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  • (YouTube) The Value of Memorizing Scripture - John Piper. Posted 1/18/2009. (1) Makes meditation possible when I can't be reading the Bible and meditation is the pathway to deeper understanding, (2) Strengthens my faith, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God and that happens when I'm hearing the Word in my head, (3) Shapes the way I view the world by conforming my mind to God's viewpoint, (4) Makes God's Word more readily accessible in overcoming temptation to sin, (5) Guards my mind, making it easier to detect error, and the world is filled with error, (6) Helps me hit the devil in the face with a force he cannot resist to protect myself and my family from his assaults, (7) Provides the strongest and sweetest words for ministering to others, (8) Provides the matrix for Jesus to talk to me in my mind and soul.
  • Pronunciation of Bible Names
  • (YouTube) Messiah's True Hebrew Name. Suggests that Jesus' true Hebrew name pronunciation is Yahshuah, which means Yah is salvation.
  • (YouTube) The Hebrew pronunciation of the name of the Father and the Son. How Yahshuah over time changed to Jesus, from Hebrew to Greek to Latin to English.
  • (YouTube) What Name is it?. God's name is Yah. The name Yahweh is God the self-existent one, which is a qualifier of Yah.
  • When was Jesus Really Born?. According to Luke 1, Zechariah was of the division of Abijah which served in the temple on the 8th circuit or 8th week from Passover (cf. 1 Chronicles 24). Since the priesthood duties started from Passover (around April), then Zechariah must have served 8 weeks later or around June. Assuming his wife Elizabeth conceived once they got home, then John the Baptist was conceived toward the end of June. Six months later (Luke 1:36, 39-40) or around the end of December, Mary visits Elizabeth. Thus, Mary began to bear Jesus (conception) at around the end of December. Nine months later would take us to September.

Symbolism:

  • The Symbolism of the Fig Tree. Links the prophecy in Jeremiah 24 (i.e. good and bad figs) to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in Eden. Suggests that this tree was a fig tree since Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. Comments on the fact that the Bible story starts with two trees and ends with one tree. Also that Jesus was hung on a tree. Jesus cursed the fig tree in Matthew 21:18-20 (also in Mark 11:12-14 and 20-21). It is also mentioned in Luke 13:6-9.
  • The lesson of the Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-31; Luke 21:29-33). When it puts forth leaves, summer is near, since June is when it produces its first fruits (the breba crop). See Common fig in Wikipedia. The larger crop is in the Fall (September thru November). Portends the coming of the new Kingdom or the new Church.