Category Archives: Scripture Kung Fu

Sukkot and Living Water

In the Hebrew Bible (Christian Old Testament), God instituted a religious calendar for the people to follow that involved several scheduled feasts (Leviticus 23).  After the day of atonement (Yom Kippur), the people celebrated the most joyous feast of all, … Continue reading

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Go Tell That Fox…..

During my journey to learn the text within context, I was amazed to note that Jesus often referenced actual historical events.  Most notably, Jesus references a couple of events in Herod’s life that would have been somewhat embarrassing to Herod. … Continue reading

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Should My Righteousness Exceed the Righteousness of the Pharisees?

Matthew 5:20 – “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  This passage has always intimidated me and I felt … Continue reading

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Binding and Loosing/Good Eye vs. Bad Eye; (belated) Scripture Kung Fu Friday!

Catching up on some blogging today after a restful weekend.  Thought I would post what should’ve been last week Friday’s “Scripture Kung Fu Friday” post today instead.  Better late than never, correct? The passage we’ll look at today is Matthew … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Heaven Suffers Violence? And the Violent Take it by Force?

One of the most misunderstood concepts in Christianity is the concept of “The Kingdom of Heaven,” particularly as it is discussed by Jesus in the gospel accounts.  The great biblical scholar N.T. Wright just wrote an excellent book, How God … Continue reading

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For if They Do These Things in a Green Tree, What Shall Be Done in the Dry?

Luke 23:31: “For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?”  This is an excellent example of a verse that is almost unintelligible in the Greek in which it has been preserved.  … Continue reading

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Out of Egypt I called My Son (Exodus Part 5) in context of Remez

We’ve previously noted that the great rabbis or sages taught according to teaching techniques later known as “Pardes.”  Pardes stood for peshat, remez, drash (or midrash), and sod. We’ve looked at many remez, or remezim (plural) probably the most on … Continue reading

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