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December 2 - Morning

"“Do your best to present yourself to God as
one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

- Second Timothy 2:15

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Cutting the Truth Straight    

Paul describes the honorable approach to the word of truth with the word orthotomounta  which
is a metaphor that means, “to cut straight.” It is translated “correctly handles.” It could have referred
to a carpenter cutting wood or butcher cutting meat. It is used by Theodoret around 440 AD to refer
to “a plowman who drives a straight furrow.” This word is used in the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures in the Septuagint in Proverbs 3:6 and 11:5 in reference “to cutting a road straight.”

The alternative to “correctly handles the Word of Truth,” would have been to engage in the
“quarreling about words” as warned of in the verse before. (2:14) Paul says that this style of
teaching is worthless and ruins the listeners. Or, another bad option would be to teach with the “godless chatter” mentioned in the verse that follows (2:16). This causes people to become more
and more ungodly. Generally, Paul is warning Timothy not to be deceptive and not to twist the
Word of God to fit with a cultural or a personal preference.

Timothy’s teaching is being presented, not just to the people of Ephesus, but also before God.
Paul says that this is where Timothy’s ministry will be evaluated by the Lord himself as is seen
in 1 Corinthians 3:13-15   and in Matthew 25:23 . Paul tells Timothy to present himself as a
successful servant who does not need to be ashamed when he stands before his master. This unashaved approach to the Lord is only possible if the Word of God is cut straight by maintaining
the context and allowing the Word of God to speak, instead of cutting it up into suitable portions or forcing it fit in a way that it was never intended.

Paul refers to the Word of Truth in two other places in his writing: Ephesians 1:13 and Colossians 1:5

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Truth has no degrees or shades. A half truth is a whole lie, and a white lie
is really black."
- John MacArthur
Something to Ponder??

Jewish scholars recognize that Moses gave the five books of the Law to Israel and David gave the five books of Psalms to Israel:

  1. Book 1: Psalm 1-41, mostly of David
  2. Book 2: Psalm 42-72,
    some by musicians Korah and Asaph
  3. Book 3: Psalms 73-89,
    almost exclusively by
    Korah and Asaph
  4. Book 4: Psalm 90-106,
    mostly no bylines
  5. Book 5: Psalm 107-150
    mostly for festivals and pilgrimages to Jerusalem
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Nishtewan (Hb) - Letter (Eng) - the Hebrew word nishtewan means "letter," "writing," or "written dispatched document." There are several nishtewan in the OT, but the book of Ezra has copies of 3:

  1. King Artaxerxes (465-424) of Persia received a nishtewan from the Samaritans
    complaining about the Jews rebuilding the temple.
  2. King Artaxerxes sent a nishtewan to Ezra giving Ezra permissino to return to Jerusalem
    with the exiles.
  3. King Artaxerxes sent a nishtewan approving the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem.
  Mars Hill in Athens, from
the book of Acts 17:16-34 where Paul spoke before
the council of the Areopagus, is identified and available
to visit in Athens today.
(see image here and here and here. More details here.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Am I distracted from the truth by issues that are destructive or unproductive?
I will focus on the Word of Truth that can save me and renew my soul.
  "Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways."
- Proverbs 3:31
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

From the book of Judges 21:19, Lebonah was the site of the dancing girls from Shiloh that the men of Benjamin captured while they were dancing:
"But look, there is the annual festival of the LORD in Shiloh, to the
north of Bethel, and east of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem,
and to the south of Lebonah."
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Details of Solomon's wall and gate system excavated on the Ophel. (click on image for larger size)
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