Things you miss reading your Bible too quickly


Reading through Exodus this morning, I ran across a couple of things that I’d never noticed before.

In Exodus 10:3, Moses finally shouts at is step-brother, or at least speaks harshly. It’s been a while building up!

He was deferential to Tutmose at first, and slowly, as Tutmose opposed God, Moses grew more blunt in his approach.

Tutmose might have taken Moses’s intended name – Moses in Hebrew being Moshe, or pronounced Mose by the Egyptians. Hatshepsut, Moses’s adopted mother would have given him the name Tutmose. Quite literally, she had made her decision that this child given to her by the Nile would be Pharaoh. Her nephew would not have shared the same name – it was a declaration of inheritance.

Tutmose’s stubbornness may be born of his sudden conceit, the longed for treasure given into his hands after Moses murdered and then fled. Tutmose would have desired the throne of Egypt, and finally got it, when he’d given up hope. He is a supplanter. And now Moses reappears – not to demand what is his right, but to appear as one of Egypt’s slaves – deferential, eyes down, beseeching. And the humble servant of God.

Now Moses  speaks harshly, if not shouting. Tutmose has ignored every demand of God, given politely at first. then with warnings. Then with the voice of judgment.

You tell me – does this sound like shouting to you?

Exodus 10:3-6 (KJV) And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh.

You know, you don’t have to be really smart after seeing Egypt devastated to know that if you don’t do as he asks, things are going to go badly.

If I had been Tutmose, I’d have let them go.

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Evernote for Ministry Research


I’m always on the lookout for anything that can assist me in cataloging and storing resources. When I first started this blog, I wanted to give appropriate references. What I needed was a reference manager, and I couldn’t find one. Now I have Zotero, but for a while there, all my research was lost. If that ever happens to you, I wrote an article on how to get it back. It takes like 21 steps.

I also have been looking for a way to save webpages. I’ve done it in Zotero, and I’ve saved to PDF. But often I’m in a hurry, and the endless “save to” “Save as” process of saving a web page to PDF was truly irritating.

And it left you with no real way to catalog what you saved. So to write an article sometimes took hours, if not days. The worst was when I saw an article on an official Seventh Day Adventist website where they credited the man who influenced Charles Taze Russell’s corrupt theology as being “A genuine Seventh Day Adventist.”

It created a hoo-rah of controversy when I published the post, and the SDA website pulled the quote from the article.

Enter Evernote. If I’d had Evernote, I could have saved it as an article, added keywords, and then clipped the address to Zotero. No kidding. Real quick to do.

If you’re involved in Christian ministry, Evernote is a tool you need. I think the best bet is to get the Plus membership, at $32 a year. I’ve gone a year with it at the free level, but some months I’m pretty much stopped cold by the 10th day because I’m almost at my free limit. I’m either going to get the Business level (which is on sale) or the plus level.

Get into the habit of clipping things. Have a default category, then plan out an admin day every month where you go through all your clippings and categorize them into the correct notebooks, and add appropriate tags, like “quote later” “Heretic”, etc.

Helpful idea


It would be great if someone could make a converter that would take all of your library in all the kinds of Bible software – Quickverse, WordSearch, eSword, theWord, Logos, Swordsearcher, Bible Analyzer, etc – and convert them all to the appropriate kind of resource in any one of the Bible programs.

By Monday.

That way in all of my various Bible programs, I would have all of the books available. I have some resources in Quickverse that I don’t have in any other software.

I have resources in Word search I don’t have in Quickverse, Accordance, Logos or Swordsearcher.

And so on. It sometimes means I have to open six different Bible programs to have all my resources available.

Year of Writing Commentary


Just a reminder, that this is year one of writing commentary on things you’re learning in your Bible study. I started Jan. 1 in Romans 1:1.

So, after your Bible study (or during it), take notes in a special note file inside your Bible software.  Please make sure your Bible study session is a minimum of 15 minutes a day! If you are a Pastor or in ministry, double that. As a matter of fact, if you are a Pastor, you need to make sure that you’re studying your Bible at least an hour a day, or your congregation will have your hide. God requires a Pastor to spend time in prayer and studies of the Bible. Everything else is secondary.

E-Sword instructions: If I remember right, E-Sword comes with Study Notes, Topic Notes and Journal Notes already made. This would all go into your study notes. Remember to uncheck the little chain icon before you start writing, and then check it again once you’re done.

Swordsearcher instructions:  Under “User” click “Create new user Commentary”. Now all you have to do to add notes is click the four diamonds, and a window will open up to add your notes.

King James Pure Bible Search: Click CTRL+M or go to Edit>Add/Edit/Delete User Note. The user note editor will pop open. Save the note when done typing.

theWord: File>New User Module>Commentary. Name it, give it initials (Dean Commentary DCT) and save it. Now you can start typing away. Make sure you go slowly when trying to expand theWord to fill the window, or you’ll close it down every time. This was a major reason (besides its untidy, cluttered appearance) I gave up using it back in Seminary.

Logos: Create a manuscript, and NAME it “Dean Commentary”. No kidding (it’s a hidden thing in Logos) it will prioritize it, especially if you add a link on your taskbar to it. The more you add to it, no kidding, the more Logos will begin to refer to it as you write.

Okay, this should get you started on the “How-to”. Now you just need to start!

Go to Romans 1:1. Read all of Romans 1 and start taking notes in your commentary. You’re going to make notes every third verse (1:1, 1:4, 1:7, etc). Why? Because next year is the second year of commentary, and the year after that is the third year. In three years, you will have written study notes (if not commentary) on every verse in the Bible.

Recommended commentaries: The Bible. The Bible is its own best commentary. In this regard, Pure Bible Search gives you an advantage by FORCING you to use ONLY the Bible and ONLY the Webster’s 1828.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary by John Walvoord is the next best. Flawed, highly Evangelical, and based upon the NIV (UGH!), but still the best commentary you can get.

Look things up. Use Bible Analyzer. Is this the first time that word is used in the Bible? Unless it’s Gen. 1:1, make a note of it! Is this a word used 5 times or Less in the Bible? Make a note of that.

Open the TSK. Follow the rabbit, and see where the references take you. Literally, this is how David Cloud learned all the Bible stuff he learned, using a Strong’s, and eventually adding a TSK. His own notes took the form of a Bible Encyclopedia, instead of a commentary. And yes, you can buy a copy of it.

You’ll add a lot to your commentary as you go along, so don’t worry if you only get a few sentences in at first.

Yesterday’s blog article came out of my commentary.

Best Fundamentalist Bible Software 2018


This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Without exception, the best Bible software is all written by – and aimed to –theological progressives. Doesn’t sound bad? Read that “Bible Deniers” and “Unsaved.”

The big problem I’ve got with this is of course that no matter how theologically sound you are, stuff like that begins to affect you.

So, today we’re talking about Bible software written by Fundamentalists. For Fundamentalists.

I’ll preface this by saying if you’re the kind of person who can’t rest if your house is untidy, then you need to get Fundamentalist Bible software. All three reviewed today have the cleanest, neatest interfaces in Bible software.

Swordsearcher

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This is the reigning King of Fundamentalist software. No, it cannot do a tenth of what Logos does, but I don’t think Brandon Staggs is losing sleep over it. He wanted a Bible software that really does what it should: Go to a Bible verse, and see all the commentaries, Bible dictionaries and books in your library that talk about that at once.

Swordsearcher is a little unusual, in that most Bible software is written around Strong’s. However, Swordsearcher is not only coded around the Strong’s at its base, but also around Webster’s 1828! This means that you have the added benefit of seeing the definitions of the English words within their Biblical context. It’s a feature I’ve striven mightily to have built into Word search and Logos, and given up. I asked for Webster’s 1828, and they answer they’ve got the Merriam-Webster’s. Well, if you like seeing your English definitions outside of their Biblical context, sure – that would be okay. But if you’re a Christian, why would you want that??? Oh, right, the theological progressive thing.

If I could think of one word for Swordsearcher, it is “functional”. I can’t think of a better word for it. One price, and you get a massive library, a clean interface (one of the cleanest and neatest in the business), you get an instant glimpse into both the lemma and the manuscript of both Greek AND Hebrew (Quickverse, it’s major competitor for years, only gave you the Greek definitions), and you also get an instant glimpse into the English words as well.

Swordsearcher is designed with your Bible study in mind. Type in the beginning of any Bible phrase, and Swordsearcher immediately begins suggesting search terms. So if you know the “Blessed are the peacemakers”, but can’t remember it’s Matthew 5, then Swordsearcher will tell you in a hurry. My commentary on Romans is going VERY quickly, because of this feature.

The instructions show how to create your own topical Bible and your own commentary, and Brandon Staggs recommends you do just that. I like the Swordsearcher way of letting you know you’ve got a comment on a verse by the little four diamonds a lot better than the Logos little yellow squares. You get enough notes and sermons on Matthew 5, and you end up with sixty-two little yellow boxes, and now you have to start changing the colors of those.

To write Sermons in Swordsearcher, you create a user book, put your sermon template on page 1, and then create additional entries. Just copy and paste your template into each new entry you create, and then write your sermon inside it.

Is it better than E-Sword? I think so. E-Sword has unintentionally copied (or perhaps intentionally) many of Swordsearcher’s features, but without copying the interface, it still misses out on where Swordsearcher excels.

Swordsearcher is $60.

Bible Analyzer

Bible Analyzer fund

If you’ve been reading this for a while, you know that Bible Analyzer is completely different. I wouldn’t use it as a stand-alone Bible program, since its note taking system is not up to snuff – but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I always tell you every saved Christian on earth needs Bible Analyzer.

Want to know how many capital letters are in the Bible? It’ll tell you. Need to know what’s the most repeated word in Romans 10? Bible Analyzer will tell you. Want to see the first reference of every word within a verse? Bible Analyzer will tell you.

You need this program. Free.

King James Pure Bible Search

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Someone got a little upset with me because I pointed out this is a program for Ruckmanites/Gail Riplinger followers. I can’t help that – it is what it is. You get the King James Bible, and well – that’s it. No Strongs, no Hebrew, no Greek. No commentaries, no add ons, no nuthin’. And they explain it in this way…

But!

I’m going to say this. If you had ten years to really go through the Bible, and you wanted to find ALL cross references, and had nothing to go by – this program is for you. I was a HUGE fan of the fact you can make your own cross references. Alas, I have so much work to do, and so little time to do it, that.

If you just want the King James Bible and NOTHING else besides the Webster’s 1828 and rudimentary note taking, then this program is for you. If you’ve read Gail Riplinger and believe the nonsense she’s written in the “Toxic” book, this program is for you.

Free.

Conclusions

These are the three Fundamentalist Bible programs. Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer are very good, and King James Pure Bible Search is very good for what it is. Two are free, Swordsearcher is not.

Bottom Line: I’d get at least Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer. If you refuse to use any commentaries, Strong’s or any other tools, then the King James Pure Bible Search is the program for you.

More Difficult To Pronounce Bible Words


Long time readers know that I listen to a lot of sermons. It’s an important thing to me. And unfortunately, many Independent Fundamental Baptists have zero for education, or get educated by uneducated men – so most have never learned Hebrew. And if you’ve been to Seminary and learned Hebrew and still say “Hag-ee-ai”, shame on you. It’s Chag-eye (clear your throat for the right Ch sound, like Chanukah).

So, to my surprise, when I wrote the first of these, I just grabbed a number of words I’d heard mispronounced, plus one or two bugaboos of mine (Ahaseurus should be pronounced Hebrew style, by the way).

So since most of us are reading through the Bible, let’s take a look at some in Genesis that I hear mangled!

Shinar – the land of Babylon. Shinar is “Shee-nar”.

Babylon. It’s pronounced “Babylon”, but if you really want to impress your Jewish friends, it’s “Bavel”.

Arpaxad – Ar-pack-shad

Salah – She-lach

Eber – Ay-bear

Peleg – there’s only one G, and he wasn’t a pirate!

Reu – like “Kanga and little”. Yes, it’s pronounced “Roo”

Serug – Seh-roog.  שְׂרֽוּג Most of you got this one right, except for the last syllable.

Nahor – Nach-or. Getting the feel for the letter Chet yet?

Haran – NO!!! It is not, “Hey, Ron!” It’s Hah-ron. See? הָרָֽן׃

Lot – it’s not pronounced Laht. It’s Loat, like Float without the F. לֽוֹט׃

Now, if all of you had been to my Hebrew and Greek blog, you’d know all this!

Canaan – Whoah! Are you ready? It’s Ke-nahn. Almost the same. Say it fast enough and nobody will know or care you’ve said it wrong all your life.

And this is probably why the Lord never called me to preach, because the entire congregation would walk out on Sunday mornings wondering what I was talking about!

Bible Inerrancy


Yesterday was something of a “Bible Inerrancy” day. I was going through my library of sermons, and decided to focus on Bible Inerrancy.

Of course, John MacArthur’s sermons came up. I sat and listened to one that really actually argued for the King James Bible, although MacArthur would be shocked to realize it.

Every argument he offered for Biblical inerrancy actually validated my stand for the King James issue – and most of my readers.

When I first got saved, and shortly thereafter was convinced of the Bible version issue, I read MacArthur’s FAQ, and there was nothing about the King James.  I knew MacArthur personally used a Schofield King James, although when quoting from the Bible he would translate the “thee’s” into “You”, kind of destroying the intended specific use of the words.

So I wrote to him, and was answered by a staff member, who included an article MacArthur had on the Textual Criticism issue. The article affirmed MacArthur’s support and trust to the scholarship of the very people he was blasting as heretics in his sermon!

I’m sure Phil Johnson and John MacArthur would be devastated if I took his sermon, and added a five second audio intro – “This is why I stand for the King James Bible and against the modern versions.” And then left the rest of it alone. Because it literally sums up the entire argument we have against the textual critics.

I took a year of Koine Greek and Hebrew. A lot of my Hebrew actually comes from synagogue experience, and reading through my prayer book three times a day. I’m not some language ignorant Baptist. I actually know what I’m talking about, like Edward Hills and D. A. Waite.

While MacArthur intended his sermon to be against Barthians, it applied in every way against “Theological progressives”, the latest phrase to describe a theological liberal. It’s actually a good phrase, if you know anything about Communism. A “Progressive” is a communist. Communists are atheists. So a theological progressive is a communist hiding under the robes of a minster or a scholar, being paid top dollar stealing jobs that should belong to Christians.

The very people MacArthur was preaching against are the ones he claims to trust. Once he grasps the hypocrisy of this, his stance may change.

The only real issue I had with MacArthur’s sermon was that he begins it by making the claim that he believes the Bible is inspired in “The original autographs.” The original manuscripts don’t exist. They’ve crumpled into dust a long time ago. The original manuscript of Isaiah was probably dust by the time the book of Revelation was being written down.

When you say you believe in the inerrancy of the “original autographs”, you’re in essence saying you don’t believe the Bible in your hand is without error. This was the error of Dave Hunt, and he remained unaware of it’s importance for the rest of his life, alas.

Listen to me on this – the Bible in your hand has no errors. Sam Gipp has a funny saying about people who claim to find errors in the King James: “They’re so smart they can find things in the Bible God didn’t put there.”

It’s kind of like MacArthur’s supposed Calvinism. I keep hearing him say he’s a Calvinist, and then he espouses a theology that literally is almost the opposite of Calvinism!

MacArthur finally turned around on the issue of the Sonship of Christ, and is now speaking like a Baptist on the blood of Christ. If he can ever get these two issues resolved, we’ll finally have him as a Fundamentalist.