Sep 302018
 

I was intrigued by a report by the BBC about Kanye West changing his name to “Ye”.

The reason he gives in the article is:

“I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means ‘you,'” West said earlier this year, discussing his album title with radio host Big Boy.

The problem is that this isn’t true!

Assuming the use of the Authorised Version (“ye” doesn’t appear in some recent translations) then the word “ye” occurs 3,985 times.

“The” is the most common at just over 64,000.

Other pronouns which occur more frequently are:

  • he (10,431)
  • I (8,853)
  • his (8,478)
  • they (7,377)
  • him (6,667)
  • thou (5,474)
  • thy (4,603)
  • my (4,367)
  • me (4,096)

My point isn’t to criticise Kayne West – I don’t know where he obtained his information or if anyone was advising him – but it is to raise the importance of being sure what the Bible says.

I think there are at least two areas where this is very important:

  1. For those of us who believe the Bible is inspired by God, helps us understand and appreciate who Jesus is, shows us how we can live in relationship with God and provides guidance and direction for living – it is vital that we understand what it says and don’t make assumptions
  2. To be able to respond to things people claim to be in the Bible and are not – as sometimes people “quote the Bible” incorrectly to make a point which it doesn’t support or to suggest problems with the Christian faith

Now – as much or even more than it has ever been – there is a need for those of us who believe the Bible reveals God to us to study it, to understand it, and to apply it properly.

As the apostle Paul said:

and:

Sep 272018
 

Once we finish Nehemiah in early October, we will have 13 books left in the Old Testament – the last books in most translations of our Bibles, books containing prophetic words and actions.

They relate to different periods of the history of God’s people and it’s not always easy to get the order exactly right.

For our purposes we will cover them in the following order:

  1. Books written with a major focus on the Northern Kingdom before being taken into exile by Assyria
    1. Jonah
    2. Micah
  2. Books focusing on the Southern Kingdom before being taken into exile by Babylon
    1. Joel
    2. Amos
    3. Hosea
    4. Nahum
    5. Zephaniah
    6. Habakkuk
    7. Obadiah
  3. While in exile in Babylon
    1. Daniel
  4. After returning from exile in Babylon
    1. Haggai
    2. Zechariah
    3. Malachi

So not quite the same order as in our Bibles but this will hopefully give a sense of progression and development as God speaks through his prophets into the lives of his people.

We will intersperse these with the remaining books in the New Testament.