Q. A quick question: in at least two of your studies you have used the expression “Let’s get mystical”. And in the study about the first miracle of Jesus you go as far as saying that John (the apostle) was a mystic. Can you clarify this for me? I’ve always been under the impression that I should consider mysticism something wrong in the eyes of God, although I must admit I do not know a great deal about it.
Q. I live in a rural area. There aren’t many churches to choose from. I want to fellowship and join Bible studies but it concerns me that many churches use books written by popular authors for their Bible studies. I would like to see the Bible used for Bible study. Reading a book may be good if it motivates or inspires you. However, I would like to see the minister or the person leading the study use God’s word not man’s word. I would like your opinion on this.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelley
This is the latest in our series on the minor prophets called “The Prophets Speak Again”. As in the past, we’ll take a message from the Lord to ancient Israel and see if there’s a parallel application in our world today. But first lets get a little better acquainted with Malachi.
Q. I was so thrilled that my roommate came to church with me on Easter Sunday. She isn’t walking with the Lord, although she calls herself a Christian. Afterward she expressed to me that something is missing in her life and that she feels broken.
She had some bad church experiences and Bible study experiences in the past. Even so, I thought it might be a neat idea to do a Bible study with her. It might be a good bonding thing for us, and she would feel more comfortable studying the Word with just me, and I know we would both learn. Do you know of a good study for a baby believer we could do together?
Q. I have recently posted to a Christian forum a study I did to learn more about and better understand the End-Time events. I was accused of error and of spreading false doctrine even though I backed up everything with many Scriptural references. I guess my questions are how do I deal with this, both on a personal level and in the public forum?
Q. What is the meaning of the word “Selah” that appears in some of the Psalms in the KJV Bible and that you also use in your ministry? Thank you very much for your teachings and comments. They are very rewarding.
Q. A well known commentator on Jewish history has said that most Jews do not understand the Tanakh (Old Testament) because they only study the Talmud and Mishna. He suggests that one of the early reasons for blindness is that the Jews don’t understand their own scriptures. What is your understanding?
Commentary by Jack Kelley
As many of you already know, my newest book, The Redeemer, became available this week. Since it’s a little different from my previous efforts I want to give you some background on why I wrote it.
Q. My pastor believes that Jesus was born in the Spring, March or April because of the shepherds tending their sheep at that time of the year when the angels appeared to them in the fields, and because the Lord also died in the Spring when he was 33 which would match the time of his birth. Why do you believe that the Lord was born in September? Thank you, as always, for your great insights and for your ministry.
Q. I wanted to know if Jesus Christ was born in a house or manger? In Matthew 2:11 says house, but Luke 2: 6-7 says manger. Why do they disagree?