The Lehmann Discontinuity

saying, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.

(Jonah 2:2) ESV

Sheol, it turns out, is a lot of things. There’s a midst of sheol, a belly of sheol and a lowest sheol. The Hebrew word is modified in logical groupings that correspond to the regions of the interior of the Earth.

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March 18

The World Below

(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

(Ephesians 4:9-10) NKJV

After the crucifixion Jesus descended into the lower parts of the Earth. We’re to understand that he went to gather the souls of the Old Testament saints who’d been awaiting his coming.

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Abraham’s Bosom

So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

(Luke 16:22-26) NKJV

In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus gave us the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Lazarus is said to have been in Abraham’s bosom. That simply means that Abraham was giving Lazarus a hug, comforting him.

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