H O U S E o f W I S D 0 M
16 July 2021
to Understand It
1. Read Psalms 78:1-8: What is the prophet going to tell the people and for
A parable is a dark sayings h2420. The same Hebrew word is rendered as riddle
in Jdg 14:12, 13, hard questions in 1Ki 10:1 and proverb in Hab 2:6. Parables
of the Bible were for the generations to come, and given to reveal the praises,
strength and wonderful works of God; that we might hope in God, not being like
previous rebellious generations whose spirit was not steadfast with God. Jesus
told the disciples that parables were the hidden things of the kingdom of heaven
and not everyone would receive them, Mt 13:10-15.
2. What is meant by he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law
in Israel? Lv 24:5-9; Dt 8:1-3.
Jacob had 12 sons,
from which all Israel descended. Prophets of Israel wrote the Bible. Types
of the Bible are the 12 loaves
of bread furnished by the
tribes every sabbath–the 7th day, Lv 24:5-9. Manna, the bread from
which we are to gather daily, Ex 16:4-5, and through which comes the words
the Lord to the prophets and brings us into the rest of God, of which the
7th day is a symbol; both the manna and show bread are symbols for the written
word we call the Bible, which was inspired by Jesus Christ, 1Pt 1:9-11.
Israel, since the cross, consists of Jews and Gentiles, Rom 2:28-29, who
accept the hidden things of God. Law = instructions.
3. Read Proverbs 25:2: What is God’s glory and what does king mean
to you? Ps 78:1-5; Job 19:9; Pr 14:18.
Glory (doxa g1391),
Thayer defines as views, judgments, opinions, which the Hebrew also indicates.
God’s glory is His character based on His ideas
and opinions, which He concealed in parables. Literally, a king sits on a throne
from which he rules his kingdom. Read Mt 19:28: A kingdom is an understanding,
Lk 17:20:21, the throne is your conscience. Understanding of the writings of
the apostles and prophets, the views and judgments inspired by Jesus, should
be the guide of our conscience. If your decisions are based on a man’s
understanding, you will err. Everyone must work out their own salvation,
with fear and trembling, Php 2:12, with the word.
4. Read 1Corinthians 2:1-10: In Paul’s day how much of God’s
wisdom has man seen? Verse 8-9
Paul and the disciples
understood and taught that the hidden things of God are understood from
parables and things made,
Rom 1:20. Verse 9 is a quote
of Isa 64:4 and says the hidden things were revealed to them by God’s
spirit, v10. If all you do is listen to a man’s interpretation of the
written word, and do not study for yourselves, you are not making truth your
own; you are letting another work out your salvation. Which are you trusting?
5. Read Mark 4:1-9: What does the seed and earth represent? Mark 4:10-14.
Seed is sown in
the earth: The seed is the word of God, Lk 8:11, sown in the mind/heart
of the hearer, a symbol of which is
concocted by ourselves.
Read Zechariah 12:1: If the earth represents the ideas man, what are the heavens?
God’s thoughts are described as the heavens, being far different than
man’s thoughts. Man’s heavens represent the way we are taught to
perceive God at first. When God creates a new heaven and a new earth, he is
speaking of a new way of understanding the divine and human natures. We are
being given a new heart and a new spirit, Eze 36:24-27—i.e. being born
of water and the holy spirit, Jn 3:5. The spirit is the truth, 1Jn 5:6, Jn
6. Read Matthew 24:21-35: What is Jesus describing? v30-31; Heb 12:1; Mal 4:2;
Did you know that
our sun is classified as a star? Jesus is the bright and morning star,
Rv 22:16, the sun of righteousness,
Mal 4:2, who will heal
us of all our sins—if we have ears to hear, Rv 2:7. Matthew refers to the
heavens that is man’s way of seeing God; the moon is man’s interpretation
of the Bible, which is the abomination of desolation, Mt 24:15; and the stars
are man’s impure light that rules his darkness. Clouds are a symbol of
people moved by the spirit (wind) of God to drop their water, Heb 12:1; Dt
32:1-2, that is, give the word of God to people. Understanding the parables,
stories as allegories (Gal 4:21-31) and comparing scripture with scripture
is how you start with understanding of prophecy. We must see things the way
God sees them. The ‘angels,’ a Greek word, are God’s messengers
who sound the last seven trumpets. Matthew is not describing the literal
return of Jesus, but the an event of giving of the gospel and its effect
Mt 24:14. The tribulation, Mt 24:21, is beginning. Church and state are merging
right before our eyes. Are you ready to stand with God? Or, will you will
you stand with those who take the mark, name and number of the beast?
7. Read Hebrews 5:10-14; 6:1-2: What is the milk of the word? Heb 5:12; 6:1-2.
Milk is for babies,
1Pt 2:2, which Paul calls the beginning principles of the doctrine of Christ— repent from dead works (that are based on man’s
understanding), faith toward God (in order to receive God’s faith–his
understanding), teaching of baptism, judgement and resurrection of the dead.
These are the truths we were taught by whatever group we joined. Paul calls
it all “milk.” But even the foundation is mingled with error in
religious organizations. God’s understanding is infinite, Isa 55-7-9,
and everyday we should seek Him to know it.
8. Read 1Corinthians 3:1-7: In the first three verses, what is shown to be
the difference between a one who drinks milk verses one who eats solid food?
One drinking milk:
fleshly/carnal (thinking like a man’s); not able
to eat solid food (unable to get beyond introductory doctrines); not overcoming
the carnal mind-set, cf Rom 8:5-8,–and each organization claiming to
know Jesus Christ, yet the disagree among themselves.
One eating solid food: they learn to think like God thinks; correct the errors
mingled with the foundational teachings; learning to love others; becoming
one with Father and Son and each other, Jn 17:20-22.
What is a person to do? Study to show yourself approved and the Lord give
you understanding in all things, 2Tim2:15, 7. Amen.
Note: This study is only an introduction to the approach of understanding
the Bible and prophecy.
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