Bible study with various versions

I recently started using the NKJV version as my main Bible study version; formerly I was a KJV-ian. In the past months that I have been using NKJV, I have seen different meanings come to life in same verses I have read in KJV. A few of them:

Philippians 2:9 (KJV): “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” Other versions read “the name” which gives a stronger meaning to the verse. “a name” makes it seem like there may be other names that are on equal standing with the one God gave Jesus.

1Tim 3:6 (KJV): “Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.” Reading other versions, I got to find out this verse actually meant “the same condemnation as the devil did“.

ITim 6:10 (KJV): “For the love of money is the root of all evil…” Other versions read “a root” signifying that there are other evils which do not have their root in the love of money. Here again we see the difference between ‘a’ and ‘the’.

In summary, even though you use a particular version of the Bible for your study, check other versions from time to time; you just might unlock a different level of understanding for what you are reading.

How can you say God is not partial?

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That was the question I had in my head after I read Paul’s statement in Galatians 2:6 (NKJV):

But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.”

I also remember Peter had made a similar statement in Acts 10:34:

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.”

How can you say God is not partial and yet He was very ‘partial’ to Abraham or even David? These verses are some of those verses of the Bible that you read, don’t understand and just move on, mentally agreeing that the Bible is right and you just have not seen the light. But not today; I wanted answers – and so I asked. Continue reading

What are you bringing to the table?

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I remember reading 1Timothy 1:12 and wondering what Paul meant there. It says (emphasis mine):

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

When Paul said Jesus counted him faithful to be put into ministry, it sounded like he was saying he was qualified to be called into ministry. Haven’t we always heard that “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called”? Continue reading

From receiving to giving

It’s been a while since I wrote a post that wasn’t techy but I thought I will share this.

In Genesis 37, the Bible introduces Joseph the dreamer. Gen 37:5 reads thus:

“And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more

I can’t imagine what it would have been like being Joseph- hated by your own brothers to the point of being sold (they even wanted to kill him) but that is not where I’m going with this. As we continue in the story of Joseph, we see that he is a boy/man who has the fear of God in him and God made him prosper everywhere he went. Then in Genesis 40, we see Joseph the Interpreter and it was this act of interpretation that eventually led to his release from prison and uplifting, albeit 2 years later.

Then it struck me: The dreams we receive will become reality when we start giving something to bring about the fulfillment of those dreams, that is, being a solution provider.

 

Bible study: 2 Kings 18-19

Sometime last week, my pastor preached about Hezekiah and the value of personal prayer using the text 2 Kings 18-19. But while reading that text in Church, I felt I needed to know more about what happened, so I did further study on it.

This article and the ones that follow in this series, will be details of my discovery. I will run the Bible text like a commentary and then identify lessons in italics as we go on. Be blessed.

2 Kings 18:1-8: Hezekiah was a king that walked before God in truth of heart. He “clave” to the Lord and God made him prosper. We see this ring true throughout the Scriptures that when you stick to God, you will prosper. Isaac in Genesis 26:12-13, King Uzziah in 2 Chronicles 26:5, Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:33.

2 Kings 18:14-16: Sometime later, King Hezekiah ran into a problem because the King of Assyria had come against him. Even after Hezekiah had given him gold and silver, that wicked king was still relentless. This tells me something: Don’t try to appease/beg the enemy – Satan – but stand your ground on the Word of God. James 4:7.

2 Kings 18:17-35: So that wicked king sent 3 of his top officials to scare the people of Judah. This is another device of the enemy: FEAR. 1 John 4:18. So we need to be careful what we feed our ears, minds and hearts with. Even seemingly innocent friends/family can instill fear in us unknowingly by the things they say.

2 Kings 18:36: However, the people did not reply these officials because Hezekiah had told them not to. I believe this is a tactic for success in life: SELF CONTROL. People will provoke you just so you react but we need to restrain ourselves. 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

We will continue with this text in the next article. Feel free to share your own Bible study text with me/the readers. Just let me know 🙂