JESUS, FROM NAZARETH OF GALILEE
Do you see the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of GalileeMt21:11 in Isaiah 55? — If so, where?
1 Ho, all who are thirsty, go to the water!
And he who has no money, go, purchase and eat!
Go, purchase food without money and without price,
Wine and milk!
2 Why should you weigh out money for what is not bread,
And give your labor for what gives no satisfaction?
Hearken, hearken to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul find pleasure in richness.
3 Stretch out your ear, and come to Me;
Hear, and your soul shall live,
And I shall indeed contract with you a covenant eonian,
The faithful benignities of David.
4 Behold, I make Him a Witness to the folk,
A Governor and Instructor of the folk.
5 Behold, a nation you do not know you shall call,
And a nation where they have not known you, they shall run to you,
On account of Yahweh your Elohim
And the Holy One of Israel,
For He endows you with beauty.
6 Seek after Yahweh while He is to be found;
Call Him while He comes to be near.
7 Let the wicked one forsake his way,
And the lawless man his devisings,
And let him return to Yahweh,
And He shall have compassion on him,
And to our Elohim, For He shall multiply pardon.
8 For My designs are not your designs,
And your ways are not My ways, averring is Yahweh.
9 For as the heavens are loftier than the earth,
So are My ways loftier than your ways,
And My designs than your designs.
10 For just as the downpour descends and the snow from the heavens,
Yet it does not return there,
But rather it soaks the earth
And causes it to bear and sprout,
And it gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that shall go forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me empty,
But rather it does what I desire
And prospers in that for which I sent it.
12 For with rejoicing shall you go forth,
And in peace shall you be escorted.
The mountains and the hills, they shall burst forth into jubilant song before you,
And all the trees of the field, they shall clap their palms.
13 Instead of the thorn tree shall come up the fir;
And instead of the nettle shall come up the myrtle;
And it will come to be to Yahweh for a name,
For a sign eonian that shall not be cut off. Is55:1-13 CLV
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A Beautiful Mind
Let me take you to a particular scene in the film A Beautiful Mind to illustrate my understanding of Bible inspiration.
John Nash, played by Russell Crowe, is a brilliant young mathematician who is invited to the Pentagon to crack the encrypted enemy telecommunications. Observing tons of apparently random data on a big screen, Nash deciphers the sought after code mentally, to the astonishment and delight of those present.
The data on the screen of life, all sorts of it—accurate and inaccurate; mythological and factual; leading and misleading; moral, amoral and immoral; including Bible writer, redactor, copier and translator questions—is faithfully projected in the Bible you hold in your hands or read on LCD screen. But, the faithful or the unfaithful echoing and re-echoing of life experiences is not the point of the Bible.
That is merely a necessary backdrop.
A beautiful mind that picks the relevant clues from the true to life, prophetic Old Testament narratives and puts them together to create the Christian gospel story, out of Jesus, a son of Joseph, from Nazareth Jn1:45, is the reason why I am investing years of my life testing Bible claims.