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Biblical References to Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh: Gold is a highly valued commodity – not just for its beauty and use in jewellery and decorations, but also for its status. The Bible describes the wealth of King Solomon and how the Queen of Sheba gave Solomon 120 talents of gold (about 4 tons). Solomon also received 666 talents of gold every year – that’...


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There are three occasions in scripture when I can think of someone not receiving an 'answer' to prayer. But on all three occasions, they did receive a response from God the Father. The person asked, but did not receive what they asked for. But they received a response. Firstly, the one you mention : Jesus prayed that the cup should pass from him yet only if ...


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I think there is more to the gifts than the symbolism of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Particularly within the Bible. Recently I was preaching on Isaiah 60, and verse 6 struck me: Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord. This ...


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According to this source The tradition of using the Bible in oath-taking likely comes from ninth-century England, where, without dedicated governmental centers, the altar of a church often served as the courtroom for oaths and contracts. Gospels began to be used in the contractual ceremonies, and, eventually, the tradition migrated into English courtrooms ...


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The gospel of Jesus, written by Luke, has a specific reason for giving the genealogy that he does. Notice where Luke suddenly (almost unexpectedly) places that genealogy. He plonks it right inbetween Jesus' baptism in the Jordan river and the temptations in the wilderness (Luke 3:23-38). Why would a genealogy appear there, in the narrative? Well, consider ...


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This is what Jehovah’s Witnesses believed in 1984 regarding the meaning of the 1914 generation: “This generation [of 1914] will by no means pass away until all things occur.” (Luke 21:32) And Jehovah, who is the source of inspired and unfailing prophecy, will bring about the fulfillment of his Son’s words in a relatively short time.—Isaiah 46:9, 10; 55:10, ...


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Sometimes people focus too much on Christ's sufferings and not how much he poured out His love on the cross. Redemption by Christ was not so much achieved by how much He suffered, but how much He loved us (CCC 616). Suffering without love has little to no value, or even be senseless. However, suffering with love for your brethren is what counts. You will be ...


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Jesus makes it quite clear that blasphemy is a matter of speech. 'He that speaketh ...' is how Jesus, himself, defines the unforgivable sin of which he warns. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world ...


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The instruction not to swear an oath using God's name, throne, altar, etc. from the text is an injunction against invoking Him in order to add more gravity or credibility to what is being said. It comes in the context of Jesus taking many of the commandments of God (no murder, no adultery,...) and stripping away outward obedience to reveal that conformity at ...


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The name Im·manʹu·el means "With Us Is God", and Jehovahs Witneses (JWs) believe that is the translation of that name it-1 pp. 1187-1189. Not necessarily everyone with that name is a god, but we also consider the meaning of the name to be true in the case of Jesus. Jesus is a God, but we do not consider him to be equal or the same as Jehovah or ...


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John Calvin had been dead 50 years before the Synod of Dort produced a refutation of the 5 Points of Arminianism presented to them in 1618. So, whatever quotes of Calvin are used, bear in mind that he wrote them long before the 5 Points of Calvinism were formulated. It follows, then, that Calvin’s expressed views on blasphemy of the Holy Spirit can be ...


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I write from a Trinitarian perspective. It may sound as if the two terms "kingdom of heaven" and "kingdom of God" refer to slightly different things. For instance, it is sometimes offered that, perhaps, where "heaven" is used it has a slightly more heavenly, forward-looking meaning. But the two terms are synonymous terms, they ...


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Good question. I think you are in great company, because David, for example, said, "Why, O Lord, do you stand so far away?" in Psalm 10:1. I think it provides a level of perspective when we understand that it doesn't say, "Ask and it will be given to you immediately". Hebrews 11:13 teaches us that some people died while still enduring, ...


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For Jesus to ‘know’ us means we have submitted to his Lordship and we are no longer slaves but are intimate acquaintances. Jesus said this of his disciples: Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother (Mark 3:35). When we know Jesus and believe in him, we are adopted into God’s family: Yet to all who received him, to those who ...


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The detail of the order in which the 'tests' (as you refer to them) are arranged is just one part of the evidence regarding the purpose of each book. Each of the four gospel accounts is quite clearly covering the period of Jesus' presence on earth according to a certain aspect of Jesus Christ's Person. That aspect is the purpose of the book - to convey a ...


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The second passage you quote is repeated in Luke 11:1-11, with some additional detail. Firstly, Jesus teaches us the Lord's Prayer. It focuses on a) God's will being done, b) God providing our basic physical needs, c) God providing our spiritual needs. Jesus then tells a parable similar to the persistent widow, about a friend who received everything he ...


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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life? The short answer is yes. 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain ...


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Different genealogy in St. Matthew and St. Luke? The reason for the differences between these two genealogies are multiple. St. Matthew's genealogy is that of St. Joseph St. Luke's, that of the Blessed Virgin. The genealogy of Christ according to the First Evangelist descends from Abraham through three series of fourteen members each; the first fourteen ...


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Would believing the coming again of the Son of Man has already happened be considered heretical by the Catholic Church? The short answer is yes, as it definitely goes against the traditional point of view of the Church and almost all Catholics would not accept it. It also goes against the Apostles Creed: "He will come again to judge the living and the ...


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I know I've answered this elsewhere, but when teaching Catechism, I love to remind kids of this symbolism because it exemplifies the 3-fold office of Priest, Prophet and King which is shown in the book of Hebrews 9:4. in which were the gold altar of incense and the ark of the covenant entirely covered with gold. In it were the gold jar containing the manna, ...


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Biblical significance of the gifts given to Jesus 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and ...


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In the ancient world, there was a whole pre-existing set of mythological tropes and cultural practices that existed in more than one culture, region, or religion. These included the ideas of miraculous births and ritual offerings. We see this, for example, in Luke 2:24, where Mary and Joseph go to Jerusalem and offer a pair of young pigeons, and in Luke 1:24,...


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The key to understanding the passage is in the words: "Let your yes be yes, and your no, no." "Swear not at all," isn't a abolishment of all forms of oaths or swearing, but rather a command for Christians to be honest, and to create a society in which 'I swear!' should not be necessary. Say the truth; say what you mean.


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Was St. Joseph always a righteous man? According to Catholic tradition, St. Joseph had always been a righteous man. When asked by a questioner about the dignity of St. Joseph in Christian tradition, the late Father Francis L. Filas, S.J., the U.S.A.'s leading authority on the subject, responded simply, "Like wife, like husband." The man closest to ...


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Lets view this in order. Matthew 16:15-19 Jesus ask the disciples, who think that I am? and then Peter said Christ, the Son of the living God. Upon this conffession Jesus blessed him and gave keys of the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 16:22-23 Then Jesus announces how the Son of Man should suffer from the elders and chiefs, Peter then criticize Jesus saying ...


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First of all, St. Peter repented or turned back from his denial, according to the prophecy of Christ: Luke 22:32 (DRB[]) And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you [all] as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren. 33 Who said to him: ...


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Well, yes, you have answered it yourself. "Know" here means known and loved. "The 'knower' has actual involvement with or in the object of the knowing" - ("Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary" under the Hebrew entry "To Know"). And so "Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived..." (Gen 4:1) where intimacy ...


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I often turn to Biblical commentators when I have questions like this. In my studies, I have found a few that, in my opinion, are consistently reliable; that is, their thoughts are founded on and derived from their knowledge of the Hebrew and Greek languages; as well as their understanding of scriptural and secular history. Albert Barnes https://www....


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Nobody knows the year of Jesus' birth and guesses range from 4 B.C.E. to 7 B.C.E. But that he was born before Herod the Great died is undisputed. Here are relevant comments about this tyrant from the New Living Translation Study Bible notes on Herod the Great (page 1578): "Herod the Great was the Roman-appointed king of Judea (37-4 BC) at the time of ...


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How can John the Baptist be the greatest man born of woman, when Jesus was also born of woman? 11 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered ...


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