Those Words given to mankind in ancient times have been given to mankind to help them to restore their relationship with the Divine Maker. Looking at those ancient texts we can learn about the history of mankind and see how man went wrong and got many difficulties over himself by his own wrong doing. We also can see how the Divine Creator had not left His people alone but all the time was willing to come close to them and to help them.
By studying the Torah we are studying the way in which God wants us to live on this earth. It is a way to get again involved in the restoration of the relationship between man and its Maker. For Jews it is also the way to come to know their essence.
(We) are in fact engaged in discovering the essence of Judaism, which is to say, the essence of ourselves.
When we look at the history of the Jews we also can see that it demonstrates that the moment study of Torah was neglected, assimilation of the Jewish people into its surroundings made its inroad. Without fail, every Jewish community in history that did not teach and study Torah as its first priority gradually disappeared from the scene.
From this also non-Jews can learn. All people should come to see that
“Beyond all the good, rational reasons, Torah is the mysterious bridge which connects the Jew and God, across which they interact and communicate, and by means of which God fulfils His covenant with His people to sustain them and protect them.
It is therefore no surprise that Torah study is so central with the Jewish community. It is the first blessing a newborn child receives:
“May he grow up to Torah, to the wedding canopy, and to good deeds.”
The Jews their Sidur or prayer book is also filled with petitions to God to help them to understand His Torah. No wonder Rebbe Akiva in the Talmud states that to expect a Jew to live without Torah is like expecting a fish to live without water. That’s because the fact is that the Torah is the essence of the Jewish people, but it should also be the centre of each lover of God, our very life and soul, and without it we literally have no existence.
For those who are looking for God, I can only advise to go and see what the Book of books God has provided may deliver to them. Each person taking up that sacred, holy or set-apart library of books shall be carried away by the texts, coming to understand lots of things which go wrong in this world. They also shall come to feel that Torah study is the single most satisfying endeavour that they came to undertake. By coming to study the Torah one shall come to feel that the Torah reveals to us “the mind of God,” and contains the deepest secrets of the universe.
But there is more than the Torah. The collection of 66 writings (letters and books), written over a period of 1500 years by 40 different writers in different styles, all are in one line in unison with each other. Those writers from different classes and different professions all contributed by writing down what was given to them by the Pneuma. Written in three different languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek those works sometimes where also written for a specific group using their language or way of speaking and discussing their way of thought. Though we may not ignore that more than 3800 times those writers of the bible books say that it are not their words but the Words which came from God. Several times we also come to hear that we should use those words as a guidance or directive (serving or intended to guide, govern, or influence) for a good life.
We can see that those writers did not hide their own weaknesses and also wrote down their own faults, what most civilian readers would mostly avoid to come to light. Often “criticasters” or “critics of the Bible” say that there are contradictions in it; but often it is because of their lack of knowledge that they do not see that it are not contradictions but facts seen from an other perspective. Often the given proceedings complement each other, and the events looked from an other point of view, give additional information. We can see that those texts replete and complement so that we can learn more about it and come to see clearer in case we mist something in the first story or description of a similar event.
Outside of the Torah we are further given information how to live and how to prepare ourselves for the Kingdom of God. When you know that the Books of the Torah give us the Law, we can come to see in the other books how people managed to live with or around The Law. In the Nevi’im and Kethuvim Aleph we also come to see how God went about with His people who so often forgot His Mighty Helping Hand. Not only in the Nevi’im or Books of Prophets we find prophetic writings. 25% of the Bible exist of prophesies of which the majority came already in fulfilment and of which we can see how many years beforehand there was told about what was going to happen and did happen. So, the few which did not happen yet, but where told about, we may be sure shall still going to happen in the future.
It are not only prophesies for the Jewish people [like Devarim (Deuteronomy) 28:26-67; Yehzqeel (Ezekiel) 36-37-] , but there is given a lot of attention to the foretold Mashiach or Messiah. In a following posting you shall be able to see how many times he was predicted and how the Bible itself is totally centred around that Saviour which was to come to bring liberation for all mankind, so not only for Jews, but for every living being. In the Kethuvim Bet or Messianic Writings the moment had come of the revelation of that Messiah, the bringer of peace, though his birth already brought a lot of bloodshed again from young toddlers.
Yes there may be a lot of bloodshed, misery, agony, been shown in those books. But there is also a lot of poetry and wisdom literature which not only can give insight but also lots of hope and showing the light to a marvellous perspective in reach for all who want to listen.
The Bible is no secret book though it might sometimes look mysterious. Some are convinced that it might require secret knowledge to be understood; being so mysterious and/or esoteric. You might call it arcane, only understood by a few. If the subject matter sounds arcane, incomprehensible, inscrutable, mysterious, recondite, unaccountable, unfathomable, unintelligible, unrecognizable and unpromising, it is certainly not unimportant and for sure very promising. Those books are also not confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle, every person who want to read the text like it is written, shall be able to find the essence of what it wants to tell.
You do not have to read those books in a language which is almost always an agony of arcane jargon and clunky grammar. No there are modern translations using a vocabulary in different levels of reading possibility, not to abstruse or difficult to comprehend.
The Bible may be arcane in the sense of “to hold, contain, guard” (source also of Greek arkos “defense,” arkein “to ward off;” Armenian argel “obstacle;” Lithuanian raktas “key,” rakinti “to shut, lock”), showing the “hidden things, mysteries,” revealing the secrets or mysteries; the arcanus or “secret, hidden, private, concealed”.
By studying the Bible we may find out the Ways of God. He is willing to teach His Way when we are willing to listen to Him. The ones not wanting to know about God, in the end, shall come to know they shall miss something. To find the meaning of life shall be much more difficult than for the believer in God, who much easier shall be able to find peace at heart. All being created in the image of God and the original man having eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, having received knowledge of good and evil, also makes that God in all creatures has given some knowledge of good and evil, so that each individual has some idea of moral and ethics. All people do have have moral codes, but the ultimate authority behind those positions lies within themselves, each individual having to make his own choices.
Man should know that there is given The Law, a law and book of guidance, but when one loves somebody there is much more than a law that binds those partners. The love has to grow by getting to know God better and as a result laws would not be struggle or a difficult matter to keep. God His Laws will not be a burden when one loves the Most High. Out of love we shall also try to please that God to Whom we want to be close.
It should be the love for God which also brings us eager to read His Words. The desire to come to know what He likes most must be deep in our heart and shall bring us to read regularly those assembled books of wisdom. Out of love for our divine Creator we look forward to have Him above all human guides or teachers. He is the Most Precious teacher. He also provided other teachers whose words we should hear as well, like Solomon, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Jesus. We should know that no one who walks determines his own steps, but that it must be Him we should trust and have as our Guide to direct our steps.
Jeremiah 10:23-24 (TS2009)
23 O יהוה, I know the way of man is not in himself, it is not for man who walks to direct his own steps. 24 O יהוה, chastise me, but with right-ruling – not in Your displeasure, lest You bring me to naught.
Proverbs 20:24 (TS2009)
24 The steps of a man are from יהוה; What does a man know about his own way?
Proverbs 14:8 (TS2009)
8 The wisdom of the clever is to understand His way, But the folly of fools is deceit.
It is by letting us mould by that Word of God that we can become some one and shall not belong to the fools who do not want to come to know God. No word of any person can have such wisdom or can be so right as God’s Word, which is infallible. It is God Who steers our hearts into His love.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (TS2009)
5 And the Master direct your hearts into the love of Elohim and into the endurance for Messiah.
Therefore let us incline our heart to God His Word more than to human philosophical talk and human doctrine, but keep to Biblical doctrine, in the knowledge that God is the Omniscient. when giving our ear to God He shall be willing to incline His ear to us as well and shall not abandon us.
1 Kings 8:56-61 (TS2009)
56 “Blessed be יהוה, who has given rest to His people Yisra’ĕl, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good word, which He promised through His servant Mosheh. 57 “יהוה our Elohim is with us as He was with our fathers – He does not leave us nor forsake us – 58 to incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to guard His commands and His laws and His right-rulings, which He commanded our fathers. 59 “And let these words of mine, with which I have made supplication before יהוה, be near יהוה our Elohim day and night, to maintain the cause of His servant and the cause of His people Yisra’ĕl, the matter of each day in its day, 60 so that all the peoples of the earth might know that יהוה is Elohim, there is no one else. 61 “Let your heart therefore be perfect to יהוה our Elohim, to walk in His laws and guard His commands, as at this day.”
When walking by the same rule as the ancient People of Israel, we should press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim, letting His Word be our guide every day and every hour. That we may come directed in such a way that it maybe easy to follow the right direction. Knowing where God wants us to go, we must listen to Him as He speaks through the words of scripture and directs our paths, offering a gain which is much higher than the world ever shall be able to present us.
Proverbs 3:5-14 (TS2009)
5 Trust in יהוה with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 Know Him in all your ways, And He makes all your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;a Fear יהוה and turn away from evil.b Footnotes: aIsa 5:21. bJob 28:28. 8 It is healing to your navel, And moistening to your bones. 9 Esteem יהוה with your goods, And with the first-fruits of all your increase; 10 Then your storehouses shall be filled with plenty, And your vats overflow with new wine. 11 My son, do not despise the discipline of יהוה, And do not loathe His reproof; 12 For whom יהוה loves He reproves, As a father the son whom he delights in.c Footnote: cJob 3:11-12 are quoted in Heb 12:5-6. 13 Blessed is the man who has found wisdom, And the man who gets understanding; 14 For the gain from it is better Than gain from silver, And its increase than fine gold.
2 Timothy 3:10-17 (TS2009)
10 But you did closely follow my teaching, the way of life, the purpose, the belief, the patience, the love, the endurance, 11 the persecutions, the sufferings, which came to me at Antioch, at Ikonion, and at Lustra – what persecutions I bore. Yet out of them all the Master delivered me. 12 And indeed, all those wishing to live reverently in Messiah יהושע, shall be persecuted.c Footnote: cMat 5:10. 13 But evil men and impostors shall go on to the worse,d leading astray and being led astray. Footnote: dMat 24:12, Rev 22:11. 14 But you, stay in what you have learned and trusted, having known from whom you have learned, 15 and that from a babe you have known the Set-apart Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for deliverance through belief in Messiah יהושע. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.
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- Written down in God’s Name
- The Word of God in print
- Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe
- Bible, best Book of books to get to know the truth
- Written by inspiration of God for our admonition, to whom it shall be imputed if they believe
- A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
- Inspired Word
- Unread bestseller
- Book of books and great masterpiece
- Challenging claim
- Challenging claim 1 Whose word
- Challenging claim 2 Inspired by God 1 Simple words
- Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
- Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
- Authority of the Bible
- Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
- the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
- the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
- the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
- the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
- the Bible – God’s guide for life #5 What is God like
- Creator and Blogger God 11 Old and New Blog 1 Aimed at one man
- Listening to the lessons of the Bible and looking for ways to please God
- Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
- How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together
- Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
- Written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
- Missional hermeneutics 2/5
- Missional hermeneutics 5/5
- Building up the spirit of the soul
- Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #12 God Himself masters His Own Word
- God giving signs and producing wonders
- By temptations, by signs, and by wonders we can see the Works of God
- Miracles of revelation and of providence 2 Providence
- The Need to Understand Genre
- To find ways of Godly understanding
- How to Find the Meaning of Life and Reach a State of Peace
- Devotees and spotters
- Colour-blindness and road code
- An unbridgeable gap
- Hearing words to accept
- Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
- Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
- In case you find contradiction between Old and New Testament
- Daily Spiritual Food To prepare ourselves for the Kingdom of God
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
- People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
- Bible & us
- Written to whom it is about to be reckoned
- When there is a God is it possible to relate to Him
- Human & Biblical teachings
- Reading of contrasts
- God’s Attribute of Wisdom
- Visions from God
- But Where can Wisdom be Found?
- Delight & Desire
- Pleasing God vs following a rule book
- Benefits of Daily Bible Reading
- Goals of Daily Bible Reading
- Mechanics of Daily Bible Reading
- 15 April 2017 Bible Reading
- Life is not a game with no lasting consequences.
- Are we listening?
- StubbornPleasing God vs following a rule book
- To Criticize the Critic
- The reason is relationship
- Gleanings from the Bible: Psalms 52, 57 and 65
- Gleanings from the Bible: Psalms 86, 90, 95 and 103
- Gleanings from the Bible: Proverbs
- Gleanings from the Bible: Ecclesiastes
- Gleanings from the Bible: Ecclesiastes, Emptiness and the State of the Church
- Gleanings from the Bible: Song of Songs.
- Gleanings from the Bible: Joel
- Wisdom Literature
- Wisdom Wedneday: Wisdom for Leadership from the Wisdom of Solomon
- God’s Wisdom
- Proverbs introduction
- Proverbs – Something to Savor
- Proverbs 8
- Proverbs 9
- Proverbs 31
- Ecclesiastes – Introduction
- Ecclesiastes 1
- The Secret Hidden Treasure
- Woe and Lamentation!
- Jesus and Bible prophecies he fullfilled
- The power of Christ’s words..and His call to us to preach them
- He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus
- His bloody cross, his precious bloodshed
- He will swallow up death for all time
- A Spiritual Food – God’s prophecy – Excerpt from “The Holy Bible Continues” published by Groy 1
- Protection Officers – God’s prophecy – Excerpt from “The Holy Bible Continues” published by Groy 2
- Exit Strategy End Times: “For My own sake.”
- Religions based on … well … myths, or alternative facts. Or lies.
- You can’t proclaim what you don’t remember
- Something More Sure
- What Is Supernatural Knowledge?
- God’s power seen in our weaknesses
- Review: Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes
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