Holy Week, Beware Idle Conjecture


Amidst the joy that begins Holy Week, someone always dredges up an unfounded conjecture [today's example here] which says, “Apples are oranges.” That is this—that the crowds who shouted, “Hosanna!” were the same crowd that cried, “Crucify him!”

Such an idle charge has no foundation in the text, and bears false witness akin to that at Jesus’ trial. It is like saying that Peter not only denied Jesus, but also joined the mob that called for crucifixion.

We are told that Jesus, “six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus raised from the dead” (John 12:1).

Jesus, with the once-dead Lazarus, attracted a large crowd (v. 9). The next day, with pilgrims streaming into Jerusalem from every direction, some throngs on the east side who hear of Jesus’ approach, come and join the procession of Jesus and his disciples (remember, Jesus had more than twelve; he once sent out seventy). “As soon as He was approaching…the whole crowd of the disciples began…shouting:

(Note: those who had earthly expectations of a King would not have expected fulfillment until after Passover. Israel was freed from bondage following Passover, not before.)

Days later, the chief priests and elders completed their stealthy plot to kill Jesus, but “not during the festival, otherwise a riot might occur among the people” (Matt. 26:5).

Remember, the Teachers of the Law all had their own disciples. A very different entourage accompanied the Jewish leaders as they held their night trial and then proceeded to Pilate’s judgment seat. It was the chief priests and elders, encouraging the crowd that they attracted, who together shouted, “Crucify him!” (Matt. 27:22).

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Why Don’t Christians Think?

Originally posted on THINKAPOLOGETICS.COM:


Within Christian discipleship, scholars, theologians, and philosophers are asking, what ever happened to cultivating the intellectual life of the Christian? There have been several books written on this subject. One book that I recommend is Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul by J. P. Moreland.

It is imperative for Christians to understand the history of anti-intellectualism in the church. In this brilliant book, Dr. Moreland traces the history of what has happened in relation to the Christian mind.

Moreland discusses the history of the pilgrims arriving to the United States in the middle of the nineteenth century. The Pilgrims along with other American believers placed a high value on the intellectual life in relation to Christian spirituality. The Puritans were highly educated people (the literacy rate for men in Massachusetts and Connecticut was between 89 and 95 percent)…

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Love…When Basics Become Heresies

InTestaments of Love, Leon Morris asks, “How do we
harmonize the assurance that ‘God is love’ with the assertion
that ‘our God is a consuming fire’? Most of us never
think about such problems, and in the end our idea of love is
indistinguishable from that of the world around us.”1

Love, Prayer, and Forgiveness: When Basics Become Heresies.

“…an excellent piece…one that many Christians need to hear”–R.C. Sproul on the essay, “When Love Becomes Heresy.”

The book (is)…an astringent corrective of misinterpreted love.” – Vernon Grounds, late Chancellor, Denver Seminary

[These posts  are excerpts from the book: Exhortaton...do right; Heart and Mind; The Love Chapter; Of Ponds and Pitfalls; Repentance and Forgiveness ]

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“Sometimes really great books are written by unknown authors; this is one of them.”The Determined Christian

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Exodus 20:11 Misused by Ken Ham and Young Earth Creationists


For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:11 ESV

YHWH…rested the seventh day.  Because He sanctified the seventh day, we are to remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  That is the purpose of this verse.

We are reminded of God’s work in words that parallel those of the six days in Genesis.   In Gen.1:8,  “God called the expanse heaven.” This has the limited sense of our ‘sky’ as some versions render it.  In Gen.1:10, “God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters he called seas.”

Those first three days conclude what has been called the Days of Preparation, and the next three, Days of Filling. In that second set, God filled the sky, the dry land, and the seas “with all that is in them.” In Genesis we are told of birds for the sky, fish for the sea, animals for the land, and, finally, man. Thus, this one sentence in Exodus gives us a quick synopsis of the “six days” of Genesis.

That sentence cannot undo the sound exegesis of Genesis 1:1, 2 which precede day one which is in verse 3, “And God said…” [Note the structure: each day begins, "And God said..."] Thus, there is no basis in Scripture for dating the age of the earth.

[But there is a basis for dating in God's natural revelation. See R.C. Sproul, 5 min. video]

See In The Beginning.  As is shown there, in Gen. 1:1, God “created” the universe.  In this synopsis from Exodus, YHWH “made” that is, he set in order (starting on day one in verse 3) the empty, dark earth that existed in verse 2 which was created in verse 1.


Notes from Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (Moody, 1980) on asa,  “make”

The word bara’ “create” carries the thought of the initiation of the object involved.  It always connotes what only God can do and frequently emphasizes the absolute newness of the object created.  The word ‘asa is much broader in scope, connoting primarily the fashioning of the object with little concern for special nuances.

The use of bara’ in the opening statement of the account of creation seems to carry the implication that the physical phenonmena came into existence at that time and had no previous existence. [creatio ex nihilo]

Notes from Genesis, G. Ch. Aalders

“In the beginning God created…”…verse 1 forms an independent sentence, and verses 2 and 3 follow as independent sentences….let it be stated without equivocation that the words “in the beginning’ must be taken in their absolute sense.  First of all, this is the most natural and obvious interpretation.  Furthermore, this is the rendition that is found in every ancient translation, without exception….

…Genesis 1:1, it is argued, is a kind of a heading…This cannot be the case, however, because of the way verse 2 starts.  The words “and the earth,” which refer back to verse 1, clearly indicate that this is not the beginning of the creation narrative and therefore verse 1 cannot be considered to be a formal heading for what is to follow.

Since verse 1 is not just a heading, it is likewise true beyond doubt that “the heavens and the earth” do not there refer to the present, organized universe as it appeared after the creative work described in Genesis 1 was completed….in verses 3-31


Book Review: Love, Prayer, and Forgiveness: When Basics Become Heresies

Originally posted on The Sinning Saint:

M. C. Snow

Snow, Michael C. Love, Prayer, and Forgiveness: When Basics Become Heresies. Xulon Press, 2010.

‘The Determined Christian’ commented on this book, “Sometimes really great books are written by unknown authors; this is one of them.” To my fault, I read Christian books from only a handful of trustworthy mainline publishers, and I neglect many books because of this. Michael Snow, the author of Love, Prayer, and Forgiveness contacted me about considering a review of his book. I’m really, really glad I did.


Michael Snow introduced his reader to the idea of ‘the holy conjunction’. Divorced from their position in Scripture, he writes how love, prayer, and forgiveness take on a life of their own. They are twisted, maimed, and manipulated for the self. “God’s word holds these things dear and holds them closely together: love and obedience; prayer andexhortation; forgiveness andrepentance. Our failure to hold these essentials together

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Immanuel, God With Us

epiphany-canada Counting Down the Twelve Days of Christmas until Epiphany

Share the Light with Others. “You shall be my witnesses.”

A great video of Charles Spurgeon’s words on God With Us

[I should have noted that it is only 3+ minutes long.]


Immanuel-God with us – Charles Spurgeon