I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love — Ephesians 4:1-2 (KJV) Paul calls out four particular aspects of how to “walk out” a life worthy of your calling, and they are more than personal qualities. For the life worthy of the calling of God is a life in the fellowship of the people of God; and if this is to be maintained these four virtues are vital. LOWLINESS The first, emphasized by the characteristic all (cf. 1:8; 4:19, 31; 5:3, 9; 6:18), is lowliness. Very significantly, the Greek noun tapeinophrosynē does not seem to have been used before New Testament times, and the corresponding adjective tapeinos nearly always had a bad meaning, and was associated with words having the sense of slavish, mean, ignoble. Lessons of humility had been taught in the Old Testament, and such a passage as Isaiah 66:2 in the Septuagint is a notable exception to the general pre-Christian use of tapeinos, but to the Greeks humility was not a virtue. To them, as indeed to most non-Christian people in any generation, the concept... View Article
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The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.’ ‘So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.’” Numbers 6:22-27 (NIV) Blessing Rooted In Israelite Culture The act of blessing is deeply rooted in Israelite culture. It bears a wide range of meaning. On the one hand, Jacob’s stealing of Esau’s blessing and the latter’s inability to acquire another from his father, Isaac (Gen 27:30-38), provides a glimpse into the near magical power of blessing. In that story, to bless is to bestow power for fertility and well-being, which, once spoken, takes on a life of its own. On the other hand, the expression of divine blessing appears to be no more than a stereotypical exchange for “Hello.” The book of Ruth provides an example of how the invocation of divine blessing was part of the everyday language of greeting, for example, when the harvesters welcome Boaz with the words, “The Lord... View Article
“How about coming over to the house for some fellowship?” “What a golf game! Man, did we have great fellowship!” “The fellowship at the retreat was just terrific!” That word fellowship seems to mean many things to many different people. Perhaps, like a worn coin, it may be losing its true impression. If so, we had better take some steps to rescue it. After all, a good Bible word like fellowship needs to stay in circulation as long as possible. True Christian fellowship is really much deeper than sharing coffee and pie, or even enjoying a golf game together. It is possible to be close to people physically and miles away from them spiritually. One of the sources of Christian joy is this fellowship that believers have in Jesus Christ. Paul was in Rome, his friends were miles away in Philippi, but their spiritual fellowship was real and satisfying. In Philippians 1:1-11, Paul used three thoughts that describe true Christian fellowship: I have you in my mind (Phil. 1:3-6), I have you in my heart (Phil. 1:7-8), and I have you in my prayers (Phil. 1:9-11). I HAVE YOU IN MY MIND (1:3-6) “I thank my God in all my remembrance of... View Article
I was excited when we launched Gospel Harmonies a few years ago. The ability to view all four Gospels at the same time made comparing and contrasting the narratives a breeze. Now, I’m even more excited to introduce Strong’s Tagged Harmony of the Gospels. These new titles display the four Gospels side-by-side like our other harmonies. But, we’ve also added the power of our Strong’s tagging, that appears in a convenient pop-up window. This lets you do original language study of the Greek text of all four Gospel texts at the same time. Let me show you how it works. HARMONY LAYOUT Navigate to a passage in one of the Gospels. For this example, I’m in Matthew 27:2. As you can see, I’m able to read about Jesus before Pilate in all four gospels. Here’s Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This allows me to see how each Gospel writer recorded this event. PLUS: STRONG’S TAGGING This is how the Strong’s Tagged Gospel Harmony can take your Bible study to the next level. Tap on any highlighted word and you’ll get a pop-up window. In that pop-up, you’ll get the Greek word and a definition. But that’s not all! You’ll also... View Article
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”— 1 Peter 1:14-16 (NIV) OBEYING OUR HEAVENLY FATHER The practical expression of the new way of life centered on hope, or rather on the God in whom we hope, is developed in this section both negatively and positively. As a kind of heading we have the phrase as obedient children. Christians are God’s children, who know him as their Father (1:17). In the biblical world the characteristic quality associated with a father was care for his children (Ps 103:13; Mt 7:9-11), and the corresponding characteristic of children was obedience to their father. Obedience to God signifies negatively that his children will not go on living as they used to do, molded by whatever their sinful desires suggest. The readers used to be characterized by a pagan ignorance of God. Consequently, they did not realize that their desires were evil. But now as God’s children they have no excuse for ignorance or for conforming their lives to the... View Article
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NIV) — 2 Corinthians 12:6-10 Extraordinary religious experiences often come at personal cost. When Jacob wrestled with God, he hobbled away lame. When Paul entered paradise, he came away with a thorn in his flesh. Few remarks in Scripture have generated as much scholarly discussion as this one. Whatever the thorn was,... View Article
2017 was another great year at Olive Tree Bible Software. Along with all of new app updates and functionality we added to our Olive Tree Bible App this past year, we also added almost 1,000 titles to our store—bringing our current catalog up to over 11,800 titles. It’s been our privilege to help choose what new titles to release, and what titles to highlight over this past year. We are always trying to provide resources that you will find interesting and helpful. That’s why we took a look back at what YOU thought the best titles and new releases were for the year. Here they are! BEST-SELLING BIBLESAt the top of charts in Bibles is the Amplified Bible (2015 Edition). This update to the 1987 Bible translation has continued to rise in the rank of favorite translations for our users. It includes more amplification in the Old Testament and refined amplification in the New Testament. For new Bibles in 2017, we added the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) as well as the Passion Translation: New Testament. Both have become popular choices among our users. If you haven’t read these Bible translations, all make excellent choices to setup as a parallel Bible in the... View Article
Parallel Bibles are a useful way to compare two different Bible translations. In print, you can often find parallel Bibles that contain both an English translation and another language. Another type of parallel Bible may contain a more literal translation next to a dynamic translation or paraphrase. With the Olive Tree Bible App, you can easily set up your own customized parallel Bible and in video below we’ll show you how. WHY MULTIPLE TRANSLATIONS? Now you know how to create a parallel Bible. But why use one? Here are three reasons: Read a more literal translation (KJV, ESV, NASB) alongside a more dynamic one (NLT, Message, TLB) to get a better idea of what the text says Have an English translation open alongside the different language text Compare commentaries or dictionaries by having those resources open instead of a Bible MAKE YOUR OWN PARALLEL BIBLES See all the available Bibles for the Olive Tree Bible App here!
Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary is a great resource for those that don’t have any background with Greek or Hebrew. Here’s how I used it in a recent sermon. I read this verse in Genesis 39:2: “And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” This passage got me thinking about the word “prosperous” in this passage, so, I opened the Resource Guide in the split window of the Olive Tree Bible App typed in “prosper”. This brought up Vine’s under the search menu for tsaleach צָלַח, along with an article about the word. The article shows some of the different occurrences of tsaleach in the Bible. All I have to do is tap the reference and the biblical passage appears in a pop-up window. This gives me instant access to other places the word is used in the Bible and helps me keep my Bible Study on track by not having to stop in the middle of my study to find the reference. Another great thing about this resource is that Vine’s gives the Strong’s number (6743 in this case) and is tied into the Olive Tree... View Article
The term Bible Dictionary probably makes you think of a fairly boring and dry reference book. However, a Bible Dictionary is truly invaluable in helping you unpack God’s word. Unlike a normal word dictionary a good Bible dictionary will not only give you the definition of a word, person or a place but you can often read a short article, access verse cross references, or see things like images and maps. The insight it gives can help you explore the world of the Bible like never before! Watch this short video to see how they work in The Olive Tree Bible App. Click HERE to view all dictionaries available for The Olive Tree Bible App.