the whole Bible, paying close attention to the tiniest meaningful details and tracing how the Bible writers read their own Bibles… then watch this talk by D. A. Carson. (An audio file should also be available.) Zonya and I watched it together tonight and were blessed!

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“For you formed my inward parts”

(Old Facebook Post – Revised)

Here’s a prompt for a fascinating Bible study from Psalm 139. One oft-overlooked word (“for”) can mean so much:

…Darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb…
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance… (Ps. 139:12-16)

David knew that God could see in the dark. How did he know this? Because God had seen him even when he was in his mother’s womb!

When David remembered this, he concluded that there was no use running from God. And because the God that saw him in his mother’s dark womb was a good God, who shaped him in marvelous and wonderful ways, David knew there was also no reason to run from God.

Suddenly God’s thoughts about David became “precious” to him! In fact, David begged the God who knew and shaped him in the womb to continue thinking about him and shaping his path:

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! (Ps. 139:23-24)

This has huge implications for all who are running from God… and for all who doubt that they are created wonderfully… and for all who deny that the unborn are persons cherished by God. What other implications to you see?

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“With a rich man in his death” — Holy Saturday thoughts

(Old Facebook Post)

Today is the day we remember Christ was in the grave. Have you ever considered that there, too, he was unexpectedly exalted? The NASB brings this out in its translation of Isaiah 53:9:

“His grave was assigned with wicked men,
Yet He was with a rich man in His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.”

The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction & Commentary Buy on Amazon J. Alec Motyer comments:

“Since the Servant was condemned as a criminal, the natural expectation was that he would be brought to a criminal’s grave but, on the contrary, following a superb/real/violent death [suggested by the fact that in Hebrew the word “death” in this verse is actually plural] he was found ‘with a rich man.’ The enigma of 52:13-15 (how could such suffering lead to such exaltation?) and of 53:1-3 (how could one so plainly human be “the arm of the Lord”?) is, therefore, compounded: how could a condemned man receive a rich man’s burial? …Like the other enigmas of this Song, this too is written so that when the turn of events provides the explanation [that is, when Jesus was actually buried in Joseph of Arimathea’s grave] we shall know for certain that we stand in the presence of the Servant of the Lord.” (The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary, J. Alec Motyer, IVP Academic, 1993, page 436).

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