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Friday, June 8, 2012

Bible Study - verse by verse # 73

Matthew 25:46 Everlasting punishment takes place in hell, the place of punishment after death for all those who refuse to repent. In the Bible, three words are used in connection with eternal punishment. The "grave" (or Sheol), is used in the Old Testament to mean the place of the dead, generally thought to be under the earth. "Hades" is the Greek word for the underworld, the realm of the dead. It is the word used in the New Testament for Sheol. "Hell", or "gehenna", was named after the Valley of the Son of Hinnom near Jerusalem where children were sacrificed by fire of the heathen gods. This is the place of eternal fire prepared for the devil, his angels, and all those who do not believe in God. This is the final and eternal state of the wicked after the resurrection and the Last Judgment. When Jesus warns against unbelief, He is trying to save us from agonizing punishment.

Matthew 26:3-5 This was a deliberate plot to kill Jesus. Without this plot, there would have been no groundswell of popular opinion against Him. In fact, because of Jesus' popularity, the religious leaders were afraid to arrest Him during the Passover. They did not want their actions to incite a riot.

Matthew 26:7 This woman was Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, who lived in Bethany (John 12:1-3). Alabaster flasks were carved from translucent gypsum. These jars were used to hold perfumed oil.

Matthew 26:14, 15 Why would Judas want to betray Jesus? Judas, like the other disciples, expected Jesus to start a political rebellion and overthrow Rome. As treasurer, Judas certainly assumed that he would be given an important position in Jesus' new government. But when Jesus praised Mary for pouring out perfume worth a year's salary, Judas may have realized that Jesus' kingdom was not physical or political, but spiritual. Judas' greedy desire for money and status could not be realized if he followed Jesus, so he betrayed Jesus in exchange for money and favor from the religious leaders.

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