Coming and Going

Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry!  Psalm 88:2  NASB Let . . . come before You – The first thing you should notice is the change in syntax.  In Hebrew the verb comes first.  So, it reads, “Let come before You my prayer.”  The action is the important thing.  What…

Walking Backwards

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: “Let My people go, so that they may serve Me.  Exodus 8:1  NASB Go – We all know that Hebrew is backwards.  After all, it reads from right to left.  The “proper” way is to read from left to right,…

Not There Nowhere

He returned to his brothers and said, “The boy is not there; as for me, where am I to go?”  Genesis 37:30  NASB Not there – In this verse, the words “not there” are not there.  The translators have added an explanation to the text, implying that Reuben declares Joseph is no longer in the pit. …

Breathing Room

Hear my prayer, Lord!  And let my cry for help come to You.  Psalm 102:1  NASB Come to You – “‘There are three ways in which a man expresses deep sorrow: the man on the lowest level cries; the man on the second level is silent; the man on the highest level knows how to turn his…

Jewish Evangelism?

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19 NASB Go – John Piper wrote the introduction to Avi Snyder’s book, Jews Don’t Need Jesus . . . and Other Misconceptions. In his introduction, Piper says, “Before I knew this book…

Left Behind

But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” Luke 5:8 NASB Go away – Peter’s reaction to being in the presence of a holy man is Hebraic. “Depart from me for I am a sinner.” Peter doesn’t flee. That…

Oh, What a Difference It Makes!

Go  Matthew 28:19 (the Shem Tov Hebrew gospel of Matthew) Go – Well, you won’t find this in any English Bible.  Nor will you find it in any Greek New Testament.  George Howard caused quite a stir when he published his work, The Gospel of Matthew According to a Primitive Hebrew Text in 1987, the “Shem…

Going, Going, Gone

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;  Matthew 28:19-20a  NASB Go – Most of us know that this opening word, “Go,” is not an imperative.  It is not a…