Can Heaven Wait?

But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, for He will receive me. Selah  Psalm 49:15  NASB Receive – If the Tanakh really doesn’t have a clear concept of Heaven, then what can this verse mean?  Doesn’t it imply that there is redemption from Sheol?  Doesn’t it suggest that God “saves” us from the eternity…

Howard Beale

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  1 Peter 1:3  NASB Born again – What was the name of the movie where the newscaster stands in the window of…

The Pearly Gates

For He looked down from His holy height; from heaven the Lord looked upon the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to set free those who were doomed to death,  Psalm 102:19-20 NASB Heaven – Early Hebrew thought says almost nothing about heaven or hell.  The ideas of eternal bliss in some celestial realm and eternal punishment in a…

Not Going There

So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.  Acts 5:41  NASB Rejoicing– When the disciples were beaten and instructed no longer to proclaim Yeshua as Messiah, they reacted in a way that is not easily understood.  They rejoiced.  This seems particularly strange given…

The “All Directions” God

“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.”  Deuteronomy 32:10  NASB Encircled– What good is a fence in the wilderness if it isn’t closed around the camp! Just so, if God doesn’t surround…

Out of Range

“He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.”  Deuteronomy 32:10  NASB Desert – Life in the house of God is not what the world imagines.  Heaven on earth has very little to do…

The End

“It is all one; therefore I say, ‘He destroys the guiltless and the wicked.’”  Job 9:22  NASB Guiltless– You and I will be rewarded.  We are followers of the King.  We believe.  Therefore, He will protect us.  Right? All those terrible consequences that are destined to befall the wicked will not scratch us.  We will emerge whole, perfected, saved.  Right? …

Plato’s Legacy

By the sweat of your face you will eat bread, till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.Genesis 3:19  NASB Return to the ground– suveka el ha’adamah says the text.  We recognize the verb and the noun, šûb andʾădāmâ (“to turn/return” and “ground/earth”).  But do…

Circumlocutions

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 NASB   Kingdom of heaven – Of course Matthew uses “kingdom of heaven.” As an orthodox Jew he would never say “kingdom of God.” If he were a contemporary, he might write “kingdom of G_d,”…

The Difference

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3 NASB Eternal life – Let’s not get wrapped up in the Trinitarian implications here. Just remember that Yeshua says (or at least John says that he says) that eternal life is about knowing…