From the book
SURPRISING THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GOD #6
"God helps those who help themselves." This quote is in fact from Benjamin Franklin, despite the fact that most people assume it comes from the Book of Proverbs. The words were made famous by President John F. Kennedy when he used them in one of his speeches.
"A land flowing with milk and honey" were the words God used to describe Palestine to Moses in Exodus 3:8. They are now generally used to describe a fine or pleasant place.
"An eye for an eye" first appears in Leviticus 24:20. Rather than being a vindictive call for revenge, it actually limited the damage one person could do to another when taking retribution. Human nature encourages an individual to hurt others, but the Old Testament Law wanted to limit that hurt to equivalent damage.
[NOPE! ISRAEL WAS NEVER A COUNTRY WITH ONE EYED MEN, ONE ARM PEOPLE, OR ONE LEG PEOPLE. THE JEWS HAVE NEVER IN THEIR HISTORY TAKEN THIS TO MEAN “EQUIVALENT DAMAGE” - IT WAS TAKEN AS A “JUST MONETARY RECOMPENSE” LAW; THE JUDGES OF ISRAEL HAD TO DETERMINE WHAT WAS A JUST MONETARY PENALTY IN THE SITUATION; FOR A RIGHT ARM COULD BE A LARGE PENALTY BECAUSE THE PERSON’S LIVELIHOOD WAS MAINLY WITH THE RIGHT ARM; ALL THE SITUATION HAD TO BE JUDGED JUSTLY - Keith Hunt]
"With God all things are possible." After explaining to the disciples how it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven, the disciples were understandably disillusioned with the concept of anyone getting into heaven. Jesus assured them that though it would be futile with men in charge, with God it was certainly possible to enter heaven (Matt. 19:25-26).
[IT DOES NOT SAY “ENTER HEAVEN” - THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN OR KINGDOM OF GOD, IS NOT SAYING WE GO TO HEAVEN - THAT IS A CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT TEACHING - IT IS THE KINGDOM THAT BELONGS TO HEAVEN - ACTUALLY THAT KINGDOM WILL BE ON THIS EARTH, COVERED FULLY IN MANY STUDIES ON THIS WEBSITE -Keith Hunt]
"The faith to move mountains." Although not currently used quite as often as it was in the twentieth century, the phrase refers to the power of belief. Jesus used this expression in Matthew 17:20 when talking to his disciples about healing the sick and the demon possessed.
"What God hath joined together ..." Jesus spoke these words when he talked of marriage being a permanent covenant in Mark 10:9 (KJV). The words remain an important part of the traditional marriage ceremony even today.
[THE SUBJECT OF MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE, IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF SAYING “PERMANENT COVENANT” - IT IS A SUBJECT I COVER IN-DEPTH UNDER MY STUDY “DIVORCE AND RE-MARRIAGE” ON THIS WEBSITE - Keith Hunt]
"The salt of the earth." Many of the expressions we use in our culture come from the Lord Jesus. In describing his disciples with these words in Matthew 5:13, Christ emphasized their value—salt being the preferred method of payment in those days. The phrase is still used to describe people we find valuable or important.
"Holier than thou." God condemned those who considered themselves more self-righteous than their counterparts when he spoke against this attitude in Isaiah 65:2-5 (KJV). God mocked those who took such a position.
"Seek and ye shall find." These oft-quoted words of Jesus come from his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:7 (KJV). It is still generally used as advice or encouragement to those who need to be seeking God's purpose and direction.
"The blind leading the blind . . ." Jesus spoke of false teachers when he used this expression. His point was that those teachers who are blind (do not know the real truth) cannot lead others anywhere that followers would want to go. Both the teacher and the followers will be lost and "fall into a ditch" as the verse goes on to say (Matt. 15:14 KJV).
[IT DOES NOT SAY THEY WILL BE LOST; IT MERELY SAYS BOTH THE TEACHER AND THE FOLLOWER END UP WRONG AND OFF THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW. IT IS A WARNING TO KNOW (BY SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES AND AS PAUL SAID “PROVE ALL THINGS”) WHO TEACHES THE REAL TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD - Keith Hunt]
"The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." Jesus spoke these words to his disciples the night of his betrayal. The disciples had fallen asleep after Jesus asked them to keep watch and pray with him. What is less quoted are the words Jesus quoted to the disciples before this phrase: "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation" (Matt. 26:41 KJV). These words remind us why good intentions often lose out to weaknesses. Clearly Jesus suggested prayer and watchfulness to combat our weak flesh.
"The wolf in sheep's clothing." Jesus used this concept to describe false prophets who came to the people appearing as true teachers. He said, "Inwardly they are ferocious wolves" (Matt. 7:15), meaning that they were hypocrites and meant to lead people out of the safe "pasture" and into dangerous territory theologically.
[AND JESUS SAID BEFORE HE CAME AGAIN, MANY FALSE TEACHERS WOULD ARISE AND DECEIVE NOT THE FEW BUT THE MANY - Keith Hunt]
"Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God," Francis Bacon (1561-1626) stated in his personal writings. Though Bacon might have wished it to be from the Bible, it is, in fact, not stated anywhere in that Book. From it many people have quoted, although the most popular version would be by John Wesley. "Cleanliness is next to godliness." Stated by Wesley in 1772, the phrase "Certainly this is a duty, not a sin" preceded this now-famous quote. Though this might be a nice thought, it is hardly a biblical one and did not come from God.
"Do not throw pearls before swine." Jesus' words in Matthew 7:6 urge believers to take care with their message; it is not necessary to teach to those who are openly hostile to the gospel. A person wouldn't throw precious pearls to pigs, and Christians shouldn't throw the gift of salvation to those who will only turn around and attack them.
"Eat, drink, and be merry" was a phrase spoken by Jesus in Luke 12 while telling a cautionary tale about a rich fool thinking the rest of his life was set. The fool died that very night. The words are still generally used in a sarcastic or pejorative sense.
"The straight and narrow." Following the small, less traveled path leads to the narrow gate of life. In Matthew 7:14, Jesus cautioned people against following the more glamorous, broad, and well-traveled path that led to a wide gate full of destruction.
[THIS SHOWS THAT SALVATION IS CONFINED TO A NARROW SET OF CONDITIONS, AND NOT “GIVE YOUR HEART TO THE LORD, AND FIND THE CHURCH OF YOUR CHOICE” WHICH CHURCHES CAN BE SO DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER, IT CAN GO FROM NIGHT TO DAY, IN DIFFERENCES THEY WANT YOU TO LIVE BY - Keith Hunt]
"The apple of my eye" is a phrase first used in Deuteronomy 32:10 to describe God's perspective of Israel. The Hebrew words literally mean "center" or "pupil" of the eye, but in the poetic sense the expression refers to someone or something highly valued by another. The poet David asks God in Psalm 17:8 to "keep me as the apple of your eye."
I’M SURE THERE ARE MANY MORE PHRASES THAT COULD HAVE COME UNDER THIS CHAPTER, BUT THAT IS ALL THAT IS GIVEN BY THE AUTHORS - Keith Hunt