Word: Unclean/Defiled

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days. As at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean. And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. Then she shall continue for thirty-three days in the blood of her purifying. She shall not touch anything holy, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation. And she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for sixty-six days.'” Leviticus 12:1-5

“While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.” Luke 9:42

Hebrew: 2930. tame
Original Word: טָמֵא
Phonetic Spelling: (taw-may’)
Definition: Unclean; defiled; polluted

Greek: 169. akathartos
Original Word: ἀκάθαρτος, ον
Phonetic Spelling: (ak-ath’-ar-tos)
Definition: not clean; not purged; adulterated; not pure; wrong mix

[The antonym, 2508 /kathaírō (“clean“), means “free from wrong mixture” (unadulterated, unmixed).]

Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition

UNCLE’ANadjective 1. Not clean; foul; dirty; filthy. 2. In Jewish law, ceremonially impure, not cleansed by ritual practices. 3. Foul with sin. 4. Not in covenant with God. 5. Lewd; unchaste.

DEFILEDparticiple passive Made dirty, or foul; polluted; soiled; corrupted; violated; vitiated.


As I was reading through these definitions of the words unclean and defiled, I began to see them in a different light. The word unclean means altered from it’s original state/plan/design. It means not in its pure form. This can mean clean vs. dirty, but it can also mean that it’s been altered in some way… even adding a squirt of lemon to water makes it impure. It doesn’t always mean something bad… but not what was. Thinking deeper on that… I saw how a sexual abuse victim was considered defiled because they were violated and have been changed in some way – be it fearful, alert, lonely, ashamed, etc. A sinful person, whether committing theft, adultery, or murder, becomes impure/unclean because it was not God’s best offer for their lives.

What if this also references birthing, because all the work that goes into birthing a child can alter the hormonal state of the woman’s body. Because of this, the time after a child is born is set aside to allow the women to return to their pure state – unaltered, unchanged, whole.

I’m just going to mull over this until I learn more about it, but I couldn’t ignore it either… I had to write it down!


The Judgment of Onlookers Means Nil

I read this article in my newsfeed today, and these are my thoughts:
There was a day a couple years ago that I brought the kids to the zoo. My sister and I spent the entire day on our feet, with our combined 10 children, making the day fun and exciting for the little ones. I was enjoying my sisters company but also very exhausted so after the zoo was getting ready to close, we decided to meet up at a playground by our houses. My youngest daughter at the time was about 2 and wanted to swing in the baby swing but I was just too exhausted and a lady who was pushing her child offered to push mine. Normally I’d hop up and do it because a) that’s my kid and b) what would onlookers think of me, ignoring my kids desires like that. lol Instead, I expressed deep thanks because of our long day at the zoo and how tired I was and just wanted to sit and visit while the kids had a little more time to play. I watched from that bench as this fellow Mama kindly pushed my daughter as she stood with her child as well.
How often I felt the burning looks of onlookers in grocery stores, playgrounds, and especially as I climbed in our vehicle for the 3 months I was apart from my husband as he prepared to join us after we moved. They had no clue that I already spend 24/7 with my children as a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, and for those 3mos I was filling the roll of their daddy as well and had to bring them with me anywhere I needed to go and had zero moments to myself except for briefly in the evening after I got them to sleep. During that time, there were days I brought the kids to the playground and told them, ‘you’re going to want to show me all the fun things you can do, but today I’m going to relax and keep an eye on you while I play solitaire on my phone.’ and I ignored what everyone was probably thinking of me as they called my name and I told them not right now; there were days I brought them to the playground to stay occupied so I could have uninterrupted chats with my husband and family/friends back home from the state we just moved from; there were days I had all my kids with me at the grocery store where people acted as though I was too strict with my kids (one woman actually suggesting that I shouldn’t spank my child for running off because CPS could take my kids – my response was, I’d rather spank my child and deal with CPS than lose my kid or they get kidnapped… thanks for the unsolicited advice lady); I don’t know if anyone thought anything of it, but there were multiple times I got us all into the van to go for a drive because I needed to get a breather and barked at the kids to climb in, snapping at them and stressed. I was not a perfect mother, nor am I now, but my world has consisted of trying to balance caring for my kids and trying to make sure I’m in a healthy place to do that… and sometimes I get a little spastic when I’ve not taken care of myself and on occasion, people get to witness that. lol
Even while having my husband home with us, he works from before breakfast until after supper… so on his day off, I run errands alone. Some evenings when he gets home, I go spend time with a friend. And sometimes, he’s so tired after working such a long day/week, we have our daughter keep an eye on the baby while he and I relax.
People are so quick to judge. I don’t believe it takes a village to raise a child, however, the encouragement we have received over the years has helped me to be the Mom I need to be. Never ever has an ounce of hate or guilt tripping ever helped me to do better or be better, it only either heaped guilt or frustration on me. And I promise you, many snapshots in my day might make us appear to be tired or frustrated, maybe even neglectful, but there are a thousand other moments that aren’t caught – the many 20-60min conversations with my daughters about their emotions and hormones, or as they grieve or process things; the many 5-10min conversations that happen because of questions that the kids have about growth and puberty, how the body works, or a question having to do with their schoolwork; the snuggles, kisses, I love you’s, and I miss Daddy’s; the many times of getting up in the night to check on kids, get drinks, calm fears, change diapers, feed babies, soothe sick and fussy kids, etc.
It takes a lot more to be a good mom than looking up from your phone at the playground. It takes a lot more to be the mom your kids need than simply not yelling. It’s all the moments in between. Do we love on them, do we kiss them, do we take responsibility for our mess ups and own them, are we repentant, do we validate their feelings, do we teach them about grace, do we help them find their voice to speak up for themselves, are we their safe place despite our imperfections? I’ve often thought, if only I was yelling all that stuff at them, then maybe the neighbors might hear how much I truly love my kids outside of that moment of insanity when I had it up to my neck and lost my temper and the window was open. lol
At the end of the day, the judgment of onlookers means nil. At the end of the day, I have to shake off where I failed so miserably and take courage to go forward to do better where my kids need me the most. I take those failures as lessons in being a better human in general, and allow God to use them in teaching my children how to be emotionally healthy as well as spiritually grounded; to learn in everyday life the message of love, repentance, grace, forgiveness… and for that, I’m grateful.

Christ Died on the Passover – Not on Good Friday

UPDATE: After reading in John 18-19 these last couple days during my devotions, this post and study has been on my heart again so I wanted to repost it. At the end, I’ve included some additional things I’ve since learned that adds to this study.

Did Christ Die on Good Friday?
I’ve followed the tradition of honoring Good Friday, based on the understanding that Christ died on preparation day, which is widely understood to be the day before the Sabbath… so to understand the events leading up to the death of Christ on the cross, that’s where I started in my studies to discover whether Christ did in fact die on Good Friday.  I looked in the scripture to understand the observances of the Sabbath (the day that follows the preparation day), the Passover (when Christ ate the last supper, prayed in the garden, was arrested and tried, and hung on the cross and died), and the Feast of Unleavened bread (the seven day feast that immediately follows Passover), so I’ll address that part of my study first.

In Leviticus 23:3, “Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.”

In Leviticus 23:5-8, In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is the Lord‘s Passover.  And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.  On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.  But you shall present a food offering to the Lord for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any ordinary work.”

You can read more regarding the Passover in Exodus 12 and Numbers 28:16-25, but I am going to address these passages I’ve shared.  We see in verse 3, that there is a weekly Sabbath that we are called to rest, and will be a holy convocation (assembly, reading, summoning).  This Sabbath falls on the seventh day of every week, on Saturday.  On the Sabbath, there is to be no work done.

We then see that in verse 5, that it states that the Passover will be what marks the first month, on 14 Nissan at twilight. So Passover begins at dark on 14 Nissan and ends at twilight on 15 Nissan.  As Passover concludes, the beginning of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matzah) begins.  The first day and last day of the next 7 days, have been declared by the Lord as High Sabbaths and thus no work must take place.  These Sabbaths are what the Lord has proclaimed as a holy convocation and thus no work is to be done.

Now that we understand these details, we can better understand the events taking place surrounding Christ’s death and resurrection.

“And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.”  Mark 14:16

In Mark 14:12-16 we see that the disciples went to prepare a place for them to partake of the Passover meal.  This was on 13 Nissan, the hours leading up to sunset.  Upon the arrival of sunset, 14 Nissan began.  Reading on, we see in the scriptures that they ate the Passover meal, went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, and after praying, Jesus was arrested, tried, and on the cross by morning. (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:40-46)

“It was now the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread when the Passover lamb was sacrificed. Jesus’ followers [disciples] said to him, ‘Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover meal?’  Jesus sent two of his followers [disciples] and said to them, ‘Go into the city and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him.  When he goes into a house, tell the owner of the house, “The Teacher says: ‘Where is my guest room in which I can eat the Passover meal with my followers [disciples]?'”  The owner will show you a large room upstairs [T upper room] that is furnished and ready. Prepare the food [Make preparations] for us there.’  So the followers [disciples] left and went into the city. Everything happened as Jesus had said, so they prepared the Passover meal.  Mark 14:12-16

Early the next morning, all the ·leading [T chief] priests and elders of the people decided that Jesus should die [or met together to plan Jesus’ death].  They tied [bound] him, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate, the governor.  Matthew 27:1-2 

As I’ve observed over the years, traditional teaching says that Christ died on Friday, was in the tomb through the weekly Sabbath, and arose on Sunday morning.  However, Christ Himself stated He would be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights, just as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish:

“For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40

The importance of this passage is noted in the passages surrounding it where Christ states: An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.  For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” Matthew 12:39-41 (emphasis mine)

So we see, the Lord told Jonah to go to Ninevah and call out against them.  It was such a warning that led them to their repentance.  Greater than Jonah, is the Christ that’s come to do the same for the whole world.  If this was a great sign of the Lord, the only sign given, for the evil and adulterous generation seeking a sign, wouldn’t it thus be necessary to be accurate? Friday evening to Sunday morning is not three days and three nights!

Now that we understand the Sabbath, the Passover, and The Feast of Unleavened Bread, we see that the Passover and the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread are back to back and thus, Christ ate the last supper, prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, was arrested, tried, hung on the cross, and died on the Passover.

The evening of that day initiated The Feast of Unleavened Bread and thus was a High Sabbath.  They removed Christ from the cross and placed Him in the tomb, only wrapped in linen soaked in a mixture myrrh and aloes, before the evening began because it was a holy convocation.

Let’s look in the scriptures to see the support for this:

“Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.” John 19:31

This man (Joseph of Arimathea) went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid.  It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.  Luke 23:52-54

“After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body.  Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight.  So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.”  John 19:38-40

“So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.”  John 19:42 

Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where Jesus was laid and would thus return on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, and Jesus was already gone.

“And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw [took note of] the place where Jesus was laid.”  Mark 15:47

“Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”  John 20:1

“When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”  And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large.  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.  And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.”  Mark 16:1-6

So we see that early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Christ had risen.  If we follow the timeline given, we see that the High Sabbath, which could happen on any day of the week, did not fall on the weekly Sabbath.  Let’s break this down:

Saturday evening/Sunday morning, Christ rose

Friday evening/Saturday day, Christ lay in the tomb through the Sabbath (Third Night and Third Day)

Thursday evening/Friday day, Christ lay in the tomb through the preparation day (Second Night and Second Day)

Wednesday evening/Thursday day, Christ lay in the tomb through the High Sabbath (First Night and First Day)

Tuesday evening/Wednesday day, Christ at the Passover meal with His disciples, prayed in Gethsemane, was arrested, tried, put on the cross, and died.

This must be the order of events in order for the words of Christ to be true and to fulfill the only sign that was given.  So we see that no, Christ did not die on Good Friday.  He died on Wednesday, as the Passover lamb.  The ultimate sacrifice for our sins so we could live eternally with the Father in Heaven.

I did this study, not to take issue with the traditions many still observe, but to find the truth.  I have such a desire to understand the Word in its intended context and not simply in the context of my own understanding.  I hope this is enlightening to anyone who reads it, and that while we should continue to renew our minds with the truth, we should be mindful to remember that it’s this very sacrifice in this post that brings us salvation and not whether we honor this sacrifice on a Friday or a Tuesday.  We must be careful not to become legalistic over these matters and to live as we are called.

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.  This is my rule in all the churches.  Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised?  Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision.  Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised?  Let him not seek circumcision.  For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.  Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called.  Were you a bondservant when called?  Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.)  For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.  You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.  So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.”  1 Corinthians 7:17-24

August 16-17, 2017 UPDATE: Something new I saw while reading was in John 18:28, was that the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews didn’t enter the governor, Caiaphas’s quarters, so as to not defile themselves, but could eat the Passover. This further reveals that Christ was arrested and died on the cross on the Passover, which is the Preparation Day for the week long Feast of Unleavened Bread. On the first and last days of the feast, it is a High Sabbath. It was again stated in John 19:14-16 “Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, ‘Behold your King!’ They cried out, ‘Away with him, away with him, crucify him!’ Pilate said to them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar.’ So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.”

This further confirms that the following day, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was a High Sabbath, not the weekly Sabbath; further confirming also that Jesus did not and could not have died on Friday.

Freebirth is Not Illegal

Freebirth is not illegal. It’s also not illegal to practice self-care and to only utilize the medical community when there is a need. Last I checked, it’s also not mandatory to seek a medical perspective for matters regarding health (aka well child check ups).

That being said, please spread the word so people stop reporting families to CPS for having a freebirth, for taking responsibility for their own health and the health of their children, and for seeking the assistance of a medically schooled individual only as a need arises.

Furthermore, just because you disagree with someone’s personal health choices, still doesn’t provide reason to report a family to CPS. If you’re truly concerned, take a minute to get to know the family yourself and IF there is further concern (true neglect, abuse, an unsanitary living situation according to the appropriate standards of that is considered unsafe) – and they are uninterested in learning better, healthier, and safer ways of caring for their family, then take further action. CPS is not to be the first call you make. It’s the lazy call – and it is devastating for families that are not doing anything illegal or harmful with their precious little ones.

My family dealt with CPS in 2013 and the fear alone of the power they have made my husband and I a mess for months despite our case being closed almost immediately – one social worker has the authority to determine if children are to be removed immediately and further investigation to be had… and not all social workers take action based on the appropriate standards.

I know women afraid to not take the advice of her doctor out of FEAR that they will report her to CPS. This is WRONG. Doctors are not gods! We are our children’s parents and it’s legal and SMART to get second and third opinions to determine our best options to care for our families.

Please consider this before picking up that phone and calling CPS. I’ve heard of more cases of CPS involvement where they shouldn’t have been than in cases where they should have been. All too often, I hear stories from people about how they should have been removed and no one did anything or the opposite, they were removed and the entire family dealt with trauma as they fought to prove their innocence and get their children back.

CPS can be a great asset to families in need and to hurting children. Let’s utilize them where they are needed, please, and stop harassing families that do things differently than you. Thank you!

Christians, This Matters!

Note in the picture below, that the NIV version completely omits verse 37! And there are many more verses deleted from the NIV and ESV!! This entry doesn’t even touch on the words that have been taken out!


Okay friends, this is a serious post (cuz I’m such a jokester, I needed to warn you… lol). No really… I am really bothered by what I just discovered! This is an exceptionally long post, because I am including a lot of passages but the meat of what I say isn’t a lot, so I hope you’ll read what I’m sharing here… because to Christians, this matters!!!

Okay, so years ago I used to work primarily out of the New International Version (NIV) Bible because it was easier for me to follow.  I did this for several of the first years of being a Christian.  Eventually, I transitioned to New King James Version (NKJV), because I wanted to dig a little deeper and had a sense in my spirit that something was missing from the NIV.  I used the NKJV with the KJV for many years that followed as I began to dig deeper into the Greek and Hebrew meanings of the scriptures and began to see discrepancies here and there.  They weren’t huge, but they mattered to me, so I went in search of a version I felt more fit what I had been studying from the Greek and Hebrew. Well, I fell right in love with the English Standard Version (ESV), and thus worked out of that for the next several years, and very recently switched to the Expanded Bible (EXB).

Well, here is what I’m bothered by.  I recalled a conversation I had with someone years ago, that must have influenced my decision to stop using the NIV, and remembered doing a quick search about some passages that were missing. I didn’t spend too much time on it but just moved on to different versions… well, it came to my mind so I went to go see which passages were missing… and I discovered some of them are also missing from the ESV. I’m so bothered by this… whyyyyy are scriptures missing from the Bible?

Thankfully they are in the Bible I have now, but I wanted to compile the passages that are deleted from the NIV (and other versions).  It’s not exhaustive, but I wanted to share this so others can have this information.  Be sure your own Bible has all the passages!

Acts 8:37 is missing.  If you look in the NIV (and ESV), you will find verse 36 and 38, but 37 is completely removed.

This is what the EXB says from verse 36-38: While they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The ·officer [L eunuch] said, “Look, here is water. What is stopping [preventing] me from being baptized?” Philip answered, “If you believe with all your heart, you can.” The officer said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Then the officer commanded the chariot to stop. Both Philip and the officer [L eunuch] went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.”

The King James Version (KJV) says, And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”

Moving on to more verses, we also have Matthew 12:47 which is completely removed from NIV and ESV.

EXB: “While Jesus was talking to the ·people [crowds], [L look; T behold] his mother and ·brothers [or brothers and sisters; C the Greek word can mean “siblings”] stood outside, ·trying to find a way [seeking; asking] to talk to him. Someone told Jesus, “[L Look; T Behold] Your mother and brothers [and sisters] are standing outside, ·and they want [seeking; asking] to talk to you.”  He answered, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers [and sisters]?”

And in KJV: While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.  Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?”

The following passages in bold are also not included in NIV
(and as far as I can tell, also ESV).
I’ve included the scripture
before and/or after to reveal its context.

Matthew 17:21 ~ Jesus answered, “Because ·your faith is too small [you have so little faith]. I tell you the truth, if your faith is ·as big as [as small as; the size of; L as; like] a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. ·All things will be possible [L Nothing would be impossible] for you.  That kind of spirit comes out only if you use prayer and fasting.” (EXB)

Matthew 18:11 ~ Be careful [Watch out; or See that you…]. Don’t ·think these little children are worth nothing [L despise/look down on one of these little ones]. [L For] I tell you that they have angels in heaven who are always ·with [in the presence of; L see the face of] my Father in heaven. The Son of Man came to save ·lost people [that which was lost]. [L What do you think?] If a man has a hundred sheep but one of the sheep ·gets lost [goes astray; wanders off], ·he will [L won’t he…?] leave the other ninety-nine on the ·hill [L hills; mountains] and go to look for the lost sheep.” (EXB)

Matthew 21:44 ~ “‘So [For this reason; Therefore] I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to ·people [a nation] who ·do the things God wants in his kingdom [L will produce its fruit]. The person who ·falls on [stumbles over] this stone will be ·broken [shattered], and on whomever that stone falls, that person will be crushed.’ When the ·leading [T chief] priests and the Pharisees heard these ·stories [parables], they knew Jesus was talking about them.” (EXB)

Matthew 23:14 ~ “‘How terrible for [L Woe to] you, ·teachers of the law [scribes] and Pharisees! You are hypocrites! [L Because] You ·close [shut; lock] the door for people to enter the kingdom of heaven. You yourselves don’t enter, and you ·stop [don’t allow] others who are trying to enter.  How terrible for [L Woe to] you, ·teachers of the law [scribes] and Pharisees. You are hypocrites. You ·take away [L devour] widows’ houses, and you say long prayers ·so that people will notice you [as a pretense]. So you will have a worse ·punishment [condemnation].  How terrible for [L Woe to] you, ·teachers of the law [scribes] and Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You travel across land and sea to ·find one person who will change to your ways [L make one convert/proseltye]. When you ·find that person [make that convert], you make him ·more fit for hell than [L twice the son of hell/Gehenna that; 5:22] you are.’ (EXB)

Mark 7:16 ~ “‘There is nothing people put into their bodies that ·makes them unclean [pollutes/defiles them]. [But rather] People are ·made unclean [polluted; defiled] by the things that come out of them. Let those with ears use them and listen [see 4:23].‘  When Jesus left the ·people [crowd] and went into the house, his followers [disciples] asked him about this ·story [parable; see 3:23].” (EXB)

Mark 9:44;46 ~ If your hand causes you ·to sin [lose faith; stumble], cut it off. It is better for you ·to lose part of your body and live forever [L to enter life maimed] than to have two hands and go to ·hell [L Gehenna; C a valley outside of Jerusalem where in the OT period children were sacrificed to a pagan god; later used as a burning trash heap; a metaphor for hell], where the fire never goes out. In hell the worm does not die; the fire is never put out.  If your foot causes you to ·sin [lose faith; stumble], cut it off. It is better for you ·to lose part of your body and to live forever [L to enter life crippled] than to have two feet and be thrown into ·hell [Gehenna; v. 43].  In hell the worm does not die; the fire is never put out.” (EXB)

Mark 11:26 ~ When you ·are praying [L stand praying], if you ·are angry with [have anything against] someone, forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also forgive your ·sins [transgressions; trespasses]But if you don’t forgive other people, then your Father in heaven will not forgive your ·sins [transgressions; trespasses].” (EXB)

Mark 15:28 ~ They also put two ·robbers [rebels; revolutionaries; C the term “robber” was used by the Romans of insurrectionists] on crosses beside Jesus, one on the right, and the other on the left.  And the Scripture came true that says, ‘They put him with criminals [Is. 53:12].’ People walked by and ·insulted [defamed; slandered; C the same Greek word used to “blaspheme”] Jesus and shook their heads [C a gesture of derision; Ps. 22:7], saying, ‘You said you could destroy the Temple and build it again in three days.'”

Mark 16:9-20 (all 12 verses) ~ “The women were shaking with fear and ·confused [overwhelmed; bewildered], so they left the tomb and ran away. They did not tell anyone about what happened, because they were afraid. SOME FOLLOWERS SEE JESUS After Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week, he showed himself first to Mary Magdalene. One time in the past, he had ·forced [driven; cast] seven demons out of her. After Mary saw Jesus, she went and told his followers, who were ·very sad [mourning; grieving] and were crying. But Mary told them that Jesus was alive. She said that she had seen him, but they did not believe her.

JESUS TALKS TO THE DISCIPLES Later, Jesus showed himself to two of ·his followers [his disciples; L them] while they were walking in the country, but he did not look the same as before. They went back to the others and told them what had happened, but again, they did not believe them.

Later Jesus showed himself to the eleven while they were ·eating [reclining at table; see 2:15], and he ·criticized [reprimanded; rebuked] them because they had no faith. They were ·stubborn [hard hearted] and refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen from the dead.

Jesus said to them, “Go everywhere in the world, and ·tell [preach; proclaim] the ·Good News [Gospel] to ·everyone [all creation]Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved, but anyone who does not believe will be ·punished [condemned].  And those who believe will be able to do these things as ·proof [signs]: They will use my name to ·force [drive; cast] out demons. They will speak in new ·languages [tongues].  They will pick up snakes and drink poison without being hurt. They will ·touch [lay hands on] the sick, and the sick will ·be healed [recover].”

After the Lord Jesus said these things to them, he was carried up into heaven, and he sat at the right ·side [hand] of God. The ·followers [disciples] went everywhere in the world and ·told [preached; proclaimed] the ·Good News [Gospel] to people, and the Lord helped them. The Lord ·proved [confirmed] that the ·Good News [Gospel] they ·told [preached; proclaimed] was true by giving them power to work ·miracles [signs].”

Luke 17:36-  “There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken, and the other will be left.  Two people will be in the field. One will be taken, and the other will be left. The followers [L They] asked Jesus, ‘Where will this be [L Where], Lord?’ Jesus answered, “Where there is a ·dead body [corpse], there the vultures will gather [C the carnage will make the place of judgment obvious to all].'”

Luke 22:43; 44-  “Father, if you are willing, take away this ·cup of suffering [L cup; C suffering or punishment is metaphorically portrayed as something bitter to drink]. But do ·what you want [L your will], not ·what I want [L my will].’  Then an angel from heaven appeared to him to strengthen him. Being full of pain [in agony/anguish], Jesus prayed even harder. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he ·finished praying [L rose from prayer], he went to his ·followers [disciples] and found them asleep ·because of their sadness [exhausted from grief].”

Luke 23:17 ~ “‘So, after I punish him [have him flogged], I will let him go free.’ Every year at the Passover Feast, Pilate had to release one prisoner to the people. But ·the people [L they] shouted together, ‘Take this man away [C for execution]! ·Let Barabbas go free [L Release Barabbas to/for us]!'”

 John 5:4 ~ Many sick people were lying on the porches beside the pool. Some were blind, some were crippled, and some were paralyzed, and they waited for the water to move. Sometimes [At a certain time; From time to time] an angel of the Lord came down to the pool and stirred up the water. After the angel did this, the first person to go into the pool was healed from any sickness he had. A man was lying there who had been ·sick [an invalid; disabled] for thirty-eight years.”

John 7:53-8:11 (all 12 verses) ~ They answered, ‘Are you from Galilee, too? Study the Scriptures, and you will learn [L Search and see] that no prophet comes from Galilee.’  And everyone left and went home.

THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY Jesus went to the Mount of Olives [C east of Jerusalem across the Kidron Valley].  But ·early in the morning [at dawn] he went back to the Temple [courts; 2:14], and all the people came to him, and he sat and taught them. The ·teachers of the law [scribes; C experts in the law of Moses] and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They forced her to stand ·before [or in the midst of] the people.  They said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught ·having sexual relations with a man who is not her husband [in the very act of committing adultery].  The law of Moses commands that we stone to death every woman who does this [compare Lev. 20:10Deut. 22:22–24]. What do you say we should do?’  They were asking this to ·trick [trap; test] Jesus so that they could have some ·charge [accusation]against him.

But Jesus ·bent over [stooped down] and started writing on the ground with his finger [C we do not know what he is writing though there has been much speculation]When they continued to ask Jesus their question, he ·raised up [straightened] and said, ‘Anyone here who ·has never sinned [is guiltless; T is without sin] can throw the first stone at her [Deut. 13:917:7; comp. Lev. 24:14].’  Then Jesus ·bent over [stooped down] again and wrote on the ground.

Those who heard Jesus began to leave one by one, first the ·older men [elders] and then the others. Jesus was left there alone with the woman standing before him.  Jesus ·raised up [straightened] again and asked her, “Woman [C a respectful term of address in Greek; see 2:4], where are they? Has no one ·judged you guilty [condemned you]?”

She answered, “No one, sir.”

Then Jesus said, “I also don’t ·judge you guilty [condemn you]. ·You may go now, but don’t sin anymore [T Go, and sin no more].”

JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD Later, Jesus talked to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world [C the Feast of Shelters included a lamp lighting ritual that Jesus may be alluding to; 7:37–39]. The person who follows me will never ·live [L walk] in darkness but will have the light ·that gives life [L of life].”

Acts 15:34 ~ After some time ·Judas and Silas [L they] were sent off in peace by the ·believers [L brothers (and sisters)], and they went back to those who had sent them, but Silas decided to remain there.  But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch and, along with many others, preached the Good News [Gospel] and taught the people the ·message [L word] of the Lord.”

Acts 24:7 ~ Also, he was trying to make the Temple unclean [defile/profane/desecrate the Temple], but we ·stopped [or grabbed; arrested] him. |And we wanted to judge him by our own law.  But the ·officer [tribune] Lysias came and used much force to take him from us. And Lysias commanded those who wanted to accuse Paul [his accusers] to come to you. By asking him questions [cross-examining him] yourself, you can decide [learn; come to know] if all these things are true [or the nature of our accusations].”

Acts 28:29 ~ “‘[L Therefore,] I want you to know that God has also sent his salvation to all nations [the Gentiles], and they will listen!’  After [or When] Paul [L he] said this, the Jews left. They were arguing very much with each other.  Paul stayed two full years in his own rented house [or at his own expense] and welcomed all people who came to visit him.”

Romans 16:24 ~ Gaius [1 Cor. 1:14Acts 19:29] is letting me and the whole church here use his home [L host to me and to the whole church; C churches met in homes at this time]. He also sends greetings to you, as do Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.  Glory to God [L Now to the one] who can make you strong in faith by [or in accord with] the Good News that I tell people [L my Gospel] and by [or in accord with] the message [preaching; proclamation] about Jesus Christ. The message about Christ is the secret [mystery; 11:25]that was hidden for long ages past but is now made known [revealed; disclosed].”

I John 5:7 ~ Jesus Christ is the One who came by water [C likely a reference to Jesus’ baptism] and blood [C a reference to his death]. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit says that this is true [is the one who testifies/bears witness; Mark 1:11John 1:32–34], because the Spirit is the truth.  So [or For] there are three ·witnesses [who testify/bear witness]:   the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three witnesses ·agree [L are one].”