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Earlier this week I had a FB (Facebook) conversation on interpretation. I challenged preachers to give me a sense of the word “restore” in relation to the “kingdom” (Acts 1:6). I suggested the word has nothing (necessarily) to do with old/inaccurate memory, but with regard to timing. In other words, it was not that the apostles asked Jesus a question because they had a desire to be associated with King David and Israel’s militaristic, political, and spiritual influence in the world. The verse reads, “So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’” The word “restore” is used 8 times in the New Testament, 6 times in the gospels, and it refers to making complete what is (was) incomplete. Thus, the disciples asked: “Will you make complete what is incomplete?” Jesus did not answer that question because it was not for them to know the times or seasons; that is left to the Father. Let us also leave to the Father those things that belong to Him, and let us preach and live the gospel. RT (PART 1)