Sunday, January 12, 2014

My prayer from Song of Songs - 1:1-5

Songs 1:1 The song of songs, which is Solomon's
My prayer: The prayer that comes forth from my lips

Songs 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for your love is better than wine.
My prayer: Let the Lord have an intimate relationship with me. His love is more enduring than the most enduring addiction of wine.

Songs 1:3 Because of the smell of your good ointments your name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love you.
My prayer: His love displayed through Him being crushed for me, produces a most pleasing and good aroma, and for this reason I, a virgin in Christ, love Him.

Songs 1:4 Draw me, we will run after you: the king has brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in you, we will remember your love more than wine: the upright love you.
My prayer: Extend your grace to me Lord, and enable me to follow you. I will rejoice and be glad as my King hides me in the most private part of His heart. We will remember your love more than wine, the upright will love you.

Songs 1:5 I am black, but comely, O you daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon.
My prayer: I am darkened by sin, but protected in the shade by the Son, through His blood.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hebrew Word Study on the word Abomination (OR, "What God disgusts")

English word: Abomination

Greek word: Toebah

Pronunciation: Toe (digit of the foot) + A + (BA as in 'bath')

Strong's Reference: 8441

Frequency in OT: 117

What God disgusts:

1. To lie (sexually) with mankind as with womankind (Leviticus 18:22)
2. Customs of the pagans (Leviticus 18:29)
3. Gold and silver on idols (Deuteronomy 7:25)
4. Serving other gods (Deuteronomy 13:14)
5. Eating unclean things (Deuteronomy 14:3)
6. Cross-dressing (Deuteronomy 22:5)


Biblical Hebrew Quick Tips

You don't need to be an expert in Hebrew to study the various words in the Old Testament. The Hebrew used in the Bible is not as hard as you would think it to be. Here are some quick tips to keep in mind as you study words of the Bible.

1. Use the Vines Expository Dictionary as a study accompaniment to begin with.

2. Most Hebrew words have 3 consonants and 3 vowels. For e.g. My wife's name is Neelam. So the consonants in her name would be N, L, M. The vowels are EE and A.

3. The consonant usually alternates with the vowel.

4. The last vowel is usually always silent.

That's what you need to remember when studying Hebrew!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Let Him kiss me (Song of Songs 1:2a)


The Shulamite allows the Beloved to kiss her because the Beloved's love is better than wine. In Prov 27:6, Solomon wrote that the "kisses of an enemy are deceitful". In asking for the Beloved to kiss her, the Shulamite must know that these kisses are not of an enemy neither are they deceitful. These kisses are from a friend and are sincere.

In the OT in the vast majority of instances, when a kiss is given, a blessing follows e.g. Isaac kissing his son Jacob before blessing him (Gen 27:27), Laban kissing his sons and daughters and then blessing them (Gen 31:55), Jacob kissing his brothers before blessing them by inviting them to stay at Pharaoh's palace (Gen 45:15), Moses kissing his father-in-law Jethro and then blessing him with his testimony (Exo 18:7-8), Samuel kissing Saul before anointing him (1 Sam 10:1) and so on.

In the NT, with the exception of Judas's kiss of betrayal (Luke 22:48) all other kisses have the significance of love and worship. There is no sensual meaning associated with a kiss.
The "sinner woman" who kisses Jesus's feet before anointing Him (Luke 7:38), the fond farewell Paul is given at Miletus (Acts 20:37), and the serveral times that Paul and Peter ask the readers of their epistles to greet one another with a "holy kiss" all indicate love and blessing. (Rom 16:16, 1 Cor 16:20, 2 Cor 13:12, 1 Thess 5:26, 1 Pet 5:14)

"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth" Song 1:2a therefore could be interpreted as "May Blessings and Love and continually come forth from His mouth".

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thoughts on Good, Bad and Evil

1. The opposite of good is bad, not evil.

2. Evil is not the absence of good, it is its corruption.

3. If absolute good and evil are defined by a variable frame of reference it causes ambiguity of interpretation. (e.g. Murdering a human becomes a condonable offense in a land that does not require punishment of the perpetrator, but becomes a punishable offense where the land does require justice to be done.)

4. Absolute good and evil can therefore only be defined by a fixed frame of reference. (Taking the above example again, it is disambiguated
(a good thing!) when a fixed frame of reference determines the life of a human as an inalienable right.)

5. From 3. and 4. the fixed frame of reference should come from a non-human being (transcendental).

Sunday, November 20, 2011

(Bible) Did you know...?

I have compiled some nice-to-know facts from my Bible study time. Thought of sharing.

...that Daniel and John who wrote the apocalyptic books of Daniel and Revelation respectively were referred to as "beloved" of God? (See Daniel 10:11 and John 19:26)

...that Adam was not created in the Garden of Eden but was led him to it by God? (See Genesis 2:15)

...that Adam was led alive to the garden (of Eden) but Jesus was laid dead in a garden tomb? (John 19:41,42)

...that Adam first exercised his speech not to talk to Eve but to name the animals that God had created? (See Genesis 2:20)

...that Eve may have probably thought that her first-born Cain was the "seed" that God had promised He would send to crush the head of the serpent. (Genesis 4:1)?

...that The foundations of biblical marriage were first stated by the first Adam and confirmed by Jesus Christ (the last Adam). (See Genesis 2:24, Matt 19:5, Mark 10:7)

...that God initially intended for man and other creatures to be plant and fruit eaters. (See Genesis 1:29,30)?

...that the first vocation assigned to Adam by God was for him to be a gardener. (Genesis 2:15)?

...that Adam added to God's command of not eating the fruit to include refraining from even touching it. (Genesis 3:3)?

...that the serpent and the donkey are the only animals in the Bible that speak to humans. (Gen 3:1 and Num 22:28)?

...that during the fall, God did not allow the serpent to depose before Him unlike the opportunity to present the case given to Adam and Eve (Gen 3:11-14)?

...that Adam did not not name his wife, Eve until after the fall. (Gen 3:20)?

...that the first instance of sacrifice mentioned in the Bible is when God provided coats of skin for Adam and Eve. (Gen 3:21)?

...that the main reason for God driving out Adam and Even from the garden was so that he (Adam) would not take from the tree of life and live forever (in his sin) (Gen 3:21)?

...that the reason for God accepting Abel's offering is revealed in the book of Hebrews - in the faith hall of fame chapter in the Bible. (Heb 11:4)?

...that apparently Cain was so fond of his son that he built a city and named it after his son Enoch (Gen 4:17)?

...that polygamy in the Bible is first mentioned when Lamech (Cain's great-great-great grandson) took 2 wives for himself - Adah and Zillhah (Gen 4:19)?

...that the second murder mentioned in the Bible is that of an unknown young man by Lamech. (Gen 4:23)?

...that it could be possible that Lamech used a weapon made by his son Tubalcain to kill the unknown young man. (Gen 4:22, 23)?

...that men began to call on God's name (prayers and worship) when Seth's son Enosh was born (Gen 4:26)?

...that Enoch had a change in heart only around the time his son Methuselah was born. He started walking with God at the age of 65. (Gen 5:21)?

...although the name of Noah's father was Lamech, this is not the same polygamist, murderer mentioned in Gen 4:23 (Gen 5:28)?

...that the most wicked incident after which God decided to destroy the earth with the flood was the consummation between angels and women. (Gen 6:2, 6:5)?

...that Noah is the first person mentioned in the Bible  who finds "grace" in the eyes of the Lord (Gen 6:8)?

...that the meaning of Methuselah's name was "when he dies it will come" referring to the flood. What is more significant is that Methuselah is the longest living person recorded in the Bible and indicates God's forbearance in delaying the flood.

...that Noah took 7 pairs of clean animals and 1 pair of unclean animals in the ark. (Gen 7:2)?

...that the gospel according to Matthew is the only gospel in which OT quotes are taken from original Hebrew and not the Septuagint?

...that the Tabernacle of David represents the New Testament and the Tabernacle of Moses represents the Old Testament?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A suggested technique for Interceding

It is hard to pray for someone you do not know enough. The following acrostic is a suggested way of praying for a person.

Faith is the subtance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseeen - Heb 11:1

Faith: Pray for the salvation of the person you are interceding for. Pray that the person may come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Answers to prayer: Pray that the person's prayers be answered.

Idols: Pray that the person's idols be demolished. A nice way to identify idols is by identifying what IDOLove.

Trials: Pray for the person's deliverance from trials that the person is currently going through.

Health: Pray for the physical health of the person.