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Day 88 - Ecclesiastes 6

Friday, April 29, 2016

5 minutes a day 5 days a week - a year of Bible Wisdom

Seeing Signs

Friday, April 29, 2016
I have a quick question; I am having problems understanding this verse in the Bible; please help me understand.  Thanks for your help!

Acts 2:17 In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.

Sincerely,
Visions Of Answers

Dear Visions Of Answers,

This particular set of verses gives quite a few people problems because these verses seem like a prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled.  The key to this prophecy is to understand that it was fulfilled a long time ago.  Peter says that particular prophecy (from the book of Joel – Joel 2:28-29) was referring to what happened to Israel during the time of Christ (Acts 2:14-16).

For 400 years, the Jews had received no word from God – no prophets, no visions, no dreams, nothing. Then, after all that silence came:

  • Zacharias and the angel (Lk 1:13)
  • Elizabeth’s prophecy (Lk 1:41)
  • Simeon’s prophecy (Lk 2:26)
  • Anna’s prophecy (Lk 2:36)
  • The shepherds’ vision (Lk 2:8-9)
  • John the Baptist’s preaching (Matt 3:1)
  • Jesus’ miracles (Jhn 2:11)
  • The miracles of Jesus’ seventy disciples (Lk 10:17)

There was a veritable explosion of supernatural events. Peter is explaining how this influx of miracles, visions, and prophecy were a fulfillment of what Joel said would happen in the last days of Israel.  ‘In the last days’ doesn’t mean the end of the world in this circumstance; it means the end (or last days) of the Old Covenant.  Peter is using these verses from the book of Joel to illustrate that Jesus really is the Messiah that the Jews had been waiting for.  Jesus fulfilled Joel’s prophecy, and today we reap the benefits of it.

Day 87 - Ecclesiastes 5

Thursday, April 28, 2016

5 minutes a day 5 days a week - a year of Bible Wisdom

God Hates Divorce

Thursday, April 28, 2016
You mention that divorce is a sin.  I know the Bible states that God hates divorce, and one is only able to remarry if their spouse committed adultery; however, I do not find in Scripture that divorce is a sin.  Don't get me wrong (as I am not advocating divorce), but if one divorces for any other reason, it doesn't seem sinful, but that person would need to remain unmarried.  What scripture are you using to determine that it is indeed a sin?

Sincerely,
Pin The Sin

Dear Pin The Sin,

Divorce is allowed when fornication has taken place (Matt 19:9).  Divorce for the wrong reasons is a sin.  Since God only permits divorce in the case of sexual immorality – by default, all other divorces are sinful.  However, it is permitted for a couple to legally separate if they cannot live in harmony with one another (1 Cor 7:10-11).

Day 86 - Ecclesiastes 4

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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