Zechariah: The Heavy Stone

A biblical case could be made that Jerusalem and Judah symbolize the New Testament church in this prophecy.  The New Testament writers spoke of Christians in terms that would have fit the Jews of the Old Testament (cf. Rom. 2:28-29; Gal. 3:29; 6:16; James 1:1; Lk. 22:30), thus showing that under the Christian era it is Christians, not ethnic Jews, who are God’s chosen people.  In like manner, the writer of Hebrews described “the church of the firstborn” as “the heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb. 12:22-23; cf. Rev. 21:2; 19:7; Rom. 7:4).… Read More Zechariah: The Heavy Stone

Bible Q&A: Does The Bible Teach That One Can Be Born Homosexual?

I’ve seen some pastors on YouTube say that God is fine with homosexuals because He made them that way at birth.  Does the Bible teach that? The Bible — God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17) — teaches the exact opposite, actually.  Both the Old Testament (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; cf. Gen. 19:5ff; Judg. 19:22ff) and the New… Read More Bible Q&A: Does The Bible Teach That One Can Be Born Homosexual?

Zechariah: Thirty Pieces of Silver

Judas and the chief priests fulfilled this prophecy when he threw the money into the temple and they determined to use it to buy “the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers” who had died in Jerusalem, rather than put it into the temple treasury since it had been used to kill a Man (Matt. 27:3-10).  They likely knew of a very cheap piece of property near the city from which potters had been taking clay for years to make their pottery, thus now rendering it useless for nothing more than a graveyard, something worth no more than $15.… Read More Zechariah: Thirty Pieces of Silver

Bible Q&A: How Do We Know That Baptism Has To Be Immersion?

How do we know that baptism has to be immersion and nothing else, like sprinkling or pouring water on someone? The New Testament was originally written in Koine Greek, i.e., the Greek spoken by the common man back in the first century A.D.  The Greek word for “baptize” or “baptism” is baptizo, which literally means… Read More Bible Q&A: How Do We Know That Baptism Has To Be Immersion?

Zechariah: Did Matthew Make a Mistake?

Matthew 26:9-10 says that Jeremiah had spoken the prophecy and does not mention Zechariah.  Some consider this a contradiction and thus proof that the Bible is not inspired of God.  “My Bible’s cross-reference says that Zechariah wrote this, but Matthew says Jeremiah said it.  That’s a contradiction!  The Bible must be a fraud!”  Such a conclusion is mistaken for several reasons. … Read More Zechariah: Did Matthew Make a Mistake?

Zechariah: The Wrong Kind of Shepherds

God had indeed cared for His people under Moses’ covenant.  Whenever they had followed His ways, He had shown them grace and favor and had united them (cf. Josh. 24:14-20). Yet in the end they rejected Him.  Because of this, the Messiah would destroy “the three shepherds” – the Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day who were leading the Jews away from God  – “in one month,” likely figurative of a very short amount of time (11:8a).… Read More Zechariah: The Wrong Kind of Shepherds