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The Suffering Servant- Isaiah 53:3

He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like one people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him. (53:3; HCSB) The sad news is that the servant sent as the arm of the Lord would be rejected by the people. The traditional reading of the second phrase is: “A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” However, the word translated “sorrows” by the NASB literally means…

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The Suffering Servant- Isaiah 53:2

He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He had no form or splendor that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him. (53:2; HCSB) This description of God’s servant points to his insignificance. No one pays attention to the growth of a small, young plant. Watching a plant grow is not interesting and is not something that catches our attention. The root out of dry ground…

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ESV- Best Translation of 2 Timothy 3:16-17

In a previous post, I encouraged everyone to try the ESV Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 is a good example of why the ESV is a translation worthy of use for reading and study. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (ESV) Most translations read "All Scripture is inspired by God...." But the Greek word…

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TNIV- Well, One Place Of Improvement

I am not a fan of the TNIV at all. I continue to examine the TNIV from time to time, however, and did find a very good improvement in the TNIV over the NIV. The text is 1 Corinthians 7:1. NIV- Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry. TNIV- Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” This…

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The Suffering Servant- Isaiah 53:1

Who has believed what we have heard? And who has the arm of the LORD been revealed to? (53:1; HCSB) Who would have believed this message that has just been told? This is not a group of preachers complaining that their message has not been heard. Rather, this is the voice of repentant sinners finally seeing the light. The servant will be exalted and sprinkle the nations even though the people will be appalled at his disfigurement. God has just…

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The Suffering Servant- Isaiah 52:15

...so He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths because of Him, for they will see what had not been told them, and they will understand what they had not heard. (52:15; HCSB) The servant redeemer is going to sprinkle many nations. This also seems to point to the work of the cross, as sprinkling refers to atonement that people received as the high priest sprinkled blood on the mercy seat and on the worshiper for consecration. The…

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Try the ESV!

Typically we have a Bible translation that we come to love and are often unwilling to try new translations that come along. "Why try a new version when I like the Bible I have?," is often our reasoning. While I grew using the NKJV as it was a present to me for my 13th and 16th birthdays, I have always been curious about new translations that hit the market. One of the newer translations released is the English Standard Version…

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The Suffering Servant- Isaiah 52:14

Just as many were appalled at You – His appearance was so disfigured that He did not look like a man, and His form did not resemble a human being – (52:14; HCSB) This is an interesting parenthetical describing the reason why the people would be appalled at the servant redeemer. The reason the people are appalled is by his appearance. The ESV translates: “his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance…” I do not know how to read this…

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The Suffering Servant- Isaiah 52:13

Isaiah has been speaking to the people about the restoration that will occur after the exile. He has revealed the problem of Israel’s estrangement from God because of their sins. However, God is insisting that he will restore Israel to himself. “He says, ‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations,…

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No Approval Granted in Conditional Statements

I am sure it is just me, but I have failed to understand the complexity and controversy surrounding the divorce law stated in Deuteronomy 24:1-4. I understand that historically the Jews had a great amount of controversy in interpreting the text. But this does not mean that the command was not straightforward. Many of the laws given in Deuteronomy were given as instructions in case a particular situation arose. By legislating the activity many suppose that God was authorizing the…

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