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The question was effective, because it highlighted the hypocrisy of the religious Jews in question. According to the Bible, John was sent from God, and they knew it. Their concern was how answering this question would affect their agenda. if we say, ‘From men,’ we are afraid of the multitude; for all hold that John was a prophet Denying John's God-...


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There is no information on the quality of Jesus' singing The Catena Aurea includes commentaries on this verse from Origen, Bede, Rabanus, Chrysostom, Hilary, and Jerome and not one of them talk about the quality of Jesus' singing. No other commentaries I found talked about Jesus quality of singing either, nor made reference to any extrabiblical traditions. ...


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Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. [Matthew 21 :31,32 KJV] There was ...


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What made Jesus question at Mt 21:25 so effective or was it a bad question because the Jews could not answer? Answer: The question was effective, considering: The context of the question (Matt 21 - 23), which is part of the narrative purpose of Matthew, i.e. Jesus's confrontation with the Religious Authorities of Jerusalem to expose their stubbornness and ...


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Tradition holds that all 12 were Jewish, but the Bible affirms the Jewish heritage of many of them. Their names are: Thomas, Simon the Zealot, Philip, Simon Peter, Matthias, Matthew (aka Levi), Jude, Judas Iscariot, John, James (Son of Alpheus), James (Son of Zebedee), Bartholomew (aka Nathaniel), and Andrew. Nathaniel. Jesus labeled Nathaniel (also called ...


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This is not addressed in the Preface to the 1984 NIV, so we must look elsewhere for clues. The best explanation I've found comes from Craig S. Keener's commentary on Matthew: Some take sinners here to mean the 'am hā'āres common people whom the Pharisees despised for their lack of adherence to Pharisaic food laws (as in Jeremias 1972:132; thus the ...


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It is desirable in any important matter to have strong testimony to a fact. As a Protestant, my primary source is always the scripture and it is scripture itself which advises that one should have strong testimony in all important matters viz : At the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established. [...


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The section "Of the Institution of the Apostolic Primacy in blessed Peter" of the First Vatican Council's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ (Pastor Æternus) quotes Matthew 16:18 and related verses: We therefore teach and declare that, according to the testimony of the Gospel, the primacy of jurisdiction over the universal Church of God was ...


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What the parable teaches Jesus's parables are not comprehensive systematic theology lectures. They teach particular things through analogies but without telling the whole story. What this parable teaches us is: That our sin is like a zillion dollar debt that we owe to God. It is so immense we can hardly put a number to it, and there is no possible payment ...


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Various creeds and confessions can be utilized in answering a question like this one. A general view has been that Jesus is denouncing or correcting actions that were abusing oaths and the inherent trust meant to be attached to them. We should also take note of James's teaching in James 5:12 (ESV): But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by ...


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The wise men were spoken to, by God himself (not, as stated, by an angel) in a dream : And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. [Matthew 2:12, KJV.] If God spoke to them - and they clearly heard him, since they took note of it - then, being in communication with God (...


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While acknowledging the most salient point in Thunderforge's answer that there is no (specific) information on the quality of Jesus' singing, an inference can be made based on scripture that is exactly opposite to that which he has drawn from Isaiah 53:2. Such an inference (of, in my opinion, greater or at least equal strength) can be drawn from Mark 7:37 ...


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And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene. (Matthew 2:23) [ESV] In his book, Barney Kasdan states Matthew is using a midrash, which is "an interpretive act, seeking the answers to religious questions (both practical and theological) by plumbing the meaning ...


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James Ussher, in his Annals of the World (first published in 1658), writes: “Phlegon stated that in the 19th year of Tiberius (as Eustathius Antiochus noted in Hexaemeron) and the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad (that is 33 AD), the following events took place... 'There was a large and most famous eclipse that had ever occurred. The day was so ...


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In this passage the Greek uses an Aramaic term of contempt (requ). Devaluation of people is a sin that can be manifested in various ways – here it is an expression of anger used against another person. These verses are about the hypocrisy of the religious teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. In verse 21, Jesus highlights the fact that although the Law ...


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What does Jesus mean regarding “Raca,” and “you fool?” - is he contrasting them? According to the Aramaic language reka means empty one. Matthew 5:22 Matthew 5:22 is the twenty-second verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. It is the first of what have traditionally been known ...


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I looked at other translations than the KJV, and I found where the clauses are separated by "and" instead of "but." This indicates that Jesus is somewhat repeating himself for emphasis, and perhaps even saying that they are nearly as bad as each other. The NIV says: But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to ...


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Is there one guardian angel for each person? According to the Catholic Church, Tradition, St. Thomas Aquinas and other theologians, the answer is yes. St. Thomas states the following in his Summa Theologiae the following: Whether men are guarded by the angels? According to the plan of Divine Providence, we find that in all things the movable and ...


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This passage is used as evidence for the theological view known as the rapture, which prevalent in America, especially amongst pre-millenialists. The simple explanation (which you can read about in fictionalised form in the popular Left Behind books), is that true Christians will be spared the tribulations of the End Times, by being taken away to the New ...


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By "Other ancient authorities add verse 21, But this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting" they mean that not all sources contain verse 21, and they come to the conclusion that it is a later addition and not originally there. So the translators omit the verse to be closer to the original text (which is unknown). It reflects a decision what ...


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If any of them were not, it wouldn't have been a controversy/new knowledge that God granted salvation unto the gentiles as well. (Acts 11:18)


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Wikipedia's Four Marks of the Church ... one, holy, catholic and apostolic ... links to One true church which purports to outline the Roman Catholic doctrine -- 7 paragraphs with 15 footnotes which I won't copy-and-paste here. That does mention "Peter" four times, including, The Church recognizes that in many ways she is linked with those who, being ...


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As @curiousdanni pointed out in comments, the text here does not put forth the eternality of the Law and Prophets but rather highlights two conditions in which they may or will pass away: If the current created order passes away or if everything in them is fulfilled. It is possible that these two are to be understood as concurrent but that is not necessary....


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In the introduction to his letter to the Romans, Paul says this: 3Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; -- Romans 1:3 (KJV) The Greek here is: τοῦ the one γενομένου upon being made ἐκ from σπέρματος of the seed Δαυὶδ of David Also, in his letter to the church at Galatia, Paul says this: ...


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From Mat. 2:1,2,7 we can gather that they were astrologers (or "magi"), looking for omens in/among the stars. Just as astrology does nowadays, producing the horoscopes that many (have) put their faith in. One of the foremost references to such people in the Hebrew Scriptures can be found in Daniel 2:27, that relates the failure of the wise men, conjurers, ...


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Were the Magi believers? Catholic tradition holds that they were pagan at the time of their visitation to the Child Jesus. In other words they were probably not Jewish. Tradition holds that the Magi were three in number, but even this is actually unknown to us for Scripture does not say how many wise men there were. They seemed to have a faith in God, but ...


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Matthew's Gospel is first for the Jews and Luke's Gospel is for the Gentile. The focus of Matthew is that Jesus is "the King of the Jews", the Messiah promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, who would be a direct-line descendant of King David, etc. The original purpose of Matthew's Gospel was for the Jews, and Papias tells us that Matthew's Gospel was first ...


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The parable isn't really about once saved always saved, rather it is about the idea of paying lip service to God's forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Grace is a free gift, but what did the servant say? “At this [threat of prison] the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ Mat 18:25 NIV ...


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The NRSV-CE (1989) comes from the RSV-CE (1966), which is a 1946 Protestant translation with all canonical books included (pp. xviii & 9 of Which Bible Should You Read?). The NRSV-CE omits "fasting" in its translation of Mk. 9:29 (so does the NABRE): He said to them, “This kind can only come out through prayer.” cf. Rheims's Mk. 9:28: And he said ...


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