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October 22, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

John 6:66 ‘Upon this many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.’

‘Upon this,’ or, ‘after this’? We may understand that the rendering, ‘upon,’ is intended to signify ‘built on,’ or, ‘coming on,’ that is, ‘with connection to,’ but the rendering ‘after,’ almost certainly must suggest a time frame....Keep Reading

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October 15, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

John 5:25, 28 ‘The hour cometh and now is……the hour cometh.’

We must needs have before us the entirety of this enigmatic passage if we are to have any opportunity to grasp the enormity of what our Savior has spoken to those Jews that were so completely perplexed over His speech. ...Keep Reading

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October 8, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

James 5:11 ‘Ye have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful.’

Behold, we call them blest that endured: ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful....Keep Reading

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October 8, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

James 5:11 ‘Ye have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful.’

Behold, we call them blest that endured: ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful....Keep Reading

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October 1, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

James 1:18 ‘Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth.’

Great is the number of men that have, not only imagined but, taught that salvation is a product of the human will. ...Keep Reading

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September 24, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Isaiah 65:25. ‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together.’

And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea....Keep Reading

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September 17, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Isaiah 53:10 ‘Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him.’

It is difficult to pass by an opportunity to offer remarks on one of the most blessed portions of the Word of God, namely the 53rd chapter of Isaiah. Isaiah is the Old Testament volume frequently referred to...Keep Reading

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September 10, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Luke 22:43 ‘And there appeared unto him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.’

If the Christ, the God-man, Emmanuel, God with us; our Champion; God Himself manifest in the flesh, retaining omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, required the sustenance and/or comfort that this angel was able to render, how much more do we weak and frail humans stand in need of such strengthening. How in the world could we even begin to conceive of ‘standing it alone,’ if the Son of God; the Son of man; our Man in Glory was deemed to need such sustenance?...Keep Reading

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September 3, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Hebrews 1:2 ‘Hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his Son.’

How has He spoken in his Son? Is it not through the Word and His Spirit? May we not ‘hear’ the voice of the Son through His Spirit as we read the Scriptures? ...Keep Reading

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August 27, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Proverbs 18:13 ‘He that giveth answer before he heareth, It is folly and shame unto him.’

This verse powerfully suggests a common scenario among men. We should say mankind for, surely, it has infected both man and woman; both men, women, and yes, the offspring of these men and women; that is, their progeny; their children. We are reminded of the psalmist’s asseveration when he cried, All men are liars! This, happily, is not absolutely true....Keep Reading

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August 20, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Titus 3:7 ‘Being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs.’

I thought that we were justified by faith! What goes on here? Has not Paul clearly stated, in Romans 5:1, Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Did the apostle write to the church at Rome telling them that they were justified by faith, and then later write to his follower, Titus, that we are justified by grace?...Keep Reading

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August 13, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Proverbs 13:14ff. ‘The law of the wise is a fountain of life.’

I well recall reading a small volume about the translation of Scripture. The author was actually critiquing the most recent translation among the four most used renderings of the Word of God; namely the New International Version, or N.I.V....Keep Reading

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August 6, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Luke 13:34 ‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem’

This astounding cry of lament over the city of Jerusalem by our Savior is surely remarkable for its somewhat enigmatic nature. How is it that the Son of God, God Himself, must cry over this great city of His own people according to the flesh? Is it that He could not save them?...Keep Reading

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July 30, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Luke 13:3, 5 ‘Except ye repent, ye shall all in like manner perish.’

In the days of the so-called Second Great Awakening there arose practices that are continued even into our own day. It may not be unfair to attribute the initiation of these methods to the developed thought of the ‘great revivalist’ Charles Grandison Finney....Keep Reading

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July 23, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalms 146-150 ‘Praise ye Jehovah……Praise ye Jehovah.’

According to theologians and biblical historians, the Hallel...Keep Reading

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July 16, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

2 Chronicles 12:16 ‘And Rehoboam slept with his fathers….and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.’

The kings of Judah were descendants of David, the second king of Israel succeeding Saul of Benjamin. God had made a covenant with David that his seed always be seated on the throne of Israel forever; 2 Samuel 7:16:...Keep Reading

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July 9, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Thessalonians 4:17 ‘Then we that are alive, that are left.’

hat is a conspiracy? I ask the question because this text brings to my mind what I believe to be a conspiracy in the church at large. We find in our dictionary that a conspiracy may be defined as:...Keep Reading

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July 2, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Colossians 4:10 ‘And Mark, the cousin of Barnabas.’

Who was John Mark? Who was Barnabas? Both John Mark and Barnabas have excellent scriptural pedigrees. By scriptural pedigrees, I mean the records of the Scriptures by which we have come to know these men. ...Keep Reading

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June 29, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Colossians 1:27 ‘Which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.’

In what is frequently declared to be His ‘farewell address,’ our Lord Jesus Christ intended to impart confident encouragement to His own. He encouraged their very hearts early in this discourse with the deservedly well-known exhortation:...Keep Reading

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June 18, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalm 119:176 ‘I have gone astray like a lost sheep, seek thy servant.’

The 119th psalm, it has been frequently observed by writers, is inundated with references to the Word of God. In all but a very few of the 176 verses there is an express reference to the Word. The Word has been spoken of in the many characters that it bears. The Psalmist...Keep Reading

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June 11, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalm 119:122 ‘Be surety for thy servant for good.’

In his Old Testament Word Studies, William Wilson has given to us the meaning of the noun, surety. He has offered this definition; ‘To become surety for any one, properly to exchange with him, to stand in his place; to become surety for one’s life, to pledge oneself for the life of another; for another’s debt, to give security for the payment.’...Keep Reading

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June 4, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Luke 4:28 ‘They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things.’

This demonstration took place after Jesus had read the Scriptures to those before Him in the synagogue. He had been asked to read, we may presume according to their custom. They had delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaiah, which He opened to a particular place where, we are told, it was written, and He read;...Keep Reading

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May 28, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Kings 2:27 ‘That he might fulfil the word of Jehovah.’

The pericope under our purview for this week’s commentary is that which is related in context with king Solomon’s following his father David’s instructive warnings and advice which he gave to his son shortly before he died. He warned Solomon about Joab and Shimei, giving suggestive counsel recommending how he should behave toward each of them. This may be applied, by implication, to Abiathar the priest for he indeed implicated himself into the subtle plot of Adonijah’s attempt to usurp the throne. Solomon linked Abiathar with Adonijah and Joab in his response to his mother, Bath-sheba, recorded in 1 Kings 2:22......Keep Reading

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May 7, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalm 102:7 ‘I watch, and am become like a sparrow that is alone upon the housetop.’

The verse cited above for our focus passage this week is found joined together with the previous verse which should probably be taken as a piece. We put them together for consideration in that way; I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am become as an owl of the waste places. I watch, and am become like a sparrow that is alone upon the housetop....Keep Reading

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April 30, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Samuel 1:14 ‘How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.’

Is this a classic case of misjudgment on the part of a ‘church leader’? If it is, indeed, not classic, it is at least most pointed. And does it not speak volumes to the issue of pastoral oversight and, particularly, to several other integral matters? Matters such as not judging empirically; in other words, not basing your judgment entirely, or primarily, on appearances; not ‘judging a book by its cover,’ perhaps we could say. Eli made an uninformed judgment based solely upon what his eyes saw and his mind imagined. We are, each one of us, prone to this sort of a lapse, and are most likely, each of us, guilty of it at some time in our lives and behavior, even as Christians, and perhaps, in some instances, especially as Christians....Keep Reading

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April 23, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Corinthians 15:55 ‘O death, where is thy victory?’

‘O death, where is thy victory?’ These words of the apostle Paul in 15:55 of his first letter to the church of God at Corinth are citations from a pair of Old Testament prophets. Isaiah, in his twenty-fifth chapter had written, many years before Paul, these blessed promises from God to His covenant people for their faith and encouragement:...Keep Reading

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April 16, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalm 86:1 ‘Bow down thine ear, O Jehovah, and answer me; for I am poor and needy.’

While the majority, even most, of the Psalms have a superscription at their beginning...Keep Reading

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April 9, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Corinthians 10:4 ‘They drank of a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.’

Paul is here referencing the account found in Exodus 17:1-7 which took place in the course of the march of the children of Israel through the wilderness after that God had delivered them from the bondage in Egypt under Pharaoh. We are told;...Keep Reading

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April 2, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

1 Corinthians 1:18 ‘The word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness’

This word of the cross; just what is it, and why would it be foolishness to any of the sons of men? What does foolishness involve? How may we recognize it? In ourselves? In others? How do people determine if they are being given a pure line of bologna? Is there some clue that will betray for us whether what we are being told and expected to believe is really only an ‘urban legend’? And what is the faculty; or what are the faculties, by which we may separate truth from fiction; reality from unreality; a demonstrable truth from the foolishness of men? Paul has, here in this letter to the church at Corinth, in these few brief, but terse, expressions, set forward several striking things; items for serious contemplation to the reader, or hearer....Keep Reading

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March 26, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Joshua 2:13 ‘Save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters.’

More often than not when the question of Rahab the harlot is admitted into any conversation, whether it be about the sinfulness of harlotry, or whether or not she lied about having knowledge of the whereabouts of the two spies, the matter of her surprising faith is, sadly only infrequently, brought to bear upon this truly amazing Old Testament narrative. ...Keep Reading

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March 19, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Matthew 28:15 ‘This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continueth until this day.’

Although the 18th verse of this 28th chapter of Matthew’s gospel account is indisputably the best-known portion of this disciple’s closing remarks, the 15th verse may be one of the most intriguing. After the resurrection of our Savior and His giving of this directive, Fear not: Go tell my brethren that they depart into Galilee, and there shall they see me...Keep Reading

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March 12, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Matthew 25:7 ‘Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.’

These individuals were quite evidently deceived, perhaps even self-deceived, but deceived nonetheless. Like their counterparts in 7:22, they may have spoken of the many things that they had done, claiming, even believing, that they had done them “by His name,” that they had been living lives, doing ‘mighty works’ in the name of religion; in the name of Christianity and for the church....Keep Reading

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March 5, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Romans 5:8 ‘Christ died for us.’

How fearful it is that we may ever have spoken these glorious words tritely, or without due consideration of their incomprehensible depths: the depths of the love of Christ that truly passes our understanding; the depths of the love of the Father in giving His Son for us; the depths of the love of God the Holy Spirit in applying the infinitely costly salvation to any of the rebellious sons of men. Amazing Grace is too light an expression to adequately denote the wonders involved in these precious words, Christ died for us, and that, incredibly, while we were yet sinners. O the deep, deep love of Jesus! Thank God for eternity; for eternity will never exhaust the love that we owe to the Lamb of God....Keep Reading

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February 26, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Romans 1:16 ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel.’

A new translation of the Scriptures, the Word of God for Protestant Christians, namely, that is, the Bible, appeared in full in the year of our Lord, 1978, the New Testament had earlier made its appearance in 1773; the publishers evidently not wishing to wait for the entirety of both the Older and the Newer Testaments to be ready....Keep Reading

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February 19, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Matthew 20:31 ‘Lord, have mercy on us, thou son of David’

And as they went out from Jericho, a great multitude followed him. And behold, two blind men sitting by the wayside, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, Lord, have mercy on us, thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them that they should hold their peace: but they cried out the more, saying, Lord, have mercy on us, thou son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I should do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. And Jesus, being moved with compassion, touched their eyes; and straightway they received their sight, and followed him. ...Keep Reading

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February 12, 2017 by David Farmer 0 comments

Psalm 37:1 ‘Fret not thyself…….’

The inspired words of the focus of our attention this week are found on only four occasions, at least in the American Standard Version (1901) of the Scriptures. Three of these four occasions are to be located in the psalm under consideration, namely the 37th Psalm, ‘a psalm of David’ according to its inspired inscription. The fourth employment of ‘Fret not thyself’ is to be found in the book of Proverbs......Keep Reading

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