Category - Miscellaneous

The Godfather of Jerusalem

Many readers will remember Francis Ford Coppola’s classic, The Godfather. The movie is vaguely reminiscent of the narrative in 1 Kings 2. An aging patriarch explains to his son the steps he must take to solidify a new regime. In the movie, Michael...

Sense of the Day: Anger <=> Spirit

Sense: anger <=> spirit n. — anger that is directed at a real or supposed grievance. A fool gives full vent to anger (רוּחַ), but the wise quietly holds it back. Pr 29:11 (NRSV) Translations of Proverbs 29:11 vary significantly. The NRSV and...

Sense of the Day: Overseer (Church)

Sense: overseer (church) n. — a leader who watches over, directs, cares, and is accountable for an assembly of believers. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers (ἐπίσκοπος), to care...

Sense of the Day: Cross <=> Tree

Sense: cross <=> tree n. — a cross understood especially from its origin and the material that composes it. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross (ξύλον), so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you...

Sense of the Day: Spiritual

Sense: spiritual adj. — concerning the immaterial and supernatural aspect of reality; especially as of human souls and other supernatural entities. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities...

Sense of the Day: Brotherly Love

Sense: brotherly love n. — the affection naturally befitting the relationship between siblings; especially as the affection of those who are now siblings in God’s family. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor...

Sense of the Day: To Cause to Sin

Sense: to cause to sin v. — tocause to violate a divine law. They will not live in your land, lest they cause you to sin against me when you serve their gods, for it will be a snare to you. Ex 23:33 In Exodus 23, God is giving a warning to his...

Sense of the Day: To Show Glory

Sense: to show glory v. — to display one’s glory or make one’s glory known. Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it; shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed...

Sense of the Day: Lawyer

Sense: lawyer n. — a professional person authorized to practice law; especially expected to have significant rhetorical abilities. Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer (ῥήτωρ) named...

Sense of the Day: To Teach

Sense: to teach v. — to impart skills or knowledge to. But I have this against you: you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and is teaching (διδάσκω) and beguiling my servants to practice fornication and to eat food sacrificed...

Sense of the Day: To Be Foolish

Sense: to be foolish v. — to be or become devoid of good sense or judgment. Claiming to be wise, they became fools (μωραίνομαι); and they exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed...

Sense of the Day: New Wine

Sense: new wine n. — recently pressed grape juice, either ready for fermentation or having just begun to ferment. And no one puts new wine (οἶνος νέος) into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are...

Sense of the Day: Tithe

Sense: tithe n. — an offering of a tenth part of one’s possessions; including produce and livestock. Bring the full tithe [מַעֲשֵׂר] into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see...

Sense of the Day: World System

Sense: world system n. — the people constituting the world whose values, beliefs, and morals are in distinction and rebellion to God’s. Do not love the world [κόσμος] nor the things in the world [κόσμος]. If anyone loves the world [κόσμος], the love...

Sense of the Day: Do Gooder

Sense: do gooder n. — a person who performs morally admirable deeds. or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right [ἀγαθοποιός]. 1 Peter 2:14 (NRSV) Today’s sense is one for which we only have a single...

Sense of the Day: Law of God

Sense: law of God n. — any representative declaration of God’s legal requirements for His creatures; whether in Scripture or in the conscience. For whoever keeps the whole law [νόμος] but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it...

Sense of the Day: To Be Put to Death

Sense: to be put to death v. — to be executed or put to death. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death [θανατόω] in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit...

Sense of the Day: To Enlighten

Sense: to enlighten v. — to give spiritual insight to. Consider and answer me, O Lord my God! Give light [אור] to my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, . . . Psalm 13:3 (NRSV) In Psalm 13:3, we find the psalmist asking the Lord to enlighten...

Sense of the Day: Wife

Sense: wife n. — a married woman; a man’s partner in marriage. Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife [אִשָּׁה], and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 (NRSV) One challenge when studying the concept of marriage in...

Sense of the Day: To Sing for Joy

Sense: to sing for joy v. — to produce a song with the voice as a response of joy. But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy [רנן]. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you...

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