Wednesday August 1, 2012

Since the Bible is the dictionary for the language of the Bible, it becomes very important that we not mix man’s ideas about what God’s words mean, with God’s definitions of his words. This is where the rubber meets the road. God’s definitions are spiritually discerned.

Professing believers, not fully committed to God, will not get a proper understanding of God’s words. They will plead for the use of worldly minded men’s books, Strong’s Concordance Lexicons; Bible Dictionaries by Vine, Zodhiates; Word Studies by Vincent, Wuest, Trench; Hebrew-English Dictionaries by Brown, Driver, Briggs; Greek-English Lexicons by Moulton, Thayer, Danker, Liddell; Greek & Hebrew Texts by Metzger, Scrivener, Berry, Ginsburg & Green; and all Greek and Hebrew Study Tools & Intrelinears; and other “modern” translations of the Bible.

But all this is the departure point from God to Satan. Man’s ideas about God’s words, are the whisperings of Satan through his agents, professional experts, highly educated, IN THE WORLD!, attempting to reach and probe into the mysteries of godliness; but the door is closed to them, while it is open to the humble seeker for truth, who comes using the ask formula. Ask, Seek and Knock, in total commitment.

Praise God!! for his truth! Every word of God is pure. Proverbs 30:5

Understanding these things is important. Eve, at the tree, gave countenance and credence to Satan. Listening must be done to gain information. When enough information is gathered, you make a decision. Hanging out at the tree of the knowledge of evil and the world is not wise. Satan has a thousand agents lined up just waiting to take up your time, preventing you from being sealed. It is not proper for you to evaluate everything there is to evaluate.

Christ had to listen to Satan’s temptations, otherwise he could not have been tempted. But don’t immerse yourself into the temptation! Years ago Desmond Ford was rising in the SDA world. A friend of mine was listening to what he had to say, and was playing a tape in the garage where we were working together on a project; so I listened. After a few minutes, Ford claimed that only the morning and evening sacrifice typified Christ. At that point I knew the man was wrong, preaching error and darkness. Even though I was in darkness my own self, I knew that every single item and ceremony and sacrifice of the temple services typified Christ, because I had studied truth.

Remember that Satan is breathing out light and power. (The Day-Star) Light is truth. But when truth is  mixed with Satan’s lies, it is a deadly batch of strong drink. At the first sign of error, don’t walk, run! Notice the parallels and definitions here, God is speaking.

Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Isaiah 5:21, 22

The peg words are in blue, underlined, and the parallel definitions are in red. God is teaching us his language. Those who are “wise in their own eyes” are “prudent in their own sight.”  Those who are “mighty to drink wine” are “men of strength to mingle strong drink.”
Wine is defined as doctrine, sometimes good; sometimes bad, as in the above case.

I [God] would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s [woman is church] house [is church also], who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink [receive instruction] of spiced wine [doctrine] of the juice of my pomegranate. Song 8:2

This, however, is the problem of those who are out of the way.

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. Isaiah 28:7
    Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. Isaiah 29:9

Which is why this instruction was given to John the Baptist’s parents.

For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. Luke 1:15

Prove all things. Run from error. Walk in the light, because in him is no darkness at all.

God Bless your Study

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