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Grab Bag, when praying it, gives wisdom of the baptism

Woot! It’s so exciting to get to the new Grab Bag!

So, here is the first question!

What is the purpose of Baptism?

Colossians 2:12
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Acts 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

The answer here is: to be buried with him, for the remission of sins, to be able to enter into the kingdom of God. If anyone would like a little further explanation about this, please let me know! On to the next question!

What is the fear of the Lord?

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Yes, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of “taking the facts and acting thereupon”.

How much are we supposed to pray?

1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.

I don’t think a time frame can be put on “how much we are supposed to pray” from the verse given above. There could be exceptions for when we sleep. But even then, it’s still possible :) people have spoken to God in their sleep in the bible, so I really don’t see how it isn’t possible to pray without ceasing :D Well, the Lord spoke with Jacob in Genesis 28 if anyone else is curious about that.

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Grab Bag, rockin’ the five fold with John. :)

Woot! It’s time for the weekly Grab Bag again!

The first question is!

What was the rock Jesus was talking about in Matthew 16:18?

Matthew 16:18
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

To understand this we need to look above and see why the “And” is at the beginning of the scripture. We will start in verse 15:

Matthew 16:15-18
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church’ and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

So, looking at the context of what Jesus was talking about. The “rock” is in verse 16, Jesus being “the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Jesus is the rock, just like the one of the old testament. The one which followed them noted in 1 Corinthians 10:4

What is the “five-fold ministry”?
I am not quite sure, though I know Ephesians 4:11 is the verse the phrase was coined from.

Ephesians 4:11
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers;

So here, it’s talking about what was said in verse 8 of the same chapter. Particularly the gifts part, which are for the perfecting of the saints (verse 12) and the work of the ministry and for edifying the body of Christ.

But to answer the question, I don’t know the scriptural answer. I think mainly because there probably isn’t one to explain it. At least, none which I have found.

What descended upon Jesus after he was baptized by John the Baptist?

Luke 3:22
And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

The Holy Ghost descended upon him. It was in the bodily shape of a dove, but it was the Holy Ghost.

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Grab Bag with the wilderness, vipers and trees

Welcome back! It is the Grab Bag day and officially on time! I hope you enjoy it!

What bit Paul while he was on the island of Melita? Where did it come from?

Acts 28:1-6

1 And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
2 And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.
3 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
4 And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.
5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.
6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.

It was a viper. It came from the heat. Someone may wonder, “What specifically is a viper?”. A viper is a venomous snake. Basically, Viperidae is a generalisation of many venomous snakes. It’s not a name like “copperhead” or “rattlesnake”, though both of those are considered a viper. You can check out that link to get a more in depth idea from wikipedia.

How long was Jesus in the wilderness fasting?

Matthew 4
1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

He was in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights, fasting. I also think it was interesting how the people of Israel were in the wilderness for 40 years until they were able to go into the promised land. Also how it rained for 40 days and 40 nights when the flood came and when Jesus was risen, he stayed with them for 40 days and spoke with them regarding the kingdom of God (Genesis 7:4 and Acts 1:3 respectively). Just something to think about :)

What kind of tree did Absalom’s head get caught in?

2 Samuel 18:9-10
9 And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that was under him went away.
10 And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.

The tree was a great oak. It was a big tree.

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Let God be magnified!

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Grab Bag of the old testament foxes and mantles.

Well its the first official Grab Bag on a Monday (though it is Tuesday)! I hope this format works a little better than the other way. The main thing is I want anyone and everyone to get involved with contributing to this website. So the idea was to give a longer time from the Grab Bag to the podcast to get any questions in about the Grab Bag. This is so we can go over them on the episode with everyone else. :)So anyways, on to the first question!When it comes to doing what the Bible says, why do you believe that you have to do what’s in the Old Testament?  The Old Testament was for the Israelites.  The main things we (as Gentiles) are to live by are in the New Testament because that’s where Jesus gave the instructions and the example. -Olive

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Why? For doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. :) Thanks for the good question Olive!

The old testament is what the Israelites/Jewish people went through. I wouldn’t say it’s for the Israelites, though the law part was for them, when it was given to Moses. However, there is still doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness in the old testament.

One thing to keep in mind is the type and shadows from the old testament. The new testament is actually hidden in the old testament with things like Genesis 22:8 “God will provide himself a lamb”. Or with Isaiah 28:11 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to his people.”

I hope that was a clear enough answer.

How many foxes did Samson catch?

Judges 15:4
4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.

He caught 300 foxes. That… is a lot of foxes to “catch”. I would like to see how that was done!

What did Elisha take up after Elijah was taken up in a whirlwind?

2 Kings 2:13
13 He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

He took up the mantle. It was part of his portion.

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Grab Bag with whale’s belly, falling ground and a young lion

On to the new schedule. The Monday Grab Bag is here! (on Wednesday :x )
This is kind of on purpose. The podcast episode was released on Monday, so a little buffer between it and the Grab Bag. Next Monday you can expect the next Grab Bag. :)

On to the first question!

Was Jonah really in the belly of a whale?

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Absolutely, for 3 days and 3 nights even!

Did Paul fall from a horse?

Acts 9:3-4
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Acts 22:6-7
6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Acts 26:14-15
14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

It doesn’t say whether or not he was on a horse. We just know he fell to the earth/ground on the road to Damascus.

Who with the Spirit of the Lord rent a young lion?

Judges 14:5-6
5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.
6 And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.

Let God be magnified!

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Grab Bag, up and Adam!

It’s the end of the week and the Grab Bag time again!

The first question:
Who was Adam?

Genesis 2:7
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Adam was the first man to become a living soul.

Luke 3:38
Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

He was also a son of God.

What does it mean when the scripture says “Let us make man in our own image” in Genesis 1:26?

Genesis 1:26
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

The scripture states in Ephesians 1:11 the following:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

He was counseling his own will, regarding the occurrence in Genesis.

Of light and darkness, which was there first?

Genesis 1:2-3
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Darkness was there first.

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