Monday, May 11, 2015

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 1 (Part Thirteen)

Did Jeremiah or Zechariah Predict the Potter's Field?  
It is commonly known that Matthew attributes the prophecy about the field to Jeremiah (Matthew 27:9). However the quoted scriptures actually comes from Zechariah 11:12,13. Is this a contradiction? No, for Matthew employed a common literary technique - citing the better known book instead of a lesser known one. Jesus himself calls the books Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, etc.7 “the Psalms" at Luke 24:24 even though they were more than one book.

Who is on Jesus' Side?  
At Luke 9:50 (NWT) Jesus said to John in view of the other apostles, “he that is not against YOU is for YOU." To some this seems to contradict Jesus' words at Matthew 12:30 (NWT) which states: "He that is not on my side is against me, and he that does not gather with me scatters." 
Typically, if not always, those who hold that these statements contradict each other believe that there is a neutral ground. However the verses do not give such a stance. You are either for Jesus or against him, but if you are not against him you can only be for him. There is no contradiction.

Is it Good to Be Wise?  
Proverbs 4:7 (YLT) states: "The first thing is wisdom - get wisdom, and with all thy getting get understanding." Clearly wisdom is good. Some, however, paint Ecclesiastes 1:18 as saying that wisdom is bad, but it (NASB) actually states: "in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain." This is simply a warning not a condemnation of wisdom. Sometimes knowing will cause us pain, but it is better to be prepared than to be ignorant (Proverbs 22:3). There is no contradiction. 

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