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Moses and Elijah Matthew 17

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 16, 2010


Moses Elijah

Moses Elijah

KJV Matthew 17:2. And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 4. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

The question is, why did Moses and Elijah meet with Jesus? They may have met to comfort Him, to remind Him of His mission, and to encourage Him. But why did God send Moses and Elijah? This question can be accurately answered only by consulting the scriptures. To find the answer we must first find out how Moses and Elijah got to Heaven.

 

 

 

 

Moses

Numbers 27:12-14 KJV And the LORD said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto

Moses and the 10 Commandments

the children of Israel. (13) And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. (14) For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

Deuteronomy 34:4-7 KJV And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. (5) So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. (6) And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. (7) And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

Jude 1:9 KJV Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

From just a few verses we see, Moses did not enter the promised land, but was buried in a valley in Moab. Michael the archangel disputed over Moses’ body with Satan. We don’t know the details of the argument between Michael and Satan, but we know the Lord rebuked Satan. We also know Moses was in Heaven, because he came down to talk to Jesus.

Elijah

2 Kings 2:10-12 KJV And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so

Elijah Chariot

Elijah Chariot

unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so. (11) And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. (12) And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

The Bible tells us Elijah was taken up into Heaven in a whirlwind. This is one of the few accounts of people ascending into Heaven without dying.

Elijah represents all those who will ascend into Heaven without tasting death.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Moses represents those who will be raised from the dead.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Following is a sample of proof texts explaining the subject of death and the process of resurrection.

Psalms 49:15 KJV But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

Isaiah 38:18 KJV For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

John 11:11-14 KJV These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. (12) Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. (13) Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. (14) Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

John 5:28-29 KJV Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 KJV (51) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Revelation 20:4-6 KJV And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (5) But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. (6) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

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I will Open My Mouth in Parables Matthew 13

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 16, 2010


KJV Matthew 13:34. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35. That

Jesus and His Parables

Jesus and His Parables

it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

This is a rather simple study illustrating the need to locate the original texts when a prophet is quoted.

Psalms 78:1-8 KJV Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. (2) I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: (3) Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. (4) We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. (5) For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: (6) That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: (7) That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: (8) And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

When reading the original scripture, we can easily see, it is the responsibility of the parents to teach the children what they have heard and known. This information was to be passed down from generation to generation.

The original prophecy was written by David. Hundreds of years later Matthew was influenced by the Spirit to add it to his book. Was this to remind the readers about their responsibility? Or was the book of Matthew making another point? If the parents had taught the children and fulfilled their obligations, would they have recognized Jesus as the Son of God?

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It is Given Unto You to Know the Mysteries of Heaven Matthew 13

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 15, 2010


Bible Revealed

Bible Revealed

KJV Matthew 13:11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15. For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

This is one of the longest parables in the book of Matthew. Jesus’ disciples asked why He teaches in parables. Jesus answers by telling them they should know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but this knowledge is not given to everyone. Jesus uses a metaphor much like the parable of the talents. Whoever has, more shall be given, but whoever does not have, whatever he has will be taken away.

Jesus continues the parable using the words heart, ears, and eyes as symbols. Notice, in this parable Jesus repeats the word heart twice, and the words ears, and eyes three times. When symbols are repeated it is usually a hint to pay attention.

To find the spiritual meaning of each of the key words, we must compare scripture with scripture. There are a number of key words in this parable. In this study we will look at three of them.

This parable also considers the subject on two levels, those who can see, and hear, and those who can not. This study will concentrate on the positive aspects. A much longer study would be required to study the subject from both sides. I would suggest you complete the study on your own by looking at additional texts containing each of the key words.

Heart

Heart

Heart

Psalms 15:2 KJV He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

Deuteronomy 11:13 KJV And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

Deuteronomy 11:18 KJV Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

Psalms 19:8 KJV The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psalms 119:34 KJV Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

Proverbs 2:10 KJV When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

Isaiah 51:7 KJV Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

Jeremiah 24:7 KJV And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 KJV A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (27) And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

This collection of texts containing the word heart shows it is used to represent love, truth, God’s word, law, wisdom, and knowledge.

Eye

Eye

Eye

Psalms 17:8-9 KJV Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, (9) From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

Psalms 32:8 KJV I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Psalms 33:18 KJV Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

Proverbs 7:2-3 KJV Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. (3) Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

Isaiah 52:8 KJV Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.

Matthew 6:22 KJV The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

The eye represents God’s guidance, hope, mercy, and love.

Ear

Ear

Ear

Proverbs 4:20-22 KJV My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. (21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. (22) For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Exodus 15:26 KJV And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Psalms 78:1-5 KJV Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. (2) I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: (3) Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. (4) We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. (5) For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

Psalms 49:4 KJV I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

Proverbs 2:1-6 KJV My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; (2) So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; (3) Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; (4) If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; (5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. (6) For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 22:17-21 KJV Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. (18) For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. (19) That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. (20) Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, (21) That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?

The ear is used to represent God’s words, His commandments, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

KJV Matthew 13:11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15. For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Following is a paraphrase of the parable, substituting the spiritual meaning for the physical key words.

Jesus answered them and said, because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them it is not given. Whoever has (understands a parable), to him it will be given (will be able to understand more), and he shall have more in abundance: but whoever does not have, from his it shall be taken away, whatever he has. This is why I speak to them in parables: because if they see not, and hear not, neither will they understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which says, by hearing you shall hear, and shall understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall perceive. For the people’s understanding of God is waxed gross, and their knowledge of God is dull of hearing, and their hope they have closed; least at any time they should have guidance, and wisdom, and should understand God’s word, and be converted, and I should heal them. Blessed is your love, for they see: and understanding, for they hear.

This parable explains, those who understand parables read and understand God’s words. When they learn to understand parables, their understanding, knowledge, wisdom and hope increases. Those who so not understand God’s word, but prefer to trust in their own understanding, will not be able to understand parables the way God intended. Neither will they be able to understand prophecy, and the other subjects in the Bible. Whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

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The Parable of the Unclean Spirit Matthew 12

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 12, 2010


Bible Study

Bible Study

KJV Matthew 12:43. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

In this parable Jesus tells about an unclean spirit that is cast out of a man. The unclean spirit walks through dry places (which has it’s own spiritual meaning) looking for rest, and finds none. The unclean spirit decides to return to what is referred to as, “my house.” The unclean spirit left a man, and returned to a house. He finds the house clean, swept and decorated. The unclean spirit takes seven other spirits with him, for a total of eight. The seven other spirits are more wicked than the first. The parable returns to the state of a man, who is worse off than at the beginning.

This parable contains a number of key words, the major portion of it can be understood by studying two, rest and house.

Rest

Luke 23:56 KJV And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.

Leviticus 23:3 KJV Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

Hebrews 4:8-12 KJV For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. (9) There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Jeremiah 50:6 KJV My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.

Isaiah 57:2 KJV He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

Deuteronomy 12:9 KJV For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.

Psalms 116:7 KJV Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.

Isaiah 11:2 KJV And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

There are two types of rest illustrated in the Bible, God’s seventh day Sabbath rest, and the security of dwelling with God, which brings about wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, and might.

House

House

House

Genesis 7:1 KJV And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Numbers 2:34 KJV And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, every one after their families, according to the house of their fathers.

Ezra 5:2 KJV Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.

Ezra 7:16 KJV And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their God which is in Jerusalem:

Psalms 84:10 KJV For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Psalms 92:13 KJV Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

1 Peter 2:5 KJV Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 3:6 KJV But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

The word house is used to represent a family, the temple in Jerusalem, God’s kingdom in Heaven, and the spiritual house made up of Jesus’ followers.

At times looking up the definition of a word in the original language will reveal interesting information, and a better understanding.

House: G3624 Of uncertain affinity; a dwelling (more or less extensive, literally or figuratively); by implication a family (more or less related, literally or figuratively): – home, house (-hold), temple.

In this case the word used to record what Jesus said agrees with the spiritual definition provided by comparing texts.


KJV Matthew 12:43. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

To complete the study, substitute the spiritual meaning of the words into the parable.

When the unclean spirit in gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking the Sabbath and a relationship with God, and finds none. Then he says, I will return into the temple from where I came out; and when he has returned, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also with this wicked generation.

The word house has more than one meaning. The other definitions can also be tested in the parable.

When the unclean spirit in gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking the Sabbath and a relationship with God, and finds none. Then he says, I will return to the family from where I came out; and when he has returned, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also with this wicked generation.

We can see by the context of this parable, the definition of God’s kingdom in Heaven is not suitable, and the definition of Jesus’ followers is unlikely. It is essential to understand and follow the rules of proper context.

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Defiled Bed Genesis 49

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 6, 2010


KJV Genesis 49:3. Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: 4. Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.

What does this prophecy mean? What does a bed represent and how is it defiled? A physical bed is used for two purposes, to rest and a marriage relationship.

Bed

defiled bed

Broken Bed

Job 33:15 KJV In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

KJV Job 7:13. When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint; 14. Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: 15. So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

Isaiah 57:2 KJV He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

The above texts show a bed is used for slumber, sleep, comfort, and rest. In modern English they may seem to have the same meaning, but this shows why it is important to let the Holy Spirit lead the way. These words carry a drastically different spiritual meaning, and illustrate the point, only the word of God can properly interpret the word of God.

Slumber and Sleep

Proverbs 6:10-11 KJV Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: (11) So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Isaiah 56:10-11 KJV His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. (11) Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Nahum 3:18-19 KJV Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them. (19) There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

Psalms 121:4-5 KJV Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (5) The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

Slumber and sleep are defined as spiritual poverty, greed, lack of understanding, and spiritually wounded. God does not slumber or sleep.

Comfort and Rest

Acts 9:31 KJV Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Psalms 94:18-19 KJV When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up. (19) In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

Isaiah 49:13 KJV Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

Isaiah 61:1-2 KJV The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Leviticus 23:3 KJV Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.

Exodus 31:17-18 KJV It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. (18) And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Once we interpret the spiritual meaning of comfort and rest we see the contrast between slumber and sleep. Comfort comes to God’s people, and delights their souls through the Holy Ghost.

Rest has the most significant spiritual meaning. It is found within God’s commandments and is defined as the seventh day.

To understand the defiled bed, we need to know the definition of the word defiled.

Defiled H2490 A primitive root (compare H2470); properly to bore, that is, (by implication) to wound, to dissolve; figuratively to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one’s word), to begin (as if by an opening-wedge); denominatively (from H2485) to play (the flute): – begin (X men began), defile, X break, defile, X eat (as common things), X first, X gather the grape thereof, X take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

The word defile has some interesting meanings: Wound, dissolve, profane, break, pollute, and prostitute.

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Known by Their Fruit Matthew 12

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 4, 2010


KJV Matthew 12:33. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

In this parable there are a few items we should notice. The words tree and fruit are each repeated three times. This is unusual, but when Jesus repeats something three times we should pay attention. The other detail that seems unusual if the fact Jesus said, “make the tree good,” and, “make the tree corrupt.” This indicates the tree and fruit mentioned in this parable requires effort.

After praying for guidance of the Holy Spirit, the next step to interpret a parable is to write it out in your own words like you are explaining it to a friend.

In this parable Jesus is saying there are good trees and corrupt trees. The good trees make good fruit and the corrupt trees make corrupt fruit. A tree is known by its fruit.

The next step is to locate the key words. This study will look at the words tree and fruit. Both of these words are physical objects. The spiritual meaning is found by comparing a number of texts containing the word.

 

Tree

Tree

Tree

Psalms 1:3 KJV And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalms 52:8 KJV But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Psalms 92:12-14 KJV The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Isaiah 61:3 KJV To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Psalms 37:35 KJV I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.

These texts show a tree can represent people.

Tree = People


 

Spiritual Fruit

Spiritual Fruit

Fruit

Psalms 104:13 KJV He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

Psalms 1:3 KJV And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalms 92:13-15 KJV Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. (14) They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; (15) To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Proverbs 1:30-31 KJV They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. (31) Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Proverbs 10:16 KJV The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

Psalms 21:10-11 KJV Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men. (11) For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

Psalms 104:14 describes fruit as works. The other texts here compare fruit to showing the Lord is upright, not keeping God’s counsel, and sin. All of these describe actions, or works. Fruit represents a person’s efforts of works.

Fruit = Works

KJV Matthew 12:33

33. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Now write out a chart of the key words and their spiritual meanings.

Tree = People

Fruit = Works

Rewrite the parable substituting the spiritual meaning for the physical word.

Either make the person good, and his works good; or else make the person corrupt, and his works corrupt: for the person is known by his works.

When interpreting a parable you may collect a number of texts that help to define the meaning of the parable but do not clearly define the key words. You can collect these texts at the end of the study to refer to when explaining your study to others.

Proverbs 15:4 KJV A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Psalms 104:16 KJV The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;

Proverbs 11:30 KJV The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Proverbs 8:19-20 KJV My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. (20) I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment:

Proverbs 11:30 KJV The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Proverbs 12:12 KJV The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

We see from these texts a tree can also be a tree of life. This may bring to mind other texts, such as:

Revelation 22:2 KJV In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

We also see fruit is better than gold.

Isaiah 13:12 KJV I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

1 Peter 1:7 KJV That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Psalms 119:127 KJV Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.

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Spoken of by Isaiah: Matthew 12

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 29, 2010


KJV Matthew 12:17. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 18. Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 19. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. 20. A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. 21. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

 

This is not a parable, but an observation by the author, Matthew. This book was written after Jesus was resurrected and met with the disciples to reveal the Old Testament scriptures which told of His life, death, and resurrection. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. Luke 24:44-45 KJV.

 

Of all the Old Testament scriptures Matthew was shown, this was one he considered important enough to record in his book.   This lesson shows how important it is for the serious student of the Bible to study as directed.   When an Old Testament book is quoted, the original texts should be investigated. In this instance, Matthew is quoting Isaiah, which is often translated as Esaias in the New Testament.

 

Locating the original text can be accomplished by searching for a few uncommon key words. In this case the words reed and flax are a few which will quickly locate the proper texts.

 

Isaiah 42:1-10 KJV Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. (2) He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. (3) A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. (4) He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. (5) Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: (6) I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; (7) To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. (8) I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (9) Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. (10) Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

 

As you can see, much more information is revealed when locating the original texts. Jesus also used this method of teaching. Remember, when an Old Testament book is quoted, locate the original texts. This should become a necessary procedure when studying the Bible.

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Seek, Matthew 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 29, 2010


This study demonstrates the advantages of organization. One of the problems people face when learning to study the Bible is an overwhelming flow of thoughts, ideas and new concepts. A number of references on different subjects may enter the mind on a consistent basis. Some of these references and subjects may be related, while others have little or nothing to do with the subject. The challenge is to learn to organize these concepts and references into a coherent order others are able to understand. The most efficient method is to learn to rely upon the Holy Spirit for guidance. This can be accomplished by focusing on your preparation.

Begin each study with prayer. Focus your attention on one particular subject, a single text, and let the Spirit lead in the final analysis. At times I find it easier to choose a text for study, identify the key words and collect reference texts during the first day of the study. Take a break from the study for a day or two. This gives the Spirit time to fine tune and adjust the ideas and concepts within your mind. The Spirit may wake you up an hour early with new details to consider. Given the time, the Spirit can find a number of ways to illustrate lessons through out the day. Interaction with others, personal experience, reactions to situations are all methods the Spirit may use to direct a study, establish the direction, and order. You will notice this happening when the details lead back to the study, and help illustrate details you did not see at first.

This lesson follows a method recorded in the book of Revelations, which begins with a detailed description of Christ in chapter 1. That description is broken down into sections and repeated within the messages to the seven churches. When these texts are collected and reorganized, they not only reveal the full description of Christ, but a description of Heaven, a message praising the churches and a series of warnings.

This method of organization is also taught in the prophecy of Habakkuk 2:2-3. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Revelation supplies a detailed example showing how to combine texts into a chart to reveal the messages God has placed within His written word. Matthew 7:7-8 contains a message which is revealed using this method of organization.

KJV Matthew 7:7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Although this verse contains a number of key words this particular study will look at only one word. Although key words are ordinarily nouns, this study will focus on the verb, seek. After collecting a series of texts containing the word seek, it is plainly seen, many of these texts fit into three main categories, those who seek after God, others after false beliefs and of course, Jesus. Each will reveal its own spiritual meaning.

Seeking God

KJV 2 Chronicles 7:14. If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

KJV Deuteronomy 4:29. But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

KJV Psalms 40:16. Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

KJV Proverbs 2:4. If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5. Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. 6. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

KJV Proverbs 8:17. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. 18. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. 19. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.

KJV Lamentations 3: 25. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

KJV Matthew 6:33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

At each stage it is a good idea to write a brief summary, listing the attributes found in the proof texts.

God promises, all those who seek after Him will find Him. Seeking God is not a part time job, but requires a dedicated effort which will be rewarded with knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and salvation, which are true riches and glory, better than silver and gold.

Seeking False Beliefs

KJV Leviticus 19:31. Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.

KJV 1 Samuel 28:7. Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.

KJV Isaiah 8:19. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

KJV Isaiah 29:15

15. Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?

KJV 2 Chronicles 12:14. And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.

KJV Psalms 10:4. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

KJV Psalms 119:155. Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

KJV Hosea 7:10. And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek him for all this.

KJV Romans 3:11. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15. Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16. Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17. And the way of peace have they not known: 18. There is no fear of God before their eyes.

KJV Philippians 2:21. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

People do not seek after God for a number of reasons. They seek after other gods, or sources of power. They think they can hide their sins from God, or do not believe He can see them. People who do not seek God have a limited understanding, and no spiritual light. They lie, curse, and cause misery. Salvation is far from them.

Seek after Christ

KJV Psalms 38:12. They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

KJV Psalms 40:14. Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

KJV Psalms 54:3. For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

KJV Psalms 71:13-15

13. Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt. 14. But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. 15. My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

KJV Psalms 71:24. My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

KJV Matthew 28:5. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

KJV Mark 1:37. And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.

KJV Mark 8:11-12

11. And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him. 12. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

KJV Luke 11:29

29. And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

KJV Mark 16:6. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

KJV Luke 11:54. Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

KJV Luke 24:5. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6. He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

KJV John 1:38. Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

Two groups of people sought after Jesus, some to destroy Him, and others to learn from Him. Those who wanted to destroy Him spoke lies and imagined deceitful things about Him. They will become ashamed and confounded. This group does not know God, nor the Son of God. One of the major reasons they sought to kill Him, is because they did not believe He could forgive sins.

The second group sought after Jesus for an entirely different reason. Neither group believed Jesus would rise from the grave. The second group sought after Him because of what He did for them, and what He had taught them. They sought after Him because they loved Him. This is why they were the first people to see Christ in all His glory, risen from the grave. Even the angel of beaming light, His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: (Matthew 28:3 KJV) did not compare with Christ when He showed Himself to those that sought after Him the day He rose from the grave. They never turned to look back at the angel at the tomb. Their eyes were fixed on Jesus.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. (Matthew 28:9-10 KJV)

KJV Matthew 7:7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Why do we need to look at all the spiritual definitions of seek to understand, what appears to be a simple text? Everyone will find what they seek after, one way or another.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. (Hebrews 4:12-14 KJV)

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Spiritual Meaning of Lamb

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 21, 2010


Revelation 5:6 KJV And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a

lamb for sacrifice

Lamb for Sacrifice

Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Most people know the Lamb in Revelation 5 represents Christ, but how do we prove it when asked?

The answer lies in a simple word study. Look up the word lamb in a Concordance, or search on a Bible program looking for texts which make a clear, concise connection between a lamb and Christ. Among other texts you will find the following.

John 1:29 KJV The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1 Peter 1:19 KJV But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

You can see from the above texts, the Bible not only reveals the spiritual meaning of the lamb, but provides additional information. Christ also takes away the sins of the world, through His blood, and was offered without blemish or spot.  These two texts open up opportunities to witness in greater detail.  This is why it is more important to know the texts explaining the spiritual meaning, not only interpretation.  As seen by this example the interpretation tells only a small part of the story. The Holy Ghost has a way of expounding on subjects you will find only when taking the time to prepare.

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Lord of the Harvest Matthew 9

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 9, 2010


KJV Matthew 9:37-38

Wheat field

Harvest

37. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

In this parable, Jesus is referring to a harvest. The fields are full, it promises to be a successful crop. But there are not enough people to harvest the crop.

We are not told what the crop is, but once the crop is ripe, it must be harvested, or it will spoil if it remains in the field. Jesus asks His listeners to pray because there is an sense of urgency.

The spiritual meaning of the word harvest can be found by comparing a number of verses containing the word.

Harvest

Joel 3:13-14 KJV Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. (14) Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

Matthew 13:39 KJV The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Revelation 14:15 KJV And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

The harvest represents the end of the world.

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Give Him a Stone Matthew 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 4, 2010


KJV Matthew 7:9-12
9. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10. Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 12. Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

On the surface this seems to be a simple parable in which Jesus is comparing the giving nature of a human father to God. The trained eye will instantly catch four key words, bread, stone, fish, and serpent. Each of these key words must be compared with additional texts to learn the spiritual meaning.

To place the spiritual meaning within the proper context, the entire parable must be examined. In this parable Jesus is comparing the gifts an earthly father gives his son to the gifts God is ready to provide. The strange detail which stands out in this parable is of course the gifts the son asks for. In today’s society we would expect to see a son asking for ice cream, candy, or more expensive electronic gifts. Things may have been quite different in Jesus’ day, but it is unusual for a son to ask for bread or a fish. These gifts fall into the category of essentials. There is a lesson in these details and they indicate the contexts of the study which must remain in tact.

Bread

Bread

Spiritual Bread

Amos 8:11 KJV Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Matthew 4:4 KJV But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Deuteronomy 8:3 KJV And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

Bread symbolizes the word of God.

Stone

Stone Idol

Stone Idol

Deuteronomy 28:64 KJV And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

Deuteronomy 29:17 KJV And ye have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them:)

Isaiah 37:19 KJV And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

A stone is used to represent idols.

Fish

Fish

Fish represent men

Ecclesiastes 9:12 KJV For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

Habakkuk 1:14 KJV And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Matthew 4:19 KJV And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

The Bible uses fish to represent men.

Serpent

Snake

Serpent

Genesis 3:1 KJV Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Revelation 12:9 KJV And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 20:2 KJV And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Most people know a serpent is used to represent the devil and Satan.

When we put the spiritual meaning of the key words into the parable we can see the deeper meaning.

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Which one of you, when his son asks for the word of God, will give him an idol? Or if he asks about a man, will give him the devil?

As we can see the spiritual meaning of the parable also deals with essentials, the word of God and the salvation of men.

Fishers of men

Fishers of men

It may be a little difficult to understand the phrase, ask a man. Based on the texts compared, we can see Jesus referred to winning souls as fishing. When considering this, it is easy to see Jesus was referring to working for souls, and if you do not accept God’s gift, you are working for the devil.

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Cup of Cold Water Matthew 10

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 2, 2010


KJV Matthew 10:42

42. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

Was Jesus implying there is an easy way into Heaven? Based on this parable, some may think that.

Give a child a cup of cold water.

To understand this parable on a spiritual level the key words must be studied on an individual basis. When this is completed, the Bible will reveal the spiritual interpretation.

It is also helpful to write a belief explanation of the physical aspects. This will help keep the parable within the proper context.

Jesus called His disciples together and gave them power to cast out unclean spirits, and to heal all manner of sickness, and disease. This parable is given at the end of His instructions. His disciples are told to,go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

At the end of His instructions Jesus presents the simplicity of the gospel. The act of giving a cold cup of water will ensure the reward of a disciple. It could not get any easier. How much effort does it take to pour a cup of water and hand it to a person?

There are at least two key words to interpret in the parable, water and cold. Water is the first word to interpret.

Water

Isaiah 11:9 KJV They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Habakkuk 2:14 KJV For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 12:2-3 KJV Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. (3) Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

John 4:13-14 KJV Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: (14) But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Isaiah 44:3 KJV For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

The Bible shows us, water can represent a number of things, knowledge of God’s word, salvation, and the Spirit. These three center on salvation and eternal life. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:15 KJV)

Can salvation be achieved without knowledge of God’s word and the Spirit? To find the answer, a study of the word salvation should be conducted. Following is a list of a few of the verses.

Acts 4:10-12 KJV Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

This is one point all Christians should agree on. Only Christ can save by offering us His salvation. One text does not constitute a thorough study of a subject. We find additional information by comparing additional texts using the word salvation.

Isaiah 33:6 KJV And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

Luke 1:77 KJV To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins

Psalms 13:5 KJV But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

Psalms 40:16 KJV Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

Habakkuk 3:18 KJV Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

With wisdom and knowledge you have stability. In other words, when trials occur you will have less of a tendency to fall away from your faith. John the Baptist was sent to share the knowledge of salvation. Special instructions were given to his parents to guarantee his success. The above texts tells us we are to have joy and love for the salvation offered. How can you love salvation if you do not know it? You love a person after developing a relationship. The same is true for salvation and Jesus, the only person who can offer salvation. How can you share this joy, love, and knowledge of salvation if you have not developed a personal relationship with your Savior?

The answer would be, yes, there is more to salvation than hearing about it. Salvation comes from a relationship with Christ. The devils knows about Jesus, is this enough to save them? Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (James 2:19 KJV)

Water symbolizes knowledge, salvation, and the Spirit.

The next key word to compare with scripture is the word cold. Because the majority of key words are nouns, this word is often overlooked. It is one of the many descriptive words used in the Bible which also carries a much deeper spiritual meaning.

A general rule to finding key words is to look at the context of the passage. If anything seems unusual, it most likely will contain a spiritual meaning. In this case cold water would be unusual. It is often warm in the region Jesus spoke this parable. Water may be cold if it is drawn from a deep well. Because of the weather, water is usually drawn in the early morning and evening. Because of this, cold water would be unusual, but not impossible. This is just enough of a hint to raise the readers attention, and alert them to a deeper meaning. The Bible is full of such little hints. The Spirit is working over time to connect the casual reader of the Bible with the spiritual meaning of the texts.

By using the word cold, Jesus was implying a refreshing effect. He may have also been implying, we need to go out of our way to secure our reward. Also notice, Jesus used the word reward and not salvation, which is some times referred to as a gift.

Cold

Proverbs 25:13 KJV As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

Proverbs 25:25 KJV As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Jeremiah 18:14 KJV Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken?

A few verses show us the key word cold represents a refreshing feeling.   Not only a physical refreshing, but a spiritual refreshing of the soul.  Although this may have been a consideration before

Cold spiritually represents refreshing new, the good news

comparing scripture, this is an example showing what can be revealed when conducting a quick word study. After studying a number of key words it would not seem unusual for Solomon to compare the words good news with cold waters. When we apply this to the parable of the cup of cold water we see Jesus was not only implying the simple act of supply a cup of cold water, but the good news of the gospel. We have to remember, Jesus possessed a far greater knowledge of the scriptures than we could ever hope to achieve. In all His parables Jesus refereed to scripture. To understand the full meaning of everything Jesus was teaching in His parables, we need to locate the texts Jesus was most likely referring to.  In this case, Jesus was pointing the listener, and reader to a number of Old Testament texts.

These texts reveal the spiritual interpretation of water, which represents knowledge and salvation. In just a few words, Jesus placed a message within the pages of the Bible to encourage and educate us.

When studying key words, we will never cease to be amazed.

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Armour of God

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 15, 2010


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KJV Ephesians 6:10-19

10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

19. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Did you ever consider the order of the armor of God in relationship to the order of earth’s history as seen in the statue of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream?

The helmet of salvation. Salvation is actually the first step to becoming a Christian. To learn about this free gift of salvation and accepting it.

The breastplate of righteousness. The next step to becoming a Christian. To let Jesus into your heart. To let Him convict you of your sins. To replace those sins with only the good that only comes from the Father. To have Jesus show you the love that only He can show you.

The legs covered with truth. This is what Jesus teaches us about after we accept Him into our hearts. To show us the difference between the empty promises of the world and the eternal promises of God. The next step is learn the difference between truth and lies. Sin here originated in a lie. It is through lies that sin lives here on earth. It is those lies that make us blind. It is only through prayer that we may have sight to see the truth.

After we learn to study the word of God our feet will always be drawn to His word in times of trouble. Every verse, every line and word of the Bible is put there to reach someone at some point of their lives. This book was written by the Creator God who has made the foundation of all things out of material and substance that we can not even see. Much less understand. Don’t forget God has even created the material that make up the pages of His book. Every single atom that they contain. And just as God can create, change and alter this microscopic matter, He can open our minds and our hearts to see the lessons, the bread of life we need for this day, from His words. We need only to ask.

And yet there are two more to learn from. The shield of faith. We will see many things that we will not understand. There will be many questions.

Hebrews 11:1. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

But as time goes by your knowledge will be increased. God will reveal all to a faithful servant of the word. This shield is not visible and in itself is faith. This shield protects us from the attacks we will endure from forces we can neither see nor understand. The attackes that we could never survive on our own.

Lastly there is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. After we study for a time many things will become clearer and an entire picture can be seen. The sword of the Lord is a two edged sword. Much like the knife of a skilled surgeon it can cut out the disease and heal the healthy parts of the body. In the same way the word of the Lord when it enters into us cuts out the bad and diseased habits of our lives. The word removes the evil controlling spirits within us and replaces them with new and growing tissue that can bring glory to God and aid Him in reaching others.

And this is all brought together by one little thing. Prayer. Talking to God. Getting to know Him. And through God getting to know yourself.

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Lost Sheep Matthew 10

Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 28, 2010


KJV Matthew 10:5-8

5. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Was Jesus sending His disciples to gather lost sheep in Israel? Most people know sheep represent people. But how does one prove this? It is one thing to learn details like this from others, but it is a far greater thing to learn how to interpret parables in your own. This is a simple parable which can be used to introduce others to simple word studies.

Sheep

Psalms 79:13 KJV So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

Psalms 100:3 KJV Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Isaiah 53:6 KJV All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Jeremiah 50:6 KJV My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.

Jeremiah 50:17 KJV Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.

There are a number of verses indicating people are represented by the spiritual word sheep. Jesus was sending His disciples out to the people of Israel.

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New Cloth Unto an Old Garment. Matthew 9

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 8, 2010


KJV Matthew 9:16
16. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

A garment is used to cover the body. It may also be used to keep warm. In extreme cold a warm, thick garment may save a life. A garment can also be used to protect a person from the intense rays of the sun. An old garment can be worn very thin and contain many holes. The garment may be faded from age and countless washings. Chances are very good that the new piece used to repair the garment would stand out, calling attention to the defect. The new piece would be stronger than the old material. This parable points out the new material may become the cause of a more serious tear in the garment.

Garment

KJV Isaiah 61:10. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

KJV Job 29:14. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

Robe of Righteousness

Robe of Righteousness

KJV Psalms 132:9. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.

Garment is a word that is interchangeable with robe, cloth, and a number of other items of clothing. And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments. Exodus 28:4. The clothing God supplies to His saints is salvation and righteousness. Now we can understand why Jesus told this parable. He was not teaching a lesson in fashion, but a lesson in righteousness and salvation.

When people try to patch up their old lives with new lessons they have learned, it is like patching an old, worn out garment with a new piece of cloth. Jesus pointed out, this will never work. They must put on the whole garment of salvation. People cannot attain salvation one patch at a time. The entire garment of salvation must put obtained from God, through the righteousness of Jesus.

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Can the children of the bridechamber mourn? Matthew 9

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 8, 2010


KJV Matthew 9:15
15. And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

A wedding is a joyful occasion. People spend outrageous sums of money to celebrate the union of a man and wife. Guests are invited from near and far, relatives, neighbors, friends, coworkers, and others are invited to a wedding, young and old. The bride chooses her closest friends to be members of the wedding party. Among this wedding party it is common to include the youngest members of the family.

The younger members of the bridechamber may not completely understand the wedding celebration. It would take a tragic event for the children of the bridechamber cry. A missing bridegroom may not be serious enough to bring tears to the children. But if something unexpected, such as the death of the bridegroom occurred, the children would understand such an incident and mourn.

Notice the text says, the children of the bridechamber. This is not referring to a bride, rather members of the wedding party. To gain a better understanding of this parable we must identify the key word bridegroom. This is a simple lesson that teaches a very important rule of study.

Bridegroom

KJV Revelation 21:2. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

KJV Revelation 21:9. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Revelation 21 contains a vision of a wedding in which the city New Jerusalem represents the bride, and the Lamb represents the Bridegroom. To find out if this is the bridegroom referred to in Matthew 9, we must first identify the Lamb.

Lamb

KJV Isaiah 53:7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

lamb for sacrifice

Lamb for Sacrifice

KJV Acts 8:32. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 33. In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 34. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 35. Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

When identifying the Lamb one text explains another. Isaiah is a prophecy of Jesus and Acts 8 explains the prophecy has been fulfilled. This is one example showing how God clearly explains His prophecies.

KJV John 1:29. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

KJV 1 Peter 1:19. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

John and Peter clearly identify Jesus as the Lamb in simple terms. These are examples of how the Bible identifies spiritual definitions.

The gospels confirm Jesus was later taken from them, tried, crucified, buried and rose on the third day. This verifies the bridegroom also represents Jesus.

This lesson may seem simple, but it reveals valuable study methods contained within the Bible. God presents the simplest studies to teach the greatest lessons. Many people know the Lamb represents Jesus, but few are able to prove it from the Bible. Very few people know how to locate supporting texts. This illustrates the point, a little bit of knowledge is dangerous. Knowing the results of an equation is not the same as knowing how to solve the problem.

In this case a study of the bridegroom identified the Lamb, a study of the Lamb identified Jesus. This teaches the simple algebraic term, if a = b and b = c, then a = c. If the bridegroom = the Lamb and the Lamb = Jesus, then the bridegroom = Jesus.

Also notice the results are also confirmed not only through a simple word study, identifying the spiritual meaning of the bridegroom, but also a fulfillment of the prophecy. The parable states, the bridegroom shall be taken. This was fulfilled when Jesus was taken by the priest and tried as a criminal.

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Physician for the Sick Matthew 9

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 8, 2010


KJV Matthew 9:12-13
12. But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13. But go ye and learn what that meant, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Most people have to be very sick before they will see a doctor. Is Jesus using this parable to point out how serious the problem is? Jesus must be providing an important message. This is one of the few parables in which He challenges the listeners to learn the meaning. Jesus explains a portion of the parable, but does He supply the complete answer? Jesus would not have challenged His listeners if He had supplied the entire answer. To find the answers to this parable, we need to study the key words. This study will look at the word sick. The spiritual interpretation will reveal another dimension of the parable.

KJV Exodus 23:24. Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. 25. And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

KJV Deuteronomy 7:11. Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. 12. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers: 13. And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 14. Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. 15. And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.

KJV Deuteronomy 28:58. If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, The Lord Thy God; 59. Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. 60. Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. 61. Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

KJV Micah 6:12. For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. 13. Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

The Bible clearly states there is a choice. Following God’s laws and commandments will bring God’s blessing, and God will fulfill His promise to heal all types of sickness. If God’s laws are not kept sickness, disease, and plagues will follow.

A complete study of the word sick reveals a surprising amount of detail on the subject of sin and its connection with sickness. Only a small amount of proof texts are covered in this lesson. Additional texts will supply further details explaining how a separation from God will increase the possibility of sickness. Through this parable Jesus wanted to teach another important lesson. His challenge was made in the hopes His listeners would study the scriptures to find the answer. The other lesson deals with the subjects mercy and sacrifice, which have an unusual spiritual connection with sickness.

KJV Ezekiel 34:3. Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. 4. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 5. And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

KJV Ezekiel 34:15. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. 16. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

The word sick also leads to the book of Ezekiel. This passage is a prophecy showing the conditions Jesus would face. The priests took advantage of the people while showing little concern for their well being. This is one of the injustices Jesus came to expose and correct.

KJV Malachi 1:8. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.

The word sick also shows the lack of respect the priests had towards God. In an effort to increase profits, the priests took the best of the flock brought by the people and replaced them with sick, diseased, and defective offerings. They were instructed to offer the best of the flock. If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord. KJV Leviticus 1:3. Instead the priest developed a corrupt system designed to put money in their purses. They worked out a system built not in respect for God, and fulfilling the responsibilities of the office they occupied, but on profit. The priests would buy the lame, diseased, blind, and sick members of the flock. They would house these defective animals in the temple court yard. Israelites would bring the best of their flocks as offerings to God. When the priests would inspect the offering they would most certainly find a defect in the animal. The priests would offer an exchange. The person the offering brought plus a service charge to exchange the animal for one from the priests stock. For additional profit the priests could later sell the spotless animal on the open market.

It’s amazing to consider the fact, the word sickness leads you to the same thought pattern as the words mercy and sacrifice. Jesus had constructed a parable with a message that could not be missed when properly studied. This is an example showing the many ways God will provide a message.

KJV Hosea 6:5. Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. 6. For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 7. But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

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False Prophets in Sheep’s Clothing Matthew 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 7, 2010


KJV Matthew 7:15
15. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Most people think this parable is easy to explain, and they may provide a proper explanation, but how did they arrive at the interpretation? This study may have been compiled many years ago, afterwards handed down from word of mouth from one person to another. When information is passed along in this fashion it is common for bits and pieces to be omitted, or added.

This study will supply many of the details lost through time, which may have been included in the original study.

The first step to conducting a complete study is to write a physical description of the parable. Pay attention to the key words, how they are used, and how they relate to one another.

Beware of false prophets. A prophet is a person who speaks for God. At times God has spoken directly through prophets, such as Isaiah and Jeremiah. False prophets will come dressed in sheep’s clothing. This may be where the saying, a wolf in sheep’s clothing originated. In modern times it has come to represent a person with bad intentions, presenting themselves as trustworthy.

In most cases, this physical description is where many studies end. This study will show a portion of the information God intended to reveal through this parable and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

To understand the spiritual meaning of the key words within a parable, additional texts containing the key word and the definition must be gathered. This can be done using a concordance or computer Bible study program.

Sheep

KJV Isaiah 53:7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53 is a prophecy about Christ. A sheep is a spiritual symbol which is used to represent Christ.

KJV Psalms 95:7. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

KJV Psalms 100:3. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

KJV Psalms 119:176. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

KJV Isaiah 53:6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

KJV Ezekiel 34:11. For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

Sheep are is used as a spiritual symbol to represent God’s followers.

The word sheep has always been an easy spiritual word to identify. Even though many people know what a sheep represents, few know how to find the spiritual meaning in the Bible.

The word wolf is more difficult to identify. This parable may have been constructed in this way to teach a lesson.

Wolf

KJV Jeremiah 5:6. Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

KJV Zephaniah 3:3. Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. 4. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

At least two verses use the spiritual symbols of a wolf and a lion to identify physical locations. Jeremiah compared Jerusalem to both a wolf and a lion. Zephaniah used the same spiritual symbols to describe Egypt. When similar comparisons are used within the Bible, the words may be considered equals, therefore interchangeable on a spiritual level. The same spiritual definition for a lion can also be applied to the word wolf.

KJV Jeremiah 50:17. Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.

KJV Ezekiel 32:2. Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers.

The symbol of a lion is used to represent Assyria, Babylon and Egypt.

KJV Ezekiel 22:25. There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.

A lion also represents a conspiracy of prophets. Notice Ezekiel used the word conspiracy, a word used often in the books of Kings. A conspiracy is a plot against current leadership. The following text provides additional details. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. KJV Ezekiel 22:26. The prophets are conspiring against God.

You would think a prophet would be smarter than to rebel against God. What could make them think they could possibly win?

KJV 1 Peter 5:8. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

A lion also represents the devil. This explains why the prophets had hopes they could successfully conspire against God.

Since a wolf and lion represent Egypt and Babylon they are considered spiritual equals. A lion represents Satan, so a wolf can also represent Satan.

Once the keys words have been spiritually defined, the parable can be paraphrased by substituting the spiritual definitions for the key words.

KJV Matthew 7:15. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

The parable shows there will be false prophets, who will appear to be followers of God. The most likely place the false prophets will appear is inside churches. Camouflage is used to get as close to an enemy as possible. In this case, the prophets will be disguised as sheep. This is another way of saying, they are wearing the enemies’ uniform. The prophets of Satan will get as close to God’s followers as they are able. They will try and influence leaders, and members of every rank. They will introduce every false belief imaginable, while questioning every doctrine. They will introduce issues having little bearing on truth in an attempt to steal time from more important matters. They will discourage people from becoming involved in work within the church. They will tempt members in financial matters, ethics, relationships, and every front they can find a weakness.

The parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13 shows that weeds will grow up with the wheat until the day or harvest, the end of the world. This is also shown in the parable of the net, when the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just.

Why do false prophets dress up like sheep? If they cannot get inside the church, they chip away at the outside scraping away at the mortar to separate the bricks, the members of the church.

A wolf has only one relationship with a sheep, a short one, usually called dinner. Although the wolf in this parable dresses like a sheep, it has no intentions of becoming a sheep. But what about the wolves within the church? There are no instructions to remove the wolves from the church. Some are not aware they are Satan’s agents. How could that be? Did the Pharisees, who condemned Jesus know they were Satan’s agents? Did Pilate or Herod know? What about the common people at the cross taunting Jesus?

Jesus knew all of these things were going to happen, that may be why He added a test.

KJV Matthew 7:20. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

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God so Clothed the Grass Matthew 6

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 30, 2010


KJV Matthew 6:30
30. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

This parable clearly compares people to grass. It’s no wonder, Jesus ends the parable with the words, O ye of little faith, in the form of a question. Was this a question, a challenge or a clue?

Looking at the physical description of grass we can find many reasons why Jesus compares people to grass. Grass requires water, light, and air to grow. People also require these same elements, both physical and spiritual. Some people prefer grass to look and grow a certain way. They constantly cut, add artificial fertilizer, and water on their own schedule. Grass is always threatened by weeds, which rob the grass from valuable nutrients. When faced with extreme conditions, such as winter, grass will give the appearance of dying. When spring arrives, grass rises from the earth, giving the appearance of new life. As long as the root survives, grass will grow.

It is very easy to locate a number of supporting texts identify grass as a spiritual word for people. Until a number of these texts are examined, one will never know if this parable is an example showing how easy a simple word study can be, a type of metaphor holding a deeper meaning, or both.

KJV Deuteronomy 32:2. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

One of the first verses containing the word grass, compares God’s doctrine to the rain which falls upon the grass. Obviously God’s doctrine is not heard or acted upon by grass. Therefore, this verse indicates to a deeper spiritual meaning.

KJV 2 Kings 19:26. Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

KJV Psalms 72:16. There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

KJV Psalms 129:66. Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:

KJV Isaiah 40:6. The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: 7. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. 8. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

A number of verses clearly show, grass is used to spiritually represent people. Some verses use grass to represent faithful people. Other verses use grass to represent people with little or no faith.

Jesus learned this spiritual representation from the Old Testament, but it is also used in the New Testament.

KJV 1 Peter 1:24. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

Some of the most interesting texts the word grass is used and found, are located in the book of Revelation.

KJV Revelation 8:7. The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

KJV Revelation 9:4. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

This may have been the reason Jesus used the words, O ye of little faith. A number of philosophers attempt to interpret the book of Revelation without considering the spiritual implications clearly stated within the text. Revelation 9:4 clearly indicates a spiritual relationship between grass and men. Even when such a relationship is clearly shown, some men prefer to ignore the spiritual and put trust in their own imaginations.

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Judge not the Eye Matthew 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 30, 2010


KJV Matthew 7:1-5

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

This parable is a story about two people, each having a foreign object in their eye. A physical object in your eye causes severe discomfort. It may also effect vision. If the object is not properly removed, it may cause permanent damage.

This parable directly addresses a common problem, the lack of spiritual vision. Notice, the person offering help had a larger defect than the person he is offering to help. This indicates the person offering help is less spiritual than the person he is helping. To understand exactly what each person was lacking, we need to rely upon the Holy Spirit and turn to God’s word for an explanation.

KJV Numbers 33:55. But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.

This verse identifies a source of problems with spiritual vision. To gain a full understanding a complete study of the lives and habits of the original inhabitants of the promised land would have to be assembled. Don’t rely upon your own memory or imagination, study the short comings from the Bible. Other texts containing the word eye identify a number of these problems.

KJV Deuteronomy 16:19. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

KJV 1 Samuel 12:3. Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.

KJV 2 Peter 2:14. Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

KJV 1 John 2:11. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

KJV Proverbs 27:20. Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

KJV Proverbs 28:22. He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

KJV Deuteronomy 12:8

8. Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

KJV 1 John 2:16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Bribes, adultery, wrongful desires, greed, pride and hatred are a few traits that cause spiritual blindness.

KJV Psalms 36:1. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

KJV Matthew 6:23. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Possessing any of these traits effects the entire body. In this case the body may be used to represent an attitude. To illustrate this point, God uses a number of metaphors to represent spiritual blindness.

KJV Acts 28:27. For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Have you noticed the fact this is where most lessons end. Many people think their job is finished the moment they identify the problem. If you see a family stranded on the side of the road, what do you do? If you pull over and tell them, “it looks like your stuck,” your actions do nothing to solve the problem. Stating the obvious is never appreciated, seldom does it help to correct the problem. God never stops at identifying a problem, leaving us to figure a way out on our own. God supplies the solution. The Bible is the only source to find a solution to a spiritual defect.

KJV 1 Corinthians 2:9. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

KJV Ephesians 1:18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

KJV Acts 26:18

18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

KJV Deuteronomy 11:7. But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the Lord which he did.

KJV Deuteronomy 11:18

18. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

In this case the solution is obvious, Love God, know and understand His word, stay away from evil and turn away from Satan. These are the beginning of understanding. Look to God and His word for answers. Through His word we are shown the works He has done. Nature also testifies to the greatness of God. The intricate design of the human body, created in the image of God, also testifies of His knowledge and power. All of these enhance your spiritual vision.

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Treasures Upon the Earth Matthew 6 Moth and Rust

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 12, 2010


KJV Matthew 6:19-21
19. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

This parable contains a number of symbols easily recognized by most people. As with all of Jesus’ parables, each of these symbols contains a spiritual meaning. All these symbols contain a parallel between the physical aspects of the key words and the spiritual meanings. Understanding the physical traits of each symbol will aid in understanding the proper spiritual meaning. This lesson will study two of the key words contained in the parable as an example of what can be accomplished when taking time to study in a deliberate and organized manner.

A moth is a winged insect, usually appearing at night. Its life cycle referred to as a metamorphosis, begins as an egg, hatching into a larva. The larva feeds on either plants or other material, and sometimes clothing. Development is usually rapid, as they are ravenous feeders. When the larva reaches adult size it enters into a pupa stage. After an incubation period, it appears as a moth, with the sole purpose of breeding.

Thieves are people who steal from others for their own gain, usually material items, valuables. Thieves are often involved in crimes other than theft. They may be armed, causing a theft to easily escalate into a more serious crime.

Moth

KJV Job 13:28. And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten.

KJV Isaiah 50:9. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

KJV Isaiah 51:8. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

KJV James 5:2
2. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

The Bible contains a number of verses commenting on moth eaten clothing. Notice, some of these verses refer to people being eaten by a moth, which clearly indicates a spiritual nature to the symbol of a moth. To understand the spiritual meaning, we must answer the question, what does a garment represent? To find the spiritual meaning of a garment, we will compare texts to identify the hidden meaning.

KJV Zechariah 3:1. And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 2. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? 3. Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

This text identifies the spiritual meaning of a garment, or clothing, by pointing out the fact, God has the ability to change one’s clothing. In doing so, God causes iniquity to pass away, symbolized by the removal of the filthy garments. More information on the spiritual meaning of a garment is revealed in the following texts.

KJV 2 Chronicles 6:41. Now therefore arise, O Lord God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.

KJV Isaiah 61:10. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

The Bible clearly identifies a garment as a symbol for salvation and righteousness. A moth spiritually represents the loss of salvation.

Thief

KJV Exodus 22:7. If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief be found, let him pay double

KJV Deuteronomy 24:7. If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

KJV Psalms 50:18. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.

KJV Proverbs 29:24. Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

KJV John 10:10
10. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

All the physical aspects of a thief are found in the Bible. The Bible points out the fact, a thief will not limit themselves to stealing. A thief will also resort to killing and destroying. The parable we are studying clearly contains a spiritual message. To understand the spiritual message we must continue to locate additional texts, to find a spiritual meaning that will fit the context of the parable.

KJV Matthew 26:555. In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.

KJV Mark 14:48. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and with staves to take me?

It is interesting to note, the religious authorities in Jerusalem treated Jesus as a thief. A thief was not the only thing they accused Jesus of being.

KJV Matthew 10:25. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

KJV Matthew 12:24. But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 25. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

The Pharisees treated Jesus like a thief because they wanted to believe, He was sent by Satan. Without knowing it, the Pharisees created this link between a thief and Satan. This is easily discovered using an inductive method of study. This is also an example of how God can use anyone, at any time to accomplish His plans. It does not matter what the person’s beliefs or goals are, God’s plans will never fail, or be altered. This has happened in the past and will continue into the future.

KJV 1 Thessalonians 5:2. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Jesus also compares His second coming to a thief in the night. Why would Jesus use the symbol of a thief to represent Himself?

KJV Joel 2:9. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

Joel 2:9 provides a link between the word thief and a common second coming term, to “run to and fro.” The more familiar you are with the Bible the easier an inductive method of study becomes. Recognizing key thoughts and phrases is fundamental to conducting a successful study. In this instance, we are led to investigate a connection between the word thief and Jesus’ second coming through the term, “run to and fro.” This term will help us understand the spiritual meaning of the word thief.

KJV Daniel 12:3. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. 4. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

The book of Daniel assures us, the wise will shine when they turn to righteousness and knowledge will be increased. God’s followers will have the confidence to face this event as a joyful occasion, while others will look forward to this day with fear and trembling. What causes such a drastic difference of opinion on an event God wants us to be aware of?

KJV 2 Chronicles 16:9. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

KJV Amos 8:11. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: 12. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

When Jesus symbolizes His return as a thief in the night, He is referring to the fact, some people will be caught off guard. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. KJV Matthew 24:43. Applying this to the parable of the moth and thief in Matthew 6:19-21, the spiritual meaning of the thief is found to mean, the thief will steal away the knowledge of Jesus’ return. Considering the connection between the thief and Satan, we see the connection between stolen knowledge and the methods used by Satan to misrepresent the word of God. Satan used this method in the garden of Eden and attempted to use the same deception when he tempted Christ in the wilderness. The good news is, Satan failed in the wilderness. As seen in the physical aspects of a thief and reinforced by the Bible, a thief does not limit himself to the act of theft. It leads to greater offenses. Satan is not satisfied with twisting God’s word, his goal is to steal souls. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy.

A thief spiritually represents Satan and his goal to destroy souls.

Now that these key words have been interpreted, the parable can be paraphrased, substituting the spiritual definition for the key words.

KJV Matthew 6:19-21
19. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

A moth spiritually represents the loss of salvation.

A thief spiritually represents Satan and his goal to destroy souls.

Do not lay up treasures upon earth, where you will loose your salvation and Satan will destroy your soul. But lay up your treasures in Heaven, where you will not loose salvation and Satan will not destroy your soul. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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Light of the World Matthew 5

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 12, 2010


KJV Matthew 5:14-16
14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

This is a short study that will examine one of the key words in Jesus’ parable of the light. This study will show how understanding the spiritual meaning of one word will shed more light on a parable than all the thoughts of men, written or spoken about the subject.

It will help to understand a parable and keep it within the proper context if you rewrite it in your own words, paying close attention to the key words and how they are used.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither is a light. When a candle is lite it is not placed under a basket, but is put high on a candlestick; where it will give light to everyone in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.

Your light is to be seen by others. But the question remains, what is the spiritual meaning of light? To find the spiritual meaning, we must locate other texts with the word light.

Light

KJV Genesis 1:3. 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.

It may seem obvious, God created physical light, but this is an important point when searching for the spiritual meaning for the word light. The parable tells us, we are to let our light shine to glorify God. Since God created physical light, it goes without saying, God also created spiritual light.

KJV Isaiah 5:20. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21. Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Light is compared to good, and darkness is compared to evil.

KJV Ecclesiastes 2:13. Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

KJV Psalms 97:11. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

KJV Psalms 119:105. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

KJV 2 Samuel 22:29. For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness.

KJV Psalms 119:129. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. 130. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

KJV Isaiah 8:20. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

KJV Hosea 6:5. Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.

KJV 2 Peter 1:19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

Comparing scripture with scripture, we are shown light represents wisdom, righteousness, God’s word, law, testimony, judgment and prophecy. This is the light we are to show the world.

We can now paraphrase the text, substituting the spiritual meaning for the key word.

KJV Matthew 5:14-16
14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

God’s word is the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it will give God’s word to all that are in the house. Let God’s word go through you, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.

As with all the parables of Jesus, this one teaches a moral and a spiritual lesson. In order for God’s word to shine though us, we must know His word, testimony, law, and all of God’s ways. How can we properly represent God, unless we personally know Him. We know God through His living word.

KJV 2 Corinthians 4:6
6. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

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The Eye and the Hand Matthew 5

Posted by adventbiblestudy on April 28, 2010


KJV Matthew 5:29-30
29. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Think of the physical aspects of the parable and write them out in your own words. Identify the key words and write a brief analysis, concentrating on how the physical aspects teach a moral lesson.

Sight is achieved through the eyes, which send images to the brain. These images can be analyzed by the brain to achieve emotions and conclusions. To a large degree the eyes lead the body. Often sight is the first sense to provide information to the brain. The eyes work in conjunction with other parts of the body to perform operations.

In modern times, many more temptations are designed to entrap the eyes. Television, video and computers utilize techniques to entice the eyes. Marketing employs images to exploit the sense of vision. The goal is to lure the consumer into a false sense of security in an attempt to bring about an irrational decision.

Eyes are also used to appreciate the natural beauty of nature, God’s creation. They also recognize the needs and emotions of others.

Through sight, the eyes can provide warnings of danger.

Hands provide the sense of touch, and are used for performing tasks. Hands can be used to convey emotions. They can be used to help and hinder others. Hands do not make decisions, they merely play a part in carrying out the mission.

To find the spiritual meaning of key words, scripture containing the key words must be located and compared with the context of the parable.

Eye

KJV Judges 21:25. In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

KJV 1 Kings 15:11. And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father.

These texts clearly show eyes have a spiritual meaning. In both instances the Bible shows us, eyes have a role in accepting or rejecting moral standards.

KJV Numbers 22:31. Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

KJV 2 Kings 6:17. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

KJV Psalms 13:3. Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

God has the power to open eyes so they are able to clearly see and understand spiritual matters. How do we obtain spiritual enlightenment to open our eyes? Only the Bible can provide answers to a spiritual subject.

KJV Psalms 19:8. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

KJV Psalms 119:18. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

KJV Luke 2:30. For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

Our eyes are spiritually opened when we understand God’s law and salvation. There is a relationship between these two subjects, which can only be understood after examining them in a spiritual context.

There is also a spiritual aspect of the eyes of people, who prefer not to follow God.

KJV Proverbs 12:15. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

KJV Proverbs 30:12. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

KJV Psalms 69:23. Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.

KJV Jeremiah 5:21. Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

Eyes can be spiritually deceived, resulting in a lack of moral and spiritual understanding. Often this is a choice of lifestyle.

KJV Psalms 91:8. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

KJV Psalms 36:1. The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

KJV Proverbs 27:20. Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

KJV Proverbs 28:22. He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

Eyes convey greed, and greed breeds sin. This results in a spiritual blindness, leading away from God.

Eyes spiritually represent either a connection or separation from God. Open eyes represent a connection. Closed or evil eyes represent a separation caused by greed and other sins.

Hand

KJV Exodus 15:6. Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

KJV Psalms 16:11. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

KJV Psalms 17:6. I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. 7. Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. 8. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

KJV Psalms 20:6. Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

KJV Psalms 48:10. According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.

While studying the word, hand, throughout the Bible, it is easy to see why Jesus specifically mentioned the right hand in His parable. Jesus understood, the right hand represents God’s saving power.

As with the eyes, the hand has two spiritual meanings. Other verses provide information that teach about hands, which produce actions contrary to God.

KJV 2 Kings 19:18. And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

KJV 2 Kings 22:17. Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.

KJV 2 Chronicles 32:19. And they spake against the God of Jerusalem, as against the gods of the people of the earth, which were the work of the hands of man.

KJV Psalms 26:9. Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: 10. In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

KJV Revelation 13:16. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Since Jesus referred to a human hand, this study would not be complete without comparing texts regarding the accomplishments produced by human hands, in order to understand why Jesus would suggest cutting it off. When we understand the implications which have been studied, we can clearly see, the spiritual meaning. When used for evil, the hand represents worship of an idol or another god. Idols take on many forms. Properly identifying them can become a study all its own.

The most interesting reference text is Revelation 13:16, which identifies a spiritual mark in the right hand or forehead. There is no physical mark identified in the Bible. The parable of the eye and hand help to explain the spiritual meaning of this mystery.

After comparing scripture with scripture, it is clear to see the eye Jesus referred to represents greed. The hand spiritually represents man made gods, idols, and greed. Jesus was not referring to plucking out a physical eye, or cutting off a physical hand, He was expounding on the thoughts which led to the actions these members represent. It would not do any good to remove the physical members if the immoral attitudes still existed. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. KJV Matthew 23:25-26

To complete this study the parable can be paraphrased substituting the spiritual meanings of the key words.

KJV Matthew 5:29-30
29. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
30. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

And if greed offends you, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell. And if your idols offend you, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.

This parable teaches a far greater lesson than that which appears on the surface. Healing can only be achieved when people understand the spiritual interpretation. If you only look at the physical, you will only learn to hurt and condemn. When you take the time to understand the spiritual, you gain the ability to not only identify sin, but to offer the alternative. This was the lesson Jesus taught. This is revealed only after understanding the spiritual meaning of the two key words studied in this lesson.

Imagine trying to drive through a crowded parking lot with your eyes closed. You may think you know the way, and in the beginning it may seem like an easy task. If you choose to continue to advance with your eyes closed, you are certain to cause serious damage. The longer your eyes remain shut, the more disorientated you will become, the more damage you will cause.

The same is true with the heart. The longer our eyes and heart remain shut to spiritual matters, the more disorientated we become, the more likely we are to cause serious damage. When people look at only the physical aspects of this parable, they may interpret it as an excuse to pluck out eyes or cut off hands, thinking they are serving God. As shown by this study, this will not do a thing to cure the real problem, which is spiritual.

To see the connection between the moral and spiritual lessons taught by Jesus, compare the physical aspects of the eye and hand to the scriptures collected. Take the time to compare each detail. Notice how God explains each in much greater detail than humans are capable of.

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Cast Your Pearls Before Swine Matthew 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on March 26, 2010


KJV Matthew 7:6
6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

It’s easy to see and explain the practical lessons taught by the physical aspects of this parable. Why would anyone give holy things to dogs or pearls to a pig? It would be far too easy to remain bogged down while attempting to define the word holy, so this study will focus only on the key words dog, pearl and swine in an attempt to reveal a portion of the spiritual meaning of the text. Additional key words may be interpreted using the same method. Following are some of the texts that will reveal the spiritual meaning for each of the key words.

Dog

KJV Isaiah 56:9. All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. 10. His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. 12. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

Isaiah provides a highly detailed description of the spiritual meaning for the word dog. They are defined as watchmen, who are further described in the book of Ezekiel.

KJV Ezekiel 3:17. Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 18. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

A spiritual watchman is anyone carrying a message or warning from God. God’s followers are required to convey this information onto others. Ezekiel explains, the watchman is responsible for those he failed to warn. In the case of Isaiah 56 the watchmen are described as dumb dogs, shepherds that cannot understand. They obviously have chosen to provide their own warning in place of the warning provided by God.

Spiritual dogs are known for being greedy. No other book provides a better description of greed than Revelation.

KJV Revelation 18:12. The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13. And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

Revelation 18 lists over 25 forms of merchandise. There must be a reason why this list is so detailed. Isaiah tells us, greedy dogs are never satisfied. Dogs not only represent people chained by financial greed, but by every course of sin which leads one to exalt themselves above others. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. KJV Psalms 22:16-18.

The greedy dogs are also referred to as shepherds who do not understand. The Bible identifies two classes of shepherds. Those who lead God’s followers and those who mislead His followers.

KJV Philippians 3:2. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

KJV Revelation 22:14. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Among other things, dogs are also described as evil workers, sorcerers, murderers and liars, found outside the new city of Jerusalem. In any case, it becomes clear why it would be wasteful to give holy things to spiritual dogs. They are people who care little for anything beyond themselves.

Swine

KJV Leviticus 11:7. And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 8. Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

KJV Deuteronomy 14:8. And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.

Swine are unclean and unfit for food.

KJV Isaiah 65:3. A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; 4. Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; 5. Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

There may not be a direct spiritual interpretation for the word swine, but Isaiah leads us to an important point to consider. In God’s eyes, eating of swine’s flesh is a sign of open rebellion in the worse form. At this point the study turns from a simple word study into an inductive study. Isaiah shows us, people who eat swine’s flesh are known for disregarding God’s law. They are also filled with the sense, they are above God. To gain a better understanding of Isaiah 65 we must compare it to other texts with similar thoughts.

Sin began in this world when Satan promised Eve she could be like a god. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. KJV Genesis 3:5.

It was never Satan’s intent to elevate Eve, he knew there was no power in the fruit. Although this remains one of Satan’s favorite deceptions. Satan’s only desire was to gain control of Eve. Satan has always had the desire to elevate himself above God. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. KJV Isaiah 14:12-14.

Based on an inductive view of the word swine we see it represents Satan and his followers, who openly defy God and his laws.

Pearl

KJV Revelation 17:4. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5. And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

KJV Revelation 18:12. The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

KJV Revelation 18:16. And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

17. For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

Revelation 17 and 18 refer to Babylon, in this case, a spiritual symbol which can be interpreted using the methods shown in this study, comparing scripture with scripture. For this particular study it is only important to understand the connection between the spiritual city Babylon and pearls. They are one of the items the woman and the merchants use to measure and display their wealth. This also exhibits a connection between the woman, the spiritual city Babylon and the merchants of this world.

Most people are satisfied with a physical interpretation of the word pearl. The Bible shows pearls are used as merchandise, a way of measuring or showing wealth. They have a form of worldly value. They also have a spiritual meaning as seen through the connection illustrated by the woman and Babylon. In this case Revelation 17 and 18 show a spiritual connection to the dark side, the agents of Satan.

KJV Revelation 21:21. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Pearls also represent the gates to the holy city, new Jerusalem.

Because pearls can represent two spiritual figures, one good and the other evil, we must determine which application fits the context of Matthew 7. This can be accomplished by paraphrasing the parable using both interpretations.

At this phase of a study it is wise to write a chart of the key words and their spiritual meanings.

Dogs represent evil people.

Swine represent Satan and his followers.

Pearls represent the gates of the new city Jerusalem.

Pearls also represent merchandise used by evil people, spiritual Babylon and the whore.

KJV Matthew 7:6
6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Paraphrase the text, substituting the spiritual meaning for the key words.

Do no give anything holy to those who are evil, neither show the gates of Heaven to Satan and his followers. They will trample them under their feet and turn to rip you apart.

A second paraphrase using the second interpretation of pearls will read.

Do no give anything holy to those who are evil, neither show Babylon and the whore to Satan and his followers. They will trample them under their feet and turn to rip you apart.

The first paraphrase makes perfect sense, while the second makes little sense. We can see from this lesson, a key word may have more than one spiritual definition. Paraphrasing the text with the spiritual definitions will show which suits the context of the parable.

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Casting a Net Matthew 4

Posted by adventbiblestudy on March 13, 2010


KJV Matthew 4:18-19

18. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

19. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

What does it mean to be fishers of men? We see the symbol of a fish all the time. Most often on the trunk of a car. Today a fish is used as a symbol to show others you are a Christian? Is there any saving power in a plastic symbol of a fish glued to the back of a trunk lid? Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. KJV Exodus 20:4.

God never intended that this parable should raise up an image, any type of physical image. But God did place a spiritual lesson is this parable. A spiritual lesson which can only be revealed through His word. Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: KJV Isaiah 28:9-10.

To find the spiritual lesson God is teaching us we must search the scriptures. Thus saith the Lord God; I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people; and they shall bring thee up in my net. KJV Ezekiel 32:3. The physical net represents His followers. God’s people are to work with the Holy Spirit and His angles for the salvation of this world.

KJV Matthew 13:47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48. Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

Herein lies the mystery of God’s word. The physical net represents His words and how they are linked together. As the net gathers all types of fish, so the plan of salvation calls all His people, both the good and the bad.

The mystery of God’s word is no mystery at all. Some may refer to it as a mystery. Some call it theology. At times the word of God is introduced in a confusing manner. Some teach that the word of God must be understood by rules. Often times these rules are not from God, but from men. For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which without cause they have digged for my soul. Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall. KJV Psalms 35:7-8.

Instead of making the word of God simple to understand, people have endeavored to weave their own words to trap the souls of people who are unaware, those who have not taken the time to develop a personal relationship with Christ. These people are easily trapped in a net fabricated by the words of man. A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet. KJV Proverbs 29:5.

Many people agree, we are to test every word, that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. KJV Deuteronomy 8:3, 2 Timothy 4:3-4, 2 Timothy 2:15-16.

How do we protect ourselves from the nets that others spread before us? These nets have been prepared over many years. The deceptions have been laid out so well, it may be difficult to distinguish between truth and error. It often seems much easier to let others do our studying for us. We don’t have enough time. We do not even try but we complain it is too difficult. We spend time building up riches on earth, but little time building up treasure in Heaven. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? KJV Ecclesiastes 1:2-3.

They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Psalms 57:6. The net that men spin cannot stand up to the word of God. The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Proverbs 14:15, Colossians 1:10.

God is always watching over His people. We need to pray for His strength and guidance. Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength. KJV Psalms 31:4. Without God’s help we have a little hope of escaping the nets we may already be trapped in. Our prays must be constant and consistent. Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. KJV Psalms 25:15

We should never let our guard down. Only the word of God can keep us on course. We fall victim to the nets of men when we take our eyes off God and place our trust in men. When we fail to study the word of God on our own. Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. KJV Deuteronomy 13:3.

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. KJV Proverbs 1:5-7, Proverbs 30:5.

We will only be safe when we study God’s word. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;. Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. KJV Proverbs 2:9-16, Titus 1:16.

We can be sure God’s word will not only protect us, but will provide us with the understanding and means to help others. Using the simple word, net, God has provided understand beyond our comprehension. This illustrates the power of God’s word. Just as the physical let is linked together, God has used a single word to warn, encourage and to teach us how to become fishers of men. All linked together to reveal His plan of salvation. Luke and John have provided us with examples of God’s power.

KJV Luke 5:5. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.

KJV John 21:6. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. 7. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

When Jesus directed Simon when and how to cast down his nets, the results were a miracle. This is a lesson we need to pay close attention to. God has provided us with specific instructions of when and how to cast our nets. The emphasis lies in key word common to both parables, multitude. As we follow this thought and the word multitude through the scriptures we find many stories revealing God’s glory and His works. The greatest of all these is the multitude of God’s mercy toward us.

KJV Isaiah 63:7. I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. 8. For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.

The gospels contains many stories about the multitudes which followed Jesus, all the miracles He performed and the words He spoke. After Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection we find examples of how His disciples continued the work of salvation. In the Book of Acts, Luke recorded these events so we would remember.

KJV Acts 2:39. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 41. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

KJV Acts 4:4. Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

Just as the net is used as a simple example to teach us many lessons, all of them pointing to salvation, the work God has given us to do is based upon a simple plan. The disciples baptized thousands by following this plan. A number of examples are given in Acts chapters 2, 3 and 4. Within these sermons we are given specific instructions of how to teach and what to teach.

KJV Acts 4: 10. Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

What does it mean to teach in the name of Jesus Christ? When teaching in the name of Jesus we are to teach exactly what Christ taught and how He taught. We are to follow His example. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. KJV Luke 24:27. The disciples also taught the Jews and the Gentiles the prophecies revealing the life of Christ, His mission, work, sacrifice and resurrection. They also taught the parables they had learned from Jesus. They taught the people about the guaranteed salvation provided by Christ.

For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

KJV Psalms 149:4-6, Isaiah 33:6.

This study shows an example of applying a few simple study methods to learn how to read and understand the word of God. It began by taking a single text, identifying a single key word, in this case the word, net, and following that word through the Bible.

The study also identifies a spiritual concept within the parable and explains what it means to be fishers of men. This can be done with any parable. As with every parable, the spiritual meaning can only be revealed through the word of God. Ezekiel 32:3 clearly identifies people as a net.

While interpreting a parable the physical characteristics must also be considered. A net is made up of many strings or pieces of rope interlaced together. The same concept is taught in Isaiah 28:9-10. God’s word is also linked together in a predetermined pattern all pointing to the plan of salvation. Just as a net is made up of one type of material, a parable can only be understood by using the word of God. Each phrase and thought must be carefully linked together. In this case the main thought centers on the promise Jesus gave to Simon, how to become a fisher of men.

The question should be asked, how do we become fishers of men? The answer is, to share the gospel.

As the word net is followed through the scriptures, we are shown there is a right way and a wrong way to share God’s word. The Bible supplies a number of texts which can be linked together to explain and illustrate this point. It is only a matter of collecting the texts and putting them together to maintain a single train of thought. The conclusion is, we must learn how to study the word of God, not only to protect ourselves, but to obtain the ability to share God’s word with others. This provides a series of texts using God’s word to explain why it is important to study.

The word net also shows how important it is to follow Jesus’ instructions when and how to share the gospel. When we follow these instructions we are guaranteed success. Leading us to, and combining all of these texts is the work of the Holy Spirit. This is a simple process which can be followed by anyone taking the time and having the desire to learn and understand God’s word.

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