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Abstract In an earlier paper, I concluded that Lehi and Nephi were highly trained Josephite scribes and were associated with an official Jerusalem scribal school that preserved ancient Manassite traditions. There they acquired advanced writing skills and classical Hebrew and Egyptian, which would become the scriptural languages of the Nephite peoples. These they maintained in the […] The post The Last Nephite Scribes first appeared on The Interpreter Foundation.

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The Last Nephite Scribes

Audio podcast of the Interpreter Foundation

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 101:12


Abstract In an earlier paper, I concluded that Lehi and Nephi were highly trained Josephite scribes and were associated with an official Jerusalem scribal school that preserved ancient Manassite traditions. There they acquired advanced writing skills and classical Hebrew and Egyptian, which would become the scriptural languages of the Nephite peoples. These they maintained in the […] The post The Last Nephite Scribes first appeared on The Interpreter Foundation.

Gateway Fellowship
Beyond Scribe and Pharisee Righteousness

Gateway Fellowship

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 45:36


Jesus said unless our righteousness exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees we cannot see the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:20). What does that mean?

Guitars and Theology Podcast
Beyond Scribe and Pharisee Righteousness

Guitars and Theology Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 45:36


Jesus said unless our righteousness exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees we cannot see the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:20). What does that mean?

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible
September 29: Psalm 59; 2 Samuel 19; Ezekiel 20; Luke 20:45–21:38

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 22:58


Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 59 Psalm 59 (Listen) Deliver Me from My Enemies To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam1 of David, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him. 59   Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;    protect me from those who rise up against me;2   deliver me from those who work evil,    and save me from bloodthirsty men. 3   For behold, they lie in wait for my life;    fierce men stir up strife against me.  For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD,4     for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.  Awake, come to meet me, and see!5     You, LORD God of hosts, are God of Israel.  Rouse yourself to punish all the nations;    spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah 6   Each evening they come back,    howling like dogs    and prowling about the city.7   There they are, bellowing with their mouths    with swords in their lips—    for “Who,” they think,2 “will hear us?” 8   But you, O LORD, laugh at them;    you hold all the nations in derision.9   O my Strength, I will watch for you,    for you, O God, are my fortress.10   My God in his steadfast love3 will meet me;    God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. 11   Kill them not, lest my people forget;    make them totter4 by your power and bring them down,    O Lord, our shield!12   For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,    let them be trapped in their pride.  For the cursing and lies that they utter,13     consume them in wrath;    consume them till they are no more,  that they may know that God rules over Jacob    to the ends of the earth. Selah 14   Each evening they come back,    howling like dogs    and prowling about the city.15   They wander about for food    and growl if they do not get their fill. 16   But I will sing of your strength;    I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.  For you have been to me a fortress    and a refuge in the day of my distress.17   O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,    for you, O God, are my fortress,    the God who shows me steadfast love. Footnotes [1] 59:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term [2] 59:7 Hebrew lacks they think [3] 59:10 Or The God who shows me steadfast love [4] 59:11 Or wander (ESV) Pentateuch and History: 2 Samuel 19 2 Samuel 19 (Listen) Joab Rebukes David 19 It was told Joab, “Behold, the king is weeping and mourning for Absalom.” 2 So the victory that day was turned into mourning for all the people, for the people heard that day, “The king is grieving for his son.” 3 And the people stole into the city that day as people steal in who are ashamed when they flee in battle. 4 The king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!” 5 Then Joab came into the house to the king and said, “You have today covered with shame the faces of all your servants, who have this day saved your life and the lives of your sons and your daughters and the lives of your wives and your concubines, 6 because you love those who hate you and hate those who love you. For you have made it clear today that commanders and servants are nothing to you, for today I know that if Absalom were alive and all of us were dead today, then you would be pleased. 7 Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go, not a man will stay with you this night, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.” 8 Then the king arose and took his seat in the gate. And the people were all told, “Behold, the king is sitting in the gate.” And all the people came before the king. David Returns to Jerusalem Now Israel had fled every man to his own home. 9 And all the people were arguing throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “The king delivered us from the hand of our enemies and saved us from the hand of the Philistines, and now he has fled out of the land from Absalom. 10 But Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why do you say nothing about bringing the king back?” 11 And King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar the priests: “Say to the elders of Judah, ‘Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his house, when the word of all Israel has come to the king?1 12 You are my brothers; you are my bone and my flesh. Why then should you be the last to bring back the king?' 13 And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my bone and my flesh? God do so to me and more also, if you are not commander of my army from now on in place of Joab.'” 14 And he swayed the heart of all the men of Judah as one man, so that they sent word to the king, “Return, both you and all your servants.” 15 So the king came back to the Jordan, and Judah came to Gilgal to meet the king and to bring the king over the Jordan. David Pardons His Enemies 16 And Shimei the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, from Bahurim, hurried to come down with the men of Judah to meet King David. 17 And with him were a thousand men from Benjamin. And Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, with his fifteen sons and his twenty servants, rushed down to the Jordan before the king, 18 and they crossed the ford to bring over the king's household and to do his pleasure. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was about to cross the Jordan, 19 and said to the king, “Let not my lord hold me guilty or remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. Do not let the king take it to heart. 20 For your servant knows that I have sinned. Therefore, behold, I have come this day, the first of all the house of Joseph to come down to meet my lord the king.” 21 Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered, “Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed?” 22 But David said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah, that you should this day be as an adversary to me? Shall anyone be put to death in Israel this day? For do I not know that I am this day king over Israel?” 23 And the king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” And the king gave him his oath. 24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king. He had neither taken care of his feet nor trimmed his beard nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came back in safety. 25 And when he came to Jerusalem to meet the king, the king said to him, “Why did you not go with me, Mephibosheth?” 26 He answered, “My lord, O king, my servant deceived me, for your servant said to him, ‘I will saddle a donkey for myself,2 that I may ride on it and go with the king.' For your servant is lame. 27 He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like the angel of God; do therefore what seems good to you. 28 For all my father's house were but men doomed to death before my lord the king, but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. What further right have I, then, to cry to the king?” 29 And the king said to him, “Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land.” 30 And Mephibosheth said to the king, “Oh, let him take it all, since my lord the king has come safely home.” 31 Now Barzillai the Gileadite had come down from Rogelim, and he went on with the king to the Jordan, to escort him over the Jordan. 32 Barzillai was a very aged man, eighty years old. He had provided the king with food while he stayed at Mahanaim, for he was a very wealthy man. 33 And the king said to Barzillai, “Come over with me, and I will provide for you with me in Jerusalem.” 34 But Barzillai said to the king, “How many years have I still to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem? 35 I am this day eighty years old. Can I discern what is pleasant and what is not? Can your servant taste what he eats or what he drinks? Can I still listen to the voice of singing men and singing women? Why then should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king? 36 Your servant will go a little way over the Jordan with the king. Why should the king repay me with such a reward? 37 Please let your servant return, that I may die in my own city near the grave of my father and my mother. But here is your servant Chimham. Let him go over with my lord the king, and do for him whatever seems good to you.” 38 And the king answered, “Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do for him whatever seems good to you, and all that you desire of me I will do for you.” 39 Then all the people went over the Jordan, and the king went over. And the king kissed Barzillai and blessed him, and he returned to his own home. 40 The king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him. All the people of Judah, and also half the people of Israel, brought the king on his way. 41 Then all the men of Israel came to the king and said to the king, “Why have our brothers the men of Judah stolen you away and brought the king and his household over the Jordan, and all David's men with him?” 42 All the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, “Because the king is our close relative. Why then are you angry over this matter? Have we eaten at all at the king's expense? Or has he given us any gift?” 43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, “We have ten shares in the king, and in David also we have more than you. Why then did you despise us? Were we not the first to speak of bringing back our king?” But the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel. Footnotes [1] 19:11 Septuagint; Hebrew to the king, to his house [2] 19:26 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate Saddle a donkey for me (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Ezekiel 20 Ezekiel 20 (Listen) Israel's Continuing Rebellion 20 In the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month, certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me. 2 And the word of the LORD came to me: 3 “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD, Is it to inquire of me that you come? As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will not be inquired of by you. 4 Will you judge them, son of man, will you judge them? Let them know the abominations of their fathers, 5 and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day when I chose Israel, I swore1 to the offspring of the house of Jacob, making myself known to them in the land of Egypt; I swore to them, saying, I am the LORD your God. 6 On that day I swore to them that I would bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands. 7 And I said to them, ‘Cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on, every one of you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.' 8 But they rebelled against me and were not willing to listen to me. None of them cast away the detestable things their eyes feasted on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. “Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt. 9 But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made myself known to them in bringing them out of the land of Egypt. 10 So I led them out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness. 11 I gave them my statutes and made known to them my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live. 12 Moreover, I gave them my Sabbaths, as a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD who sanctifies them. 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my Sabbaths they greatly profaned. “Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make a full end of them. 14 But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out. 15 Moreover, I swore to them in the wilderness that I would not bring them into the land that I had given them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the most glorious of all lands, 16 because they rejected my rules and did not walk in my statutes, and profaned my Sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols. 17 Nevertheless, my eye spared them, and I did not destroy them or make a full end of them in the wilderness. 18 “And I said to their children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the statutes of your fathers, nor keep their rules, nor defile yourselves with their idols. 19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and be careful to obey my rules, 20 and keep my Sabbaths holy that they may be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.' 21 But the children rebelled against me. They did not walk in my statutes and were not careful to obey my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; they profaned my Sabbaths. “Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness. 22 But I withheld my hand and acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out. 23 Moreover, I swore to them in the wilderness that I would scatter them among the nations and disperse them through the countries, 24 because they had not obeyed my rules, but had rejected my statutes and profaned my Sabbaths, and their eyes were set on their fathers' idols. 25 Moreover, I gave them statutes that were not good and rules by which they could not have life, 26 and I defiled them through their very gifts in their offering up all their firstborn, that I might devastate them. I did it that they might know that I am the LORD. 27 “Therefore, son of man, speak to the house of Israel and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: In this also your fathers blasphemed me, by dealing treacherously with me. 28 For when I had brought them into the land that I swore to give them, then wherever they saw any high hill or any leafy tree, there they offered their sacrifices and there they presented the provocation of their offering; there they sent up their pleasing aromas, and there they poured out their drink offerings. 29 (I said to them, ‘What is the high place to which you go?' So its name is called Bamah2 to this day.) 30 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Will you defile yourselves after the manner of your fathers and go whoring after their detestable things? 31 When you present your gifts and offer up your children in fire,3 you defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. And shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I will not be inquired of by you. 32 “What is in your mind shall never happen—the thought, ‘Let us be like the nations, like the tribes of the countries, and worship wood and stone.' The Lord Will Restore Israel 33 “As I live, declares the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out I will be king over you. 34 I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face. 36 As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you, declares the Lord GOD. 37 I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. 38 I will purge out the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against me. I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD. 39 “As for you, O house of Israel, thus says the Lord GOD: Go serve every one of you his idols, now and hereafter, if you will not listen to me; but my holy name you shall no more profane with your gifts and your idols. 40 “For on my holy mountain, the mountain height of Israel, declares the Lord GOD, there all the house of Israel, all of them, shall serve me in the land. There I will accept them, and there I will require your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your sacred offerings. 41 As a pleasing aroma I will accept you, when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered. And I will manifest my holiness among you in the sight of the nations. 42 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the country that I swore to give to your fathers. 43 And there you shall remember your ways and all your deeds with which you have defiled yourselves, and you shall loathe yourselves for all the evils that you have committed. 44 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name's sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.” 45 4 And the word of the LORD came to me: 46 “Son of man, set your face toward the southland;5 preach against the south, and prophesy against the forest land in the Negeb. 47 Say to the forest of the Negeb, Hear the word of the LORD: Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will kindle a fire in you, and it shall devour every green tree in you and every dry tree. The blazing flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from south to north shall be scorched by it. 48 All flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.” 49 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! They are saying of me, ‘Is he not a maker of parables?'” Footnotes [1] 20:5 Hebrew I lifted my hand; twice in this verse; also verses 6, 15, 23, 28, 42 [2] 20:29 Bamah means high place [3] 20:31 Hebrew and make your children pass through the fire [4] 20:45 Ch 21:1 in Hebrew [5] 20:46 Or toward Teman (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: Luke 20:45–21:38 Luke 20:45–21:38 (Listen) Beware of the Scribes 45 And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” The Widow's Offering 21 Jesus1 looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.2 3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple 5 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” 7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8 And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!' and, ‘The time is at hand!' Do not go after them. 9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution 10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers3 and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name's sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives. Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem 20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. The Coming of the Son of Man 25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” The Lesson of the Fig Tree 29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Watch Yourselves 34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 37 And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. 38 And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him. Footnotes [1] 21:1 Greek He [2] 21:2 Greek two lepta; a lepton was a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer) [3] 21:16 Or parents and brothers and sisters (ESV)

Scripts & Scribes
S&S LIVE (Ep 41) Lit Manager Daniel Seco

Scripts & Scribes

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 98:12


S&S Live (Episode 41): 2022 Season Premiere - Join the first Scripts & Scribes livestream Q&A of 2022 with lit manager Daniel Seco of Empirical Evidence. We'll be chatting signing with your first rep, writing a great query, what level you need to place in a screenplay competition to attract any attention, attaching talent to scripts, what spec scripts from first time writers sell for these days and much more! WATCH a VIDEO version of this Episode: https://youtu.be/Ob0oCt7hN50 Scheduled to attend: Daniel Seco - Lit Manager & Producer, Empirical Evidence Twitter: @DanielJSeco More great screenwriting and industry interviews and resources: http://scriptsandscribes.com/ Join us on Discord: https://discord.com/invite/wey4e6E and Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scriptsandscribes Stay up to date on Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScriptsScribes Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scriptsandscribes/ IG: https://www.instagram.com/scriptsandscribes/ Listen to the podcast on: Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/scriptsandscribes iTunes/Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/scripts-scribes/id527744621 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1XcDzrHXhwIfTtiLW1SXGY Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zY3JpcHRzYW5kc2NyaWJlcy5jb20vP2ZlZWQ9cnNzMg

The Village Chapel's Podcast
Matthew 15:1-20

The Village Chapel's Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 41:18


Jesus called the Pharisees and Scribes, "the Blind leading the Blind." They were so consumed with keeping that they had become spiritually blind. Jesus shows us how to overcome the blindness that comes from being more concerned with the rules than a relationship with Him.

Fellowship Bible Church Sermons
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees, Part 3

Fellowship Bible Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 55:56


September 25, 2022 PM, Matthew 23:13-39.From our initial state born into sin, we have to change our willingness toward God. We start out wanting to please ourselves, and this results in the kind of misdirected religion that the Pharisees and the scribes exhibited. It was hypocritical, filthy, lying, greedy, and just sinful all the way around. But if we repent of these kinds of things and change our minds so that we are willing to draw near to the Lord and have Him as our protector, guide, and savior, then we will be rescued from our stubborn, dirty lives. Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Chronicles 27:1-9.

Fellowship Bible Church Sermons
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees, Part 2

Fellowship Bible Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 25:46


September 21, 2022 PM, Matthew 23:13-39.From our initial state born into sin, we have to change our willingness toward God. We start out wanting to please ourselves, and this results in the kind of misdirected religion that the Pharisees and the scribes exhibited. It was hypocritical, filthy, lying, greedy, and just sinful all the way around. But if we repent of these kinds of things and change our minds so that we are willing to draw near to the Lord and have Him as our protector, guide, and savior, then we will be rescued from our stubborn, dirty lives.

Veritas Community Church Sermons
Beware the Scribes

Veritas Community Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 45:29


BIG IDEA: Jesus warns us against following or being like false leaders.OUTLINE:1. A Warning to the Wary and All-Too-Willing2. A Warning To Watch Out For These Sorts3. A Warning To Would-Be Leaders4. A Warning To Watch Your Own HeartRESOURCES: ESV Study Bible; Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction & Survey by Craig Blomberg; Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament by Joel Williams; Pillar New Testament Commentary: Mark by James Edwards; Baker Exegetical Commentary: Mark by Robert Stein; Gospel Centered Exposition: Exalting Christ in Mark by Daniel Akin

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Day 264: Preaching Without Practice (2022)

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 26:26


Fr. Mike continues to explain the parables Christ recites in Jerusalem, specifically focusing on the dangers of preaching God's Word without practicing it in our lives. Jesus goes on to speak against the Scribes and Pharisees, reminding us that he's not only the Prince of Peace, but the Way and the Truth. Today's readings are Matthew 22-24 and Proverbs 19:17-20. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

Selling With Social Sales Podcast
Top Strategies for Product Lead Growth with Jennifer Smith, #215

Selling With Social Sales Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 54:37


How do you 10x your company's growth in under a year? That's a hot topic for debate, especially among software and technology companies. But, you won't have to look far to find the answer. Because whether you explore the business model of leading productivity tool companies such as Slack, Grammarly, Loom, or Calendly – one thing becomes abundantly clear. Product Lead Growth is THE way to rapidly scale your company to not only attract users by the hundred thousands but to position your business to secure funding and next-level sales. But, the larger question becomes, what's the best strategy to implement a product lead growth strategy that truly enables a company to scale and enhances the user experience to create consistent sales. That's the focus of this episode of the Modern Selling Podcast, with a CEO guest who is one of the leading experts in the industry. Jennifer Smith is the cofounder and CEO of Scribe, a modern software solution that helps to capture, document, and streamline processes in minutes. With a background in sales and marketing, having worked with McKinsey, she has helped the largest companies redefine information sharing. With a passion and gift for efficiency and productivity, Jennifer searched for a solution that would make it easier for people to share multi-step processes within teams and organizations. How do you define product lead growth? Even though product lead growth has been a buzzphrase for over a decade, how it often is defined may change depending on who you ask. I was curious to hear Jennifer's take on what product lead growth is and why it's such a powerful strategy to scale. She shares, “With product lead growth, you're focused on the end user, which is oftentimes not the buyer. It's not the person who holds the budget, instead it's the person using the product on a continuous basis who can share it with others which helps to spread the individual user base even faster.” This is such an important distinction that has even powered the rapid growth of our productivity tool, FlyMSG.io. We've gone from a few beta users to over 5,000 active users in a little over a year with no marketing. That's the power that a compelling product can have in driving adoption and quickly positioning a tool as a must-use across a host of different industries. If you have a product and you're not at least tripling the size of your user base every three to six months, then you'll want to download this episode and listen carefully to the growth strategies Jennifer outlines. How does product lead growth really drive sales? It's clear that product lead growth does just that… leverage your product to grow your user base. However, unless a monetization strategy is used, having a large user base won't translate into overall sales growth for the organization. With FlyMSG.io, our text expander and personal writing assistant, we've been able to offer upgrades for paid users as well as enterprise contracts to generate consistent (and sizable) revenue from those who use our tool. But, I wanted to hear the strategies that Jennifer uses to convert Scribe users into long-term and loyal customers. She shares, “It's one thing to see your user base grow exponentially, but then the challenge is, you have to shift your focus from user growth to sales growth. In other words, how do you turn an individual user into a bigger contract or get free users to want to swipe their credit card. For us, we looked at our user data. What companies were users coming from? Where were our Scribes being shared? How could we find large groups of individual users that made it worth us reaching out to their companies to pitch an enterprise solution?” This is a brilliant strategy and one we've used at Vengreso with great success as well. In fact, in one day alone we saw over 20 free users from a single online pharmacy sign up for FlyMSG.io. That told us immediately that there was a potential sales opportunity there to create a corporate account. Listen into the conversation to see what other “signs” you should be looking out for when trying to monetize a product lead growth strategy. What specific strategies turn users into buyers? It's one thing to build a product, but it's another to create a product that users want to use and will pay for. Jennifer is the expert in this field and was clear on how she was able to position Scribe to quickly scale users and sales. She outlines three specific strategies: Build a magical product – your product should be magnetic and have instant value to your users. The faster you can get them using your product, the easier it will be to convert them into a paying customer. Create viral sharing loops – the key in product lead growth is to generate immediate sharing of the tool. For Scribe, a user creates a Scribe that is then easily shared with others via a link or through integration. The more sharing that takes place, the more eyes are placed on the tool and its usefulness – compounding the user growth over time. Give value away as often as possible – a product lead growth strategy only works if people see value in what you're offering and want to use it. The best way to do that is to get people into the tool as quickly as possible, with a low barrier to entry, and no user friction. Want more product lead growth strategies and how you can use them to drive sales? Tune into the full conversation with Jennifer and get ready to take notes! And, if you want to try Scribe out for free, head over to: https://scribehow.com/home and use promo code: ModernSelling to experience this robust tool. And, while you're at it, make sure to download FlyMSG.io so you can type less and do more! This episode of the Modern Selling Podcast is brought to you by Korn Ferry. Korn Ferry transforms sales teams using their world-class Miller Heiman, methodology, employee assessments, benchmarking and talent advisor capabilities to increase win rates and quota attainment. Korn Ferry offers Korn Ferry Sell, a sales effectiveness app available in App Exchange and app source that helps your sales team develop and replicate powerful sales strategies that help sellers win more deals and crush their quotas. Learn more at kornferry.com/saleseffectiveness.

FBC Lake Dallas Podcast
Mark 3:20-30 Division and the Unpardonable Sin

FBC Lake Dallas Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 34:39


Pastor Lucas Pinckard continues to teach through the book of Mark looking this time at Jesus confrontation with the Scribes who claim that Christ is casting out demons because He is possessed by a demon.  Jesus tells three stories about how division causes collapse and encourages us not to harden our hearts against the Holy Spirit.  If you want to partner with the ministries of FBC Lake Dallas you can do so at www.FBClakedallas.com/donations

Fellowship Bible Church Sermons
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees

Fellowship Bible Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 55:24


September 18, 2022 PM, Matthew 23:13-39.We continue the section numbering from the last message. The Lord is foreclosing the offer of the kingdom to the nation. The eight “woes” pronounced by the Lord show that judgment is impending. This text is directed immediately at the nation of Israel in this historical context. Is it applicable to modern-day readers? All Scripture is relevant to the modern-day reader somehow. It is our job to read and think to see exactly how it can legitimately apply. In this case, the text will mention things that are very displeasing to God. They are still displeasing today, so if we find those attributes in our lives, we need to confess them to the Lord and repent. Our Scripture reading was found in 2 Chronicles 26:1-23.

Bible Story Evangelism
S2 E107 Woes onto you scribes and Pharisees

Bible Story Evangelism

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 41:20


Luk 11:35  Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. Luk 11:36  If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. Woes to the Pharisees and Lawyers Luk 11:37  And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. Luk 11:38  And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. Luk 11:39  And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Luk 11:40  Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? Luk 11:41  But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. Luk 11:42  But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Luk 11:43  Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Luk 11:44  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them. Luk 11:45  Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also. Luk 11:46  And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. Luk 11:47  Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Luk 11:48  Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Luk 11:49  Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: Luk 11:50  That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; Luk 11:51  From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. Luk 11:52  Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. Luk 11:53  And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: Luk 11:54  Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

Red Pill Revolution
Ancient Aliens, Royal Pedophiles & Nursing Home Strippers | UFO's Over Ukraine | The Inventions of Sumeria | Chinese Nuclear Fusion Fuel |

Red Pill Revolution

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 86:42


In this week's episode of the Red Pill Revolution Podcast, we GO DEEP. We touch on everything from King Charles appointing Prince Andrew; An El Paso Teacher fired for promoting the term MAP, UFOs being sited and tracked over Ukraine, a nursing home apologies for bringing in a stripper, and even the ancient Sumerian Race and their unbelievable technological advances. Subscribe and leave a 5-star review! ----more---- Our website https://redpillrevolution.co/    Protect your family and support the Red Pill Revolution Podcast with Affordable Life Insurance. This is attached to my license and not a third-party ad!   Go to https://agents.ethoslife.com/invite/3504a now!   Currently available in AZ, MI, MO, LA, NC, OH, IN, TN, WV Email austin@redpillrevolution.co if you would like to sign up in a different state   Leave a donation, sign up for our weekly podcast companion newsletter, and follow along with all things Red Pill Revolution by going to our website: https://redpillrevolution.co    ----more----   Full Transcription      Welcome to the revolution. Hello and welcome to red pill revolution. My name is Austin Adams and thank you so much for listening today. I appreciate it so so much. We have some very fun and interesting things to talk about today. Some things about the Royal family on the backs of queen Elizabeth's death last week, some things about. I don't know, strippers at old folks homes. And then we will also talk about a little bit about UFOs, a little bit of everything today. So you are in for it. It's gonna be a great show. Thank you so much for listening. The first thing I need you to do before we jump into it is just go ahead and hit that subscribe button for me. All right. Takes five seconds of your day. It means the world to me. That's all I need you to do right now is hit the five star review button and subscribe takes five seconds. Like I said, if you're on apple podcast, Spotify, leave a review. If you are watching this on YouTube, go ahead and hit that like button wherever you're at. I appreciate you so much. And again, welcome to the revolution. We are going to jump right into it. Here are the articles we're going to discuss a nursing home has apologized after hiring strippers for their residents. . And we will discuss that. We actually have a video today, which you guys are in for a treat for. Um, there's some very, very happy old folks in this old folks home. And when I decide to put myself in one, many, many years from now, I may just have to figure out which one this one was, because it looks like they're having a great time. Um, the next one is discussing that prince, or I'm sorry, not no longer prince king, Charles himself is now, uh, seemingly going to a point prince Andrew into a high level position. And if you don't know anything about prince Andrew, you will in just a few minutes, there's a couple articles that we'll discuss on that. We are also going to talk about the Pakistan, former prime minister getting caught red handed, uh, with some documents. Now, normally I don't really care about the Pakistani former prime minister at all. Uh, but this was a, a pretty interesting one. So, um, we'll find out why he got caught red handed, uh, basically, um,  yeah. Basically putting, uh, documents out there during a legal case that didn't even exist. So we'll discuss that. We will also talk about El Paso, firing a teacher for going and calling pedophiles maps to their students and trying to convince them to do the same. So again, we will discuss all of that in a few more things, including UFOs and China, potentially finding a nuclear fusion fuel with limitless energy from the moon. All right. So lots of interesting stuff, stick around. Thanks for listening. Hit that subscribe button. If you didn't already, I forgive you, but if you don't do it now, I may not. All right. I forgive you, but just hit it. I appreciate it. Sincerely. All right, let's get. Welcome to red pill revolution. My name is Austin Adams. Red pill revolution started out with me realizing everything that I knew, everything that I believed, everything I interpreted about my life is through the lens of the information I was spoon fed as a child, religion, politics, history, conspiracies, Hollywood medicine, money, food, all of it, everything we know was tactfully written to influence your decisions and your view on reality by those in power. Now I'm on a mission, a mission to retrain and reeducate myself to find the true reality of what is behind that curtain. And I'm taking your ass with me. Welcome to the revolution. All right. Let's jump into it. Episode number 44 of the red pill revolution podcast. And I appreciate you more than, you know, the very first article that we are going to jump into today is going to be a nursing home. Apologizing, not sure why after hiring strippers for their residents. So we have heard of drag shows for infants and children, but what we have not heard of yet is strippers for old folks homes. and this is probably my favorite new video. There's a hilarious video making its round of a stripper, basically shaking her boobs  and doing all sorts of things in front of these old, old men and women in their mass. It's quite quite hilarious. So we will watch that in just a. But I do find it interesting, right? The, the, uh, drag show for children is such a hot topic. It seems like there was literally never a drag show for children. Right. Because it's a sexualized show until very, very recently. Um, so, and, and there's probably a very obvious reason why there's absolutely no reason children should be involved in drag shows, you know, but maybe that's me being crazy thinking that we shouldn't sexualize. Toddlers and infants, but who knows? So let's go ahead and watch this video here. It is quite hilarious of this nursing home debacle  and then we'll talk about some of the comments that came up in this, and then we'll move on to some more serious topics. But I thought we, you know, we'll start this one off light today. and I'll kind of talk you through what we are seeing in a, uh, you know, PG 13 fashion here. Although it's not, it's not that wild, you know, you can find it. It's not that crazy, but pretty hilarious stuff. All right, let's go ahead and pull this article or this video up. It seems like it's in a different country, but it's, uh, basically. This young woman, she looks like some type of, I don't know, I don't know if she's Asian or something, but they're speaking a different language and she's literally shaking her butt in front of these old folks on these old folks sitting in their wheelchairs. And there is just this man who is so excited to be there with holding this woman's boobs in her hands, hand. this is comical comical. Now I don't know why this isn't a thing. I think there's a company here. I, I don't know why this is not a thing already. There should absolutely be an entire stripper company. Designed to go to old folks homes. I don't know why we're like thinking that shouldn't be a thing. I don't know why these people feel like the need to apologize for hiring a stripper. Um, the only thing they should be hire, or the only thing they should be apologizing for is not hiring enough strippers. Cuz there was only one there and there's plenty of people to go around. Uh, they should absolutely bring in more people. Um, so , I don't know why they, they feel the need to do this. Now let's look through some of the comments here. Somebody says. Flips sake. They're old. They aren't dead. Yeah, of course. Why wouldn't these people enjoy themselves? You're on your way out. You might as well have a good time. Um,  let's see what somebody else said. This is coming from Reddit, Reddit slash face Palm, and somebody said, are we face palming for the apology? The hiring is exemplary.  uh, the next comment says maybe next time, mail strippers for the ladies too. Maybe that's what they forgot and why they have apologized.  all right. I think that's enough on that topic, but I think it's awesome. 100%. I am absolutely behind the strippers at old folks homes, way, way more than I am behind the children going to drag shows. Right. We see all these like horrific videos of, of literal children going to drag shows and giving money to these men. And in 90% of the time at these drag shows, they are highly unhealthy. And, and must we say overweight, and even in some cases, a Dr. May call them obese, but majority of the time it's obese obese men who are shaking the, what they did not have given to them by God, in front of children, asking them for money for sexual acts in front of. It's like literally one of the most horrific things. And like I said earlier, we didn't see that literally a year ago. We didn't see it at all. There was no drag shows, you know, shaking of, uh, you know, butts in front of children that was found to be acceptable a year ago. It's literally so baffling to me how this even became a conversation that we need to have. Um, and everybody who attends these with their children should absolutely have CPS called in them. Although there's another conversation about whether CPS is literally just designed to traffic, children for profit. Um, I heard somewhere that each child that they actually take away from the children ends up being like a hundred thousand dollars or Mo like it, it might have even been like a million. Um, every time CPS takes a child away from their family, they make money off of it from the, the country, from the state, from the federal government or the state government. They're actually profiting from taking children from their parents. And, you know, we went through a whole, you know, the whole vaccination thing. We had to look at it. Luckily, we're in a state here where they have exemptions for children, surprisingly enough, for in the state that I'm in, but they do, they have exemptions. They even have philosophical exemptions for vaccination, but there has been several, several cases. I did a ton of research on it when we decided not to give our children, the COVID vaccine. Um, for many, many reasons, the first being, it's not a vaccine, um, it's mRNA gene therapy, which has never been done before, you know, do your own research on that and make your own decisions for your own children. Um, but with my children's history and everything else, we decided not to do it. So we had to go and actually physically research what could happen if the state decided to come after us for that and have come to find out we fall under exemptions. Really nice to be in the state. I would never move to a state where that's not the case because they've actually, I looked at all of the laws in our state and I looked at all of the previous legal proceedings in cases against parents for not vaccinating. And there was like nine cases in the last hundred years or 70 years when this became a law where they attempted to do so now luckily a majority of those cases, they did not win and the parents actually ended up winning the case. Um, but just tells you how far the state is willing to go to profit from stealing children from their parents. It's horrible. So, you know, do a little bit of research on that. And I, I think it's, again, worth an episode, almost diving into what CPS actually is, what majority they go after, because it's a lot of times it's directly affecting minority communities, disproportionate. Um, you know, but I digress. So let's go ahead and move on from our nursing home strippers and we'll move into  the Royals family situation this week, uh, queen Elizabeth died. If you were hiding under a rock this week, or you're listening from the future in a time machine. Now, listening back, this is, uh, Wednesday, September 14th, 2022, that this is episode is happening and the, uh, queen died last week after almost 70 years, Ofra allowing prince Charles to become king Charles. Now some of the controversy that's coming up from that is that king Charles now, uh, you know, is now looking to so, so king Charles is now going to appoint prince Andrew to step in for him first, if he is ill or out of the country. That's right. The same prince Andrew, it says who was a close friend of Jeffrey Epstein and used $12 million of tax based income. To settle a sexual assault case with Virginia guff, the same Virginia guff, who was at the Galea Maxwell trial testifying directly. Right. You know that one. So king Charles is going to appoint a literal pedophile to potentially step in from now. We'll actually look into what that means. Um, and, and what the actual title is that he'll be getting. Um, but we'll read some of the comments here. It says he was already a counselor to his mom, queen Elizabeth II. The Regency act of 1937, decides who can be counselors. Apparently there's not a clause that has to do with, you know, paying off children for doing illegal sexual acts on them, you know, and being part of international sex trafficking rings. Maybe that should be a clause. I don't know who am I, although if you go and read the Ashley Biden journal, uh you'll know that. Our royalty, our princes and princes, our presidents and their family are not also immune to these types of acts. Um, but it goes on to say that three of them are non working Royals. Um, you guys need new legislation, so prince Andrew or prince, and can replace Peto prince. Now princess Anne is a, uh, somebody who goes on and say for real princess, Anne is a G does a lot of low profile Royal's work, charity work, zero scandals, not a big spender. Um, I could be propaganda by the news, but she seems humble and hardworking. I think she may have even been the one who was, uh, allowed to stand beside the princess, um, in one of these proceedings for like one of the very first times. Um, but quite interesting. Uh, don't really know why a king of a nation. Potentially put a pedophile in the possession of power, but you know, once you find out that maybe potentially majority of them are culprits in this type of thing, uh, you know, it starts to be much more believable. Now this article goes on to say that king Charles II appoints prince Andrew in new important role. And another article says that prince Andrew can still be deputized for king as counselor of state, but princess Anne can't under new rules. And then, um, we'll go ahead and jump into one of those articles here. So it goes on to say that king, uh, king Charles I third ascended the throne after his late mother queen Elizabeth, the second passed away at her country estate in bald morale Scotland. The 73 year old was officially announced as the nation's new sovereign last Saturday, September 10th. And following his proclamation, the new head of state was supposedly appointed his younger brother, prince Andrew as counselor of state. Robert Peston journalist and political editor for ITV news, posted a thread of tweets explaining the situation. And he says the Monarch points, five counselors of state to stand in for him when he is unwell or out of the UK, Peston began, they are his spouse. Plus the top four in secession to the crown who are age 21 or over these include prince Andrew and his daughter, princess Beatrice. It says that, uh, but not prince and who is probably the most widely respected in all of the Royal family. Many would say, this is not, especially since the 2013 secession of the crown act ended Premo, gen premature. Not sure what that is though. Um, only for those born after 2011, uh, interesting. He says it continues that. So if king Charles were incapacitated, Andrew would step in as king. Not Anne. He ended his thread with the question. Do you think most British people would approve? I would certainly hope not says taken to Twitter. Many users shared their answers to passions questions. One responded, I most certainly would become a Republican under those circumstances. No way would I accept Andrew as a standin for the king? This is nuts. A second person wrote in his first week as king Charles has had two hissy fits about pens, sacked dozens of his staff at Clarence house. And now is rehabilitating prince nons. Good call is your majesty. Yeah, I saw him do that, where he was like sitting there signing documents and like pissed that there was some stuff on the table and like waved in somebody else because how dare he have to move the King's hand to move a, you know, pen off of a desk. Um, it goes on to say that a third waited or wants to wait for an outcome tweeting. Let's see what the actual outcome is. I don't think people will stomach Andrew being in that line. I'm pro monarchy. I may be, it may be a legal glitch or point of clarification may be needed, but certainly needs to be changed. Andrew had also, uh, previously served as this Queen's counselor of state, along with king Charles Prince William and prince Harry. Hmm. Um, so who better to take on the throne  than a potential Jeffrey Epstein associated pedophile literally paid off Virginia guff in a settlement claim during, uh, a legal proceeding to hush hush, the conversation surrounding him sexually assaulting a minor. Hmm. Now that could lead us into our next conversation, which, you know, would be a little bit deeper than that, about this, you know, whole map situation, which we'll get into here in a minute. Um, but let's see if there's any more substance to these articles. I don't know anything about this princess Anne. Um, but it sounds like, you know, maybe she's the one who a lot of people are rooting for, or that other person said maybe I'm being propaganda. You know, I like that word propaganda  that seems like it's a, a very fitting word in these types of situations. Um, but how terrifying is that? That literally not only the king of England, but you know, seeing over Canada, seeing over Australia, seeing over, you know, 14 different Commonwealth, uh, realms is what they referred to it as, um, would potentially be prince Andrew also known as PTO Andrew, because as we've stated, he's a pedophile. I don't know. Quite terrifying. What a horrific PR move by, you know, during all of this. Now I did see something about king Charles. I, I just can't say that seriously, king Charles, I feel like I'm in a Disney movie. It seems so bizarre that we have Kings and Queens and princesses and, you know, Royal family, you know, all based on blood lines. That's the, that's the weird thing about the Royal family is it's literally all based on bloodline. You cannot move your way into a position of power. It's literally a Royal bloodline. And we talked about this an episode ago, where if you go back far enough, according to these, you know, conspiracy theories, you know, even people like Cleopatra. And, uh, there's like basically 12 Royal families that have had these bloodlines go down and down for generations. There's a CIA document about it, which is quite quite interesting. Um, so I'll have to check that out at some point there's like a 217 page book that is, uh, put into the cia.gov. Documents, you can go to Google right now, or even better go to brave search right now and type in CIA Royal bloodlines, FOA, OIA, freedom of information act. And you will find the document that I'm discussing here. Anyways, do some research on that. Happy to discuss it with you All right. Let's move on. Dr. Fauci and ran Paul and here is the clip, uh, but she's had the flu for 14 days. Should she get a flu shot? Well, no. If she got the flu for 14 days, she's as protected as anybody can be. Cuz the best vaccination is to get infected. And if not, if she really has the flu, if she really has the flu. Now, what this is, is this is ran Paul grilling, Dr. Fauci very recently regarding this, like today, I believe it's today. He's showing him on an iPad, the, to his own statements from like a few years ago, saying these things about the flu. Okay. So take that into consideration. When you're listening to this vaccination is to get infected yourself and, uh, but she's had the flu for 14 days. Should she get a flu shot? Well, no. If she got the flu for 14 days, she's just protected as anybody can be. Cuz the best vaccination is to get infected yourself and not get it. If she really has the flu, if she really has the flu, she definitely doesn't need a flu vaccine. If she really has the flu, she should not get it again. No, she doesn't need it because the, it it's the BA it's the most potent vaccination is getting infected yourself. So when we look at this, we wonder, you know, why you seem to really embrace basic immunology back in 2004 and how you, or why you seem to reject it now. And as a matter of fact, Reuter's fact check looked at that and said, Fauci, 2004 comments do not contradict his pandemic shame, actually words don't lie. If you look at the words behind me, we can go over them a little bit at a time. She doesn't need it because the most potent vaccin vaccination is getting infected yourself. It is true. It is true Senator. It is a very potent. Way to protect. But when you're trying to tell us that kids need a third or a fourth vaccine, are you including the variability or the variable of previous infection in the studies? No, you're not. So what I love about that is the fact that Dr. Fauci is just shaking in this piece of paper in his hand, coming from Reuters, like Dr. Fauci, aren't you Mr. Science, aren't you the only person who knows about science in this whole world, didn't you claim to be the, what did they say? If you question Dr. Fauci, you question science itself, like aren't you, the guy, not Reuters, not some random journalist who decided to, you know, try and make the world believe that there three year old needs another vaccination to be safe from a, a thing that literally doesn't even exist today. That, that the CDC itself said, you don't even need the quarantine, even if you have it. Right. But you're sitting there trying to justify it. And not only trying to justify it like Dr. Fauci, do you know that this is not. Facebook jail court. This is literally Senate. This is a Senate hearing, not the hearing on Facebook's fact checking. Right. He literally brought the fact that he brought that piece of paper with him to shake in front of the court. The fact that he did that and said, well, Reuters actually says a journalist with no experience in this says that you are wrong. Like you, you said it with your own words. How can you sit here in front of us and say that Reuters is going to like, um, you know, actually Reuters said that what I meant there is different from what I actually said, no, justify your position. Maybe, maybe you should back it up, not utilize Reuters in a fact checker. Like that's how far off we've gotten. That's how 1984 Orwellian we've gotten is now that somebody's going to sit in front of the Senate and utilize a journalist. Article to try and justify their own statements. So they don't have to back it up. And they're gonna use these like abusive, uh, tactics done by these journalistic companies like Reuters to, to try and Gaslight you into thinking that, oh, I, you know, Reuters knows what I meant, not, not myself. So I'll let them explain it. You know, it's like, no, literally you used your own words there. Like it it's, it's so crazy to see that he went on to, to use Reuters of all things to justify, not even backing it up himself. Like he's literally a, according to him, a scientist. And he can't even justify his own position on a statement that he made of with his own words, saying that you do not need a booster. You don't need a vaccine if you got it, because that's the best protection that you can get is actually getting it right. And not taking that into consideration when you are actually deciding to give children experimental drugs. Right. It's it's so, so wild to see that. But I love the fact that Fauci was shaking on camera. I love that. It makes me feel so warm inside just to know that he was so uncomfortable that his body could not even handle it there. And, and then the  other thing that I want to talk about, and, and I'll talk, touch on this just super, super briefly is that there was a clip going around of. Of an employee from Chick-fil-A employee, a Chick-fil-A employee took down this guy that was committing, like trying to steal the keys of this woman who had this children in her car. If you haven't seen it yet, it's gonna start making its rounds over the next few days. It's it's a Chick-fil-A employee who just jumped at this guy, like completely when he tried to like steal this woman's car with her baby in it, and just like threw him to the ground, stood on top of him and just, you know, my pleasure to him. could you just imagine him whispering that in his ear as he took them to the ground? Just amazing. Unbelievable. Um, but you know, I digress now, the very next. Is going to be Pakistan's former prime minister, Noah Sharif's family have produced documents to prove innocence concerning ownership of properties in London. The documents were signed in 2006, but the Kalibri font used in the document was released in 2007. So basically, uh, the document was dated 2006. And the font that was used in a document was 2007. So it completely showed that he fabricated this document. So we'll get a little bit more context here and then we'll talk about it. Um, it goes on, uh, to say that in July, 2018, um, three members of the family were fined and sentenced to jail Nawaz for 10 years, Miriam for seven. And her husband captains Dar for one year in the event, field department's case, as they could not show that the posh London property had been bought legitimately while Nawaz was sentenced for owning assets beyond income, the other two were held guilty for AB Bement and not cooperating with the prob agency. It was in this case that Miriam had presented a trust deed dated February, 2006 in Microsoft's Calibri font, which became commercially available only in 2007 Noah and his kin were jailed, but in September of 2018, the Islam bad high court ordered their release in suspended their sentence pending final adjudication for the, um, of the appeals against it. Hmm. So there is your. Breakdown  of why we are even discussing a former prime minister of Pakistan. Now, a few of the comments that you'll find on this thread here are a little funny that somebody says, that's why I always stick with times new Roman. Yeah. Just in case you find yourself in a court settlement and you don't want to have to deal with a, you know, great lawyer finding out that the font that you used pre or postdated the document that you signed  or forged even better. Um, . Um, pretty, pretty wild. You know, what, what, what hot water you must find yourself in there to legitimately use font. Like how stupid would you feel right to know that you made that big of a mistake, right. And how easy is it to just, just use time, new Roman, you don't have to get fancy here, guys. We don't need your Colibri. We don't need your comic Sams. We don't need any of that times. New Roman all the way across, you're safe from lawyers coming after you for utilizing the wrong font.  all right. So I found that to be interesting. And let's see if there's anything else of note in here. Um, so somebody says, so that's what good lawyers are for. Yes. That is exactly what good lawyers are for finding out that the person used the wrong. Interesting. All right. Anyways, I won't stick around on that one. I just found that to be quite, quite interesting now on the backs of the prince Charles or king Charles situation, let's go ahead and discuss this. There was an Al Paso teacher who was fired over, telling their students to use maps instead of the word pedophile. Um, for a comment in the classroom that touches off a firestorm says Fox news. We'll go ahead and we'll actually listen to this here. Uh, but we'll listen to where she actually says that to him. And this article even goes as far as showing, um, what the husband commented on a thread in a local Facebook group, which I found to be interesting too. So here is the article. It says Al Paso teachers firing over pedophiles comment in classroom launches, a firestorm response. It goes on to say that El Paso's independent school district board of trustees said the allegation is being investigated thoroughly. An El Paso teacher in Texas was informed of her proposed termination after telling students to call pedophiles, minor attracted persons, according to the city's school district. But some witnesses say her remarks were taken out of context. Now she literally says you shouldn't call them pedophiles. It's O you, we shouldn't make fun of them just because they wanna have sex with a five year old. She literally says to a high school student it's wild. It goes on to say that in an 18, second clip shared on TikTok, the Franklin high school teacher identified as the El Paso teachers Associa, uh, by the El Paso teachers association as Amber Parker, she'll never have a job again, um, can be heard telling students that they're not allowed to label individuals as pedophiles. She reportedly made the comment during a lesson on the play, the crucible. We're not gonna call them. That Parker said in the video, we're gonna call them maps, minor attracted persons. So don't judge people just because they want to have sex with a five-year-old. She says, what in the world kind of world are we coming to? We'll listen to the video in just a second, but it says first came the suspension. Then El Paso's independent school district board of trustees unanimously voted to fire Parker following her remarks on the evening of August 29th, 2022, the El Paso independent school district was made aware of a classroom situation. Impromptly initiated an investigation. Um, after a thorough investigation was conducted on September 6th, 2022, during a special board meeting, the board of trustees approved a decision to notify a Franklin high school teacher of proposed termination. The process will continue in accordance with the Texas education code, any allegation and potential misconduct is investigated thoroughly. And the safety of our students is the top priority as this is a personal matter, no further information will be shared at this time. So it goes on to talk about, um, some students were saying that it was taken out of context and then it gives what her husband actually said. Um, but let's go ahead and listen to this clip. It's again, it's 18 seconds long. And we'll see what this teacher had to say about maps. What? Stop it, Diego. Yeah. We're not gonna call them that. We're gonna call them maps. No mono attracted persons. No. So don't judge people just cuz they wanna have sex with a five year old. Oh, call . That was the perfect cut. You hear the guy go? What the fuck?  that's wild now. Thank the Lord that we're seeing retribution in this case. This is exactly what needs to happen across the board. And thankfully it didn't have to come to school board meetings in this, in this situation. Right? A lot of these situations have come to school board meetings, right? The sex books in children's libraries. Right. We've seen many, many videos about, uh, parents going in speaking up against those videos. Um, there's some crazy, crazy books that they're putting in children's libraries talking literally about sodomy and about sexual positions to five and six year olds in elementary schools. It's horrific, but thankfully, thankfully it didn't have to come to this case, at least as far as I know, it seems as if this school board caught it right away and, you know, surprised surprise they did it in Texas now. Um, I don't see how any of that could have been taken out of context. You can't say, you know, so don't judge people just because they won't to Hey of six, we had the five year old. Yeah, I'm gonna judge you. I'm gonna judge you and I'm gonna do way worse than that to you. If it's somebody that I know I'm gonna do far, far more to you than judge you. Yeah, dude, I'm not even gonna get into it cause that's called implication, but horrific, horrific thing to say, and to say it to an entire class of children to say it to an entire group in a high school setting, what kind of precedent is that setting? You're literally talking to minors saying it's okay. It, it, it's not only okay, but don't even judge those people for doing that to a child for literally putting the child in a position where they're going to be hurt worse than anything you could possibly imagine giving so much trauma for the rest of their lives that they're gonna have to deal with and unpack in a way that somebody who didn't deal with that could never have to imagine, could never have to imagine. And she's sitting in front of an entire school or an entire class of children saying that this should be acceptable and they shouldn't be judged. Not only that, but we're not even gonna use this term in case we hurt their little pedophile feelings. Like what in the world now, um, it goes on to say that the school district board of trustees voted to fire Parker following her remarks on the evening, uh, the El Paso school district was made aware of a classroom situation and promptly initiated an investigation. This is coming from the district's chief communications officer who told Fox news digital after a thorough investigation was conducted on Jan, uh, on September 6th, during a special board meeting, the board of trustees approved a decision to notify the teacher of proposed proposed to termination. The process will continue in accordance with the Texas education code, any allegation and potential misconduct. We already talked about that. Moving on, some students went on to say that her words were taken out of context. The teacher was expressing. This says how it was ridiculous, how they, how we might not be able to call people pedophiles that we will probably have to start calling them maps because is offensive to them. The class agreed. That's not what it sounded like now, if that is what it is, maybe you shouldn't be saying that in a group of high school students. Um, but if you are being sarcastic and then following that clip by saying, yeah, this is disgusting. This is gross. What they're doing, you know, we're absolutely going to call these people pedophiles and we're not gonna give into the woke ideology that is saying that we have to change the terms that we're using to describe the literal worst people in the world, doing the worst act in the world with the proper term for doing so and fear of you hurting their feelings, if that is the case. And she was being sarcastic. Yeah. It's definitely a distasteful joke. Should she lose her job for a distasteful, sarcastic remark? No, but if she is sitting here in front of a class of high school students protecting pedophiles and telling minors that they should also do the same, right? Literally the people that pedophiles go after minors in this case, um, Now it says that Daniel call vice president of El Paso independent school district board noted that while the lesson plans are approved by administrators, Parker appeared to stray from it in the particular class call had previously offered Parker. The benefit of the doubt saying the video had appeared to omit some important context and that it seemed Parker was only pretending to advocate the position. Now it did seem like she had some tonality there that seemed a little sarcastic, but I'm not gonna be the one to protect her update on my last post, after hearing from some of the students that were in the class, including my own nephew, I believe now that the teacher had appeared to be promoting and normalizing pedophilia was pretend, uh, I believe now that the teacher that appeared to be promoting in normalizing pedophilia was pretending to advocate a position. She didn't actually believe in, in order to challenge the students in preparation for them reading the play, the cruc. The video that many of us saw was missing. The important context. I regret the negative attention that the situation is brought to the teacher and wish her well. I'm told she is a great educator, but he ultimately voted in favor of firing her saying any reasonable person that heard what the seven trustees heard would've voted to terminate Amber Parker. Now Parker's husband. Jason said that Parker's comments were made to challenge students. Mr. Daniel call. I happen. The sick, the sick, what Mr. Daniel call, I happened to be the husband of the teacher in question Parker road on Facebook, I can tell you that we were shaken to our core about these accusations. It is both scary and disturbing that ANED 18. Second clip could destroy a 30 year career when taking completely out of context, she ex is exemplary as a teacher and truly cares about the students. Needless to say, we have spent many sleepless nights because of this cruel release to social media of the 18 seconds. We pray that you and the rest of the board will see this for what it is and not allow the edited video to destroy an innocent woman, her career, and her family in the process. I want to thank you personally for the updated post to begin to write this wrong. So it says that controversial classroom moments have been captured across the country. In recent years, driving parents to school, board meetings, demanding more of a say in their children's education. Um, Let's look at some of the comments here that says, this is a big problem with society, anything, and everything can be manipulated, um, input online or in the media to be the opposite of the actual facts. And once it is out, any correction, um, or apologies are buried and people are left with false impressions of circumstances. Uh, it also says that, um, want to know what's wrong with education today. After speaking with students and witnesses, I have come to believe that the teacher was being satirical and not expressing a view she held, but rather the opposite. I hear she is a great teacher, da, da, um, okay. That doesn't give us much information at all. Um, so it also says, so it is illegal to help a map with a cellulose nitrate and nitroglycerin assisted copper CLA PB projectile traveling at two times the speed of sound striking them with the frontal bone exiting the exci the bone, or is that still murder? Oh, I think that's called a gun.  um, interesting. All right. Anyways, so. This is, this is, this is, you know, good that these headlines are starting to lead in this direction. Right? Good. That we're starting to see pushback from not only the parents going to parent meetings, but also the school boards going in realizing the pushback that they're gonna have in these situations. Now, if this is a case where that teacher was being sarcastic, poor taste, poor timing, let's not even talk to children about the idea of normalizing pedophilia in the classroom. Obviously, you know, not the right way to go about that. Um, but should she be fired for having a sarcastic remark talking about maps? Eh, I don't know. But if she's saying that, you know, the, the sentence alone, maybe you shouldn't be talking about, you know, what did she say? So don't judge people just because they want to have sex for a five year old or with a five year old. Yeah. That's not funny. That's not a joke. That's not sarcasm. That's not that's wrong time and place. If you wanna do that at a bar and played devil's advocate on an argument, you know, you deserve to get ripped apart by whoever you're doing that with. Maybe you don't need to lose your job over it being sarcastic on that note. But in this case, don't talk to children about not judging people who wanna have sex with a five year old. 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That's the nature of war, but scientists in the country are looking to the skies and seeing something that they even didn't expect. Inordinate number of UFOs, according to a new pre-print paper published by Kiev's main as astronomical observation in coordination with the C's national academy of science. Say that three times fast. Uh, let's try it. Um, Kiev's main astronomical observation.  I said it wrong the first time. Astronomical observa, astronomical observatory in coordination, astronomical observatory in coordination with the country's national academic. Society of science. The paper does not specifically address the war, but in the United States, the Pentagon has long hinted, speculated and warned that some UFOs could be advanced technology from foreign military, specifically China and Russia, though. It hasn't been really given any evidence that this is actually the case. The Ukraine's paper is particularly notable because it is not showing that science has continued to, uh, to occur during this war, but also explains that there has been a lot, a lot of sightings. We see them everywhere. The researcher said we observe a significant number of objects whose nature is not clear. The paper is titled unidentified, aerial phenomenon, one observations and events come from observations made by NAS main astronomical observatory in Kiev, in a village south of Kiev called VIN. RKA. According to the papers authors, the observator took on the job of hunting for UFOs as an independent project because of the enthusiasm around the subject. Yeah. Interested. You got my interest. It goes on to say that it describes a specific type of UFO. The researchers call Phantoms. That is an object that is completely black body that does not emit and absorbs all of the radiation falling on it. The researchers also observed that the UFOs that seeing are so fast that it's even hard to take pictures of them. The eye does not fix phenomenon lasting less than one 10th of a second. The paper said it takes four tenths of a second to recognize an event. Ordinary photo and video recordings will also not even capture. The UAPs to detect UAPs. You need a to fine tune, the equipment, shutter speed frame rate, and dynamic range. Wow. So video cameras, recordings, photos, and even your eyes cannot see the UFOs that are flying across Kiev right now. And there's an astonishing number of them. It says wild. So the researchers did just that using two media monitoring stations in Kiev, in Veka, we have developed a special observation technique taking into account the high speeds of the observed objects. The paper said the exposure time was chosen so that the image of the object did not shift significantly. During ex exposure. The frame rate was chosen to take into account the speed of the object in the field of view of the camera in practice. The exposure time was less than one millisecond and the frame rate was no less than 50 Herz. Not sure what that means. Not a photographer. The scientist divided the phenomenon they observed with two into two different categories. Cosmics and PTO. We note that cosmics are luminous objects brighter than the background of the sky. We call these ships names of birds, swift Falcon, and Eagle. The paper said Phantoms are dark objects with contrast from several to about 50% says using camera stationed, roughly 75 miles apart allowed the scientist to make repeated observations of strange objects. Moving in the sky. The paper did not speculate on what the objects were. Merely noted the observations and mentioned the objects. Incredible speeds. They went on to say that flights of single group and squadrons of ships were detected. Moving at speeds from three to 15 degrees per second, Phantoms were observed in the troposphere at distances of up to 10 to 12 kilometers. We estimate their size from three to 12 meters and speeds up to 15 kilometers per second. Wow. 15 kilometers per second. If you break that down is something like, I don't know. It's like 1.8 to times, something like that. I don't know. So it's basically like nine miles per second. That math is probably terribly off. And I'm so sorry if you're somebody who goes by the metric system, I am not. So just trying to help you guys out  it says the easy explanation would be that these are missiles or rockets or something else associated with the war. But the scientists insist that their nature is not clear. UFOs are back in the public conscious. After a string of sightings were caught on camera by Navy pilots. Congress has demanded answers and the Pentagon responded by saying this is seen, that has seen some strange stuff, but needed more time and money of course, to, because they don't have enough money to send to Ukraine and also look into potential, you know, UFOs entering our airspace with alien beings inside of them. At the same time  to study the phenomenon appropriately. Congress gave them both. And the Pentagon open to the a, a R O oh, the a a R O is that we talked about this about a week or two weeks ago where the Pentagon basically opened an entire subdivision section specifically to study this phenomenon of alien UFOs, not, not potentially, you know, China and Russia, uh, military aircraft, they already sub sectioned off the potential of that. Right. They said that we believe that some of these are not of human origin. They defy the laws of physics as we know them. Okay. Wild, wild stuff. And they're starting to come out and talk more about. All right. The article goes on to say, um, a recent addendum in the Senate intelligence budget report said that the thread of UFOs was increasing exponentially and that the Pentagon's new office needed to focus on the UFOs that aren't manmade. Yep, exactly what we just talked about and exactly what we talked about a few episodes ago. So go ahead and listen to that one. When you're done with this one, um, Boris, the lead researcher of the paper declined to comment. This says that there's an update from nine 13, which is yesterday says the original version of this article stated that the Kiev study was a joint venture with the Pentagon and NASA. It was not vice has corrected the story and regrets this era. Wow, good on you. Vice way to go way to go. Now, one thing that, you know, speaking of corrections, there's been a lot of articles recently talking about how IRA Mein was allegedly put in. I think it was the CDC or the who said that IRA Mein is now an allowable substance when it comes to COVID and has helped significantly. Now, um, the correction that was made was basically that they are still not recommending it. They still want to do trials. That was the big correction that a lot of people made. Um, but they're saying that it's potential. Hmm. Um, but there's been a few people like Russell brand came out and made like an apology statement. Um, Russell brand's the actor. Awesome dude. One of my favorite favorite podcasts. I've like tried to categorize myself as a podcast and I'm like, I don't want to technically be Tucker Carlson. I don't want to technically be a political podcast. I want to be more like there's one person I can put myself in a category with. That's like kind of a mixture of like libertarian politics, not left or right. Mainstream narratives also kind of conspiracy based with a touch and little bit of like globalism pushback  and some good humor. Hopefully you think so. Um, it's Russell brand Russell. Brand's got a great thing going, if you haven't listened to his podcast, go check it out. It's definitely, uh, a bit on the same genre and topics that we discuss here. Pretty interesting stuff. A mix of politics, current events, pop culture, and a little bit of conspiracy stuff. If you know what I mean. All right. Now, Um, pretty wild stuff. The, the, the UFO situation is just wild to me. You know, there's been so many conversations, so many articles, so many, you know, governmental institutions that are pouring money into this now that are saying, and making this conversation mainstream, you cannot ignore it at this point, right. Whether they're pushing an agenda or not, because for how long they've known this stuff's going on, right. From Roswell to, you know, literally, um, who's the guy that went on to Joe Rogan. Um, uh, gosh, I blanking on the name. Um, but there's been so many people that have come out and said that they were a part of this, uh, you know, from anything from seeing UFO Aircrafts, you know, how long have those sightings been going on? Uh, Jeremy Corbe was the guy I'm thinking of. Um, and he basically is one of the most, uh, mainstream people talking about this. He's had so many good conversations, really good, uh, footage that he's caught on it, um, breaks down these things very, very well. Um, so. If you haven't heard that go listen to the Jeremy Corbe podcast, uh, with Joe Rogan, it it's quite quite interesting. Um, and he even talks to somebody else who claims to have been a part of it at Roswell. So that's pretty wild too. Um, and that was with, uh, who, what is that other guy's name? Of course I'm like, just trying to think of names that of people I can't recall. Um, but it's pretty crazy. He like says that he basically went in and saw the UFOs, saw the, um, saw Bob Laar is a whole documentary on it. Bob Laars documentary by Jeremy Corbe and they go into how he was literally taken by. It was like the, um, by the military, by the CIA or whoever was conducting these operations. And because he was like in the newspaper for building rocketships  and so, um, he, they, he basically went into, um, area 51. And said that he saw the ships, he saw, literally believed that he said saw aliens. It was like years and years ago, but he said that he saw them, um, in, in, so there's, uh, all of these things that came out, like the chemicals that they, the chemical compounds that he talked about prior to the government even saying they existed. So there's all these really weird correlations and all of these things. And Bob Laar is a very interesting character. Um, he doesn't seem to want a ton of attention off of it. He seems to just be like, he, he legitimately seems to be telling the truth. Um, it's a very interesting conversation. Go look up that documentary too, giving you lots of homework assignments today. Sorry. um, so, um, then we'll go ahead and talk about this in just a moment, which is the, the China situation with moon chemicals or. Nuclear fusion stuff. But one thing I did wanna show is that, you know, apparently Dr. Fauci, Dr. Fauci, Mr. Science himself is getting still grilled by Ram Paul, which I love. And you'll see in this clip, he's literally shaking due to this conversation. So let's go ahead and watch this Ram Paul article take a little bit of a shift from the alien stuff, um, which would kind of have been a nice segue into China going to the moon and finding this, but let's, let's, let's stop that segue. And let's go ahead and look at this. Yeah, actually, you know what, let's talk about it. if you have not heard China discovered a stunning crystal on the moon, which they believe could give us unlimited energy of nuclear fusion fuel. Now this article is by vice and it says that the find makes China the third country to discovery a new mineral on the moon. And the country says it's analyzed the soil for rail rare helium three. Interesting. It says that China has discovered a crystal from the moon made of a previously unknown mineral while also confirming that the lunar surface contains a key ingredient for nuclear FIS vision, a potential form of effective or effectively limitless power that harnesses the same forces that fuel the sun and other stars. The crystal was a part of a batch of lunar samples collected by China's change five mission, which landed on the moon in 2020 loaded up with about four pounds of rocks and delivered them to earth days later, each carefully sifting through the samples, which are now the first moon rocks returned to earth since 1976. If you believe that scientists at the Beijing research Institute of uranium, geology spotted a single crystal particle with a diameter smaller than the width of a human hair, the crystal is made of a novel mineral Chan change site. Named after the Chinese moon goddess change or changey, I don't know how you pronounce that. There's a hyphen between C H a N G and then the hyphen, and then E it also inspired China's series of lunar missions. It is confirmed that as a new mineral on Friday by the commission of new minerals, it's a weird commission, um, nomenclature in classification, which is, uh, brought down to C N M N C  of international mur neurological association. According to the Chinese state run publication. Global times change site is the sixth new mineral to be identified in moon samples. And the first to be discovered by China before China, only the us in Russia could claim to have discovered a moon, moon mineral. It is a transparent crystal that formed in a region of these Northern lunar nor near face. That is volcanically active about 1.2 billion years ago. Um, let's see what this article continues to say, which is according to the state media, the new lunar samples also contain helium three, a new version of the element helium that has long fascinated scientists and science fiction creators because of its potential as a nuclear FIS vision fuel source, the hypothetical form of power aims to harness energy released by atoms that merge under tremendous pressure, such as those in the interior of stars. Starlight is a ubiquitous product of nuclear fusion, but human made fusion reactors will still likely take decades to develop assuming that they are fusible at all that sad. If these reactors do become a reality, helium three would be a good fuel candidate because it produces less radioactive byproducts and nuclear waste compared to other atoms. Whereas helium three is incredibly scarce on earth. It is abundant on the moon, a disparity that has stoked dreams of mining the minerals on the lunar surface. Along those lines, China has joined the United States and other nations and expressing interest in extracting resources from the moon. In the future. Very, very interesting. Now, a couple article titles that I'll go through here, and I'm not gonna dive deep into these articles, but I just want you to know them. It says that China is planning to turn the moon into a giant space shield sounds like some star war shit. Um,  uh, and another one is also, um, space junk, crashing all over the world, upsetting everyone. You know, I, I'm not that upset about space junk. Haven't heard about it much other than the fact that it's an unbelievable amount of space junk surrounding our earth. If you haven't heard about that, there's literally, there's a, I'm pretty sure there's a, a map that you can look at of the earth. And it shows all of the space junk, which is like little things that we've sent up in pieces of, uh, satellites and things like that. Like when they're done with a satellite, they're done using it, all of the satellites we've ever put up there, they just leave them there. Even if they break down, even if there's things that go on with them, um, pretty, pretty wild stuff. Like they almost be like the, when they go to plan a mission. To go into space. Oh, allegedly. Um,  when they go to plan the mission, they do math calculations because they track all of the space junk and try to figure out. How, what timing of day based on the trajectory, the speed of the, uh, the speed of the rocket or whatever, um, to try and make it. So it does not hit space junk because even if it hits a marble size of space, junk going 35,000 million miles an hour, however fast they go, it's going to destroy, destroy the, um, destroy the ship. So they have to calculate it based on the timing. And there's so, so much junk in space, um, that it's very difficult for them to time. Um, another article here from this is from a little while ago, it says Mars formation that looks like alien doorway spotted by NASA Rover. How do we not hear about this stuff? There's so much wild things going on in the world today that it's. I, I am so under the idea  this is a simulation, the simulation theory is so interesting to me because what is the likelihood there was like literally horse and buggies, like a hundred years ago, right? 1922 people were literally riding horses almost. And now just so it happens to be the timing that we're alive, that we get to see the most interesting technological booms ever. Right. You wanna go back and talk, you know, and it's like a hundred years ago is literally your great grandparents. Your great grandparents were alive a hundred years ago for sure. A hundred years ago, right? Maybe, maybe not maybe your great-great grandparents, but maybe your great grandparents, depending on how old you are. Um, and maybe your parents even right. A hundred years is not that long ago. Right. And 500 years is not that long ago, either 500 years ago is literally your great, great, great, great, great grandparents. That means five people had sex and now you're here  and all of a sudden we went from all living like the Amish or the Indians. And all of the sudden, since the 15 hundreds, we are looking at space formations, nuclear, fission rocks, talking about aliens, visiting us. I'm literally speaking to you through a plastic piece of, uh, you know, bullshit that nobody know how knows exactly how it works. You know, it's like, it's so wild that we live here today in this reality on this timeline that it just seems so unprobable to me, I just don't get it. There's, there's literally no way.  the likelihood that I am not a Amish person on a farm, you know, 1500, you know, and even the fact of like 2000 years ago,  being that far again, that's not that far. That's literally not that far. Not that far. Right? 25, 30, 30 sexes ago.  that's gonna be the way that I, I, I think of time now is how many people had to have sex between now and then for you to be in that era 30 sexes ago, you could have been living in a. The same time as Jesus. And now they want to tell us that like, you know, literally the worth was the earth was, you know, however many, you know, years old. It's like, nah, I don't believe ya. I don't believe ya. I don't think so. There was an article that came out there was like 30,000. Um, they found the body that, you know, was kind of disputing all science on humanities, you know, uh, timeline. It was like 30,000 years old or even, maybe even longer than that. But there's some really interesting scientific articles and things that have come out that, that even say that it's longer than that. Right. That, that say that the pyramids were really from like there's, there's all of the sentiment that's been eroded underneath. Like there's like pyramids under the pyramids that are coming. and, uh, they they're like challenging all of the science, all of their religious beliefs. All of the things that we talk about today is being the timeline of humanity, right. It it's, it's pretty wild stuff. Um, and, and it's something they'd be interested in because, you know, we even go back into the conversation from yesterday of like the, or yesterday of last week and the queen and the reptilian species. it's so funny how easily you can jump into reptilian, Illuminati, reptiles, uh, controlling the world. Um, but there's like this whole idea of the Sumerians and the Sumerians being visited. And the Sumerians are like one of the very first humanity, like, uh, very first peoples, um, that humanity believed existed and the Sumerian race being visited and given technology that, that we can't even comprehend today. The, the ancient Sumerian societies had mathematical equations to map out the cosmos and, and like, let me look up the timeline of like, when, um, the Sumerian, uh, We're even around, um, because it's, it's so wild when you look up the actual history of, of ancient Sumeria. Um, this says it was like 2,350 BC. So 4,005,000 years ago, um, in Sumer, uh, the Sumerians were people of Southern Mesopotamia whose civilization flourished between 4,100 to 1750 BC. So six, 7,000 years ago, um, like the ancient Sumerian technology let's, you know, let's, let's dive into it. I got a little bit of whiskey left. Let's dive into the ancient Sumerian technology.  we, we might as well, let's see if I can find it. Um, let's see, ancient Sumerian technology. And if you're still here with me, I appreciate ya. This is fun. Let's do it. Ancient Sumerian technology. Um, let's go ahead and see what, uh, is questionable. Let's see what we can find here. So a few of the articles that are coming up is ancient Sumerian technology, nine ancient Sumerian tech, uh, inventions that changed the world. Um, let's see, there's like photo there's like hieroglyphics of the Sumerians with, you know, weird technology and seeing like, um, Kymera reptiles and, and different beings and g

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Holy Watermelon
University and Obscurity - an interview with Dr. Glen Fairen, PhD

Holy Watermelon

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 47:10


This week, we're talking with Dr. Glen Fairen, PhD, a religious studies professor at Oklahoma State University. The Viking shares with us the work he's been doing, and some of his research might surprise you. His work includes scholarship on the Qumran and Nag Hammadi groups, as well as the realm of witchcraft. Join us for a great discussion. For part 2 of this interview, check us out on Patreon, linked below. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/holywatermelon Store: https://holy-watermelon-podcast.myspreadshop.ca/ Discord: https://discord.gg/NurpUjS7cc Web: https://holywatermelonpod.wixsite.com/homepage Dr. Fairen is the author of As Below, So Above: Apocalypticism, Gnosticism, and the Scribes of Qumran and Nag Hammadi. You can find it on Amazon, linked below. https://www.amazon.com/As-Below-Above-Apocalypticism-Gnosticism/dp/1593330820/

Your Faith Journey - Finding God Through Words, Song and Praise

I don't know about you, but I am increasingly appalled by some of the public rhetoric we hear these days.  I find it disconcerting the way name calling and verbal attacks on others have become a mainstream component of public discourse.  In fact, every day brings a new barrage of verbal bullets that dominate the headlines and take this vocal warfare to a new, unprecedented level.  And, quite frankly, I don't see it getting better over the next couple of years.  This war of words does nothing but categorize and diminish others, and at the same time create increased brokenness in our culture and society.  And the brokenness spreads like a virulent virus into other facets of life, into our communities, organizations, our schools, our local governments and even our families.  All the name calling, the vicious verbal attacks, and the spoken forms of assault only breed violence, hatred, fear, and contempt.   In the depth of this present cultural context, one name calling word used all too frequently is the word “loser.”  And in a culture which places high value on winning and succeeding, a culture in which being on top and gaining first place are what we teach our children to strive for, the concepts of losing and lostness are not only looked down upon, but they are also truly despised.  Well, today, Jesus has something to tell us about losing and being lost.  Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem and he has been teaching about discipleship.  He has much to say about the way we treat the least of those among us and, in that context, he has a great deal to say about what it means to be a disciple.  All along the way he has been saying things like, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Or, “He who is the least among you is the one who is great.”  And, just last week we shockingly heard him say, “Anyone who does not carry his cross like a common criminal and follow me cannot be my disciple.”  None of these words describe winning as perceived within our current cultural context. Today, we find Jesus associating with those who were considered losers.  The despised tax collectors and sinners were coming near to him, gathering around him and listening to him.  And, the Scribes and Pharisees, the most religious of people, did not take kindly to this.  After all, the Scribes and Pharisees would never do something as questionable as hang out with losers.  No.  They attended church every Friday night, or at the very least once a month.  They tithed and were big supporters of the synagogue.  They did not use four letter words, they didn't eat pork, and they were always there for Rally Sunday and other important events.  They were a very committed bunch of so called “good” people.  They considered themselves winners.  And here Jesus was, attracted to the so-called outsiders, the losers, the sinners. Furthermore, he seemed to be enjoying the company of the tax collectors, the camel and donkey drivers, the tanners, the prostitutes, and all those that elite society labeled as losers.  What's more – he not only welcomed them, he seemed to value them.  Well, the Scribes and Pharisees began to grumble extensively about Jesus consorting with such losers saying, “This guy welcomes outcasts and even eats with them.”  So, Jesus, knowing their attitude toward the outsiders and toward those considered losers, told them this story:  There once was a shepherd who had one hundred sheep, but one got lost, and so the shepherd left the 99 to find the one.  The Pharisees smiled pleasantly to themselves because they agreed with the story; God always goes out to find the lost; that is, those people outside their church.  Jesus continued; the shepherd found the lost sheep and returned, carried it home on his shoulders and was so full of joy he called for celebration.  Jesus said there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who truly repents than over 99 good people, who don't think they are lost, who don't think that they have any need of repentance.  Hmmmm.  The Pharisees sensed that this parable was directed at them; but they weren't sure. So, Jesus told them a second parable.  There was an old woman who lost a precious coin, not just any coin, but the most precious coin that she had. She quickly and carefully swept her house, looking for that lost precious coin.  She finally found the coin and was so happy that she called all her friends and threw a big party.  Jesus continued by saying, “And so it is with God.  There is great joy in heaven over one sinner who truly repents.”  Well, the turn of the phrase at the end of these stories with words about repentance were challenging.  The Pharisees sensed that Jesus was somehow talking about them and they didn't like what he was implying because it was so clear to the Pharisees that they were part of the found.  They were the insiders and the “good” religious folk. We live in a world in which we, like the Pharisees, too often use our differences as a means of delineating ourselves from others, and as a means of underlining our supposed superiority.  We are blind to the fact that we are incomplete without the very people of whom we disapprove. We are only 99.  The truth is, we are incomplete without the lost.  And, true repentance happens when our minds are changed to such a degree that we cannot see a community as whole until all are included, and none are “lost.” Like the Scribes and Pharisees, we say God is a God of love, but we tend to make that love so conditional.  We tend to make it conditional on our keeping the rules, rules which are too often somewhat arbitrary habits that support our local prejudices and personal perspectives. We use these rules to bolster our own status and position.  This sense of conditional love leads us toward, or allows us to live in, a mindset of disapproval. For some reason, fundamentally at our core we seem to think that God disapproves of us and loves us only when we fit in with what we imagine to be God's expectations; expectations that have an alarming correlation with our own social expectations of what is acceptable.  Consequently, our imaging of God determines the way we treat others. And, far too often, our image of God shows that we have created God in our own self-image. But, today, all our readings tell of a God who loves unconditionally, a God who has a heart for losers, a heart for all who are lost.  In our reading from Exodus, God reconciles with the idol-worshiping people of Israel.  In our reading from 1 Timothy, Paul bears witness to the risen Lord who calls even the violent, blasphemous persecutor that Paul once was to become a disciple and spread the good news of God's unconditional love.  And, in our gospel reading, we discover a God who will never ever  abandon the lost.  In fact, in the stories Jesus shares, the entire cause of the rescue and recovery operation is the shepherd's and the woman's determination to find the lost. They tell of a God who is determined to find the lost.  The reality is neither the lost sheep nor the lost coin does a blessed thing except hang around in its lostness.  And we learn from these stories the startling reality that it is precisely our sin, our lostness, and not our goodness, that most commend us to the grace of God.  Wow!  The fact of the matter is we are all losers!  We are all lost and all broken.  But God's heart is so full of love for all that God sent us Jesus.  And, in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we see the overwhelming, unconditional love and overflowing grace of God written large for the world to see.  The cross and resurrection testify to God's faithfulness in loving and rescuing all that are lost.  In the person of Jesus, we meet a God of abundant grace.  And, words like “losers” are gone because all are welcomed at the party God is throwing – the party Jesus hosts where he welcomes sinners and eats with them.  This is the party where we all are called “guest,” “graced,” “gifted,” “loved,” “cherished,” and “empowered.”  Come to the party, celebrate and join the feast.

Cathedral Church of The Advent
Mercy for Scribes and Pharisees

Cathedral Church of The Advent

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 17:31


The Film Scribes Podcast
Film Scribes Episode 101 Reviews of NOPE, MINIONS: RISE OF GRU and THE GRAY MAN

The Film Scribes Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 45:53


  Thank you for checking another socially distanced episode of The Film Scribes Podcast. This week the scribes on deck Rich Heimlich (/comment), Stephen Silver (Splice Today, Philly Voice), Rich Drees (filmbuffonline), and Dan Tabor (Cinapse.co) are talking new releases with reviews of THE GRAY MAN, MINONS: RISE OF GRU and spoiler filled deep dive into NOPE. As always any feedback or questions can be sent to Filmscribes@philafcc.org to be discussed on a future show. 

Living Word Bible Church
The Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

Living Word Bible Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 45:00


Outline --Sandwich---1. Family -vv. 20-21--2. Scribes -vv. 22-30--3. Family -vv. 31-35---Main Points-1. People will disappoint us -vv. 20-21, 31-35-.-2. Satan will attack us -vv. 22-30-.-3. Only one sin sends anyone to hell -v. 29-.

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
August 30: Job 29–30; Psalm 56; Luke 20

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 11:58


Old Testament: Job 29–30 Job 29–30 (Listen) Job's Summary Defense 29 And Job again took up his discourse, and said: 2   “Oh, that I were as in the months of old,    as in the days when God watched over me,3   when his lamp shone upon my head,    and by his light I walked through darkness,4   as I was in my prime,1    when the friendship of God was upon my tent,5   when the Almighty was yet with me,    when my children were all around me,6   when my steps were washed with butter,    and the rock poured out for me streams of oil!7   When I went out to the gate of the city,    when I prepared my seat in the square,8   the young men saw me and withdrew,    and the aged rose and stood;9   the princes refrained from talking    and laid their hand on their mouth;10   the voice of the nobles was hushed,    and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.11   When the ear heard, it called me blessed,    and when the eye saw, it approved,12   because I delivered the poor who cried for help,    and the fatherless who had none to help him.13   The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,    and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.14   I put on righteousness, and it clothed me;    my justice was like a robe and a turban.15   I was eyes to the blind    and feet to the lame.16   I was a father to the needy,    and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know.17   I broke the fangs of the unrighteous    and made him drop his prey from his teeth.18   Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest,    and I shall multiply my days as the sand,19   my roots spread out to the waters,    with the dew all night on my branches,20   my glory fresh with me,    and my bow ever new in my hand.' 21   “Men listened to me and waited    and kept silence for my counsel.22   After I spoke they did not speak again,    and my word dropped upon them.23   They waited for me as for the rain,    and they opened their mouths as for the spring rain.24   I smiled on them when they had no confidence,    and the light of my face they did not cast down.25   I chose their way and sat as chief,    and I lived like a king among his troops,    like one who comforts mourners. 30   “But now they laugh at me,    men who are younger than I,  whose fathers I would have disdained    to set with the dogs of my flock.2   What could I gain from the strength of their hands,    men whose vigor is gone?3   Through want and hard hunger    they gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation;4   they pick saltwort and the leaves of bushes,    and the roots of the broom tree for their food.25   They are driven out from human company;    they shout after them as after a thief.6   In the gullies of the torrents they must dwell,    in holes of the earth and of the rocks.7   Among the bushes they bray;    under the nettles they huddle together.8   A senseless, a nameless brood,    they have been whipped out of the land. 9   “And now I have become their song;    I am a byword to them.10   They abhor me; they keep aloof from me;    they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me.11   Because God has loosed my cord and humbled me,    they have cast off restraint3 in my presence.12   On my right hand the rabble rise;    they push away my feet;    they cast up against me their ways of destruction.13   They break up my path;    they promote my calamity;    they need no one to help them.14   As through a wide breach they come;    amid the crash they roll on.15   Terrors are turned upon me;    my honor is pursued as by the wind,    and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud. 16   “And now my soul is poured out within me;    days of affliction have taken hold of me.17   The night racks my bones,    and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.18   With great force my garment is disfigured;    it binds me about like the collar of my tunic.19   God4 has cast me into the mire,    and I have become like dust and ashes.20   I cry to you for help and you do not answer me;    I stand, and you only look at me.21   You have turned cruel to me;    with the might of your hand you persecute me.22   You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it,    and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.23   For I know that you will bring me to death    and to the house appointed for all living. 24   “Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand,    and in his disaster cry for help?525   Did not I weep for him whose day was hard?    Was not my soul grieved for the needy?26   But when I hoped for good, evil came,    and when I waited for light, darkness came.27   My inward parts are in turmoil and never still;    days of affliction come to meet me.28   I go about darkened, but not by the sun;    I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.29   I am a brother of jackals    and a companion of ostriches.30   My skin turns black and falls from me,    and my bones burn with heat.31   My lyre is turned to mourning,    and my pipe to the voice of those who weep. Footnotes [1] 29:4 Hebrew my autumn days [2] 30:4 Or warmth [3] 30:11 Hebrew the bridle [4] 30:19 Hebrew He [5] 30:24 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 56 Psalm 56 (Listen) In God I Trust To the choirmaster: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. A Miktam1 of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. 56   Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;    all day long an attacker oppresses me;2   my enemies trample on me all day long,    for many attack me proudly.3   When I am afraid,    I put my trust in you.4   In God, whose word I praise,    in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.    What can flesh do to me? 5   All day long they injure my cause;2    all their thoughts are against me for evil.6   They stir up strife, they lurk;    they watch my steps,    as they have waited for my life.7   For their crime will they escape?    In wrath cast down the peoples, O God! 8   You have kept count of my tossings;3    put my tears in your bottle.    Are they not in your book?9   Then my enemies will turn back    in the day when I call.    This I know, that4 God is for me.10   In God, whose word I praise,    in the LORD, whose word I praise,11   in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.    What can man do to me? 12   I must perform my vows to you, O God;    I will render thank offerings to you.13   For you have delivered my soul from death,    yes, my feet from falling,  that I may walk before God    in the light of life. Footnotes [1] 56:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term [2] 56:5 Or they twist my words [3] 56:8 Or wanderings [4] 56:9 Or because (ESV) New Testament: Luke 20 Luke 20 (Listen) The Authority of Jesus Challenged 20 One day, as Jesus1 was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2 and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” 3 He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, 4 was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” 5 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,' he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?' 6 But if we say, ‘From man,' all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8 And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” The Parable of the Wicked Tenants 9 And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant2 to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.' 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.' 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:   “‘The stone that the builders rejected    has become the cornerstone'?3 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Paying Taxes to Caesar 19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality,4 but truly teach the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius.5 Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar's.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent. Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection 27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man6 must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons7 of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question. Whose Son Is the Christ? 41 But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David's son? 42 For David himself says in the Book of Psalms,   “‘The Lord said to my Lord,  “Sit at my right hand,43     until I make your enemies your footstool.”' 44 David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?” Beware of the Scribes 45 And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” Footnotes [1] 20:1 Greek he [2] 20:10 Or bondservant; also verse 11 [3] 20:17 Greek the head of the corner [4] 20:21 Greek and do not receive a face [5] 20:24 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [6] 20:28 Greek his brother [7] 20:36 Greek huioi; see Preface (ESV)

Women Who Went Before
Invisible Women and How they Make History

Women Who Went Before

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 57:44 Transcription Available


We talk to Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz about history's nameless faces, the news negativity bias, and how to raid ancient texts to find women. How were women named and anonymized in Jewish and Christian texts? When did bene Yisra'el mean "sons of Israel" in the Hebrew Bible, and when did it include the daughters too? What do we know about female scribes in antiquity?  Who was Rav Hisda's daughter? And how do biases shape what scholars find? Episode show notes: womenwhowentbefore.com/invisible-womenWomen Who Went Before is written, produced, and edited by Emily Chesley and Rebekah Haigh. The music is composed and produced by Moses Sun.Sponsored by the Center for Culture, Society, and Religion, the Program in Judaic Studies, and the Stanley J. Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton UniversityViews expressed on the podcast are solely those of the individuals, and do not represent Princeton University.

Set Free to Serve
Answering to Jesus

Set Free to Serve

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 38:14


After being asked a barrage of questions by the Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, and Scribes, Jesus had some questions of his own. His audience was so baffled by the question that they couldn't answer. Join Pastor Joe as he explains what a right response to Jesus would be like in answer to the questions Jesus asked in Matthew 22:41-46.

Ashley T Lee Podcast
Jesus' Disciples & Kingdom

Ashley T Lee Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2022 29:55


This podcast goes through the Sermon on the Mount used to straighten up the laws that had been distorted by the Jewish Rabbis and Scribes. Jesus' new followers must have been happy to hear them cleared up by Jesus.

Miracle Voices
Let's Discuss - What I Learned From The Scribes - Judy Skutch Whitson (From 2019)

Miracle Voices

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 71:36


"In the most difficult times of your life just close your eyes and ask for help." - Judy Skutch Whitson Let's Discuss ACIM: "What I learned from the Scribes" recorded August 26th 2019. Judith Skutch Whitson, Founder, and Chairperson of the Foundation for Inner Peace. Judy shares inspiring vignettes and answers questions. Moderated by Tara Hollander.

Edge of Empire | A Horus Heresy Podcast
Dreads, Scribes & Bling! Episode 10 (Year 6)

Edge of Empire | A Horus Heresy Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 274:12


We apologise for the delay in getting this episode out, someone had to selfishly go and move house!

The Film Scribes Podcast
Film Scribes Episode 100: Reviews of BODIES BODIES BODIES, BULLET TRAIN, PREY and the BLACK STAR FILM FESTIVAL

The Film Scribes Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 47:29


Thank you for checking another socially distanced episode of The Film Scribes Podcast. This week the scribes on deck Rich Heimlich (/comment), Stephen Silver (Splice Today, Philly Voice), Rich Drees (filmbuffonline), and Dan Tabor (Cinapse.co) are talking new releases with reviews of BODIES BODIES BODIES, BULLET TRAIN and the the latest from the Predator franchise PREY. Steve also digs into his time at the Black Star Film Festival highlighting some of his personal favorites.    As always any feedback or questions can be sent to Filmscribes@philafcc.org to be discussed on a future show. 

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible
August 15: Psalm 13; Ruth 4; Jeremiah 42–43; Mark 12

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 15:47


Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 13 Psalm 13 (Listen) How Long, O Lord? To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 13   How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?    How long will you hide your face from me?2   How long must I take counsel in my soul    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?  How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3   Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,4   lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. 5   But I have trusted in your steadfast love;    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.6   I will sing to the LORD,    because he has dealt bountifully with me. (ESV) Pentateuch and History: Ruth 4 Ruth 4 (Listen) Boaz Redeems Ruth 4 Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down. 2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3 Then he said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. 4 So I thought I would tell you of it and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.' If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you1 will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you.” And he said, “I will redeem it.” 5 Then Boaz said, “The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth2 the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance.” 6 Then the redeemer said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.” 7 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one drew off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was the manner of attesting in Israel. 8 So when the redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself,” he drew off his sandal. 9 Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. 10 Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.” 11 Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem, 12 and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the LORD will give you by this young woman.” Ruth and Boaz Marry 13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. 17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. The Genealogy of David 18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, 19 Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 20 Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 21 Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, 22 Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David. Footnotes [1] 4:4 Hebrew he [2] 4:5 Masoretic Text you also buy it from Ruth (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Jeremiah 42–43 Jeremiah 42–43 (Listen) Warning Against Going to Egypt 42 Then all the commanders of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least to the greatest, came near 2 and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the LORD your God for us, for all this remnant—because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us—3 that the LORD your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing that we should do.” 4 Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your request, and whatever the LORD answers you I will tell you. I will keep nothing back from you.” 5 Then they said to Jeremiah, “May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to all the word with which the LORD your God sends you to us. 6 Whether it is good or bad, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the LORD our God.” 7 At the end of ten days the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah. 8 Then he summoned Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces who were with him, and all the people from the least to the greatest, 9 and said to them, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your plea for mercy before him: 10 If you will remain in this land, then I will build you up and not pull you down; I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I relent of the disaster that I did to you. 11 Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the LORD, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand. 12 I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and let you remain in your own land. 13 But if you say, ‘We will not remain in this land,' disobeying the voice of the LORD your God 14 and saying, ‘No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we shall not see war or hear the sound of the trumpet or be hungry for bread, and we will dwell there,' 15 then hear the word of the LORD, O remnant of Judah. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: If you set your faces to enter Egypt and go to live there, 16 then the sword that you fear shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine of which you are afraid shall follow close after you to Egypt, and there you shall die. 17 All the men who set their faces to go to Egypt to live there shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. They shall have no remnant or survivor from the disaster that I will bring upon them. 18 “For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: As my anger and my wrath were poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so my wrath will be poured out on you when you go to Egypt. You shall become an execration, a horror, a curse, and a taunt. You shall see this place no more. 19 The LORD has said to you, O remnant of Judah, ‘Do not go to Egypt.' Know for a certainty that I have warned you this day 20 that you have gone astray at the cost of your lives. For you sent me to the LORD your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the LORD our God, and whatever the LORD our God says, declare to us and we will do it.' 21 And I have this day declared it to you, but you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God in anything that he sent me to tell you. 22 Now therefore know for a certainty that you shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to live.” Jeremiah Taken to Egypt 43 When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all these words of the LORD their God, with which the LORD their God had sent him to them, 2 Azariah the son of Hoshaiah and Johanan the son of Kareah and all the insolent men said to Jeremiah, “You are telling a lie. The LORD our God did not send you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to live there,' 3 but Baruch the son of Neriah has set you against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may kill us or take us into exile in Babylon.” 4 So Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces and all the people did not obey the voice of the LORD, to remain in the land of Judah. 5 But Johanan the son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces took all the remnant of Judah who had returned to live in the land of Judah from all the nations to which they had been driven—6 the men, the women, the children, the princesses, and every person whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan; also Jeremiah the prophet and Baruch the son of Neriah. 7 And they came into the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the LORD. And they arrived at Tahpanhes. 8 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes: 9 “Take in your hands large stones and hide them in the mortar in the pavement that is at the entrance to Pharaoh's palace in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah, 10 and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will set his throne above these stones that I have hidden, and he will spread his royal canopy over them. 11 He shall come and strike the land of Egypt, giving over to the pestilence those who are doomed to the pestilence, to captivity those who are doomed to captivity, and to the sword those who are doomed to the sword. 12 I shall kindle a fire in the temples of the gods of Egypt, and he shall burn them and carry them away captive. And he shall clean the land of Egypt as a shepherd cleans his cloak of vermin, and he shall go away from there in peace. 13 He shall break the obelisks of Heliopolis, which is in the land of Egypt, and the temples of the gods of Egypt he shall burn with fire.'” (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: Mark 12 Mark 12 (Listen) The Parable of the Tenants 12 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 2 When the season came, he sent a servant1 to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. 6 He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.' 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' 8 And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:   “‘The stone that the builders rejected    has become the cornerstone;211   this was the Lord's doing,    and it is marvelous in our eyes'?” 12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away. Paying Taxes to Caesar 13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances,3 but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius4 and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar's.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” And they marveled at him. The Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection 18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man5 must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.” 24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.” The Great Commandment 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. Whose Son Is the Christ? 35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,   “‘The Lord said to my Lord,  “Sit at my right hand,    until I put your enemies under your feet.”' 37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly. Beware of the Scribes 38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” The Widow's Offering 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.6 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Footnotes [1] 12:2 Or bondservant; also verse 4 [2] 12:10 Greek the head of the corner [3] 12:14 Greek you do not look at people's faces [4] 12:15 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [5] 12:19 Greek his brother [6] 12:42 Greek two lepta, which make a kodrantes; a kodrantes (Latin quadrans) was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/64 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer) (ESV)

Sermons – Highland Oaks

Again we hear Jesus contrasting his message with the teaching of the Scribes and Pharisees. Jesus invites those to listen, again, to him above the heart and tradition of the religious rulers. Are we willing to examine our heart and truly hear the message Jesus longs to give?

Trinity Fellowship Church
Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees

Trinity Fellowship Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022


A study of Matthew 23:1-12

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
August 6: Nehemiah 1; Psalm 33; Mark 12

ESV: Through the Bible in a Year

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 9:54


Old Testament: Nehemiah 1 Nehemiah 1 (Listen) Report from Jerusalem 1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the citadel, 2 that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” Nehemiah's Prayer 4 As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. 5 And I said, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father's house have sinned. 7 We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses. 8 Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, 9 but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.' 10 They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. 11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Now I was cupbearer to the king. (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 33 Psalm 33 (Listen) The Steadfast Love of the Lord 33   Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous!    Praise befits the upright.2   Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre;    make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!3   Sing to him a new song;    play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 4   For the word of the LORD is upright,    and all his work is done in faithfulness.5   He loves righteousness and justice;    the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD. 6   By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,    and by the breath of his mouth all their host.7   He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;    he puts the deeps in storehouses. 8   Let all the earth fear the LORD;    let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!9   For he spoke, and it came to be;    he commanded, and it stood firm. 10   The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;    he frustrates the plans of the peoples.11   The counsel of the LORD stands forever,    the plans of his heart to all generations.12   Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,    the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! 13   The LORD looks down from heaven;    he sees all the children of man;14   from where he sits enthroned he looks out    on all the inhabitants of the earth,15   he who fashions the hearts of them all    and observes all their deeds.16   The king is not saved by his great army;    a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.17   The war horse is a false hope for salvation,    and by its great might it cannot rescue. 18   Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him,    on those who hope in his steadfast love,19   that he may deliver their soul from death    and keep them alive in famine. 20   Our soul waits for the LORD;    he is our help and our shield.21   For our heart is glad in him,    because we trust in his holy name.22   Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,    even as we hope in you. (ESV) New Testament: Mark 12 Mark 12 (Listen) The Parable of the Tenants 12 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 2 When the season came, he sent a servant1 to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. 6 He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.' 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' 8 And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:   “‘The stone that the builders rejected    has become the cornerstone;211   this was the Lord's doing,    and it is marvelous in our eyes'?” 12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away. Paying Taxes to Caesar 13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances,3 but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius4 and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar's.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” And they marveled at him. The Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection 18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man5 must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.” 24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.” The Great Commandment 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. Whose Son Is the Christ? 35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,   “‘The Lord said to my Lord,  “Sit at my right hand,    until I put your enemies under your feet.”' 37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly. Beware of the Scribes 38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” The Widow's Offering 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.6 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Footnotes [1] 12:2 Or bondservant; also verse 4 [2] 12:10 Greek the head of the corner [3] 12:14 Greek you do not look at people's faces [4] 12:15 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [5] 12:19 Greek his brother [6] 12:42 Greek two lepta, which make a kodrantes; a kodrantes (Latin quadrans) was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/64 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer) (ESV)

Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook
Tares Among the Wheat - Part 10 - Satan's World System

Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 49:01


Satan's World System      As we discussed previously, Satan is permitted, for a time, to rule over the majority in this world. Three times Jesus referred to Satan as “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). Other passages of Scripture call Satan “the god of this world” (2 Cor 4:4), and “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph 2:2), informing us “that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). Satan rules as a tyrant who has “weakened the nations” (Isa 14:12), and currently “deceives the whole world” (Rev 12:9). He personally attacked Adam and Eve (Gen 3:1-7), Job (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-13), David, (1 Chr 21:1), Joshua the high priest (Zec 3:1-2), Jesus (Matt 4:1-11), Judas (John 13:27), and Peter (Luke 22:31-32). He continues to attack God's people today (1 Pet 5:8), practices deception (2 Cor 11:13-15), and has well developed strategies of warfare (Eph 6:10-12). Furthermore, humanity is living in an “evil age” (Gal 1:4), under “the dominion of Satan” (Acts 26:18), whose sphere of influence is called “the domain of darkness” (Col 1:13). Though Satan has attacked some people directly, he mainly operates as commander of an unseen realm of demons, through a worldwide system of philosophies and values he's created, through unbelievers whom he energizes to do his will, and through the sinful inclinations of our fallen nature. These all help advance his agenda in which he attacks God and His people. Paul, when writing to Christians in Ephesus, discusses the reality of these things. Paul said: "And you [Gentile Christians, before salvation; see Eph 2:4-9] were dead [νεκρός nekros – dead, corpse; i.e., separated from God] in your trespasses and sins [i.e., acts of disobedience against God], 2 in which you formerly walked [περιπατέω peripateo – to walk, conduct oneself, behave] according to the course of this world [κόσμος kosmos - world, system], according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan – the commander of an unseen realm], of the spirit that is now working [ἐνεργέω energeo – to work, energize, empower] in the sons of disobedience [i.e., sons characterized by their disobedience to God]. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh [σάρξ sarx – flesh, body, i.e., sin nature], indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind [even their reasoning processes were corrupt], and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest." (Eph 2:1-3)      The Bible recognizes Satan's world-system and warns us not to love it. John writes and tells the Christian, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world” (1 John 2:15-16). We live in a fallen world, and John's command is intended to warn us of real danger. First, John opens with the negative particle Μὴ Me, which is followed by the Geek verb ἀγαπάω agapao, which is in the imperative mood—the mood of command. The word ἀγαπάω agapao denotes desire or commitment to something or someone. David L. Allen comments on love: "In its essence love is two things: a desire for something and a commitment to something … Whatever it is you desire and whatever you're committed to, that's where your time and resources will go. If you love football, that's where your time and resources will go. If you love hunting or fishing, that's where your time and resources will go. If you love your spouse, you desire to spend time with her and you are committed to her. Love is more than an emotional feeling. Love requires a commitment of time and resources."[1]      John then gives the object we are not to desire or be committed to, namely, the world (τὸν κόσμον). The Greek word κόσμος kosmos is used in Scripture to refer to: 1) the physical planet (Matt 13:35; Acts 17:24), 2) people who live in the world (John 3:16), and 3) the hostile system created and controlled by Satan that he uses to lure people away from God (1 John 2:15-16). It is this third meaning that John has in mind. Hence, the word κόσμος kosmos refers to “that which is hostile to God…lost in sin, wholly at odds with anything divine, ruined and depraved.”[2] Concerning, the word κόσμος kosmos, David L. Allen writes: "Sometimes the word “world” is used to refer to the organized evil system with its principles and its practices, all under the authority of Satan, which includes all teachings, ideas, culture, attitudes, activities, etc., that are opposed to God. A fixation on the material over the spiritual, promotion of self over others, pleasure over principle—these are just a few descriptors of the world system John is talking about. The word “world” here means everything that opposes Christ and his work on earth. Jesus called Satan “the ruler of this world” (John 14:30; 16:11), and Paul called him “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). In Luke 16:8 Jesus referred to all unsaved people as “the sons of this world.”[3]      Satan's world-system consists of those philosophies and values that perpetually influence humanity to think and behave contrary to God and His Word. This operating apart from God is first and foremost a way of thinking that is antithetical to God, a way of thinking motivated by a desire to be free from God and the authority of Scripture, a freedom most will accept, even though it is accompanied by all sorts of inconsistencies and absurdities. Lewis Chafer writes: "The kosmos is a vast order or system that Satan has promoted which conforms to his ideals, aims, and methods. It is civilization now functioning apart from God-a civilization in which none of its promoters really expect God to share; who assign to God no consideration in respect to their projects, nor do they ascribe any causality to Him. This system embraces its godless governments, conflicts, armaments, jealousies; its education, culture, religions of morality, and pride. It is that sphere in which man lives. It is what he sees, what he employs. To the uncounted multitude it is all they ever know so long as they live on this earth. It is properly styled “The Satanic System” which phrase is in many instances a justified interpretation of the so-meaningful word, kosmos."[4]      Many people who live in Satan's world-system exclude God and Scripture from their daily conversations. This is true in news, politics, academic communities, work and home life. God is nowhere in their thoughts, and therefore, nowhere in their discussions (Psa 10:4; 14:1). These are the agnostics and atheists. But there are others in Satan's world-system who are very religious, and these are the worst kind of people, because they claim to represent God, when in fact they don't. In the Bible, there were many religious people who spoke in the name of the Lord (Jer 14:14; 23:16-32; Matt 7:15; Acts 13:6; Rev 2:20), claiming to represent Him, even performing miracles (Deut 13:1-4; Matt 24:24; 2 Th 2:8-9; Rev 13:13). The Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes where this way, and they said of themselves, “we have one Father: God” (John 8:41b). But Jesus saw them for what they really were and said, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father” (John 8:44a). The religious—like Satan—are blinded by their pride. Humility must come before they will accept God's gospel of grace, and it does no good to argue with them (2 Tim 2:24-26). These false representatives loved to talk about God, read their Bibles, pray, fast, give of their resources, and spent much of their time in fellowship with other religious persons. Theirs is a works-system of salvation, which feeds their pride; giving them a sense of control over their circumstances and others.[5] These false organizations and their teachers appear as godly and righteous, but Paul described them as “false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ” (2 Cor 11:13). Though very religious, these are in line with Satan, who operates on corrupt reasoning and is a deceiver. Paul goes on to say, “No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore, it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds” (2 Cor 11:14-15).      The contrast between the growing Christian and the worldly person is stark, as their thoughts and words take them in completely different directions. The growing believer thinks about God and His Word all the time, as “his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psa 1:2). The word law translates the Hebrew word תּוֹרָה torah, which means law, direction, or instruction. Navigating the highways of this world can be tricky, and the believer needs the direction or instruction God's Word provides. It is our divine roadmap for staying on God's path and getting to the destination He intends.      At the core of Satan's world-system is a directive for mankind to function apart from God, and when obeyed, people produce all forms of evil, both moral and immoral. We should understand that Satan's system is a buffet that offers something for everyone who rejects God, whether that person is moral or immoral, religious or irreligious, educated or simple, rich or poor. Satan is careful to make sure there's even something for the Christian in his world-system, which is why the Bible repeatedly warns the believer not to love the world or the things in the world. We are to be set apart (Col 2:8; Jam 1:27; 4:4; 1 John 2:15-16). Lightner states, “The world is the Christian's enemy because it represents an anti-God system, a philosophy that is diametrically opposed to the will and plan of God. It is a system headed by the devil and therefore at odds with God (2 Cor 4:4).…It is in this wicked world we must rear our families and earn our livelihoods. We are in it, yet are not to be a part of it.”[6] It is important to understand that we cannot change Satan or his evil program; however, we must be on guard, for it can and will change us if we're not careful to learn and live God's Word.      At the moment of salvation, God the Father “rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col 1:13), and “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil 3:20). This transference is permanent and cannot be undone. Once this happens, we are hated by those who remain in Satan's kingdom of darkness. For this reason, Jesus said to His disciples, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you” (John 15:18-19; cf. John 16:33; 1 John 3:13). Love and hate in this context should be understood as accept or reject, which can be mild or severe in expression. When praying to the Father, Jesus said, “they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:14b), and went on to say, “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). It is not God's will that we be immediately removed from this world at the moment of salvation, but left here to serve as His representatives to the lost, that we “may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet 2:9). We are not to participate in worldly affairs that exclude God, but are to “walk as children of Light” (Eph 5:8), manifesting the fruit of the Light “in all goodness and righteousness and truth, trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord” (Eph 5:9-10), and we are told, “do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them” (Eph 5:11).      The growing Christian faces real struggles as Satan's world system seeks to press him into its mold, demanding conformity, and persecuting him when he does not bend to its values. The world-system not only has human support, but is backed by demonic forces that operate in collaboration with Satan. Scripture tells us “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). The battlefront is more than what is seen with the human eye and is driven by unseen spiritual forces. As Christians living in the world, we are to be careful not to be taken “captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ” (Col 2:8). Realizing the battleground is the mind, we are to think biblically in everything, which is our only safeguard against the enemy (2 Cor 10:3-5).      As Christians we face situations every day in which we are pressured to compromise God's Word. We face difficulties at work, school, home, or other places, in which we are confronted by worldly-minded persons, both saved and unsaved, who demand and pressure us to abandon our biblical values. There is room for personal compromise where Scripture is silent on a matter; however, where Scripture speaks with absolute authority, there we must never compromise! Wiersbe states, “The world, or world-system, puts pressure on each person to try to get him to conform (Rom 12:2). Jesus Christ was not ‘of this world' and neither are His people (John 8:23; 17:14). But the unsaved person, either consciously or unconsciously, is controlled by the values and attitudes of this world.”[7]      By promoting the gospel and biblical teaching, the church disrupts Satan's domain of darkness by calling out of it a people for God. By learning God's Word, Christians can identify worldly conversations and activities and either avoid them or seek to redirect them by interjecting biblical truth, which should never be done in hostility. When sharing God's Word with others it's proper to know that not everyone wants to hear God's truth, and even though we may not agree with them, their personal choices should be respected (Matt 10:14; Acts 13:50-51). We should never try to force the gospel or Bible teaching on anyone, but be willing to share when opportunity presents itself. At times this will bring peace, and other times cause disruption and may even offend. In this interaction, the growing Christian must be careful not to fall into the exclusion trap, in which the worldly person (whether saved or lost) controls the content of every conversation, demanding the Christian only talk about worldly issues, as Scripture threatens his pagan presuppositions. Having the biblical worldview, the Christian should insert himself into daily conversations with others, and in so doing, be a light in a dark place. He should always be respectful, conversational, and never have a fist-in-your-face attitude, as arrogance never helps advance biblical truth (2 Tim 2:24-26). The worldly-minded person may not want to hear what the Christian has to say, but he should never be under the false impression that he has the right to quiet the Christian and thereby exclude him from the conversation.      As we grow spiritually and walk with God, learning and living His Word (2 Tim 2:15; 3:16-17), we stand in opposition to Satan's world-system and sow the seeds of spiritual insurrection in the lives of those who live and walk in his kingdom of darkness. We disrupt Satan's kingdom when we share the gospel, “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3-4). When anyone places their faith in Christ, trusting solely in Him as Savior, they are forgiven all their sins (Eph 1:7), gifted with eternal life (John 3:16; 10:28), and the righteousness of God (Rom 4:1-5; 5:17; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 3:9). They are rescued from Satan's enslaving power, as God rescues them from the “domain of darkness” and transfers them into “the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col 1:13). The gospel is the only way a person can be delivered from spiritual slavery; “for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). Once saved, we seek to influence the thoughts and lives of other Christians through fellowship (Heb 10:23-25), prayer (Jam 5:16), edification (Eph 4:29), encouragement (1 Th 5:11), love (1 Th 4:9; cf. Eph 4:14-15), and words of grace (Col 4:6).   [1] David L. Allen, 1–3 John: Fellowship in God's Family, ed. R. Kent Hughes, Preaching the Word (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013), 96–97. [2] Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, p. 562. [3] David L. Allen, 1–3 John: Fellowship in God's Family, 96. [4] Lewis S. Chafer, “Angelology Part 4” Bibliotheca Sacra 99 (1942): 282-283. [5] There are many church denominations today that call themselves “Christian”, but who come with a false gospel in which human works are added as a requirement for salvation (i.e., Catholics, Methodists, Church of Christ, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, etc.). [6] Robert P. Lightner, Handbook of Evangelical Theology, p. 206. [7] Warren Wiersbe, The Bible Exposition Commentary, New Testament, Vol. 2, p. 18.

Sunday Morning Podcast | The Moody Church

The Bible often uses an analogy comparing two ways, two paths that people can take in their spiritual journey. In the Garden of Eden, God presents Adam and Eve with two ways, and two trees, one that's fruit is life and the other that's death.  At the end of Deuteronomy, Moses presents Israel with two ways, “See, I have set before you life and death, good and evil.” Then Joshua, having led the people into the land of promise, presented them with two ways, to serve either foreign gods or the true living God: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” In the Proverbs we are again presented with the two ways: the way of folly and the way of wisdom.   You see, God is always bringing His people to the proverbial fork in the road, the moment of decision, the parting of the ways. And in His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus once again presents us with The Two Ways.   In this passage from Matthew 7:13-29, we'll organize our thoughts around three questions:   What are the two ways? The Way of the Pharisees versus The Way of Jesus. The wide, easy, and popular gate that leads to destruction is the Way of the Scribes and Pharisees. The Scribes & Pharisees are the wolves in sheep's clothing. They're the diseased tree with the bad fruit. They're the ones with the religious resumes that will never enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. But the narrow, hard, and unpopular gate that leads to life is the Way of Jesus. He's the authentic sheep, the true prophet of God who you can trust and follow. He's the good tree with life-giving fruit. And on judgement day you will be known to Him and enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. And if you build your life on His Word, the house of your life will stand through the storms of life. What tells them apart? Religious Moralism versus the Gospel of Jesus. Do you see how different this is? When the storms of life come and beat against the life of a Religious Moralist their world collapses. The Religious Moralist can't handle much pain and suffering in life. In contrast, when the storm comes, a Gospel Person drives the pylons of their foundation even deeper into the Rock which holds them fast. The hardships of life serve to anchor and tether us increasingly to the person of Jesus, who is our only hope in life. What is at stake? Impermanent Life versus Indestructible Life. One way looks broad and easy, but it ends in destruction. You get eaten alive; the fruit is rotten; there's no Kingdom of Heaven; and the storms of life will wipe you out. The other way looks hard and narrow, but it leads to life. Jesus is a guide you can follow; the fruit is life-giving; the Kingdom of Heaven opens wide; and the storms of life serve to secure your soul.   Takeaways: Which gate will you choose? Which guide will you follow? Which fruit will you eat? Which righteousness will you pursue? Which foundation will you build?   Matthew 7:13-29   Got questions about the sermon? We address those during our weekly podcast, Living The Message. Email questions to livingthemessage@moodychurch.org.

ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan
July 30: Judges 13; Acts 17; Jeremiah 26; Mark 12

ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 18:33


With family: Judges 13; Acts 17 Judges 13 (Listen) The Birth of Samson 13 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. 2 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and had no children. 3 And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. 4 Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, 5 for behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.” 6 Then the woman came and told her husband, “A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. I did not ask him where he was from, and he did not tell me his name, 7 but he said to me, ‘Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. So then drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.'” 8 Then Manoah prayed to the LORD and said, “O Lord, please let the man of God whom you sent come again to us and teach us what we are to do with the child who will be born.” 9 And God listened to the voice of Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field. But Manoah her husband was not with her. 10 So the woman ran quickly and told her husband, “Behold, the man who came to me the other day has appeared to me.” 11 And Manoah arose and went after his wife and came to the man and said to him, “Are you the man who spoke to this woman?” And he said, “I am.” 12 And Manoah said, “Now when your words come true, what is to be the child's manner of life, and what is his mission?” 13 And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “Of all that I said to the woman let her be careful. 14 She may not eat of anything that comes from the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, or eat any unclean thing. All that I commanded her let her observe.” 15 Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “Please let us detain you and prepare a young goat for you.” 16 And the angel of the LORD said to Manoah, “If you detain me, I will not eat of your food. But if you prepare a burnt offering, then offer it to the LORD.” (For Manoah did not know that he was the angel of the LORD.) 17 And Manoah said to the angel of the LORD, “What is your name, so that, when your words come true, we may honor you?” 18 And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why do you ask my name, seeing it is wonderful?” 19 So Manoah took the young goat with the grain offering, and offered it on the rock to the LORD, to the one who works1 wonders, and Manoah and his wife were watching. 20 And when the flame went up toward heaven from the altar, the angel of the LORD went up in the flame of the altar. Now Manoah and his wife were watching, and they fell on their faces to the ground. 21 The angel of the LORD appeared no more to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of the LORD. 22 And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, for we have seen God.” 23 But his wife said to him, “If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering at our hands, or shown us all these things, or now announced to us such things as these.” 24 And the woman bore a son and called his name Samson. And the young man grew, and the LORD blessed him. 25 And the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him in Mahaneh-dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. Footnotes [1] 13:19 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew Lord, and working (ESV) Acts 17 (Listen) Paul and Silas in Thessalonica 17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 But the Jews1 were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” 8 And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. 9 And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go. Paul and Silas in Berea 10 The brothers2 immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed. Paul in Athens 16 Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there. 18 Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” 21 Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new. Paul Addresses the Areopagus 22 So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man,3 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for   “‘In him we live and move and have our being';4 as even some of your own poets have said,   “‘For we are indeed his offspring.'5 29 Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. 30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” 32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” 33 So Paul went out from their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them. Footnotes [1] 17:5 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 13 [2] 17:10 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 14 [3] 17:24 Greek made by hands [4] 17:28 Probably from Epimenides of Crete [5] 17:28 From Aratus's poem “Phainomena” (ESV) In private: Jeremiah 26; Mark 12 Jeremiah 26 (Listen) Jeremiah Threatened with Death 26 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the LORD: 2 “Thus says the LORD: Stand in the court of the LORD's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah that come to worship in the house of the LORD all the words that I command you to speak to them; do not hold back a word. 3 It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds. 4 You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law that I have set before you, 5 and to listen to the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you urgently, though you have not listened, 6 then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.'” 7 The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. 8 And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, “You shall die! 9 Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant'?” And all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the house of the LORD. 10 When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house to the house of the LORD and took their seat in the entry of the New Gate of the house of the LORD. 11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.” 12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, “The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard. 13 Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the LORD your God, and the LORD will relent of the disaster that he has pronounced against you. 14 But as for me, behold, I am in your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you. 15 Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the LORD sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.” Jeremiah Spared from Death 16 Then the officials and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve the sentence of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.” 17 And certain of the elders of the land arose and spoke to all the assembled people, saying, 18 “Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and said to all the people of Judah: ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts,   “‘Zion shall be plowed as a field;    Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,    and the mountain of the house a wooded height.' 19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death? Did he not fear the LORD and entreat the favor of the LORD, and did not the LORD relent of the disaster that he had pronounced against them? But we are about to bring great disaster upon ourselves.” 20 There was another man who prophesied in the name of the LORD, Uriah the son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim. He prophesied against this city and against this land in words like those of Jeremiah. 21 And when King Jehoiakim, with all his warriors and all the officials, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death. But when Uriah heard of it, he was afraid and fled and escaped to Egypt. 22 Then King Jehoiakim sent to Egypt certain men, Elnathan the son of Achbor and others with him, 23 and they took Uriah from Egypt and brought him to King Jehoiakim, who struck him down with the sword and dumped his dead body into the burial place of the common people. 24 But the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah so that he was not given over to the people to be put to death. (ESV) Mark 12 (Listen) The Parable of the Tenants 12 And he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a pit for the winepress and built a tower, and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 2 When the season came, he sent a servant1 to the tenants to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Again he sent to them another servant, and they struck him on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 And he sent another, and him they killed. And so with many others: some they beat, and some they killed. 6 He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.' 7 But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' 8 And they took him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this Scripture:   “‘The stone that the builders rejected    has become the cornerstone;211   this was the Lord's doing,    and it is marvelous in our eyes'?” 12 And they were seeking to arrest him but feared the people, for they perceived that he had told the parable against them. So they left him and went away. Paying Taxes to Caesar 13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances,3 but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius4 and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar's.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” And they marveled at him. The Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection 18 And Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man5 must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.” 24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.” The Great Commandment 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. Whose Son Is the Christ? 35 And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36 David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,   “‘The Lord said to my Lord,  “Sit at my right hand,    until I put your enemies under your feet.”' 37 David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly. Beware of the Scribes 38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” The Widow's Offering 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.6 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” Footnotes [1] 12:2 Or bondservant; also verse 4 [2] 12:10 Greek the head of the corner [3] 12:14 Greek you do not look at people's faces [4] 12:15 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [5] 12:19 Greek his brother [6] 12:42 Greek two lepta, which make a kodrantes; a kodrantes (Latin quadrans) was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/64 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer) (ESV)