By David Watson

Benchley, February 7, 2018

  • Commentaries, continued:
    • Preaching is really an audio commentary.
    • Nehemiah 8:7
    • Class workbooks are also their own form of commentary.
    • Don’t blindly accept what any commentary says.
    • Reference: Commended Commentary List from Mark Roberts: http://www.BibleClassMaterial.com/commentary
  • Greek
    • Studying the Bible using Strong’s numbers. Each Greek and Hebrew word is assigned a number, so you can look them up and compare them without knowing the original languages.
    • It’s now much easier to do word studies in the original language, thanks to Strong’s numbers and other helps.
    • Be careful about drawing the wrong conclusion based on individual words. Every word has more than one meaning! Context is important!
    • John 21:15 – See John 19:26

By David Watson

Benchley, January 31, 2018

  • Misusing figures, continued:
    • Don’t take an unintended lesson from the figure, continued:
      • “Jonah was not dead in the fish; Jesus was not dead in the tomb. He appeared to die but did not actually die.” (Matthew 12:39-40) This contradicts many other passages that plainly say Jesus died. The comparison here is in the timing of the two events. Compare also John 3:14.
      • “If my grown child falls away, I should not seek him out. The father in Luke 15 waited for the son to come home on his own.” (Luke 15:18) This contradicts the parables of the lost sheep and lost coin earlier in the same chapter. Compare Matthew 18:15-17.
      • “One person wins a race. So only one person is going to Heaven.” (I Corinthians 9:24) The context talks about Paul helping others to reach Heaven, so clearly that’s not what the passage means.
      • “Take two people and bind them with a rope. If you cut the rope, both are free. So, if one is free to remarry, the other is, too.” (Romans 7:23) Rope is not in the context. The bond is a legal one from God’s perspective. Rope is a poor analogy.
  • Commentaries
    • Read the Bible first!
      • Matthew 15:3-9
      • Let your first impressions come from the inspired text itself.