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Ellen White on Marriage (part 3) The Secret of Family Unity

Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 8, 2011

Sanctity of the Family Circle.–There is a sacred circle around every family which should be preserved. No other one has any right in that sacred circle. The husband and wife should be all to each other. The wife should have no secrets to keep from her husband and let others know, and the husband should have no secrets to keep from his wife to relate to others. The heart of his wife should be the grave for the faults of the husband, and the heart of the husband the grave for his wife’s faults. Never should either party indulge in a joke at the expense of the other’s feelings. Never should either the husband or wife in sport or in any other manner complain of each other to others, for frequently indulging in this foolish and what may seem perfectly harmless joking will end in trial with each other and perhaps estrangement. I have been shown that there should be a sacred shield around every family. {AH 177.1}

The home circle should be regarded as a sacred place, a symbol of heaven, a mirror in which to reflect ourselves. Friends and acquaintances we may have, but in the home life they are not to meddle. A strong sense of proprietorship should be felt, giving a sense of ease, restfulness, trust. {AH 177.2}

The Secret of Family Unity.–The cause of division and discord in families and in the church is separation from Christ. To come near to Christ is to come near to one another. The secret of true unity in the church and in the family is not diplomacy, not management, not a superhuman effort to overcome difficulties–though there will be much of this to do–but union with Christ. {AH 179.1}

Picture a large circle, from the edge of which are many lines all running to the center. The nearer these lines approach the center, the nearer they are to one another. {AH 179.2}

Thus it is in the Christian life. The closer we come to Christ, the nearer we shall be to one another. God is glorified as His people unite in harmonious action. {AH 179.3}

A Fitting Resolve.–I must grow in grace at home and wherever I may be, in order to give moral power to all my actions. At home I must guard my spirit, my actions, my words. I must give time to personal culture, to training and educating myself in right principles. I must be an example to others. I must meditate upon the word of God night and day and bring it into my practical life. The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, is the only sword which I can safely use. {AH 180.2}

God’s Original Plan for Education.–The system of education established in Eden centered in the family. Adam was “the son of God” (Luke 3:38), and it was from their Father that the children of the Highest received instruction. Theirs, in the truest sense, was a family school. {AH 181.1}

In the divine plan of education as adapted to man’s condition after the fall, Christ stands as the representative of the Father, the connecting link between God and man; He is the great teacher of mankind. And He ordained that men and women should be His representatives. The family was the school, and the parents were the teachers. {AH 181.2}

Teach your children to love truth because it is truth, and because they are to be sanctified through the truth and fitted to stand in the grand review that shall erelong determine whether they are qualified to enter into higher work and become members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King. {AH 186.1}

How sad it is that many parents have cast off their God-given responsibility to their children, and are willing that strangers should bear it for them! They are willing that others should labor for their children and relieve them of all burden in the matter. {AH 187.3}

Many who are now bemoaning the waywardness of their children have only themselves to blame. Let these look to their Bibles and see what God enjoins upon them as parents and guardians. Let them take up their long-neglected duties. They need to humble themselves and to repent before God for their neglect to follow His directions in the training of their children. They need to change their own course of action and to follow the Bible strictly and carefully as their guide and counselor. {AH 187.4}

Parents to Become Acquainted With Children.– Some parents do not understand their children and are not really acquainted with them. There is often a great distance between parents and children. If the parents would enter more fully into the feelings of their children and draw out what is in their hearts, it would have a beneficial influence upon them. {AH 190.1}

The father and the mother should work together in full sympathy with each other. They should make themselves companions to their children. {AH 190.2}

Parents should study the best and most successful manner of winning the love and confidence of their children, that they may lead them in the right path. They should reflect the sunshine of love upon the household. {AH 190.3}

Parents to Be Child’s Confidants.–Parents should encourage their children to confide in them and unburden to them their heart griefs, their little daily annoyances and trials. {AH 190.5}

Kindly instruct them and bind them to your hearts. It is a critical time for children. Influences will be thrown around them to wean them from you which you must counteract. Teach them to make you their confidant. Let them whisper in your ear their trials and joys. {AH 191.1}

Children would be saved from many evils if they would be more familiar with their parents. Parents should encourage in their children a disposition to be open and frank with them, to come to them with their difficulties and, when they are perplexed as to what course is right, to lay the matter just as they view it before the parents and ask their advice. Who are so well calculated to see and point out their dangers as godly parents? Who can understand the peculiar temperaments of their own children as well as they? The mother who has watched every turn of the mind from infancy, and is thus acquainted with the natural disposition, is best prepared to counsel her children. Who can tell as well what traits of character to check and restrain as the mother, aided by the father? {AH 191.2}

Ask and Receive.–In their important work parents must ask and receive divine aid. Even if the character, habits, and practices of parents have been cast in an inferior mold, if the lessons given them in childhood and youth have led to an unhappy development of character, they need not despair. The converting power of God can transform inherited and cultivated tendencies; for the religion of Jesus is uplifting. “Born again” means a transformation, a new birth in Christ Jesus. {AH 206.1}

Let us instruct our children in the teachings of the word. If you will call, the Lord will answer you. He will say, Here I am; what would you have Me do for you? Heaven is linked with earth that every soul may be enabled to fulfill his mission. The Lord loves these children. He wants them brought up with an understanding of their high calling. {AH 206.2}

Divine Power Will Unite With Human Effort.— Without human effort divine effort is in vain. God will work with power when in trustful dependence upon Him parents will awake to the sacred responsibility resting upon them and seek to train their children aright. He will co-operate with those parents who carefully and prayerfully educate their children, working out their own and their children’s salvation. He will work in them to will and to do of His own good pleasure. {AH 206.5}

Human effort alone will not result in helping your children to perfect a character for heaven; but with divine help a grand and holy work may be accomplished. {AH 207.1}

When you take up your duties as a parent in the strength of God, with a firm determination never to relax your efforts nor to leave your post of duty in striving to make your children what God would have them, then God looks down upon you with approbation. He knows that you are doing the best you can, and He will increase your power. He will Himself do the part of the work that the mother or father cannot do; He will work with the wise, patient, well-directed efforts of the God-fearing mother. Parents, God does not propose to do the work that He has left for you to do in your home. You must not give up to indolence and be slothful servants, if you would have your children saved from the perils that surround them in the world. {AH 207.2}

Cling to Jesus When Trials Come.–Parents, gather the rays of divine light which are shining upon your pathway. Walk in the light as Christ is in the light. As you take up the work of saving your children and maintaining your position on the highway of holiness, the most provoking trials will come. But do not lose your hold. Cling to Jesus. He says, “Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.” Difficulties will arise. You will meet with obstacles. Look constantly to Jesus. When an emergency arises, ask, Lord, what shall I do now? {AH 207.3}

The harder the battle, the greater their [parents] need of help from their heavenly Father, and the more marked will be the victory gained. {AH 208.1}

The Head of the Family Firm.–The husband and father is the head of the household. The wife looks to him for love and sympathy and for aid in the training of the children; and this is right. The children are his as well as hers, and he is equally interested in their welfare. The children look to the father for support and guidance; he needs to have a right conception of life and of the influences and associations that should surround his family; above all, he should be controlled by the love and fear of God and by the teaching of His word, that he may guide the feet of his children in the right way. . . . {AH 211.4}

The father should do his part toward making home happy. Whatever his cares and business perplexities, they should not be permitted to overshadow his family; he should enter his home with smiles and pleasant words. {AH 211.5}

The Lawmaker and Priest.–All members of the family center in the father. He is the lawmaker, illustrating in his own manly bearing the sterner virtues: energy, integrity, honesty, patience, courage, diligence, and practical usefulness. The father is in one sense the priest of the household, laying upon the altar of God the morning and evening sacrifice. The wife and children should be encouraged to unite in this offering and also to engage in the song of praise. Morning and evening the father, as priest of the household, should confess to God the sins committed by himself and his children through the day. Those sins which have come to his knowledge and also those which are secret, of which God’s eye alone has taken cognizance, should be confessed. This rule of action, zealously carried out by the father when he is present or by the mother when he is absent, will result in blessings to the family. {AH 212.1}

To Walk With God.–The father . . . will bind his children to the throne of God by living faith. Distrusting his own strength, he hangs his helpless soul on Jesus and takes hold of the strength of the Most High. Brethren, pray at home, in your family, night and morning; pray earnestly in your closet; and while engaged in your daily labor, lift up the soul to God in prayer. It was thus that Enoch walked with God. The silent, fervent prayer of the soul will rise like holy incense to the throne of grace and will be as acceptable to God as if offered in the sanctuary. To all who thus seek Him, Christ becomes a present help in time of need. They will be strong in the day of trial. {AH 212.4}

Maturity of Experience Called For.–A father must not be as a child, moved merely by impulse. He is bound to his family by sacred, holy ties. {AH 213.1}

What his influence will be in the home will be determined by his knowledge of the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. “When I was a child,” Paul says, “I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” The father is to stand at the head of his family, not as an overgrown, undisciplined boy, but as a man with manly character and with his passions controlled. He is to obtain an education in correct morals. His conduct in his home life is to be directed and restrained by the pure principles of the word of God. Then he will grow up to the full stature of a man in Christ Jesus. {AH 213.2}

A Fitting Prayer for a Quick-tempered Husband.– Do not allow the vexations of your business to bring darkness into your home life. If, when little things occur that are not exactly as you think they should be, you fail to reveal patience, long forbearance, kindness, and love, you show that you have not chosen as a companion Him who so loved you that He gave His life for you, that you might be one with Him. {AH 214.1}

In the daily life you will meet with sudden surprises, disappointments, and temptations. What saith the word? “Resist the devil,” by firm reliance upon God, “and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” “Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.” Look unto Jesus at all times and in all places, offering a silent prayer from a sincere heart that you may know how to do His will. Then when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard for you against the enemy. When you are almost ready to yield, to lose patience and self-control, to be hard and denunciatory, to find fault and accuse–this is the time for you to send to heaven the prayer, “Help me, O God, to resist temptation, to put all bitterness and wrath and evilspeaking out of my heart. Give me Thy meekness, Thy lowliness, Thy long-suffering, and Thy love. Leave me not to dishonor my Redeemer, to misinterpret the words and motives of my wife, my children, and my brethren and sisters in the faith. Help me that I may be kind, pitiful, tenderhearted, forgiving. Help me to be a real house-band in my home and to represent the character of Christ to others.” {AH 214.2}

A Dictatorial and Dominating Husband; Words of Counsel.–Your life would be much happier if you did not feel that absolute authority is vested in you because you are a husband and father. Your practice shows that you misinterpret your position–house-band. You are nervous and dictatorial and often manifest great lack of judgment, so that however you may regard your course at such times, it cannot be made to appear consistent to your wife and children. When once you have taken a position, you are seldom willing to withdraw from it. You are determined to carry out your plans, when many times you are not pursuing the right course and should see it. What you need is more, far more, of love, of forbearance, and less of a determination to have your way both in word and in deed. In the course you are now pursuing, instead of being a house-band, you will be as a vise to compress and distress others. . . . {AH 225.1}

In trying to force others to carry out your ideas in every particular, you often do greater harm than if you were to yield these points. This is true even when your ideas are right in themselves, but in many things they are not correct; they are overstrained as the result of the peculiarities of your organization; therefore you drive the wrong thing in a strong, unreasonable manner. {AH 225.2}

You have peculiar views in regard to managing your family. You exercise an independent, arbitrary power which permits no liberty of will around you. You think yourself sufficient to be head in your family and feel that your head is sufficient to move every member, as a machine is moved in the hands of the workmen. You dictate and assume authority. This displeases Heaven and grieves the pitying angels. You have conducted yourself in your family as though you alone were capable of self-government. It has offended you that your wife should venture to oppose your opinion or question your decisions. {AH 226.1}

Brother B should soften; he should cultivate refinement and courtesy. He should be very tender and gentle toward his wife, who is his equal in every respect; he should not utter a word that would cast a shadow upon her heart. He should begin the work of reformation at home; he should cultivate affection and overcome the coarse, harsh, unfeeling, and ungenerous traits of his disposition. {AH 227.1}

The husband and father who is morose, selfish, and overbearing is not only unhappy himself, but he casts gloom upon all the inmates of his home. He will reap the result in seeing his wife dispirited and sickly and his children marred with his own unlovely temper. {AH 227.2}

An Egotistical and Intolerant Husband.–You expect too much of your wife and children. You censure too much. If you would encourage a cheerful, happy temper yourself and speak kindly and tenderly to them, you would bring sunlight into your dwelling instead of clouds, sorrow, and unhappiness. You think too much of your opinion; you have taken extreme positions, and have not been willing that your wife’s judgment should have the weight it should in your family. You have not encouraged respect for your wife yourself nor educated your children to respect her judgment. You have not made her your equal, but have rather taken the reins of government and control into your own hands and held them with a firm grasp. You have not an affectionate, sympathetic disposition. These traits of character you need to cultivate if you want to be an overcomer and if you want the blessing of God in your family. {AH 227.3}

Husbands Should Merit Love and Affection.–If the husband is tyrannical, exacting, critical of the actions of his wife, he cannot hold her respect and affection, and the marriage relation will become odious to her. She will not love her husband, because he does not try to make himself lovable. Husbands should be careful, attentive, constant, faithful, and compassionate. They should manifest love and sympathy. . . . When the husband has the nobility of character, purity of heart, elevation of mind, that every true Christian must possess, it will be made manifest in the marriage relation. . . . He will seek to keep his wife in health and courage. He will strive to speak words of comfort, to create an atmosphere of peace in the home circle. {AH 228.2}

 Ellen White on Marriage (part 1)  Tender Ties That Bind

Ellen White on Marriage (part 2)  Love Is a Precious Gift From Jesus

Ellen White on Marriage (part 3)  The Secret of Family Unity

Ellen White on Marriage (part 4)  The Husband’s Equal

Ellen White on Marriage (part 5)  Hearts to Be Bound by the Silken Cord of Love

Ellen White on Marriage (part 6)  Give a Living Example of Self-control

Ellen White on Marriage (part 7)  How Satan Gains Entrance to the Soul

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Ellen White on Marriage (part 2) Love Is a Precious Gift From Jesus

Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 7, 2011

God Is Honored by a Christian Home.–Fathers and mothers who make God first in their households, who teach their children that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, glorify God before angels and before men by presenting to the world a well-ordered, well-disciplined family–a family that love and obey God instead of rebelling against Him. Christ is not a stranger in their homes; His name is a household name, revered and glorified. Angels delight in a home where God reigns supreme and the children are taught to reverence religion, the Bible, and their Creator. Such families can claim the promise, “Them that honour Me I will honour.” As from such a home the father goes forth to his daily duties, it is with a spirit softened and subdued by converse with God. {AH 27.3}

The presence of Christ alone can make men and women happy. All the common waters of life Christ can turn into the wine of heaven. The home then becomes as an Eden of bliss; the family, a beautiful symbol of the family in heaven. {AH 28.1}

From every Christian home a holy light should shine forth. Love should be revealed in action. It should flow out in all home intercourse, showing itself in thoughtful kindness, in gentle, unselfish courtesy. There are homes where this principle is carried out–homes where God is worshiped and truest love reigns. From these homes morning and evening prayer ascends to God as sweet incense, and His mercies and blessings descend upon the suppliants like the morning dew. {AH 37.3}

Avoid Mistakes That May Close Doors.–When religion is manifested in the home, its influence will be felt in the church and in the neighborhood. But some who profess to be Christians talk with their neighbors concerning their home difficulties. They relate their grievances in such a way as to call forth sympathy for themselves; but it is a great mistake to pour our trouble into the ears of others, especially when many of our grievances are manufactured and exist because of our irreligious life and defective character. Those who go forth to lay their private grievances before others might better remain at home to pray, to surrender their perverse will to God, to fall on the Rock and be broken, to die to self that Jesus may make them vessels unto honor. {AH 38.1}

A lack of courtesy, a moment of petulance, a single rough, thoughtless word, will mar your reputation, and may close the door to hearts so that you can never reach them. {AH 38.2}

Examine carefully to see if your married life would be happy or inharmonious and wretched. Let the questions be raised, Will this union help me heavenward? Will it increase my love for God? And will it enlarge my sphere of usefulness in this life? If these reflections present no drawback, then in the fear of God move forward. {AH 45.2}

Love Is a Precious Gift From Jesus.–Love is a precious gift, which we receive from Jesus. Pure and holy affection is not a feeling, but a principle. Those who are actuated by true love are neither unreasonable nor blind. {AH 50.1}

There is but little real, genuine, devoted, pure love. This precious article is very rare. Passion is termed love. {AH 50.2}

True love is a high and holy principle, altogether different in character from that love which is awakened by impulse, and which suddenly dies when severely tested. {AH 50.3}

Love is a plant of heavenly growth, and it must be fostered and nourished. Affectionate hearts, truthful, loving words, will make happy families and exert an elevating influence upon all who come within the sphere of their influence. {AH 50.4}

True Love Versus Passion.–Love . . . is not unreasonable; it is not blind. It is pure and holy. But the passion of the natural heart is another thing altogether. While pure love will take God into all its plans, and will be in perfect harmony with the Spirit of God, passion will be headstrong, rash, unreasonable, defiant of all restraint, and will make the object of its choice an idol. In all the deportment of one who possesses true love, the grace of God will be shown. Modesty, simplicity, sincerity, morality, and religion will characterize every step toward an alliance in marriage. Those who are thus controlled will not be absorbed in each other’s society, at a loss of interest in the prayer meeting and the  religious service. Their fervor for the truth will not die on account of the neglect of the opportunities and privileges that God has graciously given to them. {AH 50.5}

That love which has no better foundation than mere sensual gratification will be headstrong, blind, and uncontrollable. Honor, truth, and every noble, elevated power of the mind are brought under the slavery of passions. The man who is bound in the chains of this infatuation is too often deaf to the voice of reason and conscience; neither argument nor entreaty can lead him to see the folly of his course. {AH 51.1}

True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. On the contrary, it is calm and deep in its nature. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding. {AH 51.2}

Love, lifted out of the realm of passion and impulse, becomes spiritualized, and is revealed in words and acts. A Christian must have a sanctified tenderness and love in which there is no impatience of fretfulness; the rude, harsh manners must be softened by the grace of Christ. {AH 51.3}

Guard the Affections.–Gird up the loins of your mind, says the apostle; then control your thoughts, not allowing them to have full scope. The thoughts may be guarded and controlled by your own determined efforts. Think right thoughts, and you will perform right actions. You have, then, to guard the affections, not letting them go out and fasten upon improper objects. Jesus has purchased you with His own life; you belong to Him; therefore He is to be consulted in all things, as to how the powers of your mind and the affections of your heart shall be employed. {AH 54.2}

Unless you have an earnest desire to become children of God, you will not understand clearly how to help each other. To each other ever be tender and thoughtful, giving up your own wishes and purposes to make each other happy. Day by day you may make advancement in self-knowledge. Day by day you may learn better how to strengthen your weak points of character. The Lord Jesus will be your light, your strength, your crown of rejoicing, because you yield the will to His will. . . . {AH 95.3}

God’s Purpose for the Husband and Wife.–God made from the man a woman, to be a companion and helpmeet for him, to be one with him, to cheer, encourage, and bless him, he in his turn to be her strong helper. All who enter into matrimonial relations with a holy purpose–the husband to obtain the pure affections of a woman’s heart, the wife to soften and improve her husband’s character and give it completeness–fulfill God’s purpose for them. {AH 99.1}

Christ came not to destroy this institution, but to restore it to its original sanctity and elevation. He came to restore the moral image of God in man, and He began His work by sanctioning the marriage relation. {AH 99.2}

A Pledge Before Heavenly Witnesses.–God has ordained that there should be perfect love and harmony between those who enter into the marriage relation. Let bride and bridegroom, in the presence of the heavenly universe, pledge themselves to love each other as God has ordained they should. . . . The wife is to respect and reverence her husband, and the husband is to love and cherish his wife. {AH 103.4}

Men and women, at the beginning of married life, should reconsecrate themselves to God.

{AH 103.5}

Be as true as steel to your marriage vows, refusing, in thought, word, or deed, to spoil your record as a man who fears God and obeys His commandments. {AH 104.1}

The Real Union Is a Lifelong Experience.–To gain a proper understanding of the marriage relation is the work of a lifetime. Those who marry enter a school from which they are never in this life to be graduated. {AH 105.1}

However carefully and wisely marriage may have been entered into, few couples are completely united when the marriage ceremony is performed. The real union of the two in wedlock is the work of the afteryears. {AH 105.2}

As life with its burden of perplexity and care meets the newly wedded pair, the romance with which imagination so often invests marriage disappears. Husband and wife learn each other’s character as it was impossible to learn it in their previous association. This is a most critical period in their experience. The happiness and usefulness of their whole future life depend upon their taking a right course now. Often they discern in each other unsuspected weaknesses and defects; but the hearts that love has united will discern excellencies also heretofore unknown. Let all seek to discover the excellencies rather than the defects. Often it is our own attitude, the atmosphere that surrounds ourselves, which determines what will be revealed to us in another. {AH 105.3}

Love Must Be Tested and Tried.–Affection may be as clear as crystal and beauteous in its purity, yet it may be shallow because it has not been tested and tried. Make Christ first and last and best in everything. Constantly behold Him, and your love for Him will daily become deeper and stronger as it is submitted to the test of trial. And as your love for Him increases, your love for each other will grow deeper and stronger. {AH 105.4}

Though difficulties, perplexities, and discouragements may arise, let neither husband nor wife harbor the thought that their union is a mistake or a disappointment. Determine to be all that it is possible to be to each other. Continue the early attentions. In every way encourage each other in fighting the battles of life. Study to advance the happiness of each other. Let there be mutual love, mutual forbearance. Then marriage, instead of being the end of love, will be as it were the very beginning of love. The warmth of true friendship, the love that binds heart to heart, is a foretaste of the joys of heaven. {AH 106.1}

All should cultivate patience by practicing patience. By being kind and forbearing, true love may be kept warm in the heart, and qualities will be developed that Heaven will approve. {AH 106.2}

The Enemy Will Seek to Alienate.–Satan is ever ready to take advantage when any matter of variance arises, and by moving upon the objectionable, hereditary traits of character in husband or wife, he will try to cause the alienation of those who have united their interests in a solemn covenant before God. In the marriage vows they have promised to be as one, the wife covenanting to love and obey her husband, the husband promising to love and cherish his wife. If the law of God is obeyed, the demon of strife will be kept out of the family, and no separation of interests will take place, no alienation of affection will be permitted. {AH 106.3}

Counsel to a Strong-willed Couple.–Neither husband nor wife is to make a plea for rulership. The Lord has laid down the principle that is to guide in this matter. The husband is to cherish his wife as Christ cherishes the church. And the wife is to respect and love her husband. Both are to cultivate the spirit of kindness, being determined never to grieve or injure the other. . . . {AH 106.4}

Do not try to compel each other to do as you wish. You cannot do this and retain each other’s love. Manifestations of self-will destroy the peace and happiness of the home. Let not your married life be one of contention. If you do, you will both be unhappy. Be kind in speech and gentle in action, giving up your own wishes. Watch well your words, for they have a powerful influence for good or for ill. Allow no sharpness to come into your voices. Bring into your united life the fragrance of Christlikeness. {AH 107.1}

The Little Attentions Count.–God tests and proves us by the common occurrences of life. It is the little things which reveal the chapters of the heart. It is the little attentions, the numerous small incidents and simple courtesies of life, that make up the sum of life’s happiness; and it is the neglect of kindly, encouraging, affectionate words, and the little courtesies of life, which helps compose the sum of life’s wretchedness. It will be found at last that the denial of self for the good and happiness of those around us constitutes a large share of the life record in heaven. And the fact will also be revealed that the care of self, irrespective of the good and happiness of others, is not beneath the notice of our heavenly Father. {AH 108.2}

Mutual Forbearance Is Needed.–We must have the Spirit of God, or we can never have harmony in the home. The wife, if she has the spirit of Christ, will be careful of her words; she will control her spirit, she will be submissive, and yet will not feel that she is a bondslave, but a companion to her husband. If the husband is a servant of God, he will not lord it over his wife; he will not be arbitrary and exacting. We cannot cherish home affection with too much care; for the home, if the Spirit of the Lord dwells there, is a type of heaven. . . . If one errs, the other will exercise Christlike forbearance and not draw coldly away. {AH 118.1}

Neither the husband nor the wife should attempt to exercise over the other an arbitrary control. Do not try to compel each other to yield to your wishes. You cannot do this and retain each other’s love. Be kind, patient, and forbearing, considerate, and courteous. By the grace of God you can succeed in making each other happy, as in your marriage vow you promised to do. {AH 118.2}

Counsel to Discordant Families.–Your spirit is wrong. When you take a position, you do not weigh the matter well and consider what must be the effect of your maintaining your views and in an independent manner weaving them into your prayers and conversation, when you know that your wife does not hold the same views that you do. Instead of respecting the feelings of your wife and kindly avoiding, as a gentleman would, those subjects upon which you know you differ, you have been forward to dwell upon objectionable points, and have manifested a persistency in expressing your views regardless of any around you. You have felt that others had no right to see matters differently from yourself. These fruits do not grow upon the Christian tree. {AH 119.2}

My brother, my sister, open the door of the heart to receive Jesus. Invite him into the soul-temple. Help each other to overcome the obstacles which enter the married life of all. You will have a fierce conflict to overcome your adversary the devil, and if you expect God to help you in this battle, you must both unite in deciding to overcome, to seal your lips against speaking any words of wrong, even if you have to fall upon your knees and cry aloud, “Lord, rebuke the adversary of my soul.” {AH 119.3}

Christ in Each Heart Will Bring Unity.–If the will of God is fulfilled, the husband and wife will respect each other and cultivate love and confidence. Anything that would mar the peace and unity of the family should be firmly repressed, and kindness and love should be cherished. He who manifests the spirit of tenderness, forbearance, and love will find that the same spirit will be reflected upon him. Where the Spirit of God reigns, there will be no talk of unsuitability in the marriage relation. If Christ indeed is formed within, the hope of glory, there will be union and love in the home. Christ abiding in the heart of the wife will be at agreement with Christ abiding in the heart of the husband. They will be striving together for the mansions Christ has gone to prepare for those who love Him. {AH 120.1}

 Ellen White on Marriage (part 1)  Tender Ties That Bind

Ellen White on Marriage (part 2)  Love Is a Precious Gift From Jesus

Ellen White on Marriage (part 3)  The Secret of Family Unity

Ellen White on Marriage (part 4)  The Husband’s Equal

Ellen White on Marriage (part 5)  Hearts to Be Bound by the Silken Cord of Love

Ellen White on Marriage (part 6)  Give a Living Example of Self-control

Ellen White on Marriage (part 7)  How Satan Gains Entrance to the Soul

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A portion of God’s Love

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 18, 2011

I have been praying for the Lord to show me an illustration of His love I have never seen before. Here is His answer.

Matthew 12:39-41 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: (40) For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (41) The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

The answer is found in verse 41. Nineveh repented. This brings us to the very end of the book of Jonah.

Jonah 4:11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

This is the illustration of God’s love I had never seen before. There are two signs Jesus gave the priests. The first was His death, something they wanted, and understood. Jesus also included His resurrection, something they could not deny, but would not accept.

Jesus went on to explain, Nineveh repented. This was the second sign, which takes us from the middle of Jonah’s journey to the end of the lesson, which is God’s love. This is the same love Jesus lived. They asked for a sign while it was standing right in front of them, Jesus, His life, and love. The sign from God they should have understood.

This also teaches a second lesson very important to me. To find the answer I had to listen, and read the entire book, rather than jumping to conclusions, based on the beginning.

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The Tabernacle Design Given to Moses: Study of the Arc

Posted by adventbiblestudy on June 27, 2011



Would you consider buying this book online? It is a book about the Tabernacle built by Moses in the wilderness. It is an in depth study of items in the Tabernacle including, the arc, alter of sacrifice, table of shewbread, bases, pillars, curtains, and more.

Each chapter investigates the components, designs given by God, who made the objects, what they represent, and how the items were manufactured. The answers are provided by a collection of Bible texts explaining each question.

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Following is a sample chapter.

The Arc

What study on the Tabernacle would be complete without a detailed examination of the ark? This may be the one item people most often question, at the same time, assuming they know the answers.

The ark is the heart of the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle is designed around the ark, which contains the ten commandments, plus a number of other important items including a container of manna, and Aaron’s budding staff. A list of laws given to Moses were also added to the side of the ark.

Physical descriptions of the ark are recorded in Exodus 25:10-22, and Exodus 37:1-9. The ark is two and one half cubits long, one and one half cubits wide, and one and one half cubit high. Converting these dimensions shows us the ark is forty five inches long, twenty seven inches wide, and twenty seven inches high.

The ark is constructed of wood, overlaid with pure gold. It is interesting the Bible specifies pure gold. By definition, the word pure means morally and ceremonially clean. This may also indicate the thickness of the gold, and the manner in which it was applied.

The ark may have been covered in gold leaf, a very thin covering, much thinner than paper. To form thin sheets, gold must be free of impurities. Pure gold is very soft, and easy to form. Purifying the gold may have also served as a spiritual lesson to the Israelites.

Gold taken from Egypt may have come in many forms, shapes, and sizes. We are told, Aaron made his molten calf from earrings. Gold jewelry is formed from a much harder material than pure gold, to withstand normal wear and tear, resist scratching, and hold its shape. Metals such as silver, copper, or nickel are added to harden gold. These materials also alter the color.

The Bible tells us, Moses burned Aaron’s golden calf in a fire, which had a hardening effect. He then beat it into dust, cast it into water, and made the Israelites drink it. Based on the fact Moses was able to beat the golden calf into dust small enough to dissolve in water, we know that gold contained large amounts of impurities.

Gold used to cover the ark was pure, making it possible to form into very thin sheets. The gold from Egypt may have been in the form of jewelry, and maybe the idols worshipped at that time. In order to purify the gold, it had to be melted. In the molten state, the impurities separate from the gold. Once the impurities are removed, the pure gold can be formed into sheets.

The Bible uses the purification process to illustrate faith. 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: 1 Peter 1:7.

We can only imagine the spiritual lessons the Israelites must have learned as they watched the gods of Egypt melt away, the impurities float to the top where they were scooped away, and discarded, cast onto the ground, and mixed with the dust.

To the Israelites, the images of those gods cast into the melting pot represented a lifetime of oppression. The Egyptians believed the strength of their gods gave them dominance over the Israelites. They also gave the gods credit for light from the sun, rain, crops, and fertility. This may have been one reason Egyptians had a controversy with the Israelites. The Bible tells us they feared Israel, based on their ability to reproduce. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Exodus 1:9-10.

The ark contained four rings, one on each corner. These rings were also made of gold, but the Bible does not specify pure gold. The reason for this is logical. Pure gold would have been too soft to bear the weight of the ark, which was carried over long distances, supported by the four rings.

The rings were cast in gold. In this case, they would have undergone the same heating, and purification process as pure gold. Once purified, other metals in the proper proportions would be added to provide the required hardness. Silver and brass added to gold also have a spiritual meaning discussed in other chapters.

Two staves, or poles were fabricated from wood, and covered in gold. The poles were not covered with pure gold, but an alloy, or mixture, making the gold hard enough to endure the rigors of travel. The covering on the staves must have been much thicker than the covering on the ark. This also made the wooden poles much stronger. Wood possesed properties of strength, and light weight. A covering of gold alloy added strength, beauty and durability.

The ark contained the testimony given to Moses, which is covered by the mercy seat, made of pure gold. The mercy seat is the same size as the ark, two and one half cubits, by one and one half cubits. On top of the mercy seat stood two cherubims made of gold, formed of a single piece, formed by hammering.

The cherubims were placed at the ends of the mercy seat facing one another, with their wings spread out over the mercy seat. This is where God appeared, and met with Moses.

Before we can accurately study the spiritual meaning of the ark, we must first understand the physical aspects. The arc was made of wood covered in pure gold. The ark was designed and constructed to carry God’s law, the ten commandments. The mercy seat, made of pure gold, covered the law. This was a sign of God’s salvation, which covers sins. This salvation came through His son, Jesus. Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29.

The cherubims are a reminder of God’s kingdom in Heaven. All the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, and let all the angels of God worship him. Revelation 7:11, Hebrews 1:6.

Four rings attached to the four corners supported two staves, used by the Levites to carry the ark. The priests were an example of people. Not only were they to physically carry the law, they were to make the law a life study. The law was to become a part of their lives, a part of their being, both physically, and spiritually.

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. (19) And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 11:18-19.

And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine; Numbers 3:12. The life of the priest was a living example of the connection between man and God. The Levites did not receive an inheritance of land. This illustrated the fact, life as we know it, is temporary. Instead, priests were given a portion of the sacrifice. They also received the tithe. The best of the first fruits were given to support the Levites. A portion of the Tabernacle services was designed to meet the physical needs of the priests. In return, priests were to maintain the Tabernacle, its services, teach the law, and the testimony of God. They were instructed to, “gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:” Deuteronomy 31:12.

The ark was made up of only two elements, gold and wood. Understanding the spiritual meaning of these two elements may teach more about the ark than the physical details.

Pure gold completely covered the ark, inside and out. The mercy seat consisted of pure gold. Gold also represents God’s law, and His word.

The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Psalms 19:8-10, Psalms 119:72, Psalms 119:127.

To find the spiritual meaning for shittim wood, we have to use a little deductive thinking. The word shittim is used almost exclusively in association with the Tabernacle. When searching the word wood, a number of texts provide a definition outside the general contexts of the subject. Wood comes from trees, which is the most logical word to examine.

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 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. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree. 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, Psalms 1:3, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Jeremiah 11:16, Psalms 52:8.

Trees spiritually represent people. Since wood for the ark came from a tree, the wood used in the ark must spiritually represent people.

What a fitting spiritual symbolism for the ark, gold and wood, representing God’s law, and His people. The law is divided into two groups. The first four describe our relationship with God, the remaining six, our relationship with other people.

Gold lining the inside, and outside of the ark is pure, the perfect representation of the law. The rings are cast, made of a harder material. To achieve this, the gold must be mixed with other materials, such as silver, or brass. Laws in addition to the ten commandments were carried in the side of the ark. These included the sacrificial laws, and ceremonies pointing to Christ. Sacrificial and ceremonial laws were not required until after sin. The rings were designed to carry the ark. The earthly ark was carried through the wilderness by Levites for forty years. There was never any reason for the ark in Heaven to wander for forty years.

The ark was carried by two wooden staves, or poles, covered with gold. Here again we see the symbol of man, covered by the gold, which represents God’s law, and His word. The gold covering of course added strength to the wooden poles.

The fact the ark was carried shows how the law required an effort on man’s part. Because the ark was to be carried only by the Levites, portrays the responsibility they carried as priests, representing God, and teaching His law.

The entire design of the ark symbolizes the relationship between God and man. The law rests upon the gold, which never deteriorates. Wood, used to produce the shape and form of the ark, symbolizes the need for man to maintain the shape required to carry the law.

The covering, known as the mercy seat, is pure gold. Mercy comes only through the sacrifice of Jesus. Pure gold represents Jesus’ perfect life. The mercy seat covers the law, just as Jesus’ perfect life covers the law for us.

Cherubims of gold represent the angels in the Heavenly courts. They show the reverence we should have for the law, which represents God’s character. They also represent cooperation between the Heavenly host and man. Pure gold shows the aid provided by angles is perfect, because of their perfect obedience, and cooperation with God.

Overall, the ark symbolizes, cooperation between God, His angels, man, and the law which are at the center of understanding. Once we understand how to interpret the symbols of the ark, we can begin to understand the other details of the Tabernacle.

This chapter is based on the following texts:

Exodus 25:10-22 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. (11) And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. (12) And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. (13) And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. (14) And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. (15) The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. (16) And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. (17) And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. (18) And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. (19) And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. (20) And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. (21) And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. (22) And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

Exodus 30:6 And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee.

Exodus 37:1-9 And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it: (2) And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about. (3) And he cast for it four rings of gold, to be set by the four corners of it; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it. (4) And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold. (5) And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, to bear the ark. (6) And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof. (7) And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat; (8) One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof. (9) And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.

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The Commandment with a Prophecy

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 28, 2011

Okay quick, tell me, what is the 10th commandment? Don’t look, just tell me. I’ll give you a hint. Out of all the commandments, this one seems to sound more like a prophecy of these days than any other.


Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his

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maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.


I just happen to be in Real Estate, and I have to tell you, I have heard many people over the past few months attest to the fact, this job is no longer any fun. Imagine working with people day in and out, in a market where coveting is the main theme. I don’t know where buyers get their attitudes from, but many of them have no second thoughts about asking a destitute seller to make additional concessions on a house they are already loosing money on.


I’ve sold dozens of homes in or near the inner city. It wasn’t long ago prices were meeting and exceeding $100,000 for a home in less than perfect condition. Today, those houses may sell for $30,000 or less. What happened to the dream of buying a home, making payments, and one day moving up? These people are now enslaved. They have no choice but to stay where they are, or let the lender foreclose and go back to renting. I don’t think you have the stomach to hear some of the stories about investors and how they take advantage of this economy.


No one thinks of the impact this economy has on a single mother with 2 kids, barely making ends meet. Giving concessions at work, facing ungodly degrees of inflation, increased taxes, and wage freezes. No one wants to know about her, or her family. The reality is too painful.


What about coveting the neighbor’s wife? Today we have a new name to make it more palatable, we call it freedom of speech. Not long ago our forefathers called it pornography, and there were laws against it. Ever wonder what those appeals would have accomplished in the court of Heaven?


Look at the texts which includes men and women. Just how far has this society degraded? No doubt, God saw it coming. He knew how far the imagination and desires of lust would take people.


What about the ass and oxen? We could search the Bible for a spiritual meaning, but there are two on the surface which should easily understood. The first is over priced, gas guzzling luxury automobiles, which in many cases represent a reference to freedom people feel they deserve. The second is a little less obvious, but more prophetic, jobs. Give it a bit of thought. What does it mean to covet one’s job? That’s what an ass and ox represent, the means of making a living.


The plans and actions of big business and government are prophesied here. Big business is putting the squeeze on the average worker. Efforts to increase profits has resulted in the layoff of millions of people. Those still employed are working longer hours for less pay, and benefits. While profits sore, benefits are cut.


Government is the leader in coveting. There is more money in this country than at any time in history, but government debt is at record levels. Think about that for a moment. Give it some real thought. Now does it make any sense at all? Companies are making record profits, while the government is taking in far less money. That’s because it was someone’s brilliant idea to cut taxes on the rich, and place the burden on the poor. The government has become a source of the root of all evil. Their main task has been to collect from the poor to distribute to the rich. While programs to help the poor are eliminated, new programs are introduced everyday to give billions to the rich.


Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour‘s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.


Truly a prophecy showing us exactly why the earth will fall again.


It would not be much of a study without looking at a few of the key words to find out how the Bible, God’s word defines them.




What does it mean to covet? This is not a commonly used word today. Checking a dictionary may give you a definition, but the Bible will give us the spiritual interpretation.


H2530 cha^mad

A primitive root; to delight in: – beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, ( X great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing).


Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.


According to Jeremiah, everyone coverts, including priests and prophets. Is this a reference to Jeremiad’s time, or does it extent to our culture today? Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.


Psalms 10:3-4 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. (4) The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.


Greed is the desire of the heart. To some it becomes a religion. It leads to the worship of riches, gold, silver, money, power, glory. It reaches a point where a person turns completely from God. It’s little wonder, God hates this sin, as He hates all sin.


Psalms 119:35-36 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. (36) Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.




Someone once asked Jesus, “who is my neighbor.” In answer to this question Jesus told them the parable of the Samaritan, recorded in Luke chapter 10. That answered the question, who is your neighbor, but what about how to treat them? To answer this question, Jesus also provided the following comments.


Matthew 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.


Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.


The spiritual meaning of this commandment may be not be far from the simple, on the surface meaning. After all, in 10 easy to understand laws, God covered every detail, question, and circumstance. There are no gray areas. There is no condition suggesting majority rule, or variations allowed because everyone does it.


Take any one of the circumstances covered by this simple commandment. Prostitution and pornography has been called a victimless crime. What about child pornography, or the sex slave trade? Are these considered crimes without victims?


Slavery was the sin that brought about the final destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon. Study this subject. Babylon is later used to represent the sins of the world, and God used them to over throw the city which once represented His people. This example contains a great deal of lessons, moral, and spiritual.




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The Healing Power of the Virgins

Posted by adventbiblestudy on May 21, 2011

Here is a lesson in digging deep, far deeper into God’s word than anyone has gone before. Look at this text. See anything unusual? Ten Virgins ParableMatthew 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Why did only the wise have vessels and lamps? Everyone is usually wrapped up in the simple, easy to understand interpretation of the oil, they don’t bother to study the differences between the foolish and wise.

So what does the vessel spiritually represent? If you think you can answer that question at this point, forget it, you already disqualified yourself from learning a spiritual lesson. You see, you can only learn a spiritual lesson when you admit you do not have the answer. This opens the mind and the heart to the Holy Spirit. The first step is to pray.

This study requires a bit of inductive thinking. We have to find something similar, related, or the same as a vessel and a lamp in the Bible. What is the Spirit telling you? The most likely answer would be the candle stick in the Tabernacle.

As a whole, the candlestick was a lamp. What was the vessel portion of the candlestick? Now you have to read carefully to catch it. Remember, from the parable we already know the vessel holds the oil.

A basic oil lamp consists of a container for the oil, a section to hold a wick, and the wick. The candlestick contains seven lamps, each branch must contain each of the parts. Since Exodus 25:31-40 contains the detail which describes the body to hold oil. “A knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick.” The bowl is the body of the candlestick made to hold oil.

See how easy that was? Now you learned something, the portion of the candlestick holding oil is called the bowl. But wait, where is the spiritual lesson? Has this taught us anything we didn’t know before?

What are the bowls shaped like? Almonds, which are going to tell us exactly what the vessels represent. What story does almonds remind you of? “Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.” Numbers 17:8.

There you have it, almonds represent God’s miracles. This is why God used almonds to hold oil for the candlestick. Using inductive thinking. The almond shaped bowls, or vessels on the candlestick represent God’s miracles. Only the wise virgins had both lamps and vessels. Only the wise, or true followers of Jesus will have both God’s word, and the gift of miracles. Jesus gave His disciples the gift to perform miracles when He sent them out. First the twelve, then the seventy.

Matthew 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Matthew 10:7-8 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.

Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Luke 10:8-9 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: (9) And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

The gift of healing continued after the resurrection. Proof is recorded in the book of Acts.

Acts 3:6-7 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. (7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

Acts 5:14-16 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) (15) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. (16) There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Other books also record the gift of healing and miracles.

1 Corinthians 12:28-29  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.  (29)  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

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The relationship before sin

Posted by adventbiblestudy on April 20, 2011

What was the relationship between Adam and Eve before sin?Adam naming the animals

Genesis 2:20-25 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. (21) And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; (22) And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (23) And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (24) Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (25) And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Verse 20 shows Adam named all the animals. Who named the insects? Immediately after naming the animals God put Adam to sleep and created Eve from a rib taken from Adam, who was made from dust. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

The timing shows an important part of the relationship between Adam and Eve. After naming the animals, Adam instantly had an experience to share with Eve. Imagine everything they had to talk about from the very beginning. Adam was only a day old, and God had already given him a wealth of communication skills.

This brings up another important point. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

(Genesis 2:16-18)

God told Adam about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The texts indicates God communicated this information to Adam before Eve was created. This shows Adam had the responsibility to teach Eve the commandment God had given.

Why was Adam created from dust, and Eve from Adam’s rib? The dust came from the ground. Adam was created from the same material as the animals. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (Genesis 2:19). The plants also sprang up from the same ground. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9). It appears Adam had much in common with many of the creatures and plants God had previously created. This shows a relationship between man God’s creation. We use the term, from the same blood to describe relatives. In creation terms, Adam was made from the same ground as God’s other creations.

Since Eve was made from a rib, what lesson can we learn from this? There is no doubt God created the earth, and the ground, but look at this from a literal aspect. There is no mention in Genesis of God creating the ground Adam was made from. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. (Genesis 1:2,9). In the literal sense, God used existing material, dust from the ground, to form Adam. The Bible still indicates a personal experience between God and Adam at creation. God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Eve was created from a rib, taken from Adam, formed by the hand of God. In a spiritual sense, this shows the special relationship between Adam and Eve. Ribs, like other bones, are part of the structure which determined Adam’s physical shape. Ribs protect the heart and lungs, which contain the breath of God.

When we consider the fact Adam was given the responsibility to inform Eve about the tree of knowledge, in essence, he was charged with the responsibility to protect Eve. Quite a turn in events. God uses a rib, a symbol of protection, to make Eve, and give Adam the responsibility to protect her. Since Eve was made from a rib, she also bears responsibility for protecting Adam.

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What does the napkin in John 20 represent?

Posted by adventbiblestudy on April 11, 2011

John 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

Did you ever wonder why the napkin was set apart inside the tomb?  The Bible also provides an answer for this.

Ezekiel 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?

Jews adopted a pagan tradition in which napkins were placed upon the face of the dead to capture the souls.   God’s word clearly warned against this practice. Jesus not only defeated death, but superstition.

This is why Jesus gave the command to loose him.

John 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Jesus' empty tomb

Jesus' empty tomb

Jesus had full control over death, but asked for human intervention when it came to removing the napkin bound around Lazarus‘ face, and the other cloth he was buried in.  This indicates a role people play in the plan of salvation. Paul explains our responsibility.  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15). Dividing the word of truth includes separating truth from tradition.  Jesus also warned about this problem.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (Matthew 15:9).

Jesus can give life, but it is still up to the individual to research, and accept what is truth, and what is tradition.

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Wall of Separation, or Salvation, Ezekiel 13

Posted by adventbiblestudy on April 9, 2011

Here is an interesting parable. When you understand the spiritual meaning of only one word, the spiritual meaning of the entire parable is understood.

Ezekiel 13:10-15 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall,

Untempered Moter Broken Wall

Untempered Moter Broken Wall

and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter: (11) Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. (12) Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? (13) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. (14) So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. (15) Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;

You will notice there are a number of words repeated. Each word has a spiritual meaning adding a whole new dimension of understanding once the spiritual meaning is understood. To understand the spiritual meaning of any word, we must use the Bible. Only God, and His Spirit have the power to interpret His words.

We will let the Bible define the spiritual meaning by comparing other texts containing the word wall.

Isaiah 26:1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

Isaiah 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

The Bible clearly shows, a wall is used to represent salvation.

So what is the untempered wall in the parable? Paul defines another wall. Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? Acts 23:3.

Jesus also used the same word, whited to describe those plotting to kill Him. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27.

Scribes and Pharisees denied Jesus, and His salvation. They built their own walls up against the salvation Jesus offered, just as Ezekiel prophesied.

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The Vine and the Branches, John 15

Posted by adventbiblestudy on April 9, 2011

John 15:5-6 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without

Branch and Vine

Branch and Vine

me ye can do nothing. (6) If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.


How did Jesus know this? Where did he get this parable from? Did Jesus make up His own parables, did He receive them through inspiration and prayer, or did Jesus find the parables He told in the Old Testament?


Ezekiel 15:1-8 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (2) Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? (3) Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? (4) Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work? (5) Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned? (6) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (7) And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them. (8) And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD.


Psalms 80:15-16 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. (16) It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.


How do you locate the original texts Jesus learned form? By using a simple word search. Identify the key words in the parable. In this case the key words are, vine, branch, and fire. Locating parallel texts in the Old Testament is easier when searching for two of the words. This will reduce the number of texts in search results. Using three words will seldom provide the required results, because most search engines used in Bible programs are designed to search for all matching words in a single verse. Notice in this example, vine and branch are found in one verse, while fire is found in following verses.


You can see why it is important to search for the original texts Jesus quoted from. You can see additional details brought to light when original texts are compared to Jesus’ parables. This not only provides additional information, but teaches how to interpret the many symbols Jesus used in His parables. The spiritual interpretation for every symbol Jesus used in His parables can be found using the same method, locating texts which contain the key word.

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Casting Holy Seed Isaiah 6

Posted by adventbiblestudy on March 28, 2011

This is one of the most surprising verses I have studied. The results were not at all what I had expected. This is why it is very important to begin each and every study with an open mind, willing to accept everything the Spirit brings to the surface.

Isaiah 6:13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in



them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

The physical aspects of this verse features two trees, a teil, and oak, casting their leaves. It also makes a short mention about their seeds. On the surface, there does not seem to be very much to study. At times you may run across a verse with too much information.

This verse has a number of interesting features. The first noticeable feature is the texts which have been added during translation. Following is a version with the added texts shown in italics, and underlined.

Isaiah 6:13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

The translators added the word leave, when in fact the trees are casting seeds. The word seed draws us to a very significant parable, the parable of the sower. In this parable the sower casts his seeds which land on different types of ground. Most of the seeds die, because they landed on soil not suitable for growth. The only seed that grew landed on good soil. Is there a relationship between this verse, and the parable of the sower?

This is significant question when you realize the seed in Isaiah 6:13 is referred to as, “holy seed.” What is holy seed?


And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.

acorn seed

Acorn Seed

(Leviticus 27:30)

It may refer to a tithe. Isaiah 6:13 also mentions a tenth.

Say unto them, Whosoever he be of all your seed among your generations, that goeth unto the holy things, which the children of Israel hallow unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, that soul shall be cut off from my presence: I am the LORD.

(Leviticus 22:3)

Holy seed may also refer to a Levite priest, who is ceremonially clean to minister within the Tabernacle. On a Spiritual level holy seed can refer to any offering to God, including a person, who has dedicated themselves to God’s work. This is easier to see when we understand the spiritual meaning of a tree.


Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

(Isaiah 56:3)

For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

(Jeremiah 17:8)

A tree is used as a symbol to represent people.

Another word which adds an interesting amount of detail when the original language is studied is the word substance.

Substance: H4678 matstsebeth

From H5324; something stationary, that is, a monumental stone; also the stock of a tree: – pillar, substance.

When we view the definition of the original Hebrew word, we find it has two meanings, a stone, or the stock of a tree. We have already studied the word tree, and found it can represent people. A monumental stone may refer to a number of things.


Exodus 28:12 And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.

Two stones in the shoulders of the high priest represented a memorial to the children of Israel.

Exodus 24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

God’s law was written on two stones.

Genesis 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Jacob used a stone to represent God’s house.

When we study the word rock, we find it is used to represent Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

After studying a number of details in the verse, the spiritual meaning will be revealed when rewriting the verse using the spiritual meaning of the symbols.

Isaiah 6:13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

In this particular instance, it will help to write the text without the words added during translation.

Isaiah 6:13 But yet in it a tenth, and shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance in them, when they cast the holy seed. the substance thereof.

We have found, trees represent people, substance can be a stone, which represents Jesus, and seeds represent a person following God.

Isaiah 6:13 paraphrased:

People have Jesus in them when they share their relationship with God.

People (trees) have Jesus (substance) in them when they share (cast) their relationship with God (holy seed).

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Posted by adventbiblestudy on February 4, 2011

Alalos, Apollumi and Krupto walked through the streets of Jerusalem on a pleasant Sabbath day. This was a perfect day to exercise



their legs and what they considered, their God given authority to ensure the Sabbath was observed according to the fullest of God’s written law, and the endless stream of interpretations recorded throughout the years by the rabbis. Apollumi was a master on the subject of the Sabbath and the laws surrounding the holy day. There was not a word written within the past 200 years that was not taken in by the eyes of Apollumi. This is the subject he prided himself upon. This was the work he believed would grant him the highest status in the kingdom of God. He was convinced the after life needed people like him to keep the rest of the residents in order.

As they walked past the pool Bethesda, they spotted a man skipping out into the street with a smile on his face, making him look like he just received the surprise of his life. Apollumi thought to himself, could this stranger’s thoughts be more important than showing proper reverence for the Sabbath? The look on the man’s face distracted Apollumi for only a moment. In an instant he noticed the man was carrying a bed. At the sight of such a blasphemy, Apollumi’s emotion instantly changed from surprise to deep seeded anger. His face turned red as he cleared his throat to use his most authoritative voice. “What do you think you are doing, carrying a bed on the Sabbath?” The man answered, “forgive me lord, a man just healed me, you see I have been crippled for thirty eight years. I’ve been here for many of those years, hoping and praying for a miracle. Because of my condition I could never be the first to the waters once they stirred. I was about to give up all hope when today, just now, a man come up to me and said, “Rise, take up your bed, and walk.” I obeyed his command. It’s a miracle, can’t you see, I can walk. I can jump. I can skip. I’m so happy I could hug the whole world.”

The man dropped his bed and stepped towards Apollumi, whose emotion instantly changed from anger to fear. He had no intentions of touching such a vile man, who looked, dressed and smelled like he hadn’t bathed in years. Apollumi took a step backwards and shouted, “how do we know you were crippled and healed? You are lying to cover up the fact you are breaking the Sabbath.”

Usually people went out of their way to avoid contact with the Pharisees, but in this case a crowd began to gather. As the Pharisees continued questioning the man, the crowd began to shout, “he was just healed, it’s a miracle, he was lame just a few minutes ago.” Krupto suggested this was a conspiracy to protect the guilty man from the crime of carrying his bed on the Sabbath. As the Pharisees questioned the crowed they learned Jesus was responsible for this scene. Apollumi said, “I have heard of this man. It seems he is now attempting to take credit for a miracle. I can tell where this is headed. We may have to watch this fellow. If things continue, we may have to consider further actions.”

As the crowd dispersed, Jesus stood starring at the spot Apollumi stood, condemning the man just healed on the Sabbath. His mind drifted back to a meeting with another Pharisee a few nights ago. It was not often a Pharisee came seeking Jesus. Being seen with Him could mean the end of a carrier. Nicodemus came to Jesus under the cover of darkness carrying the news Jesus needed to hear at that moment. Nicodemus told Him, “we know you are a teacher from God.” These were words of encouragement sent by the Holy Spirit to the Son of God. A war was waging within the heart of Nicodemus between the position, and respect he desired, and the calling of the Spirit of truth. For a time Nicodemus preferred to live in both worlds.

Very few Pharisees were interested in what Jesus had to say. Fewer would take the risk of being seen with Him. To hear the word, “we” lifted Jesus’ spirit to a point beyond words.

Jesus tested Nicodemus by introducing a very simple spiritual concept, being born again. “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The Pharisees had little or no experience interpreting spiritual concepts. For centuries Satan had tempted the rabbis with study methods which putting the interpreter at the center, which over the years removed the influence of the Holy Spirit. For the most part Satan was very successful.

Understanding the concept of a spiritual birth should have been elementary for anyone with a basic understanding of the scriptures. But the Pharisees had become men with eyes that could not see, and ears that could not hear, because they had elevated the concepts of men above the word of God for generations. Their acceptance and drive to understand all scripture in a physical, and material sense had blinded them to the realization of a deeper spiritual meaning placed within the scriptures by the finger of God.

The final plague in Egypt was shared by the Egyptians, Israelites, rich and poor, king and servant, free and bond. Even the first born animals were in danger. Specific instructions were given. If these instructions were followed, the family was ensured protected. If the instructions were not followed, the first born faced death. God used this as an illustration teaching the Israelites, those following His instructions will find life. Those who refuse will perish. All those following the instructions for the Passover preserved the firstborn, who were freed from bondage and began a journey to the promised land. The firstborn leaving Egypt for the promised land represented a spiritual rebirth, being born again. Crossing through the Red Sea represented baptism.

Jesus was not surprised Nicodemus could not understand these simple concepts. As a young boy, Jesus had talked to a number of rabbis about this concept. They pretended to understand, but Jesus could tell they were being tolerant, because of his youth, but were interested because his concepts were based upon scripture. At that time it didn’t matter, Jesus was busy planting seeds. After 20 years these seeds were now awakening, reaching high for light, and sending roots deep for moisture.

Nicodemus answered Jesus in terms of his limited material understanding. “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” Jesus answered with words intended to open the heart. “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Jesus immediately added a new concept. “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

Beginning with his earliest school days, Nicodemus had been directed by the Pharisees every step of the way. Every concept had been carefully instilled. Each subject carefully chosen. Each tradition had to be memorized. Every study scrutinized and compared to accepted traditions. Satan successfully introduced study methods designed to lock the portals of the heart. Satan’s success was shown in Nicodemus’ answer. “How can these things be?”

Jesus would not give up on Nicodemus so easily. He knew the answers were there, buried by years of tradition. He only needed to find the key to unlock both his imagination and his heart. Jesus asked, “Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?” Jesus did not want to embarrass Nicodemus, but wished to encourage him. Jesus went on to explain. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”

This breathed new life in the heart of Nicodemus. Jesus could see it in his eyes, in the expression on his face. Jesus went on, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Jesus had taught two lessons in this statement. The first was to introduce a simple concept showing how to relate scripture to a spiritual symbol. The serpent lifted up by Moses in the wilderness would one day represent Christ. Jesus chose a text He knew Nicodemus would be familiar with. Jesus also showed His love for Nicodemus, by bestowing upon him the legacy of being the first man to hear what may be the most famous words in all the world. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Jesus continued, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” Jesus did not point these words at Nicodemus, but intended them to be a source of encouragement, and a warning. Nicodemus knew it would be difficult to trust another Pharisee and discuss the things he had learned. The lesson told Nicodemus, Jesus knew some will accept the light, while others would reject it. Nicodemus left that evening with a new seed planted within his heart. With so many words to ponder, it was only a matter of time and dedication. Nicodemus could choose to ignore the words of life, or he could meditate upon them, comparing them with other scripture, watering the seed within, and providing the light required for growth. Leaving Jesus, Nicodemus was now in the hands of the Holy Spirit.

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Not Everyone Shall Enter Into the Kingdom of Heaven Matthew 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on December 16, 2010

KJV Matthew 7:21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of

Jesus Coming

Jesus Coming

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.

This lesson will show the simple technique of searching scripture by using a few key words. This parable contains two phrases leading to other texts which will provide a deeper understanding.

The first set of texts can be located by searching the key words , prophesy, and name, from Matthew 7:21.

Jeremiah 14:14 KJV Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Jeremiah 23:23-32 KJV Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? (24) Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. (25) I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. (26) How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; (27) Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. (28) The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. (29) Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (30) Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. (31) Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. (32) Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

These texts show proof, prophets have prophesied lies in God’s name in the past. The key point both of these texts reveal is the fact false prophets speak deceit from their own heart.

What bearing does this have today? The result is the same when parables and prophecies are interpreted from the desires of the heart, and not from the word of God. When the word of God is interpreted by the imagination of men, the result most likely will centered upon an answer benefiting the beliefs, personal goals, or agenda of the writer.

Some people claim prophecy ended with the death of the apostles. Scripture tells us this is a gift offered by God, especially in the last days.

Acts 2:17-18 KJV And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and



your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (18) And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Romans 12:6-7 KJV Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; (7) Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

Revelation 10:10-11 KJV (10) And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. (11) And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

So far we have seen information the Bible contains on prophets. Next we will look at texts explaining the will of God, the Father.

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. Galatians 1:3-4, Ephesians 6:5-7, 1 Peter 2:15-17, 1 Peter 3:17-18, 1 Peter 4:1-2,

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. KJV For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Romans 12:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 5:15-23, 1 Peter 4:19, Romans 8:26-27, 1 John 2:17, Hebrews 10:36-37

It’s amazing, when studying a word, or term through the Bible, it will tell a story you never knew existed. No other book in the world is written in this manner. Only God could have written such a book.

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Take my Yoke Upon You Matthew 11

Posted by adventbiblestudy on December 15, 2010

KJV Matthew 11:28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

We labor on this earth under heavy burdens. Jesus offers us rest. He invites us to share His yoke and learn from Him. The stronger bull under the yoke is usually the leader. In this case Jesus promises, He is meek and lowly in heart, a condition of His leadership, leading to rest for our souls. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.

To gain a deeper spiritual meaning a few of the key words will be compared with other texts.


Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest. The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. Proverbs 23:4, Psalms 127:1, Ecclesiastes 2:18, Ecclesiastes 1:3, Ecclesiastes 2:11, Ecclesiastes 2:22, Ecclesiastes 6:7, Isaiah 55:2, Ecclesiastes 2:21, Lamentations 5:5, Proverbs 10:16.

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. John 4:38, John 6:27, Acts 20:35, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 1 Timothy 4:10, Hebrews 4:11, Revelation 14:13


And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. 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. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 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; Isaiah 14:3, Psalms 37:7, Isaiah 11:10, Exodus 20:11, Exodus 31:17, Hebrews 4:11, Isaiah 11:2

But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard. The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Exodus 23:11, Zephaniah 3:17.


A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: Give instruction to a

Jesus Teaching

Jesus Teaching

wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. Proverbs 1:5, Proverbs 9:9, Deuteronomy 17:19, Psalms 119:7, Psalms 119:73, Isaiah 50:4.

They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isaiah 29:24, Psalms 119:71, Galatians 3:2, Romans 15:4, Isaiah 1:17.

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Fish, Mouth and a Piece of Money Matthew 17

Posted by adventbiblestudy on December 13, 2010

KJV Matthew 17:27. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first

Fish Mouth Coin

Fish Mouth Coin

cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

As Jesus is traveling to Capernaum, Peter is asked to pay tribute. Jesus explains to Peter His concept of tribute. Other parts of this parable can also be studied. This study will concentrate on only verse 27.

Jesus does not want to offend their traditions, so He tells Peter to go to the sea, cast in a hook and catch a fish. The fish has a coin in its mouth. Jesus tells Peter to give to them for Him and Peter.

It’s unusual for a fish to have a coin in its mouth. When a verse is beyond the physical characteristics of nature, it must also have a spiritual meaning. To find the spiritual meaning, the key words must be compared with other scripture.


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

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

The Bible uses a physical fish to spiritually represent people.


Exodus 13:9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.

Numbers 23:12 And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the LORD hath put in my mouth?

Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

Deuteronomy 30:14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

A physical mouth is used to carry, and spiritually represent God’s word.

Jesus is teaching Peter a spiritual lesson. Not only Jesus, but His followers are to take the word of God, and give it to others, for Him and for us.

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Cross and Life Matthew 10

Posted by adventbiblestudy on December 9, 2010

KJV Matthew 10:38. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that

Christ on the Cross

Christ on the Cross

he might bear it after Jesus. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. Luke 23:26, Philippians 2:8-11, Colossians 1:19-20 KJV, Mark 10:21.

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 1 Corinthians 1:17-20, Hebrews 12:1-2.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore

Robe of Righteousness

Jesus and Righteousness

choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Deuteronomy 30:19-20, Deuteronomy 30:15, Deuteronomy 4:9, Deuteronomy 6:2.

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: Psalms 27:4, Psalms 63:3-4, Proverbs 6:23.

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Proverbs 4:20-23, Proverbs 9:10-11, Matthew 6:25.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have


Spiritual Bread

eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6:47, John 5:39-40, John 6:33, John 6:35, John 6:51.

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 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. 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. Revelation 3:5, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:1-2, Revelation 22:14.

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Fear not those which kill the body. Matthew 10

Posted by adventbiblestudy on December 7, 2010

KJV Matthew 10:28. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and bodyin hell.

Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Proverbs 1:23, 2 Samuel 23:2, John 3:34, John 6:63, 1 Corinthians 2:4, 1 Corinthians 2:13.

And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. Job 19:26-27, Matthew 6:25, Luke 12:4.

And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. Mark 15:37-39, Matthew 27:58-60 KJV.

And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 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, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Luke 24:3, John 20:12, Luke 24:23, Ephesians 1:17-23, Philippians 3:20-21.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: Romans 6:6-8, Romans 6:12-14, Romans 8:10-11, 2 Corinthians 5:6, Philippians 1:19-23.

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; 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. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Genesis 2:7, Job 12:9-10, Deuteronomy 4:9, Deuteronomy 4:29, Mark 12:30.

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, 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. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 10:12, Deuteronomy 11:18-19.

He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Job 33:28-30, Psalms 16:10, Psalms 23:3.

Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law. For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? Psalms 33:18-21, Psalms 119:109, Psalms 56:13.

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; My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Proverbs 2:9-10, Psalms 119:167, Isaiah 26:9.

The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 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. Lamentations 3:25, Isaiah 61:10.

And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 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. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Acts 3:23, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 16:26.

Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:9-10, 1 Peter 1:22-23.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Psalms 19:14, Habakkuk 2:2, Isaiah 30:8, Proverbs 7:1-3.

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Laborers for His Vineyard Matthew 20

Posted by adventbiblestudy on December 5, 2010

Matthew 20:1-16 KJV For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to



hire labourers into his vineyard. (2) And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. (3) And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, (4) And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. (5) Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. (6) And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? (7) They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. (8) So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. (9) And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. (10) But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. (11) And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, (12) Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. (13) But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? (14) Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. (15) Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? (16) So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Jesus is using this parable to teach a lesson about Heaven. A man goes out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He promises the laborers a very high wage for one days work.

Penny: G1220 a denarius (or ten asses): – pence, penny [-worth].

A few hours later he repeats the process of hiring workers, promising them a fair wage. He repeats the same process near the end of the day, promising to pay whatever is right.

At the end of the day he calls all the workers together and pays them from the last workers to accept his offer, to the first. The last workers received the same wages he promised the first. When the first workers are paid they begin to complain. When they saw the workers, who only worked the last hours receive the same wage they agreed to, they assumed they would receive more. They may have thought they deserved more. Greed made them forget the wages they agreed to were more than generous.

This is a very easy parable to understand. By the context of the parable, most people know, or have an idea what the vineyard represents. But this parable contains a very important spiritual lesson. Jesus placed this parable in the gospels because it teaches a method of key word connection used to interpret other parables and prophecies.

Only one verse clearly defines the spiritual meaning of a vineyard.

Isaiah 5:7 KJV For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

It is never safe to base the results of an interpretation on a single verse. But this verse does compare a vineyard to Israel. To locate other verses, we can look at words similar to vineyard, such as vine.

Jeremiah 6:9 KJV Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets.

Hosea 10:1 KJV Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.

Jeremiah and Hosea use a vine to represent Israel. Because both vine and vineyard represent Israel, we now have 3 verses that associate a vine, or vineyard to Israel. Now we have to find out if Israel represents more than the nation.

Psalms 81:8 KJV Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;

Isaiah 1:3 KJV The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Jeremiah 31:1 KJV At the same time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

Joel 3:2 KJV I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

A number of verses show Israel represents God’s people.

The lesson in this simple parable shows us what to do when adequate texts can not be located to determine the spiritual meaning. Related words can be used whenever a verse provides a clear association. In this case, Isaiah 5:7 shows a vineyard represents Israel. Because it was the only verse providing a spiritual meaning for vineyard, the word vine was used to locate additional texts. The word vine is related to the word vineyard, but the defining word, tying them together is the word Israel. Because Israel is used to define both a vine, and vineyard, the interpretation is sure.

We can look at this in mathematical terms. If vineyard = Israel, and vine = Israel, than vineyard = vine. We can take this one step further. If vineyard = Israel, and Israel = God’s people, than vineyard = God’s people. Vineyard is a key word used to represent God’s people. If the vineyard is God’s people, the man must be referring to God.

Matthew 20:1-16 KJV For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

To paraphrase, substitute the spiritual meaning for the key word.

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto God, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers to gather His people.

This parable shows God is more than generous in the wages He offers to his workers. All His workers, in all ages, no matter how much, or how little they do, will receive the same wages.

James 2:5 KJV Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

John 14:2 KJV In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

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Rich Man Shall Hardly Enter Into the Kingdom of Heaven Matthew 19

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 30, 2010

KJV Matthew 19:23. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of

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heaven. 24. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

This is in fact one of Jesus’ easiest parables to understand. In this parable Jesus told His disciples a rich man will hardly enter the kingdom of Heaven. In other words, it will be very difficult for a rich man to enter into Heaven. Jesus compares this task to a camel passing through the eye of a needle.

While interpreting this parable many people concentrate on the words camel and needle. In this case Jesus used this comparison to illustrate the fact it is nearly impossible. The word hardly is defined as impracticably. Jesus used this example because He knew, Bible parables and prophecy are perfectly consistent. Whenever a statement defies the laws of nature, it must have a spiritual meaning. In this case the impossible statement is meant to call attention to the expression it is compared to. The real key words unlocking the spiritual meaning of this parable is rich man.

It may be difficult for a rich man to enter Heaven, but it is not impossible. Jesus told another parable about a rich man.

Matthew 13:45-46 KJV Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: (46) Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

This is a very easy parable to interpret. The key word is pearl. The spiritual meaning is found in Revelation 21.

Revelation 21:21 KJV 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.

In this parable we see a merchant selling all he has to purchase one pearl of great price. The pearl represents the gates to Heaven. In this case we see a merchant with a desire to enter Heaven.

Matthew 19:23 requires an inductive study. This requires studying words that are the same, similar, or related to the words rich man.

Revelation 18:3-5 KJV For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have

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committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. (4) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. (5) For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

Revelation 18:15 KJV 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 18:23-24 KJV (23) And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. (24) And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Revelation 18 provides the required connection between rich and merchant. These people are known as great men of the earth. Others look up to these people with respect. It also begins to show why it is impossible for a rich man to enter Heaven. This group of merchants received their riches through sin and deception. At this point we do not need identify who they were dealing with, or what sins they committed. These details will be revealed in other related texts.

Ezekiel 27:3 KJV And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.

Ezekiel 28:12-18 KJV Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. (13) Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. (14) Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. (15) Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (16) By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. (17) Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. (18) Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

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In chapter 27, Ezekiel identifies Tyrus as a merchant of people. This context seems to indicate the physical aspects of Tyrus which was a port city on the eastern end of the Mediterranean. The city was heavily fortified, and consisted of warehouses where goods were stored and traded. The spiritual meaning of the term, merchant of men is further explained in 2 Peter.

In chapter 28, Ezekiel explains exactly what Tyrus represents. Based on the description given there is no doubt Tyrus represents the strong hold of Satan in certain prophecies and parables.

Another interesting detail in uncovered in the definition of Tyrus.

Tyrus H6865: The same as H6864; a rock; Tsor, a place in Palestine: – Tyre, Tyrus.

The word Tyrus means rock. This also carries spiritual implications.

1 Corinthians 10:4 KJV And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Deuteronomy 32:31 KJV For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

The word Rock is used to spiritually represent Christ. Moses told us of a rock that would not be our Rock. Based on these scriptures it is clear to see, Satan is still trying to be like God. One of the temptations Satan attempted to use on Jesus was the riches of the world. It may not have worked on Jesus, but Satan has found others to fall for his temptation.

2 Peter 2:3 KJV And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Peter explains the spiritual meaning of merchandise. The lies, deceit, and greed utilized by these merchants, or rich men, ultimately lead to the destruction of souls. When we consider the fact Satan is their leader, there can be no other conclusion. This is one of the deceptions Satan uses to trap people. Nahum explains exactly how closely these people follow Satan.

Nahum 3:16 KJV Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

They have aspired to be like Satan. This may not be the same lie Satan used in the Garden of Eden, but he still uses the temptation of becoming like gods.

The original question was, why is it so hard for a rich man to enter into Heaven? Based on the scripture contained in this study it is clear to see, the pursuit of riches brings about lies, deceit, and sin. These temptations are brought about by Satan, the father of lies. Deceitful accumulation of wealth is compared to selling a soul, which is termed as spiritual slavery. Moses clearly stated the penalty for dealing in slavery.

Deuteronomy 24:7 KJV 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.

Based on the spiritual interpretation of a rich man, the merchant, we can clearly understand why it is hardly possible for one to enter in through the gates of Heaven. It is all a spiritual battle lost in the pursuit of money.

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Nothing Covered Matthew 10

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 25, 2010

KJV Matthew 10:26-27

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26. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

After more than 300 studies I still find new and important lessons taught within what seems to be the simplest, most straight forward parables. This parable seems to tell the entire story on the surface, but an in depth study on a few of the key words reveals a major lesson on the plan of salvation. This parable also reveals a new concept on William Miller’s eleventh rule which helps identify a parable with spiritual meanings.

William Miller’s eleventh rule deals with the laws of nature. This parable shows that rule may extend beyond the laws of nature to the nature of man. The surface of this parable tells us, there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hid that will not be known. This parable does not defy the laws of nature like other parables, but, it does defy human nature.

This parable deals with something covered, or hidden. People hide objects so others will not find them. The same is true about thoughts, motives, and actions. People conceal their thoughts and actions because they do not want others to discover them, usually because their actions are immoral. Jesus assured His listeners that all hidden thoughts and actions will one day be revealed. No matter how hard people try to conceal their crimes, one day they will be made known. To discover the spiritual details of this parable, we need to compare the key words with other texts.


Neh 4:4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: 5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

Psa 44:15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,

Psa 44:19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

Psa 73:6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.

Psa 139:11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

Psa 140:9 As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.

Isa 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

The Bible shows reproach, iniquity, shame, violence, mischief, darkness and death are things people attempt to cover. Thus far only obvious details have been discovered. Studying only a portion of a key word can be dangerous. The above text shows only a portion of the information available. When information is not complete it can rob people of the blessing God has placed within His word. Further investigation shows a clearer view of God’s plan.

Pro 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Isa 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.

There are at least two spiritual meanings to the key word covered. God’s plan offers an alternative to the negative motives explained in the first set of texts. The alternative is love, salvation and righteousness. Reviewing other key words in Matthew 10:26-27, will show the proper context of the parable.


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Deu 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Isa 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Dan 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

1 Corinthians 2:9-11 KJV (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. (10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

It is as if God had placed these key words in a sequence for a reason. The word covered presented a question. Which context to use in the parable of Matthew 10:26-27? Two choices were given, one with a negative context, the other a positive. After studying the word reveal it becomes clear, God had placed a positive disposition upon this parable. To further verify this, additional key words may be studied.


Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and hid myself.

After Adam and Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they hid themselves from the sight of God. Exactly why were they hiding? The only way to answer that question is to pray to the Spirit for guideance while comparing scripture with scripture.

Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Mat 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

Col 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Strange as it may seem, Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge in an attempt to gain knowledge. The only knowledge gained, was the understanding they had sinned. Everything else was lost. The fact they hid themselves from God illustrates the lesson, not only had they sinned, they chose Satan’s suggestions and promise of knowledge over what God had already given them. Instead of trusting in God, their creator, they decided to try Satan’s plan to become like gods, maybe more than gods. There is a relationship between this lesson and people who choose to follow the instructions of others. There is a closer connection between Adam and Eve’s fall and the common belief, people can get by letting others study for them, than what one would expect.

The direct connection with God was lost in Eden. Jesus came to restore that connection, the understanding and knowledge lost in the garden. Now this knowledge is lost only to those who prefer to follow anyone other than God. This point is hidden just below the surface of this parable. Once we have defined the key words, we are able to see the lesson Jesus hoped to teach.

Cover defines God’s love and salvation.

The word reveal illustrates God’s desire to share and teach His word.

Knowledge is hidden from those who do not follow God.

KJV Matthew 10:26-27

26. Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

Using the definitions of the key words, the parable may be paraphrased.

Do not fear them. God’s love and salvation (covered) will be shared and taught (revealed). It is only hidden to those who do not follow God.

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Withered Fig Tree Matthew 21

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 24, 2010

KJV Matthew 21:18. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came

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to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 20. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! 21. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Reading the entire chapter of Matthew 21 will give you a better idea of how to keep this parable in its proper context. This parable is placed between Jesus clearing the rift raft out of the temple, and the Pharisees questioning His authority.

Jesus is returning to Jerusalem in the morning when He sees a fig tree full of leaves. When He inspects the tree, but he finds no fruit. It is a barren tree. Jesus says, let no fruit grow on you from now and forever. At that moment the tree withered, and His disciples wandered how the tree could die so quickly. Jesus explains to them that if they had faith, they could do the same thing. They would also be able to cast a mountain into the sea. Jesus promised them, anything they asked in prayer they shall receive if they believe.

What does the fig tree represent? To find the spirtiual meaning of the physical tree, we have to compare scripture containing the key words.

Joel 1:12-13 KJV The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men. (13) Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

Joel compares a withered tree to the absence of joy in men.

Hosea 9:10 KJV I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

Hosea compares the first fruits of a fig tree to the fathers of the people he is delivering his message to. Hosea also tells them their fathers worshipped Baalpeor. To understand this anology we first have to find out who Baalpeor is.

Numbers 25:2-3 KJV And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. (3) And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

Psalms 106:28-29 KJV They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. (29) Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them.

Baalpeor is a false God worshipped by the local tribes. Israel has a long history of worshipping Baalpeor by offering sacrifices and eating sacrifices offered to the dead.

Baalpeo rH1187 From H1168 and H6465; Baal of Peor; Baal Peor, a Moabitish deity: – Baal-peor.

The Bible compares a withered fig tree to the lack of joy in men. It also compares it to worship of a false god. They have no joy because they because the price demanded by these false beliefs is high. This illustrates the extent of the spiritual meaning of the parable.

2 Kings 17:17 KJV And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

Following a false god comes in steps. It may begin with prayer, offering insence, and eventually escallte to animal and human sacrifice.

We need to keep this parable within the context it was written. Because Jesus was speaking to the priest and Pharesees, we have to look at what scripture tells us about the extent these groups wandered. There is no scripture indicating the religious rulers of Jerusalem conducted open worship of false gods., but there is evidence they turned from God, and forced their children to walk through a spiritual form of fire.

Matthew 27:20 KJV But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

Matthew 27:25 KJV Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

The priests and elders convinced the crowd to give up Jesus and accept the release of Barabbas. This also teaches a spiritual lesson. The crowd accepted the recommendations of the priest and elders to such an extent they placed the responsibility on their children.

The fig tree represents the priests and elders.

Once the spiritual definition for the key words has been found, the parable can be paraphrased, substituting the spiritual definition for the physical key words.

KJV Matthew 21:18. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 20. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! 21. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

In the morning Jesus returned to Jerusalem, and saw a the priest and elders. When He looked closer He didn’t find any fruit. Jesus said, “let no fruit grow on you from now and forever. The priests and elders immediatly withered away. When the disciples saw this they asked, how soon are the priests and elders withered away? Jesus answered them, “if you have faith, and do not doubt, you will not only be able to do what is done to the priest and elders, but if you say unto this mountain, move into the sea, it shall be done. Everything you ask in prayer, you shall receive.

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Become as Little Children Matthew 18

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 22, 2010

KJV Matthew 18:3. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the

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kingdom of heaven. 4. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5. And whoso.

shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me

This parable uses the word child twice, plus the word children once. Jesus never repeats Himself unless He is trying to teach a lesson He does not want us to miss. This parable begs us to study the word child.

The disciples came to Jesus, asking, who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Jesus set a child upon His lap and told them this parable. You need to be converted, and become like a little child to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever humbles himself like a little child, will be great in Heaven. Whoever receives, or helps a child, receives Jesus.

A child is easily taught because their mind is open, unpolluted by an overwhelming amount of concepts, and they are trusting. This parable may be calling to attention the fact, many things may have to be unlearned before the mind can be open to learning the truth. William Miller reflected the same lesson in his fifth rule of interpretation.

5. Scripture must be its own expositor, since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom, is my rule, and not the Bible. Proof, Ps. 19:7-11; 119:97-105: Matt. 23:8-10; 1 Cor. 2:12-16; Eze. 34:18, 19; Luke 11:52; Matt. 2:7,8.

To find out how to become like a child, we must allow the Bible to show us the aspects of a child. This is accomplished by locating texts describing traits a child will posses.

Genesis 18:19 KJV For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

Exodus 31:16-18 KJV Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. (17) 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.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 KJV And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: (7) And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (8) And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. (9) And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Deuteronomy 32:46 KJV And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.

Matthew 5:9 KJV Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Matthew 19:14 KJV But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

The children of Heaven follow Jesus. They are taugh to respect the ten commandments. They are taught the ways of peace, justice, and judgment. This is the spiritual meaning of being converted like a child.

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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.






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.


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.




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.




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.




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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