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messianic_psalm

Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. Psalm 45 is Messianic because the New Testament uses it that way
  2. Psalm 45 is Messianic because of context of Book 2 of the Psalms
  3. Psalm 45 is Messianic because of details within Psalm 45

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Two fellow bloggers posted this yesterday: A Mysterious Drop in Views – Year 2 and Was It Something I Said?

I have also noticed the decrease of blog views since 2020 with every year having less views.  Yet I also want to balance that to say that God has been tremendously gracious with the blog Veritas Domain with its reach and interactions with people.

I want to add some further thoughts on why this might be happening, why I still blog and what I try to do to support others.

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contradiction

Yesterday I wrote my post “Bible Contradiction? Did Paul go to Jerusalem immediately after his conversion? and from the comments I thought about how I have heard this alleged contradiction has actually been brought up many times including when I was in college by a professor.

Then today I saw this clip from the son of a famous preacher, and this son apostated from Christianity.  These days he’s making videos attacking Christianity.

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messianic_psalm

Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. Psalm 40 is Messianic because the New Testament uses it that way
  2. Psalm 40 is Messianic because of context of Book 1 of the Psalms
  3. Psalm 40 is Messianic because of details within Psalm 40

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Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up and the example given of a Bible contradiction really isn’t a Bible contradiction but an instance where one account gives lesser detail than another account.  Think for instance of those who raise the question “How many men were possessed with demons at the country of the Gadarenes?”  Are there examples we can give in other areas outside of the Bible of how such a tactic to claim there’s a Bible contradiction is problematic?

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messianic_psalm

Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. Psalm 16 is Messianic because the New Testament use that way
  2. Psalm 16 is Messianic because of context of Book 1 of the Psalms
  3. Psalm 16 is Messianic because of details within Psalm 16

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Point: Everyone has a worldview.  Different worldviews also understand differently what’s  man’s biggest problem.  Of course what is seen as the greatest problem will shape what one thinks should be the solution (if any).  I think a helpful evangelistic and apologetics discussion question is “What do you think is the biggest problem in the world today?” and chances are someone would identify what’s a legitimate problem (though not always); yet what they think is a dire problem might not be the biggest problem from God’s perspective.  

How can we transition that point to sharing the Biblical worldview and also give an analogy for the nonbelievers to “step into the biblical worldview” and have the point driven home?

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messianic_psalm

Establish the need: Is this Psalm Messianic? Many Bible scholars seems to think it is not, but what about you?

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. The New Testament interprets Psalms 2 is Messianic
  2. Psalm 8:5 hints at the Incarnation
  3. Psalm 8:6-8 anticipate the rule of the Messiah

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There’s a thesis for a Master’s in Theology over at Southern Seminary that seems fascinating titled “Reforming Virtue: Bavinck’s Method of Engaging with Virtue Ethics from a Reformed Perspective” by David Moon.  It was completed in December 2022.

I want to examine something in the thesis that was critical of Presuppositionalism and its founder, Cornelius Van Til.

If you read this blog you know that I subscribe to Presuppositional Apologetics.  I won’t be rehearsing what Presuppositional Apologetics is but check out here for a compact definition and here for a lists of many lectures and of those many messages check out Apologetics: What Would Jesus Do? 4 Messages if you can’t decide

While I want to comment about the author’s thoughts on Van Til and Presuppositionalism I want to also say there’s things that one can learn from in the thesis and in no way should this post be seen as a dismissal of everything that’s written in the thesis.

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messianic_psalm

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character so that we would be at awe with God.

  1. The relationship of Psalm 3 with Psalms 1-2 indicate it is Messianic
  2. The subscript of Psalm 3 indicate not every son of David is the Messiah
  3. Psalm 3:5 predict the Death and Resurrection of the Messianic Son

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messianic_psalm

Purpose: In this session we will see three points concerning this Psalm’s Messianic character that points to Jesus.

  1. The Details within Psalm 2 Is Messianic
  2. The Torah-Messiah structure in the Psalms suggests Psalm 2 is Messianic
  3. The New Testament interprets Psalms 2 is Messianic

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Establish the need:  Have you heard an advertisement about something that sounds so good you have to wonder if it is true?

Purpose:  Today we will see three reasons for why we believe Isaiah 9:6 is a prediction of the Messiah that Jesus fulfilled so that you know your faith is genuine and it would motivate you to follow Him.

  • We believe Isaiah 9:6 is about Jesus because of the context
  • We believe Isaiah 9:6 is about Jesus because the Jews interpretation of it is Messianic
  • We believe Isaiah 9:6 is about Jesus because of historical process of elimination

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of Senaah’s offspring returned from Babylon?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

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the sons of Senaah, 3,630.” (Ezra 2:35)

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the sons of Senaah, 3,930.” (Nehemiah 7:38)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Narrow Gate Narrow Way

Paul Washer. Narrow Gate Narrow Way.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, April 27, 2020. 53 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you need a book that will preach the Gospel to someone who maybe grew up in the Church and need to be awaken with the seriousness of sin and the importance of trusting in Christ?  Usually for evangelistic purposes I like something that is short, to the point and yet brings conviction of sin while preaching the Gospel and turning readers attention to Christ.  This book by Paul Washer fits the bill.  It is a call to repentance; it is a call to trust in the living God and believe in the Gospel of grace!

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Note: Thanks Tom for letting me know about this author and book.

A Christian's Pocket Guide to the Papacy

Leonardo De Chirico. A Christian’s Pocket Guide to the Papacy: Its Origin and Role in the 21st Century. Ross-Shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, March 20th 2015. 128 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Are you looking for a book that summarizes a biblical look at the Roman Catholic Pope and also the history of the papacy?  I would recommend this book.  Written by an author who wrote his doctoral dissertation on Roman Catholicism, the book takes a Protestant perspective and he is balance and fair and more importantly he is biblical and Gospel centered.  The author Leonardo De Chirico is a pastor in Rome and the director of the Reformed Initiative which aims to equip Protestants to better understand and engage with Roman Catholicism.  I am also glad that Christian Focus published this book since these days it seems new books addressing Roman Catholicism biblically is rare (this book was published 2015).  

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