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September 2009 Blog Posts (5)

Azazel the Scapegoat

Question Received - Aug. 26, 2009

I would like to ask you a question. . . . In the following verses, do you have any idea why Azazel was changed to scapegoat?



Leviticus 16:8-10: "8and Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. 9And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord, and offer it as a sin offering; 10but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 23, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Job 13:15 - Great faith or stubborn willfullness?

I was recently asked what my thoughts were concerning the following comments on Job 13:15 by James E. Smith in his book The Wisdom Literature & Psalms.



Smith wrote:

Job 13:15 as translated in the KJV is one of the greatest statements of faith in the entire Bible: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him; even so I will defend my own ways before Him.” As much as one might wish to cling to this rendering for sentimental reasons, the Hebrew rendering points in a… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 23, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Three Wills of God?

The following is my response to a question posed to me asking if Romans 12:2 implies three separate wills of God, which, in turn, would imply three separate persons in the Godhead (the Trinity).

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I believe your question focuses primarily on the section of text that reads, "that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."



That portion in the Greek reads, "εἰς τὸ δοκιμάζειν ὑμᾶς τί τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ τὸ ἀγαθὸν καὶ εὐάρεστον καὶ… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 23, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

The "Waw" Conjunctions of Genesis 1 - Textual support against Gap and Day-Age theories

I received the following request around September 2009.



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Brother Frazier, This grammar stuff is a little over my head, can you explain this in more simpler, understandable language. Part of it I understand, it's the grammar that has me confused.

Thanks.



2.‘Waw’ is the name of the Hebrew letter which is used as a conjunction. It can mean ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘now’, ‘then’, and several other things depending upon the context and type of waw involved.’… Continue

Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 22, 2009 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Baptism in Acts 2:38 - Responding to critics

The following text was taken from Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation? A Critical Analysis of the Doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration (1995), by E. Calvin Beisner. Edited and transcribed to html by Joanne Ruhland/1997 (www.rickross.com/reference/icc/ICC122.html).

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This is one of the favorite verses of those who believe baptism is necessary for salvation. They point out…
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Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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