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Rightly Dividing

Rightly Dividing

By Mark Tank

A thoughtful discussion about God and the Bible: the Rightly Dividing podcast is for people with open minds and many questions.
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Genesis: The Kingdom of God.
Genesis: The Kingdom of God.
I start with the words of Jesus to repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. We ask ourselves what kingdom is Jesus talking about and that takes us back to Genesi.
34:28
October 15, 2022
Genesis: The Garden Finale.
Genesis: The Garden Finale.
What is my purpose in life? Genesis Answers this! It is possible Genesis 1:26-31 is specifically talking about the garden, and if so, it has some powerful meanings, like why we exist.
11:10
September 10, 2022
Genesis: Finishing up the week.
Genesis: Finishing up the week.
In this episode, I try to finish up the week so that we can move on to chapter two. Chapter to is where the real theology starts to form.
15:02
July 01, 2022
Genesis: Day two and the waters that were divide.
Genesis: Day two and the waters that were divide.
This podcast is about the second day and the waters above the firmament. There has been some controversy over this text, but that is largely due to the fact that some want to make Genesis a scientific discourse. This is what I am apposed to. What is so vitally important is that we read Genesis without connecting to a scientific theory on how things happen. In this case we are not concern about why, meaning how, we have water and rain on the earth. We are concerned with he how come there is water and rain. These are two different questions, that many seem to convolute. Anyway I hope you enjoy it.
17:40
May 28, 2022
Genesis: Let there be Light
Genesis: Let there be Light
Let there be light. In the previous episodes, I have been trying to show that we must read Genesis as story telling us why our universe and we humans exist because it is was written to give meaning to our existence. If we remove ourselves from interpreting it as a timeline of events describing the creation process, it becomes possible to think about the text with fresh eyes. To demonstrate this, I want to look at day one and the creation of light. Here I will follow the Apostle John’s way of reading Genesis. John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” Notice John says that there was a spoken Word as God said, “let there be light.” The Word was Jesus, and He is life, and this life was the light of men. That demonstrates that John is using Genesis as a metaphor. Something does not have to be read literally to be truthful. Jesus told many parables that were not to be taken literally except for the truth they taught. Genesis 1:3-5 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” We have to pay attention to a couple of cues that will tell us how to read these verses. God creates light and then divides it from the darkness, and he names the two divisions day and night. If we are to be literal, we know that day is when the sun is up and night is when it is hidden. If you don’t read it this way, one has to realize they are making up a concept that does not have reality attached to it. Why would God turn it off the light if it was a vacuum? Why allow darkness? That is very hard to comprehend! The people Moses wrote this to would have no concept of the earth rotating around the sun, which we didn’t figure out until thousands of years later. They would only know that the sun comes up and then disappears. We also have to think in terms of what darkness means. Today we have lights everywhere, but for the ancient people, light wasn’t with them constantly. If you have ever been away from any light and there was no moon, you realize how dark it can be. You will also recognize that it is terrifying because you have no idea what is around you. You could trip over a rock or fall off a cliff, walk into a tree, or a dangerous animal. Darkness is chaos; it is disorder. Light then is the exact opposite. It is beauty and order. I know that many have struggled with what this light could be because they believe the sun was not created until day four. We will deal with this in more detail later. However, I will say this now. It does not say the heavenly bodies were created on day four because the word bara was not used. Instead, what we are reading on day four is God telling us He made these celestial bodies for our timekeepers. As our knowledge of the heaven/sky has increased, this truth has not been found faulty but is become more defined. We define our universe by light, and when astrophysicists describe the size of the universe, it is with lightyears, and light is what defines our space and time dimensions. However, the genius in Genesis is that it talks about Jesus long before He stepped foot on the earth. Besides what we have read in John, we have other references to Jesus and the light that brings order into our world. John 3:19 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk
07:56
April 03, 2022
Genesis: A Lord Above All
Genesis: A Lord Above All
In this episode, I talk about how Genesis should be read as a teleology that gives meaning to our world instead of a narrative explaining how it came to be. We want to know why more than how. People want to know they are loved by their parents more than how they conceived them. I am not aware of anyone who struggles with life because of not understanding conception, but I have met people struggling with the feeling they are not loved. I also talk about how the creation week is set up to be rememberable. On day one, God creates light. Corresponding with day one, day four, God gives the light to the celestial bodies to govern our time and seasons. On day two, God divides the waters, forming the sky. That corresponds to day five because God gives the water to the fish and the sky to the birds. On day three, God created dry land with its plants, occupied by animals and man on day six. If you remember one of the first three days, you can remember the last three days and the other way around. The last point is that we are to recognize that there is only one Lord and this God made very thing. We do not have to figure out who we are to follow in this world. Many gods want us to participate in their kingdom, but we only have to trust in one God, who is the real God.
23:54
March 20, 2022
Genesis is a type of story to tell us why!
Genesis is a type of story to tell us why!
Whether you realize it or not the way we think about the world today is very different than the way people thought about the world in the past. This is because all people alive have lived in the age of enlightenment. This age started in the 17th century and has change the way most of the humanity views the world and the universe. We think different than people in the past! We must consciously think about this when reading things written from the past. Listen for more.
13:12
March 04, 2022
Genesis The People
Genesis The People
To understand a text correctly, you need to figure out its purpose. If your boss got a love letter, you wrote to your husband, and your husband got the letter written to your boss, they would be pretty confused. So today, we will look at why and who Genesis was written to.
08:02
February 06, 2022
An Introduction to Genesis
An Introduction to Genesis
I have wanted to teach on Genesis for some time now. I was encouraged to write a book on it, and I have a manuscript. It is time for me to start teaching what I have learned. I think that anyone who listens to this will glean something new. I am not teaching this to reaffirm anyone's belief about Genesis, and I am teaching this to be honest to the text.
10:30
January 29, 2022
My Rant About Atheist
My Rant About Atheist
After communicating with Atheist and trying to figure them out I learned somethings that are incredulous. This my rant about the dishonesty of atheist.
19:52
January 08, 2022
Deconstruction and Disbelief
Deconstruction and Disbelief
Deconstruction seems to be a common term these days. With the rise of the internet more information is available than ever. With all this information confusion sets in as to what is true. In this podcast I want to show how getting back to a big story about your life and this world will help you filter out unnecessary noise. Even if you don't agree with my conclusion I hope it will stimulate your thinking about the need for a big story. Please comment on this podcast at https:husbandman.org
07:40
December 07, 2021
Penal Substitution vs Substitutionary Atoment.
Penal Substitution vs Substitutionary Atoment.
I admit that this debate is relatively new to me, so I cannot comment on everything as I am not an expert. I want to comment on some things that I heard. One of the things I came across was a discussion between William Lane Craig and Greg Boyd on the Unbelievable Youtube channel.
10:38
November 25, 2021
Bible Patterns and Prototypes.
Bible Patterns and Prototypes.
You might have to listen to this more than once because my illustration probably has unfamiliar content. I think my illustration is important because it helps us visualize a vital truth. With the Bible and a web page, there is an accessible version and a more technical one. Studying the Bible involves a more technical discipline, but it is enriching. Listen, and you will understand. View a page source before you start. 
10:08
November 07, 2021
Don't Mix God with Religion and Science
Don't Mix God with Religion and Science
There are two things I wish to discuss in this article; they are about mixing God with science and religion. Over the years of learning the Bible and about life, I have come to a very different conclusion than I did as an inexperienced young man. I think if one holds on to what they first learned, they can stand on dangerous grounds. You can read the article here. www.husbandman.org
07:24
October 22, 2021
Why we need the 10 Commandments EP6
Why we need the 10 Commandments EP6
Today I would like to look at the 10 commandments found in the Bible. There are some things about these commandments that I believe are forgotten or abused. So let us look at them. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God... Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain... Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Honor thy father and thy mother. Thou shalt not murder. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not covet At one time, the Ten Commandments hung upon every courthouse and school in America. As our nation started to turn away from God, these commandments were portrayed as a violation of the Constitution. This idea is off-topic so that I will be brief. The Constitution only prevents Congress from favoring religious institutions. Congress cannot interfere with one's religious beliefs. It also says nothing about God. Here is the phrase I am talking about in the first amendment. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." What I am getting here because while the Ten Commandments show up in a religious book, they are religious in nature and natural laws. The reason I say they are natural laws is that even if one does not have them listed in the Bible, one can come to these conclusions on their own. I know that some will disagree with the first four of them being included as natural law. So this is where I will start explaining the commandments. No rule or law has any power without someone in authority. A parent who does not enforce rules with their children will find they become terrible people. Without a common belief in something more significant than the individual, there will be anarchy. Without a common belief in supreme authority, society will degrade into a selfish, self-destruction entity. Wherever you find a growing and healthy society, you will find something highly regarded as their guide to right living. But, of course, that which is highly regarded must dictate economics, social norms, laws, etc. The first four commandments are to recognize that there is a Creator who is the ultimate authority. With that understanding, people can then have a shared belief to build upon. Many would say that this is religious and therefore has no place in society. That is only self-deception. Everyone has ideas about two things, the reason for our universe and about the conscience. Is it spiritual or something else? Whatever one thinks about these two things, they are religious ideas...
09:09
July 11, 2021
Are we mindless entities in this universe? EP5
Are we mindless entities in this universe? EP5
This podcast is conceived from a tweet sent out to atheists about the reality of their emotions and meaning. As I contemplated it more I realize that there is a Christian teaching that is very similar and it makes humans as having no real meaning in themselves. Please listen.
11:22
April 20, 2021
Why Do We Feel A Loss. EP4
Why Do We Feel A Loss. EP4
When we lose someone, we feel a loss. We feel like there should be more. We need to ask why. If you have the view that we have no real purpose for being on this planet, it is hard, at least in my mind, to justify feeling like there should be more. The Genesis account is one explanation as to why this is. We were created for eternal life. This podcast comes on a day at the loss of my father-in-law. It is at these points that our philosophies are challenged. 
13:27
February 14, 2021
Starting At Square One. EP3
Starting At Square One. EP3
In order to have a rational mind, one must be able to contain thoughts to a specific scope of information. If we allow ideas from outside the specific concepts to enter in, it can disrupt the thought process. That is definitely true when we think of origins, the beginning of the existence of all things. Do your best to forget about religion, atheism, socialism, communism, social issues, etc., and just focus on the origin. It will help us come to the right conclusion. We know we exist, at least I hope you do. We also know we struggle to make sense of our existence. We want to be happy and prosperous. So there very basis for all this is where did I come from? I mean, where did the whole universe come from? This is a fundamental question that has to be settled in one's mind to build upon that foundation. The question is, where did all of the universe and life on earth come from? Please, let us not hang all our biases on this question. We need to think of this question in the rawest sense. There are two choices. Matter just exists, and life happened by chance. The universe and life are the product of purpose. Chance We know the universe exists, but where did it come from? Think of all the solids, gases, and liquids our earth and the universe is made of. Where did it come from? Nobody knows. Some will say from the big bang. Well, the bang still needed matter to explode. All we know is it is here. Secondly is life. Contrary to what some want to affirm, we do not know how life started. Evolution is the explanation of the diversity of life, but not life itself. All we can do is hypothesizes about the formation of life. So one needs to contemplate this very basic concept about existence. We cannot let our hatred for religion or love for religion, our emotional state, or social concepts affect this. Let this foundational understanding form thoughts about those things rather than the other way around. What does this view mean for your understanding of life? It has to mean there is no ultimate purpose to it. Entropy will win out heat death will be its end. Design If you look around, you will see many things that were made. You do not even question that someone made them. However, by just looking at the item, you cannot figure out who made it. You may find the manufacturer, but you will not know the person. That is the understanding of design in the universe and life. It seems so clear that the universe is designed. The laws that hold it together. Then there is life. Self-reproducing entities that can think, love, heal, etc. There is a code that every cell must have for it to form. So much of this can be seen as design. If it is designed, then there must be a designer. So much baggage comes with this thought of a designer, or shall we say, God. People will not like this view because they see so much wrong in the world. They say religion is a plague. The Bible is a fairytale and evil book. Again we cannot let those things interfere with this fundamental understanding.  If you accept this basic premise that the universe and life were created, then you must do your best to learn about this Creator, if that is even possible.
12:04
January 31, 2021
Thinking about the natural and the supernatural. EP2
Thinking about the natural and the supernatural. EP2
In this episode I want us to take a moment to think about the natural world and if there is a supernatural world. I have a couple of great illustrations using microwaves and two boys at the breakfast table. 
11:13
November 21, 2020
The very first episode of the Rightly Dividing podcast. EP1
The very first episode of the Rightly Dividing podcast. EP1
In this episode I introduce myself and explain what this podcast is all about. We have to lay a foundation and this is it. We also have to lay a foundation for our life and we talk about that also.
10:11
November 21, 2020