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Isaiah Chapter 65: Sins of Israel, The Kingdom Come

Jan 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Isaiah, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Although these are valuable lessons for the Christian, when verse 24 is considered in context, it shows that there will be prayer in the Kingdom Age. Jesus said, “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Matt. 21:13). Truly the Third Temple will be a “house of prayer for all people” (Isa. 56:7). While the Kingdom will be an age of sight and works, as opposed to the age of faith now, prayer will always be in order.

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Matthew Chapter 23: Deeds of the Pharisees

Jan 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Matthew, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Again and again the emphasis of Jesus’ condemnation of the scribes and Pharisees was on money and greed. The Temple was God’s house, which Jesus purged when he overturned the tables of the money changers. The Temple and the institution of the priesthood represented the religion of Jehovah, but all kinds of sinful practices were introduced such as changing money from Roman “unholy” coins to Jewish money and selling animals in the Temple precincts. Jesus had such a high respect for the Temple that he was indignant over the traffic taking place within. Here he was making the point that it was more important to swear by the Temple, which represented God, than to swear by money or mammon. The emphasis the Pharisees gave was to the contrary, completely backwards. They devoured widows’ houses and greedily acquired money, respect, authority, lands, etc. The Temple, built according to God’s institution, was greater.

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Romans Chapter 2 Christian Accountability

Aug 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Romans, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

In many of these reasonings, a word is frequently used that may not be clear in our English translation of the Greek. For example, Paul said that a Jew “is one inwardly” and that true circumcision is “of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter [only],” yet we have to study the “letter” of the Word in order to get the spirit. A superficial knowledge of Scripture is different from a spiritual understanding of Scripture, but we have to hear the letter to get the spirit.

Many say, “I know that I love God, and I try to please Him,” but then they put the Word aside and try to use their own reasoning as to what God’s will is. They do not desire instruction.

A true spiritual Israelite’s “praise is not of men, but of God.” A natural human desire is to be recognized by fellowman, but how much better it is to receive praise and recognition from God. The praise of men is superficial and can be very misleading. The one who really obeys receives praise from God; outward obedience is only to please men.

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