From Whence Inspiration: An Observation

In-spir-ation is the work of the Spirit.  You aren’t the Spirit.  The Spirit inspires.  You simply pass along what the Spirit gives you.  The Spirit gives life.  You don’t.

People, especially preachers, need to stop telling people to be ‘inspiring’ since it is an impossibility.  Stop trying to pretend that you can do what only God can do.

The Righteous Are Sometimes Afflicted Whilst the Evil Seem to Prosper

Peter’s mother-in-law and Timothy, both constant in the work of the Lord, fall ill with fever; Herod and Nero, both unclean with all lewdness, revel in health. Thus is Providence that disposes all things free to use the one constantly for the general good, setting up a pattern of living virtue and showing what a great thing virtue is and how it is acquired, or to show others as a sink and sewer of vices into which they all discharge their foul filth. — Zwingli

Teaching us that the wicked don’t get fevers but the best servants of God do.  Amen and amen.

Today With Zwingli- The Greatest of the Reformers and the Most Important Theologian Since Paul

zwingliOn the 20th of June, 1527 (a Thursday) Huldrych Zwingli published another in his series of books aimed at correcting people’s misunderstandings concerning the Lord’s Supper.   Daß diese Wort – Das ist mein Leib, etc.   It focuses primarily on two scriptural points- the right interpretation of ‘seated at the right hand…’ and ‘the flesh is of no avail’.  These two points were famously spiritualized by Luther and Zwingli wishes to reclaim their proper sense.  After all, Luther’s interpretation of the ‘Words of Institution’ were to Zwingli pure absurdity.

In a fun twist, Zwingli dedicated the book to the brother of Frederich the Wise…

The most interesting thing about this particular book is it’s tone, because it’s the last time Zwingli will attempt a conciliatory attitude towards Luther.  ‘Aber zorn ist ein band der vernunfft und ein fygend der liebe, nüts weniger weder ouch unsinnigheit die vernunfft verwirrt.’

Luther’s reaction to this volume was unmixed contempt.  Marburg would prove the rift insurmountable and Philip’s hope of a united Protestantism (which he could use for political purposes) was dashed forever.

Abbreviations in Inscriptions: A Guest Post by Gershon Galil

12 inscriptions of only one letter “aleph” (A), inscribed on pithoi were unearthed in Kuntillet ‘Ajrud – about fifty km south of Kadesh Barnea — among other numerous inscriptions dated to the end of the ninth century – beginning of the eighth centuries BC.

In my opinion this single letter is an abbreviation which stands for asham = “guilty” = atonement, a sacrifice atoning for a sin. This proposal has not yet been suggested in research.

These inscriptions may be similar to the second Qieyafa inscription — KPRT ISHBA’AL etc. See Lev 19 21-22: “And he shall bring his trespass offering (his “asham”) unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, even a ram for a trespass offering (“asham”), And the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering (“asham”) before the LORD for his sin which he hath done: and the sin which he hath done shall be forgiven him.”

Furthermore, we also have only a yod in about ten inscriptions.

See, for further instances of such usages

  1. ADAM ZERTAL in BEN BARAK –FS 2012 175-210
  2. Maeir_Marked Judahite Cooking Pots_JAOS_130.1_2010.pdf
  3. Jerusalem the Temple Mount – see fig 12 p. 69 third_pri_report(1).pdf