Bible Activity/Discussion

Is it okay to tell a lie?

The lyrics of “Little Lies” by Fleetwood Mac comes to mind as I penned the title down. You know, that song where the singer begs to be told sweet little lies?

Tell me lies
Tell me sweet little lies
(Tell me lies, tell me, tell me lies)
Oh, no, no you can’t disguise
(You can’t disguise, no you can’t disguise)

If love is unrequited, then why would you beg to be told that you’re loved when you’re not? Does being deceived makes you happy? Unfortunately, some of us just roll with it even though we know it’s wrong to hold onto false hopes.

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The Bible on lies:

In the Bible, we clearly see that lying is a sin and yes, very displeasing to God. In the Ten Commandments, we are warned to not bear false witness against our neighbors (Exodus 20:16) for lying lips are an abomination to the Lord (Proverbs 12:22). If you go way back to when sin first entered the world, it was based on a lie told to Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:4). Ananias and Sapphira got called out for lying to the Holy Spirit in Acts 5:3.

There are a few instances in the Bible where white lies are told to save lives (see Exodus 1:15-21 & Joshua 2:5), but nowhere in the Bible does God gave His approval of these lies.

Nowhere in the Bible praises lies for saving lives 

God expects His children to follow Him in truth (John 14:6) for He never lies (Titus 1:2) and liars will be among those judged at the end (Revelation 21:8). 

Putting away lies no matter how small they are cause us to have healthy and truthful relationships with our neighbors

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Some lies we hear every day:

* When you’re asked “Do you have any questions?” and you answer no when in fact you may have lots of questions. Don’t feign ignorant knowledge. Even if you have to ask the same question 3 times until you have the right answer or to know that you’re carrying out your work accordingly, do it. 

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When your friend invites you to a little get-together, and you lie about having something at church or at home. Own your truth. If you don’t feel like attending, say so.

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* When Youtubers tell you that they’re putting 1000 donuts in a pool when in reality, it’s like 800. Youtubers think it’s okay to exaggerate numbers, but it’s click bait and not to mention, a lie at the end of the day. If you’re going to put 1000 donuts in the pool, I want to see 1000 donuts.

* When someone gets caught in a lie and they try to justify it by asking you to stop hating and try to reason with their lie in the first place.

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I’ve told white lies over the years to cover my tracks, but in the end, I’ve come to realize that even little white lies are wrong, no matter how sweet they may taste.

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Remember, the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44). We worship God in truth so it’s obvious that honestly is the best policy regardless of the situation.

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Bible Activity/Discussion

Beautiful men in the Bible: answers

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Last Sabbath, the first Bible activity was launched and the topic was quite a handsome one if I must say so myself. I’m not one to pay attention to physical beauty while reading the Bible, but this time around, it happened to be of interest as I read, study, learn and rediscover God’s Word.

Before I list the answers, I just want to thank YOU for reading and participating by leaving comments. 💙

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Answers

We all know Sarah was beautiful (Genesis 12:11) and we’ve come across many other beautiful women in the Bible, but I’ve never really paid attention to how certain men are described in the Bible. So it started with Joseph’s handsome appearance (Genesis 39:6) and then I left off wondering how many other men’s beauty was referenced in the Bible. Are you still curious as I was? Here are the other males I came across:

Saul: Israel’s first King was tall and attractive (1 Samuel 9:2).

David: He had beautiful eyes, red hair (ruddy) and was very attractive (1 Samuel 16:12). I also noted his beauty was mentioned in 1 Samuel 16:18 (in this verse, we also see that he was a skillful musician, a mighty warrior and a wise man where it concerned speech and godly) and also in 1 Samuel 17:42. David was said to be effeminate in appearance by some Bible scholars. Even if he was, this doesn’t mean that he wore make-up and women’s clothing. He was just pretty, but all manly.

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Absalom: Obviously, someone had to inherit the father’s awfully pretty looks, but this one surpassed David for his beauty was flawless (2 Samuel 14:25). His beauty made him quite popular and he was also praised because of it.

Adonijah: He was quite handsome and born after Absalom (1 Kings 1:6).

The Assyrians were gorgeous men (Ezekiel 23:12) so were the Babylonians, the Chaldeans, and the Aramean tribes of Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa (Ezekiel 23:23).

Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah‘s good looks were mentioned indirectly in Daniel 1:4. To work in the Babylonian King’s court the men had to be intelligent, knew their manners and of course, have good looks.

Moses‘ good looks are mentioned in Acts 7:20.

King of Tyre/Satan: Ezekiel 28:12-17

Solomon: Of course! Mentions of his beauty are peppered across SOS (Song of Solomon) especially in 5:10-16. SOS can be read as an allegory of Christ’s love for the church and also as a romantic love story and I intend to study it as both when that bridge is reached.

I did not include our Savior for He had no beauty that mankind may desire Him while He walked the earth (Isaiah 53:2), yet He is fairer than mankind (Psalm 45:2) for He is the eternal King. His beauty is so great that it cannot be compared with the mortal man. 

If I missed any, do let me know in the comment section down below. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Bible Activity/Discussion

Handsome men in the Bible

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Genesis 39:6 New International Version (NIV)

So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,

We just came from reading Genesis 39. We see that Joseph was handsome in form and appearance and he caught the roving eyes of Potiphar’s wife who tried (and failed) to seduce him. We’ve met many males in the Bible, but the emphasis of their beauty was not taken into consideration as Joseph’s (or a few others for that matter).

How the conception of male beauty has changed! In the Bible where a man was called handsome, we now call them pretty boys. It’s like the world is out of manly men! The men lately want to be in touch with their feminine side so they want to be metrosexuals. It’s all part of today’s worldly deception.

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Activity

The Bible calls a few other men handsome. One was even praised for his flawless beauty. Can you name them? Answers next Sabbath be it God’s willing as the theme this upcoming week is going to be centered around beauty

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Bible Activity/Discussion

The Angel of the LORD: additional notes

I’ve been looking back at some of our Genesis studies and I know I’ve talked about the appearance of the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, but I just wanted to add this:

Throughout the OT, we see the Angel of the Lord was God appearing in human form, but why doesn’t this Angel appear in the New Testament? That’s because Jesus (God) became human. His true identity was eventually revealed to a few disciples when he was transfigured before them in Matthew 17:1-13

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The OT sets the stage for Christ’s life on earth {in the NT} when people such as Jacob and Joseph were typified as a type of Christ and when Christ Himself appeared before men as the Angel of the Lord. How great is that! While we’re out here trying to become our own god, ONLY ONE GOD became man for He loved humanity so much and was willing to die for our sins and to make them white as snow.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hopethrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 

and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

1 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)

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I never intended to do Bible studies… blogging-wise.

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Today, I want to talk about how I came into sharing the Word of God here.

We come to the Bible knowing there is a God. A Creator. It tells and shows us that God exists. It records His excellent intelligence! The universe showcases His marvelous glory!

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I enjoy devoting time to studying God’s Word. It shows us how we should conduct ourselves and instruct us in the way to go. It helps us understand God better in order to draw closer to Him. It is our history. And given that He is our Creator, ONLY God can explain why He created us. 

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I do love reading and studying His Word, but when God came to me about starting Bible studies on this blog, I did a Jonah and tried to run away. This was around 2016. I was perplexed and I had a bag of excuses to choose from, the main one being that I was inexperienced and I didn’t know how to put studies together. Another one was that many Christian bloggers were already sharing His Word.

But God had other plans for me. He reminded me that this blog belongs to Him now, and this was something that He wanted me to do. Eventually, I prayed about it and asked for guidance on how to go about His Work.

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The Bible is accurate and truthful. It says what it is. It is God inspired and reliable. Genesis is the most important book of the Bible for without it, there wouldn’t be the Bible. Teachings and doctrines have their foundation rooted in Genesis including the character of God, sin, the fall, redemption, the return of the Messiah, and more. 

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I normally schedule the posts so I won’t have to log in on the Sabbath to do so although there are times when I have to log in to edit/write a post.

In closing, I want to thank you for the support and encouragement. I’ll be continuing to do God’s will as long as He gives me breath. 

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Bible’s Most Asked Questions #4: Was Jesus born on December 25?

There’s a light that shines on every flower
And it shines every minute, every hour
And always guides me on my way
This light was born on Christmas Day
His name is Jesus.

Laughing Children by Lennox Grey

This used to be my favorite season song when I was really young. I grew up believing that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born on December 25th when scriptures plainly do not state so. This question tends to pop up around this time a lot, but it’s hardly addressed in full for many are afraid of upsetting Christians. Today, we’re going there.

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It was the 3rd century, people started to speculate about the birth of Jesus when Hyppolytus (ca.170-236) claimed that Jesus was born on December 25. Much later on, Cyril of Jerusalem (348-286) said that Jesus was born on December 25th because of the original Roman birth census which he had access to said so. But did the Bible say so? And yes, I know the Bible does not have to record every event, but this was the birth of the Savior. This was the birth of the Man Who’ll eventually die for our sins. Wouldn’t the Bible have dedicated at least a portion in His honor telling us the exact date of His birth? Wouldn’t the disciples have celebrated His birthday? So if December 25th was not the birth of our Savior, what is the significance of the day? Let’s dig in deeper.

The significance of December 25

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At the time of Christ, the Romans celebrated a holiday in December known as Saturnalia that honored the god Saturn from December 17-24. Later, the Romans began celebrating Sol Invictus/”Unconquered Sun” (sun worship) on December 25. This was associated with the winter solstice. In the 4th century, Rome instituted Christianity thus converting Saturnalia and Sol Invictus to a Christian holiday. This provided a spiritual alternative to the pagan celebration and it was called the Feast of Nativity.

But did Jesus asked for a commemorative birthday which had its origins steeped in paganism? A few gods are celebrated on or associated with December 25th including Apollo, Attis, Tammuz, Helios, and of course, Nimrod (the Christmas tree can be traced back to him). Some of these so-call gods were born to “virgins” including Ra.

In Luke 2:7-8, we see the shepherds in the field watching over their flocks at the time of Jesus’s birth. Scholars and historians agree that this couldn’t be December for Judea were cold and rainy around this time and it’s most likely that the shepherds would’ve sought shelter for their flocks. In Luke 2:1-4, Jesus’s parents came to Bethlehem to register in a Roman census and such were not taken in the winter. Luke 1:24-36 tells us that Elizabeth, John’s mother was in her 6th month of pregnancy when Jesus was conceived. Zacharias, John’s father, was a priest serving in the Jerusalem temple during the course of Abijah (Luke 1:5) and according to historical calculations, this service took place on June 13-19 in that year.

If John was conceived at the end of June, and you add 9 months, that’ll bring us to March when John was most likely born. John and Jesus have a 6-month age difference between them, so if we were to add 6 months after John’s birth, Jesus would’ve been born in the month-end of September. But it’s all assumption, for He could’ve been born in October as well. 

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In conclusion

The early Christian church did not celebrate the birth of Jesus. We do not know the exact date on which He was born and if God wanted us to know, He would’ve told us in His Word. And if December 25th was really the birth of our Savior, why is it people do the most unholy things on this day such as being gluttonous, debauchery, selfishness, etc?

To put, this is a tradition of man. Rome did not celebrate Christmas until 300 years after the death of Christ. 

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Exploring the Bible: Abel and Cain 🔎

Welcome to…

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…a new Biblical series! It’s called…

I like to explore the Bible. It’s a wealth of adventure, history, wisdom, and knowledge and some topics need more than just one post, so this new series is a branch of the Bible Study series which I’ve been doing for the past few months. 

Welcome to Exploring the Bible. I’m your host Diana Tyler and today, we’re going to look at Abel and Cain and the similarities between Abel and Jesus Christ.

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While reading the account of Abel and Cain in Genesis 4 regardless of how short Abel’s lifespan was, I couldn’t help but to note the similarities between him and Christ. As a matter of fact, the Old Testament is littered with many resemblances/symbols pertaining to Christ for they were a sign of things to come. 

Outside the garden, Adam knew his wife and she bore him children: the firstborn Cain (Gen 4:1) and then his brother Abel (Gen 4:2). These two sons are very different. Cain tilled the field while Abel was a shepherd. When it was time to bring the offering before God, by obedience Abel chose the fat of the firstlings of his flock (4:4) whereas Cain disobeyed and brought what he wanted: some of his crops (4:3) therefore disobeying God.

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Just like his parents, Cain chose to willfully disobey God and do things his way. It was like rejecting Jesus (Isaiah 53:3). The offering of the lamb is a picture of the pure, perfect, sinless Messiah (Jesus Christ). There was a reason why the lamb had to be spotless (unblemished) during offering for it represented Christ. Cain represents false doctrine that teaches we don’t need Christ and we can do like Frank Sinatra and do it our way. Whereas true doctrine teaches that we cannot save ourselves and it’s the reason why we need a Savior. I also have to agree with Philo of Alexandria (50 BC – 25 AD) when he said that Cain and Abel symbolize two parts of one’s personality: the part that seeks material things and the part that seeks holy things, respectively.

Abel and Christ: the similarities

* Abel was “a keeper of sheep” (Gen 4:2) which means he was a shepherd and our Lord is the good Shepherd (John 10:11). Psalm 23 is known as the shepherd chapter for it shows how some process involved in keeping sheep is related to us. In taking care of the sheep, Abel typifies Christ as caretaker.

* As a shepherd, Abel presents his offering to God (Gen 4:4) and it was as a Shepherd, Jesus Christ presented His offering to God (John 10:11). 

* Abel owned sheep, so it’s obvious that he had his own flock to tend. Christ calls His people the “little flock” (Luke 12:32).

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* Abel was killed by his brother (Gen 4:8); Jesus was crucified by His brethren (the house of Israel) as they shouted for Him to be crucified (Luke 23:21 also see Acts 2:22-23). This was all part of God’s divine plan (Acts 2:23).

* Abel obeyed God when he brought his offering and because of his obedience, he was killed by his jealous brother. This humble death is symbolic of Christ’s death (Philippians 2:8).

* Abel’s offering foreshadowed the Great Offering for sin and anticipated the coming of the Lamb of God.

* Abel obtained witness that he was righteous at the presentation of his offering (Hebrews 11:4); Christ was an offering on the cross to God when he obtained witness of his righteousness by the centurion (Luke 23:47).

* Abel’s example of faith still speaks to us, his name appearing first in the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11:4) so he did not die in vain; Jesus Christ’s offering now speaks to God (Hebrews 12:24).

Abel was a hero of faith and a righteous man (Hebrews 11:4). He is one of my Biblical heroes. Now, let’s venture where the curious roam.

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Were Cain and Abel twins?

Although this is somewhat implied, the Bible does not explicitly states that they were. Genesis 3:15 is mostly taken out of context by eager Bible students. While this verse is the first messianic prophecy of the Bible (cross-reference Romans 16:20), many use it to point out that Cain and Abel were actually twins in Gen 4:1-2 with Cain being the son of Lucifer and Adam being the father of Abel.

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To be fair, there is no time interval between verses 1 and 2 (Gen 4) and the phrase “and he knew his wife again” was not used when Eve conceived Abel, but they’re separated into 2 verses suggesting two separate births. Adam and Eve were created by God; they were the first two human beings to inhabit the earth. When Cain was born, Eve declared that she had created a man with God’s help (intervention in pregnancy) (Gen 4:1). She did not declare the same when Abel was born for it was not as remarkable as the first birth. Cain was the first human child to be born. There was no one before him otherwise the Bible would’ve recorded the historic moment.

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How did Abel know what to offer if the Bible did not state it?

It might have been based on previous knowledge in Genesis 3:21 when God had to sacrifice an animal in order to make clothes for Adam and Eve. Also, this was the first animal sacrificed for man and it was God who did the sacrificing. Despite Adam and Eve disobeying Him, His concern was still with mankind. How can you not love God? He did not have to provide for the disobedient, but He did because He cares and loves us. I also like to think that God would’ve talked to them at some point laying down the laws for He never forsakes us.

What weapon did Cain kill Abel with?

The Bible does not record it for it was not important to know (Gen 4:8). Cain was a farmer so I like to think that he used one of his tools or even a stone (in order to spill Abel’s blood), but regardless of the weapon he used to slew his brother, his action was sinful and it all started with jealousy which eventually bubbled over into anger and led him to commit the first recorded murder. 1 John 3:12 tells us to not be like Cain.

Who was Cain’s wife? (Gen 4:17)

The unnamed wife of Cain can cause the wrong kind of speculation. Let’s look at it this way: Adam and Eve were created by God. They were the first and only human beings on the earth and they did not have any genetic defects that would’ve caused genetic abnormalities to their generation. They were genetically pure and would’ve produced healthy and normal children. Besides Cain, Abel, and Seth who came much later, Adam and Eve had other “sons and daughters” (Gen 5:4). Their children would have no other choice, but to intermarry at the time so Cain’s wife could’ve been one of his sisters or another close relation, say, a niece or even a great-niece (?). When there were enough people to put an end to intermarriage, God forbid it in Leviticus 18:6-18

If you’re interested in reading more, click on and visit this link: Incest in the Bible

REFERENCES/AIDS

^ The Holy Bible (KJV & NIV)

^ gotquestions.org

^ biblelineministries.org

^ tomhayes.org

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Bible Activity/Discussion

Genesis: a few questions so far

Bible Study will resume next Sabbath be it God’s willing. It’s a joy reading, learning, discovering, and applying His Word for it’s like a soothing balm. 💙

Base on what we’ve studied so far in Genesis 1-9, I’ll leave a few questions for you to answer on your own, or feel free to discuss it in the comment section below.

1. What does the rainbow symbolize?

2. On what day is the Sabbath?

3. Does the Bible tell us EXACTLY how many children Adam and Eve had?

4. On what day was Eve created?

5. How old was Noah when he entered the ark?

6. How many pairs of each “clean” animal did Noah take on the ark?

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