Sep
2010

The Greek word Abilene

You have probably heard of the city “Abilene,” but did you know the word “Abilene” occurs in the Bible?  It does.  The Greek word “Abilene” is a name and it is used one time in the New Testament (Luke 3:1Luke 3:1
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3 1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,

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).  Abilene describes territory northwest of Damascus that was ruled by the tetrarch Lysanias.

Sep
2010

The Greek word Abiathar

The Greek word “Abiathar” is a name and it is used one time in the New Testament (Mk. 2:26Mk. 2:26
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26 How he entered into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the showbread, which it is not lawful to eat save for the priests, and gave also to them that were with him?

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). Abiathar was the son of Ahimelech, the priest at “Nob.”

Sep
2010

The Greek word Abia

The Greek word “Abia” is used two times in the New Testament (Mt. 1:7Mt. 1:7
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7 and Solomon begat Rehoboam; and Rehoboam begat Abijah; and Abijah begat Asa;

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; Lk. 1:5Lk. 1:5
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5 There was in the days of Herod, king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abijah: and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

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). The first time it occurs in Mt. 1:7Mt. 1:7
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7 and Solomon begat Rehoboam; and Rehoboam begat Abijah; and Abijah begat Asa;

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it describes “Abijah,” the son of Rehoboam. The second time it is used it describes the division of Levites to which Zachariah belonged.

Sep
2010

The Greek word Abel

The word “Abel” is also found in the Greek New Testament; it is used four times in the following places: Mt. 23:35Mt. 23:35
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35 that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar.

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; Lk. 11:51Lk. 11:51
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51 from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary: yea, I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.

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; Heb. 11:4; 12:24Heb. 11:4; 12:24
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4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh. 24 and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel.

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. Abel was a person who was killed by his brother, Cain. Abel was a “righteous” man (Mt. 23:5Mt. 23:5
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5 But all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

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) who chose to worship God in the right way (Heb. 11:4Heb. 11:4
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4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh.

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Sep
2010

The Greek word abba

The word “Abba” is actually a “transliteration” of the Aramaic word “abba.” There are three places that abba” is found in the Bible; it occurs in the Greek New Testament in Mk. 14:36Mk. 14:36
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36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; remove this cup from me: howbeit not what I will, but what thou wilt.

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15 For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

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; Gal. 4:6Gal. 4:6
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6 And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

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. This term, however, is never used in the LXX/Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament). A simple definition for “abba” word is “father.”

It is true that in later times the Jewish people used the word “abba” in ways that we use the word “daddy,” but it is false to conclude that this term entitles people to think of God as “daddy,” “big daddy,” or “daddy in the sky.” In the New Testament “abba” is a respectful term that reminds people that God is a loving Father to those who seek to be His people.

Sep
2010

The Greek word abares

The word “abares” is an adjective that occurs just one time in the New Testament (2 Cor. 11:92 Cor. 11:9
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9 and when I was present with you and was in want, I was not a burden on any man; for the brethren, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my want; and in everything I kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.

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). Paul told the Corinthians he was not “burdensome” to them and it seems this “burden” is a reference to financial support.

Sep
2010

The Greek word Abaddon

The Greek word “abaddon” occurs just one time in the New Testament (Rev. 9:11Rev. 9:11
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11 They have over them as king the angel of the abyss: his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek tongue he hath the name Apollyon.

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). In the ASV this verse says, “They have over them as king the angel of the abyss: his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek (tongue) he hath the name Apollyon.”

Basic definitions for “abaddon” are “destruction” or “ruin.” Thayer (p. 1) said “as a proper name it is given to the angel-prince of the infernal regions, the minister of death an author of havoc on earth.” “In literature of the rabbis, Abaddon is the lowest compartment of the underworld” (Turner, Christian Words, p. 108).

Sep
2010

Aaron is the second *a* word in the Greek New Testament

Aaron was the brother of Moses; in the Greek New Testament his name, if the letters are given their English equivalent, is spelled “Aaron.”

Aaron’s name is found just five times in the New Testament:  Lk. 1:5Lk. 1:5
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5 There was in the days of Herod, king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abijah: and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.

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; Acts 7:40Acts 7:40
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40 saying unto Aaron, Make us gods that shall go before us: for as for this Moses, who led us forth out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him.

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; Heb. 5:4; 7:11; 9:4Heb. 5:4; 7:11; 9:4
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4 And no man taketh the honor unto himself, but when he is called of God, even as was Aaron. 11 Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood , what further need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be reckoned after the order of Aaron? 4 having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was a golden pot holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

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Do you know how many times Aaron’s name appears in the Old Testament?

Sep
2010

First letter of Greek alphabet

You have probably heard of “alpha,” but did you know this is the first letter of the Greek alphabet?  It is!

If you read through the Greek New Testament you would find “alpha” only four times and each time would be in the book of Revelation (see Rev. 1:8, 11; 21:6; 22:13Rev. 1:8, 11; 21:6; 22:13
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8 I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. 11 saying, What thou seest, write in a book and send it to the seven churches: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamum, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 6 And he said unto me, They are come to pass. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

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).  The last letter in the Greek alphabet is “omega.”

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Sep
2010

Ten Commandments Of Human Relationships

1. Thou shalt love people, not just use them.
The greatest thing in the world is a person. The greatest thing about a person is his motive, and the greatest motive is love.

2. Thou shalt develop thy understanding.
“If every man’s care were written on his brow, how many would our pity share, who bear our envy now.?

3. Thou shalt compliment more than criticize.
You had better cover you neighbor’s fault with a cloak of charity. He may need a circus tent to cover yours.

4. Thou shalt not get angry.
If you are right, you don’t need to. If you are wrong, you can’t afford to.

5. Thou shalt not argue.
It is no use to win the argument and lose people. Beware of the attitude which says: “In matters controversial, my attitude is fine. I always see two points of view, the one that is wrong and mine.

6. Thou shalt be kind.
You had better be kind to the people you meet on the way up! They arc, the same ones you meet on the way down. It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice!

7. Thou shalt have a sense of humor.
A sense of humor is to a man what springs are to a wagon .. it saves him a lot of jolts.

8. Thou shalt smile.
No man is ever fully dressed until he has a smile.

9. Thou shalt practice what thou preachest.
One example is worth a thousand arguments.

10. Thou shalt establish a long-range habit of people-manship.
Good human relations can be the key to your success.

Tim Woodward