The Missing Rib
Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 24, 2015
When we follow the word covenant through the Bible where we left off, we see a series of covenants, or agreements men made with men. In Genesis 21, we see Abraham made a covenant with Abimelech. They had a dispute over a well. This is an interesting point showing how the word covenant takes us from one method of Bible Study to another. As well as taking us from one lesson in scripture we never saw before to another.
Look at Genesis chapter 21. A general rule of context tells us to look back for answers. Spiritual messages are often revealed in the previous story. We know that’s the way Jesus taught with parables. If we want to get the spiritual meaning of a parable, we look at all the parables Jesus taught that day. We also know if the preacher begins with a parable then goes off on some kind of personal tangent, it’s time for a nap. Spiritual aspects God placed within parables will never be revealed by any story made up in this world. Those earthly stories may highlight a point, but never reveal the hidden meaning.
The same is true with stories throughout the Bible. Always look back at how the inspired author led into the story. We know God is the God of order. So let’s agree to let Him prove it. In Genesis chapter 21, God does just that by using a few simple stories. Abimelech and Abraham were arguing about what? A well. Look at the previous story. On orders from his wife, Abraham sent Hagar and their son away. She runs out of water. She wants to give up. But with one last desperate attempt, she prayed to God. What did God give her? A well in the middle of now where. Now you have to ask, where was Abraham’s faith, and what could he have learned from Hagar if he didn’t send her away? You can get with God’s Spirit and I know He will take you to at least a dozen good lessons on the spiritual level. Don’t you wish all preachers knew how to teach like that?
Although that covenant was between two men, God still arranged it so we could learn a whole lot of deep spiritual lessons from it, directly related to how that missing rib is designed to protect us. Now take that lesson you learned and see how it applies to the next covenant between Issac and king Abimelech in chapter 26. I don’t want to give you all the answers, but here is one. See how that mistake effected the next generation?
The next covenant was between Jacob and Laban. That part of the story began with Laban setting out to reclaim a few stolen idols, or false gods. Are the wheels turning? Can you see a whole slew of spiritual lessons in Genesis chapter 31? You can look at those on your own. I can see a few preachers looking at that chapter, applying the simple rules we reviewed, and sitting down with God’s Spirit to write up a sermon people will remember for weeks to come.
The next covenant we see turns out to be a review. Now ask yourself why God would choose this place to write a review? Look at the scripture.
Exodus 2:22-25 NLTse Later she gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, for he explained, “I have been a foreigner in a foreign land.” (23) Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. (24) God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (25) He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.
Now get together with God’s Spirit and learn to listen to His directions. Is He telling you to look up any words? The look them up. Is He telling you to look back at any scripture? Then go where God’s Spirit directed you to do. Learn to use whatever steps God gives you to get to the spiritual message and lesson God want you to learn and teach.
I can sense some of you are a little skeptical. Some of you are having a hard time believing all this is actually happening. Well I know that, because God knew that long before He told me to write this stuff. So here is God providing the proof He knows what He is talking about and He was the One who arranged these lessons. Lets look down that list of Hebrew words used to define that rib in Genesis chapter 2.
מנּי מנּי מן
min minnı̂y minnêy
min, min-nee’, min-nay’
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses: – above, after, among, at, because of, by (reason of), from (among), in, X neither, X nor, (out) of, over, since, X then, through, X whether, with.
Now compare that definition of the missing bone to Moses and Exodus 2. See the connection? Didn’t God take Moses out of Egypt before meeting with him? And wasn’t God giving Moses the job to help take people out of Egypt? Let’s take a look at another definition.
From the root of H1129 through the meaning, to build; a stone: – + carbuncle, + mason, + plummet, [chalk-, hail-, bead-, sling-] stone (-ny), (divers) weight (-s).
Compare that to Jacob and Laban. What did they build? A monument. Out of what? Stones.
Now you can accept this information and the order God reveals it, or you can choose to reject it. These are safe guards God designed in His Word. They can help you to study scripture at levels you never imagined. They will teach you how to protect yourself like you never imagined. Isn’t that part of what a physical rib does? Protects the heart. You can choose to walk away and leave all that behind. Before you do, let’s look at one more.
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively): – (begin to) build (-er), obtain children, make, repair, set (up), X surely.
See how God just tied in building and children. Why? Because God knew you were already making that connection in your head. Now you see it in writing. Before you decide to walk away, I’d suggest you go over that list of definitions from the first step in this lesson. I’d rather have God WOW you in a manner you’ll never forget. Then you’ll be ready to teach your children.
I know God wants us to learn a lesson on memory now. He brought up that subject in Exodus chapter 2. We know we’re created in God’s image. So if God remembers, so do we. God uses memory as a form of communication. When scripture comes to your mind, that is God talking. You see connections between scripture you never saw before. That is God’s Spirit working with you. Memory is the most common form of communication God uses. It is the easiest to learn because whether people know it or not, they use it everyday.
We know God loves to teach with contrasts. Let’s take a look at one now. God leads you from scripture to scripture showing you how He designed them to be linked together. And that is beautiful. Your mind is open and your senses feel that connection with God. If you write those encounters with God down, He will show you more.
A preacher decides on a subject to preach. So he picks out a scripture to base his sermon on. And this is the way I see a lot of preachers teaching. The scripture is read and the preacher jumped right into to world. He pulls out this example and that story. Not from the Bible, but it is some story he read, or other source he learned from the world. Am I right? Do you listen to those sermons wondering that those stories have to do with the scripture he started out with?
Or a preacher picks of a text to prove a point. Usually some point on church doctrine. This is the method of capturing an audience based on what they already know. He is building up his own following when he uses this method of study.
The preacher uses a Concordance or Bible program to look up other texts to support that doctrine. The preacher never reviews any of the details in the stories he pulled his scripture out of. He has no intent of establishing context. He wants you to listen to his explanation. And he doesn’t want you to look at the chapter his text came from. That is how you can tell an inspired writer from an uninspired writer. An inspired writer will always, always point you back to the entire story in the Bible. The inspired writer wants you to review that story with God’s Spirit. The uninspired writer doesn’t want you to check up on him. That is why he carefully chooses subjects you already know and subjects you agree on. It’s the oldest trick in the book. The Bible clearly explains where that came from when you study how Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness.
Preaches using that, search for scripture supporting my view method, they are following a pattern not found in scripture. Sad to say, it is the most popular study method used today. But it is not Biblical. Look at exactly what they are doing. They use a Concordance or computer to look up scripture they want to agree with their preconceived ideas. Where is God’s Spirit in the process? God’s Spirit has been replaced by either paper, or a computer. Is that the type of person you want to learn from?
God never gives a gift without the ability to explain and teach other people how to get that gift. And to an extent, use that gift. A real man of God knows how to send people back to God for additional and final instructions. A real man of God feels at excitement when God leads and teaches. A real man of God wants everyone to experience that same excitement. A real man of God can’t wait to teach someone, then have them come back to teach him something. A real man of God is not afraid to learn.
Like it or not, God teaches with a specific order. Would you trust your children to a teacher without a lesson plan? Let’s face it men, there is hardly a father in this world who does not want to see their children go further and achieve more than they were able to. We used to call that the American dream. What happened to that dream? Who gave this world, or at least a bunch of churches in this world the idea they know everything there is to know? That’s crazy. How can anyone or any church ever know everything about an Infinite God?
What is God’s specific order and pattern of teaching? All we can do is learn the steps, then follow God’s directions for each and every study. The exact steps will change from study to study. I have to admit, when God told me the next step was to look up the Covenant and follow it through the Bible, I asked God; why? I didn’t see why. I couldn’t see why, until after I looked. I had to follow the order God gave me. I know a whole set of the laws of context, about twenty of them. But which tool do I need and when do I need it? Does that make sense?
I had no idea what the Covenant had to do with that word rib. I had a long list of definitions and I was as surprised as you were when I compared my list of those definitions to the list of Covenants. It WOWED me.
So what’s the next step? I have no idea. All I know is, when God started me on this lesson, I was talking to my missing rib, and 1000 examples were going through my head. I could go on forever on the lessons I saw in the definitions for that word rib, and how that Hebrew word is used in other scripture. But I had to pray to God for the next step and where did He take me? In a direction I didn’t see. I had no way of knowing that was even a valid path. Not until God showed me. My spiritual rib had no idea either. All I can say is, that’s the way God keeps us humble.
At this point, I have no idea what the next subject will be. I know of about 999 others lessons to comment on. But I guess God showed me how to stick to His order. So I got no choice but to go back pray, and wait for the next step. Who knows. You have the same list of definitions and verses describing the Covenant I do. For all I know, this may be the end of lessons on this subject and I’ll be on another subject.