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106. Who were the sons of David born in Hebron? 2 Samuel 3:2-5 says Amnon, Chileab, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream, but Chronicles 3:1-4 says Amnon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream.
107. Did David sin? 2 Samuel 22:21, 22:25, 1 Kings 3:14, 9:4, 14:8, says He was clean and righteous in God’s sight and kept God’s statutes and commands, but 1 Kings 15:5 and 2 Samuel 24:10 says David sinned.
110. When did the women (or woman) arrive at the sepulchre? John 20:1 says while it was still dark and only Mary Magdalene, but Matthew 28:1 and Mark 16:1-2 says at sunrise and it was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.
114. To whom did Peter deny knowing Jesus? Matthew 26:69-73 says A servant girl, another girl, and then a crowd of people. Mark 14:66-71 says A servant girl, the same girl again, and then a crowd of people. Luke 22:54-60 says A servant girl, a man, and then another man. John 18:15-17 and 25-27 says A girl at the door, several anonymous persons, one of the high priest’s servants.
Who were the sons of David born in Hebron? 2 Samuel 3:2-5 says Amnon, Chileab, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream, but 1 Chronicles 3:1-4 says Amnon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, Ithream. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?
No, the only name that is different in this list is the change from Chileab to Daniel. This is a simple name change, not a change of persons. So this one person went by both names.
Name changes were not uncommon, especially in time of war.
Did David sin? 2 Samuel 22:21, 22:25, 1 Kings 3:14, 9:4, 14:8, says He was clean and righteous in God’s sight and kept God’s statutes and commands, but 1 Kings 15:5 and 2 Samuel 24:10 says David sinned. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?
No. Believing this to be a contradiction shows a complete lack of understanding in one of the very foundational doctrines of the Bible. That foundation is the concept of forgiveness.
2 Samuel 22:25 gives a very important key phrase. “In His eye sight,” is the phrase used. It tells us that from God’s point of view David was righteous. Perhaps in the eye sight of men we would not be so quick to make such a claim. But, that is because we, unlike God, often have trouble with forgiveness.
1 Kings 14:8 tells us another important point. “Who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes.” Notice it says “to do” and not “and did.” This tells us David was righteous in the fact that he WANTED to do all God said. It does not mean David DID follow ALL commandments.
1 Kings 15:5 tells us that David DID however do what God had commanded him to do, except in the matter of Uriah. When God said, “Go to war” David went to war, and so on. But there is a difference between following personally given commands and general commands.
If I am told to deliver $50,000 to you tomorrow then I may obey that personal command. But, I may have to mug some people in order to do it. So while I obey your personal command I disobey a general command to not steal. Such was the case with Uriah. David disobeyed a general command to not commit murder.
2 Samuel is another place where David sinned. He was not given a direct command not to number Israel. But, there was a general rule not to do so listed in scripture.
So we have two things happening here. David commits sin, and God acts as though he was sinless. Why? The answer is forgiveness. The Bible says that God will “remember our sins no more” if we repent and are forgiven. This doesn’t mean He has a bad memory. It just means He will CHOOSE not to remember those things.
So when David committed sin and repented of it then God would forgive David and it would be as though David had never sinned. This is the entire point of the Gospel!
No. Names often have different spellings in the Bible. So when you see the name Isaiah in one passage it may say Esaias in another, but still be talking about the same person. This is the case with Shammua, also called Shimea, Elishua, also called Elishama, Eliphelet, also called Elpalet, and Eliada, also called Beeliada..
Eliphelet and Nogah had not been born at the time of the list in 2 Samuel 5:14-16, so that is why the numbers are different. Also note that often people named their children with the same names. So there were two children named Eliphelet. Which is good reason why one of them was also called Elphalet as a second name.
When you factor these things into consideration the lists do not contradict each other.
No. Matthew gives the genealogy of Jesus through the line of Joseph. This was because Joseph was considered the legal father of Jesus. So this genealogy is the legal genealogy. This meant Jesus was legally in line for the throne of David.
However, Jesus was NOT the BIOLOGICAL son of Joseph. This is seen in that Luke says “as was supposed the son of Joseph.“ Luke makes it clear that Jesus was NOT the of the biological bloodline of Joseph. He was the biological son of MARY. Therefore, Luke records His biological genealogy through Mary. So biologically Jesus descended from Nathan, and legally Jesus descended from Solomon.
Also, take special note that this solves the issue of Jeconiah in Mathew, who was of the legal line of kings, but whom God said in Jeremiah 23:30 would not have his offspring inherit the throne. So again, there is no contradiction because Jesus was not the biological offspring of Jeconiah, but still retained the legal right to the throne.
When did the women (or woman) arrive at the sepulchre? John 20:1 says while it was still dark and only Mary Magdalene, but Matthew 28:1 and Mark 16:1-2 says at sunrise and it was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?
No. John says it was still dark, early in the morning. Matthew says “As it BEGAN to dawn.” Mark says only that it was very early in the morning. So they arrived just before the sunrise, while it was still dark, early in the morning. Then, while they were there the sun was rising. Also, John does only mention Mary Magdalene, but his omission of the other Mary does not mean she was not there. It only means he saw Mary Magdalene as the more important out of the 2 in this situation.
No. This comes from a lack of understanding of the word death. Many Christians do not even know what it really means. I cover the topic in detail at the following link: What is Death.
A basic summary is: Death simply does not mean a person ceases to exist. It also doesn’t mean a person is no longer aware. 1 Timothy 5:6 uses the phrase “dead while she still lives.” Obviously, you can be “dead” while still “living” in this world. Again, it all depends on your definition of life and death. So what does the Bible tell us death really is?
So here is one definition the Bible gives us of death. It is being broken down and deteriorated from being healthy, vibrant, and useful. It is turning into something less than it’s original, brand new condition.
This is why God said that they died that very day. What was perfect had now become corrupt. Their bodies began to break down. Did you know that a thin layer of dead skin covers all of us? Their body began to break down and the rotting flesh of dead skin covered them. They died that day because the real definition of death is to become corrupt and to be broken down, rotting away.
No. None of those verses actually say that the dead will never be raised from the dead! The closest thing you can get to that is by claiming Job 7:9 says the dead do not rise. So let’s look at the subject of the resurrection of the dead for a moment.
The Bible tells us that man will die, yet his soul will either be in heaven or hell. So the first thing we need to address is the difference between the flesh and the soul. We all die. We all rot away. But not all of us die twice. Let me explain that. Our bodies will turn to dust. This is the death that all men are appointed to. But we are not just our bodies. We have a soul as well.
So first, our body crumbles into dust. Therefore, our bodies are dead. But will our body be raised from the dead? Yes, the Bible says this many times and it includes the resurrection of the saints and sinners. This is found in the book of Revelation. But the real question is, “What body do those raised from the dead have?”
This was the same question Paul answered in 1 Corinthians 15.
1 Corinthians 15:44
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
So the dead body of the natural flesh is CHANGED at the resurrection. It is not raised as the same body. Therefore, the old body is NEVER raised up, but it is raised up as a NEW body. So yes, death is final for the old body, but not final for the changed body.
No. The two accounts actually give different lists, most probably written at different times. Ezra 2:2 says that his list is of the people who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:
Nehemiah 7:7 says that he is listing the people who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number, I say, of the men of the people of Israel was this;
When you read over this you will see that there are 11 people listed in Ezra but 12 in Nehemiah. Of those people not all of them are the same either. So you have two lists with several different groups of people being talked about.
So if there is a different number of people listed between either book it can be attributed to this. If the number of people in Ezra was higher or lower than in Nehemiah it is because some of the people listed in Nehemiah came with different people than the ones listed in Ezra.
Here is an example: There were 400 people who followed Joshua, Sam, and Jason. This is on one list. But another list may say there were 302 people who followed Joshua, Sam, and Robert. If we just look at the numbers then we miss the point that 98 of them could have been with Jason while only 2 were with Robert.
This is why we may see different numbers. It’s because it is from two different lists giving accounts of different groups of travelers.
To whom did Peter deny knowing Jesus? Matthew 26:69-73 says A servant girl, another girl, and then a crowd of people. Mark 14:66-71 says A servant girl, the same girl again, and then a crowd of people. Luke 22:54-60 says A servant girl, a man, and then another man. John 18:15-17 and 25-27 says A girl at the door, several anonymous persons, one of the high priest’s servants. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?
In each of these sets of verses you will note that Peter isn’t just being confronted by one or two people. There is a crowd of people around him. In Matthew you will note that the servant girl asked first, and then another maid did not actually ask him. The other maid spoke with those around him. Then he denied it to the group.
In Mark this scene is repeated.
In Luke we read that Peter spoke to the man who asked him. This man was part of the group that was spoken to by the second maid.
In John the scene is repeated, but it records the entire group asking him. Obviously they didn’t all speak at one time. They had a spokesman. This was the man in Luke.
So the order of events is that the first girl asked him, then she spoke to the group telling them Peter was a disciple, then the group had the man ask Peter, to which Peter answered and thus also answered the rest of the group, and then the group asked again through their spokesman who was a servant of the high priest.
So the assumptions that Matthew and Mark say Peter was asked by the girl twice is incorrect, since she didn’t ask him the second time.
No. This is something that a lot of Christians do not even understand. Let me give the answer. Genesis 18 says there were three men who came to Abraham. In verse 16 they turn to go towards Sodom. Then in verse 17 it says the LORD stopped and talked with Abraham. In verse 22 Abraham continued talking with the LORD while the other two went their way. In verse 33 the LORD left too.
Now, when we see the two men in Sodom they say “we” will destroy this place. The reference to “we” is that the group, which included the 3rd man, the LORD, would destroy the place. Therefore the LORD being one of the group destroyed it.
Another thing to note is that the verses never tell us what type of angels (meaning messengers) these are. It is VERY possible that this was the trinity of God Himself in the form of these men.
No. These two verses address two different groups of people. One group are the unsaved and unrepentant, the other group are the saved who can resist him.
No. Peter and Jude say angels were bound, but does not say ALL of them are. Therefore some are bound right now, and some are lose, including the devil.
Who can cast out devils in the name of Jesus? Mark 16:17 says only the followers of Jesus can do it, but Matthew 7:21-23, Mark 9:38, and Luke 9:49 says others can do it, too. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?
No. Mark 16:17 never says ONLY the followers of Jesus can do so.
No. They asked to not be sent either out of the country or into the pit. They asked both.
Does God desire animal sacrifices? Genesis 4:4, 8:20-21, 15:9-10, Exodus 20:24 and so on says yes, but Psalms 40:6, 50:13, 51:16, Isaiah 1:11, 66:3 and so on says no. Is this a contradiction in the Bible?
No. While animal sacrifices were NEEDED due to the sins of people it was not WANTED. In 1 Samuel 15:22 it tells us that what God really desires is our obedience.