Saturday, January 20, 2018

NE-DBRP_011 GEN.20 GEN.21 JOB.11 MRK.7


After I read the three passages for day 11, I will pray briefly. I encourage you to pause the playback if you want to pray longer than 10 seconds. After that pause, I will give some comments on today’s readings.

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GN-Day_021


GENESIS 36:
Jacob's daughter Dinah was raped, and the perpetrator Shechem was killed and all the males in his town. God then told Jacob to return to Bethel. At the end of yesterday’s reading, Rachel and Grampa Isaak died.

JOB 21:
In Zophar's angry speech yesterday in chapter 20, he did not directly say that Job was wicked, but he clearly implied it.

MARK 13:
Chapter 12— which gives an overview of the interactions with the enemies and critics of Jesus, basically marks the end of Jesus' public ministry as related by Mark.

GNT Translation note:
Job 21:9 God does [NOT//not] bring disaster on their homes;
they never have to live in terror.
17 Was a wicked person's light ever put out? [— as you claim,]
Did one of them ever meet with disaster?
Did God ever punish the wicked in anger
22 Can anyone teach God,
who judges even those in high places?
====
Mrk. 13:14“You will see ‘The Awful Horror’ standing in the place where he should not be.” ([[I, Mark, write this note//Note] to the [one who reads out loud to others//reader]: [Explain//understand] what this means!) “Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills.
[In Greek can be interpreted as ‘read out loud (to others)’ and the word ‘understand’ could mean that the reader should ‘explain’. This would make three Greek words to be Mark’s parenthetical comment, saying, “Hey public reader, explain this!” This makes sense because Jesus was speaking and Mark was the one writing. We must bear in mind that in Mark’s day, only a small percentage of a congregation would be able to read. Since I think that interpretation likely, it behooves me to explain this!
In saying ‘the Awful Horror’ Jesus is referring to the Antichrist, which was first clearly prophesied in Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11. Here we see a prime example of the way God repeats the fulfillment of important prophecies. In the immediate context in Mark 13 of fleeing to the hills, we can clearly see that Jesus was talking about the destruction of Jerusalem that happened in AD 70— about 40 years after he gave this prophecy. But Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 teaches that ‘the man of lawlessness’ or alternately translated ‘Wicked One’ “will oppose every so-called god or object of worship and will put himself above them all. He will even go in and sit down in God’s temple and claim to be God.” While there have been many intermediate fulfillments of the Antichrist, the ultimate Antichrist still has not been revealed. We all still must keep watch. (More information about the Antichrist can be found in 1 John.)]
16 Someone who is [out] in [a//the] field must not go back to [his//the] house [to get his//for a] cloak.
27 He will send [out the angels//the angels out] to the four corners of the earth to gather God's chosen people from one end of the world to the other.
37 What I say to you, then, I say to all: [Keep on watching!//Watch!]”

NLT Translation notes:
Mrk. 13:8 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But [these things are only like//this is only] the first of the birth pains [of a pregnant woman— meaning, more is to come//with more to come].
14 “The day is coming when you will see [the one who sets up a//the] sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing where hef should not be.” ([The one reading out loud to others should explain this!//Reader, pay attention!]) “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills.
26 Then everyone will see [me coming as the Son of Man coming//the Son of Man coming] on the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And [I/he] will send out [my/his] angels to gather [my/his] chosen ones from all over the world— from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
(Verses 29, 32, 34, and 35 are changed similarly to 26-27.)
[As explained before, in many languages of the world (including English) a man never speaks of himself as ‘he’. I man will use ‘I’ or ‘me’ to talk about himself. Since Jesus is talking with his disciples, he was not concealing his identity here with the term ‘Son of Man’.]
31 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never [loose their force//disappear].
36 Don’t let [me/him] find you sleeping when [I arrive//he arrives] without warning. 37 I say to you what I say and to everyone: [Keep watching for me!//Watch for him!]


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NL-Day_021


GENESIS 36:
Jacob's daughter Dinah was raped, and the perpetrator Shechem was killed and all the males in his town. God then told Jacob to return to Bethel. At the end of yesterday’s reading, Rachel and Grampa Isaak died.

JOB 21:
In Zophar's angry speech yesterday in chapter 20, he did not directly say that Job was wicked, but he clearly implied it.

MARK 13:
Chapter 12— which gives an overview of the interactions with the enemies and critics of Jesus, basically marks the end of Jesus' public ministry as related by Mark.

GNT Translation note:
Job 21:9 God does [NOT//not] bring disaster on their homes;
they never have to live in terror.
17 Was a wicked person's light ever put out? [— as you claim,]
Did one of them ever meet with disaster?
Did God ever punish the wicked in anger
22 Can anyone teach God,
who judges even those in high places?
====
Mrk. 13:14“You will see ‘The Awful Horror’ standing in the place where he should not be.” ([[I, Mark, write this note//Note] to the [one who reads out loud to others//reader]: [Explain//understand] what this means!) “Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills.
[In Greek can be interpreted as ‘read out loud (to others)’ and the word ‘understand’ could mean that the reader should ‘explain’. This would make three Greek words to be Mark’s parenthetical comment, saying, “Hey public reader, explain this!” This makes sense because Jesus was speaking and Mark was the one writing. We must bear in mind that in Mark’s day, only a small percentage of a congregation would be able to read. Since I think that interpretation likely, it behooves me to explain this!
In saying ‘the Awful Horror’ Jesus is referring to the Antichrist, which was first clearly prophesied in Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11. Here we see a prime example of the way God repeats the fulfillment of important prophecies. In the immediate context in Mark 13 of fleeing to the hills, we can clearly see that Jesus was talking about the destruction of Jerusalem that happened in AD 70— about 40 years after he gave this prophecy. But Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 teaches that ‘the man of lawlessness’ or alternately translated ‘Wicked One’ “will oppose every so-called god or object of worship and will put himself above them all. He will even go in and sit down in God’s temple and claim to be God.” While there have been many intermediate fulfillments of the Antichrist, the ultimate Antichrist still has not been revealed. We all still must keep watch. (More information about the Antichrist can be found in 1 John.)]
16 Someone who is [out] in [a//the] field must not go back to [his//the] house [to get his//for a] cloak.
27 He will send [out the angels//the angels out] to the four corners of the earth to gather God's chosen people from one end of the world to the other.
37 What I say to you, then, I say to all: [Keep on watching!//Watch!]”

NLT Translation notes:
Mrk. 13:8 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But [these things are only like//this is only] the first of the birth pains [of a pregnant woman— meaning, more is to come//with more to come].
14 “The day is coming when you will see [the one who sets up a//the] sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing where hef should not be.” ([The one reading out loud to others should explain this!//Reader, pay attention!]) “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills.
26 Then everyone will see [me coming as the Son of Man coming//the Son of Man coming] on the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And [I/he] will send out [my/his] angels to gather [my/his] chosen ones from all over the world— from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
(Verses 29, 32, 34, and 35 are changed similarly to 26-27.)
[As explained before, in many languages of the world (including English) a man never speaks of himself as ‘he’. I man will use ‘I’ or ‘me’ to talk about himself. Since Jesus is talking with his disciples, he was not concealing his identity here with the term ‘Son of Man’.]
31 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never [loose their force//disappear].
36 Don’t let [me/him] find you sleeping when [I arrive//he arrives] without warning. 37 I say to you what I say and to everyone: [Keep watching for me!//Watch for him!]


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Friday, January 19, 2018

GN-Day_020


GENESIS 34-35:
Yesterday we heard about Jacob wrestling all night with a mysterious heavenly figure, and about Jacob's reunion with Esau.

JOB 20:
This chapter is Zophar’s second response to Job. In chapter 19, Job responded to Bildad's second speech. Job expressed amazing belief that he would see his defender (often translated ‘redeemer’). He says,

25 But I know there is someone in heaven
who will come at last to my defense.
26 Even after my skin is eaten by disease,
while still in this body I will see God.
27 I will see him with my own eyes,
and he will not be a stranger.

MARK 12b:
Yesterday in the first half of Mark 12, Jesus told a pointed parable against the Jewish religious leaders, then he went on to refute the Sadducees. We re-read several verses today.

NLT Translation notes:
Gen. 34:17 But if you don’t agree to be circumcised, we will take [Dinah/her] and be on our way.”
30 Afterward Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have ruined me! You’ve made me stink among all the people of this land—among all the Canaanites and Perizzites. We are so few [, and now//that] they will join forces and crush us. I will be ruined, and my entire household will be wiped out!”
15 And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him [again/0] there.
====
Mrk. 12:26 “But now, as to whether the dead will be raised— haven’t you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 27 So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.”
[In my reading in the 019, I modified the translation like this, “I am the God Abraham worships… (present tense).” While this is justified in stating Jesus’ meaning at that point in the discourse, it is going too far in translating the Hebrew and Greek of the Old Testament passage. Jesus’ point is that the continuing relationship of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is implicit in God’s statement. So, I admit my mistake, and say that to make that explicit in the translation is going a bit too far.]
37 Since David himself called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah [just/0] be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with great delight.


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NL-Day_020


GENESIS 34-35:
Yesterday we heard about Jacob wrestling all night with a mysterious heavenly figure, and about Jacob's reunion with Esau.

JOB 20:
This chapter is Zophar’s second response to Job. In chapter 19, Job responded to Bildad's second speech. Job expressed amazing belief that he would see his defender (often translated ‘redeemer’). He says,

25 But I know there is someone in heaven
who will come at last to my defense.
26 Even after my skin is eaten by disease,
while still in this body I will see God.
27 I will see him with my own eyes,
and he will not be a stranger.

MARK 12b:
Yesterday in the first half of Mark 12, Jesus told a pointed parable against the Jewish religious leaders, then he went on to refute the Sadducees. We re-read several verses today.

NLT Translation notes:
Gen. 34:17 But if you don’t agree to be circumcised, we will take [Dinah/her] and be on our way.”
30 Afterward Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have ruined me! You’ve made me stink among all the people of this land—among all the Canaanites and Perizzites. We are so few [, and now//that] they will join forces and crush us. I will be ruined, and my entire household will be wiped out!”
15 And Jacob named the place Bethel (which means “house of God”), because God had spoken to him [again/0] there.
====
Mrk. 12:26 “But now, as to whether the dead will be raised— haven’t you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 27 So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.”
[In my reading in the 019, I modified the translation like this, “I am the God Abraham worships… (present tense).” While this is justified in stating Jesus’ meaning at that point in the discourse, it is going too far in translating the Hebrew and Greek of the Old Testament passage. Jesus’ point is that the continuing relationship of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is implicit in God’s statement. So, I admit my mistake, and say that to make that explicit in the translation is going a bit too far.]
37 Since David himself called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah [just/0] be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with great delight.


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Thursday, January 18, 2018

GN-Day_019


GENESIS 32-33:
Yesterday we heard how Jacob and his big family got away from Laban and started the journey home. When Laban caught up with him, he and Jacob got into a quarrel and ended up making a covenant.

JOB 19:
In chapter 18, Bildad once again gave a speech about what happens to wicked people, and by implication, he said, “You're just getting what you deserve.” Job’s response in today’s chapter includes amazing revelations— considering that this is the earliest book in the Bible. Verses 23-27 can be compared with the second half of 1Corinthians 15.

MARK 12a:
In Mark 11, Jesus was welcomed in triumph in Jerusalem, he cursed a fig tree and taught about prayer, and cleansed the temple of merchant activity. Then he answered and confuted the chief priests who challenged his authority to “do these things,”— in particular, taking their businesses out of the temple.

GNT Translation note:
Mrk. 11:27 PET God spoke of our three forefathers as men who still live and worship Him. …

NLT Translation notes:
Job 19:15 My servants and maids [even/0] consider me a stranger.
I am like a foreigner to them.
16 When I call my servant, he doesn’t [even/0] come;
I have to plead with him!
====
Mrk. 12:1 Then Jesus began teaching them with stories [like this one]: “A man planted a vineyard. …
13 Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of [king/0] Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.
16 When they handed [one/it] to him, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped [here//on it]?”
26b Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, ‘I am the God [Abraham worships//of Abraham], the God [Isaac worships], and the God [Jacob worships].’
27 PET God spoke of our three forefathers as men who still live and worship Him. …
[In Lumina.Bible.org Constable quotes Lane:
“If the death of the patriarchs is the last word of their history, there has been a breach of the promises of God guaranteed by the [Abrahamic] covenant, and of which the formula ‘the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob’ is the symbol. It is in fidelity to his covenant that God will resurrect the dead.”
Using a present tense verb makes it obvious to the English-speaking listener that the three patriarchs are still living. However, the problem becomes that if the Hebrew had been that specific, everyone would have understood that the patriarchs were still living. So my fix here, I now admit, goes too far.]


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NL-Day_019


GENESIS 32-33:
Yesterday we heard how Jacob and his big family got away from Laban and started the journey home. When Laban caught up with him, he and Jacob got into a quarrel and ended up making a covenant.

JOB 19:
In chapter 18, Bildad once again gave a speech about what happens to wicked people, and by implication, he said, “You're just getting what you deserve.” Job’s response in today’s chapter includes amazing revelations— considering that this is the earliest book in the Bible. Verses 23-27 can be compared with the second half of 1Corinthians 15.

MARK 12a:
In Mark 11, Jesus was welcomed in triumph in Jerusalem, he cursed a fig tree and taught about prayer, and cleansed the temple of merchant activity. Then he answered and confuted the chief priests who challenged his authority to “do these things,”— in particular, taking their businesses out of the temple.

GNT Translation note:
Mrk. 11:27 PET God spoke of our three forefathers as men who still live and worship Him. …

NLT Translation notes:
Job 19:15 My servants and maids [even/0] consider me a stranger.
I am like a foreigner to them.
16 When I call my servant, he doesn’t [even/0] come;
I have to plead with him!
====
Mrk. 12:1 Then Jesus began teaching them with stories [like this one]: “A man planted a vineyard. …
13 Later the leaders sent some Pharisees and supporters of [king/0] Herod to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested.
16 When they handed [one/it] to him, he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped [here//on it]?”
26b Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, ‘I am the God [Abraham worships//of Abraham], the God [Isaac worships], and the God [Jacob worships].’
27 PET God spoke of our three forefathers as men who still live and worship Him. …
[In Lumina.Bible.org Constable quotes Lane:
“If the death of the patriarchs is the last word of their history, there has been a breach of the promises of God guaranteed by the [Abrahamic] covenant, and of which the formula ‘the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob’ is the symbol. It is in fidelity to his covenant that God will resurrect the dead.”
Using a present tense verb makes it obvious to the English-speaking listener that the three patriarchs are still living. However, the problem becomes that if the Hebrew had been that specific, everyone would have understood that the patriarchs were still living. So my fix here, I now admit, goes too far.]


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