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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.

Fish

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.

Mouth

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

Bread

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

Vineyard

Vineyard

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

Jesus and Children

Jesus teaching parables

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.

Rich Merchant

Rich Merchant

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.

Cover

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.

Reveal

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Bible Revealed

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.

Hid

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

Jesus withered tree

Jesus withered tree

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

Jesus and Children

Jesus and Children

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


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Moses Elijah

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

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

 

 

 

 

Moses

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

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

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

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

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

Elijah

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

Elijah Chariot

Elijah Chariot

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

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

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

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

Moses represents those who will be raised from the dead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I will Open My Mouth in Parables Matthew 13

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 16, 2010


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

Jesus and His Parables

Jesus and His Parables

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 15, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

Heart

Heart

Heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eye

Eye

Eye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ear

Ear

Ear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Parable of the Unclean Spirit Matthew 12

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 12, 2010


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

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

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

Rest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

House

House

House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Defiled Bed Genesis 49

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 6, 2010


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

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

Bed

defiled bed

Broken Bed

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

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

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

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

Slumber and Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

Comfort and Rest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Known by Their Fruit Matthew 12

Posted by adventbiblestudy on November 4, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

 

Tree

Tree

Tree

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

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

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

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

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

These texts show a tree can represent people.

Tree = People


 

Spiritual Fruit

Spiritual Fruit

Fruit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fruit = Works

KJV Matthew 12:33

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

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

Tree = People

Fruit = Works

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We also see fruit is better than gold.

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

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

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

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Spoken of by Isaiah: Matthew 12

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 29, 2010


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Seek, Matthew 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 29, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

Seeking God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seeking False Beliefs

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

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

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

KJV Isaiah 29:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seek after Christ

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

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

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

KJV Psalms 71:13-15

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

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

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

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

KJV Mark 8:11-12

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

KJV Luke 11:29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spiritual Meaning of Lamb

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 21, 2010


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

lamb for sacrifice

Lamb for Sacrifice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lord of the Harvest Matthew 9

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 9, 2010


KJV Matthew 9:37-38

Wheat field

Harvest

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

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

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

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

Harvest

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

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

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

The harvest represents the end of the world.

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Give Him a Stone Matthew 7

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 4, 2010


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

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

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

Bread

Bread

Spiritual Bread

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

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

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

Bread symbolizes the word of God.

Stone

Stone Idol

Stone Idol

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

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

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

A stone is used to represent idols.

Fish

Fish

Fish represent men

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

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

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

The Bible uses fish to represent men.

Serpent

Snake

Serpent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fishers of men

Fishers of men

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

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Cup of Cold Water Matthew 10

Posted by adventbiblestudy on October 2, 2010


KJV Matthew 10:42

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

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

Give a child a cup of cold water.

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

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

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

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

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

Water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water symbolizes knowledge, salvation, and the Spirit.

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

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

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

Cold

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

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

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

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

Cold spiritually represents refreshing new, the good news

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

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

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

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Armour of God

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 15, 2010


Short stories about the faith people found when they found Jesus

An eBook explaining faith through a series of stories based on the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Study techniques are shared which show how to develop a closer relationship with God’s Spirit through His written Word.

KJV Ephesians 6:10-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a couple of Bible Study Internet resources I have been using. I have to tell you. I have been learning so much from these classes taught for free by pastor, teacher, and lecturer Dr. Lee Gugliotto. He has taught classes in biblical languages, theology, and hermeneutics at several seminaries. His book, Handbook for Bible Study, was awarded a Gold Medallion, the equivalent of an Oscar for Christian writers. Since working with Dr. Lee, my insight into God’s Word has more than tripled.

WebStudy is a virtual classroom over the Internet. It will train you to listen for God’s voice in the text so the Bible can explain itself. You will master study basics that lay the foundations for deeper personal learning.

QuikerStudy relies on the way the Holy Spirit led Bible writers to express truth God revealed to them. It equips you to use basic Bible study tools and to understand scripture guided by three simple principles––integrated into a single skill. Easy enough for children, it is the ultimate online inductive experience for the whole family.

CuppaJ Cafe serves the most satisfying CuppaJesus in town. We brew up a fresh daily devotion, verse-by-verse from the text to bring out its full flavor. Then we share each daily devotional with those who come to the Cafe to give the group a taste of what the text has to offer, so they can have a deeper, personal learning experience with Christ later that day.

How we brew up the word:

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Lost Sheep Matthew 10

Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 28, 2010


KJV Matthew 10:5-8

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

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

Sheep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Cloth Unto an Old Garment. Matthew 9

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 8, 2010


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

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

Garment

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

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

Robe of Righteousness

Robe of Righteousness

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

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

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

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Can the children of the bridechamber mourn? Matthew 9

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 8, 2010


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

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

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

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

Bridegroom

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

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

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

Lamb

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

lamb for sacrifice

Lamb for Sacrifice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Physician for the Sick Matthew 9

Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 8, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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