“A Fish is a Fish….”

It’s the bane of preachers, or at least this preacher.  You get going on saying something, and the words just don’t come out quite right.

Yesterday, I was discussing Genesis 1:24:

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

I talked about how evolutionists talk about species, but God talked about “kinds”.  Genetic mutations can cause changes in species, but no one has ever seen a change in kinds.

And then I am told (I haven’t checked the recording, but I’m sure it happened), that you can have species variations within kinds, but “a fish is a fish, and a bird’s a bird, and a cat’s a dog, and a dog’s a dog.”  Yes, I turned cats into dogs, which depending on your view of cats may or may not be a good thing. 😀

My point, of course, was that fish don’t turn into birds, and elephants into chihuahuas (or vice versa).  Fish bring forth fish, animals produce their own kind.  Perhaps my treatment of cats made the point even more memorable!   This is not what I Corinthians 1:21 means by the foolishness of preaching, but that verse is still a comfort to those of us who sometimes get our tangues tongled, er, tongues tangled.


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Isaiah’s Amazing Cyrus Prophecy — “A Ravenous Bird from the East”

I’ve been writing on Isaiah’s prophecy of Cyrus the Great, the Persian emperor who God used to restore the Jews to the Promised Land.  In Isaiah chapters 40-48, there are a series of prophecies which would not have been understood in Isaiah’s time (around BC 700) but find remarkable fulfilment in the actual invasion of Cyrus more than 150 years later.  In this article we’ll look at a little bit of geography and (intriguingly) Cyrus’ battle flag.

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Isaiah’s Amazing Cyrus Prophecy — “The Gates Shall Not Be Shut”

In Isaiah 44-45, written around 700 BC, Isaiah the prophet, writing as he was moved by the Holy Spirit (II Peter 1:21), named the Persian emperor who would come to power and conquer Babylon more than 150 years later.  I’ve written two articles on this prophecy previously.  The first discussed the naming of Cyrus, and the second was on the context within the book of Isaiah.

In that second article I said that chapters 40-48 deal with God’s deliverance from captivity in Babylon, and that there are other parts of the prophecy in that section related to Cyrus besides just his name.  In this article I want to discuss several things in the immediate context of his naming, including things related to the Median-Persian battle plan in taking Babylon.

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Isaiah’s Amazing Cyrus Prophecy — The Context in Isaiah

In Isaiah 39, written around 700 BC, King Hezekiah of Judah was told that his people and his sons would go into captivity in Babylon.  Beginning in Isaiah 40, Isaiah prophesies the deliverance from that captivity, a prophecy fulfilled around 535 BC, some 150-175 years later.  In that prophecy, he actually names the ruler who God would use to release the children of Judah from their captivity, Cyrus of Persia, as seen in chapters 44 and 45.  I discussed that prophecy in an earlier article.

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Bible in the British Museum — British Museum Links

My “Bible in the British Museum” series (series summary here) has a lot of links to the British Museum website.  Whenever I have used one of their pictures the picture itself is a link to their site, as well as other links.

Unfortunately, I’ve just learned that a lot of those links are broken because of changes to their site.  Since this is a popular series and people go back to it for reference, I intend to correct those links, and I’ve done so for the Cyrus article to which I linked in yesterday’s post.  But this will take some time, so I apologise if anyone hits broken links — feel free to let me know about them and I’ll try to get them fixed!

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Isaiah’s Amazing Cyrus Prophecy — Cyrus Named

Many Christians are familiar with Isaiah’s prophecy, written around 700 BC, which describes and names Cyrus the Great, the Persian emperor who would come to the throne 140 years later.  There was more to this prophecy than just the name, but we’ll start with the name.

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A World Prepared

Genesis 1:2

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

When God created, the earth was formless, empty, and dark.

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