Not studying an abstract and arcane text of the ancient world

The Divine Creator provided the greatest tool to learn what we should know, to make the best of our life, with His infallible Word, collected in 66 books, whereby 25% of the text is focussing on a Mashiach or Messiah, a Saviour for all mankind.

For some people it may look an arcane language of ancient times not useful any more for our contemporary world. The written collection of order, instruction, or guide, issued by an authority much higher than any living being on this earth, may for many be not easily understood, abstruse or obscure, because they just not want to listen to the words like they are written down but prefer to listen to human doctrines which may confuse lots of people and bring a lot of false teachings into the world. The Bible is not at all arcane, requiring secret knowledge to be understood. One does not have to have a degree in theology to come to understand God’s Word. To get to understand it and to get wisdom one needs to read it regularly and has to study those words given by the Most High, giving more attention to them than to words of so called theologians who prefer to hold on to human doctrines instead of Biblical doctrines.

When we study Torah, or the other books, together forming the Holy Scriptures or Bible, we are not studying an abstract and arcane text of the ancient world.

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.”

Siddur.
Siddur. – Sheynhertz-Unbayg

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.

Reading from the scroll

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.

Reading the Scroll

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 arcaneincomprehensible, 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”.

Studying the set-apart Scriptures

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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Preceding

When found the necessary books to read and how to read them

A Tool to shed light over the qualities in our life 2 Jews for a Messiah

A Tool to shed light over the qualities in our life 3 Menorah and 7 basic emotions

How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 3)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 4)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 5)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 6) an after thought

An other tool bringing words for understanding and wisdom

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Additional reading

  1. An uncovering book to explore
  2. Written down in God’s Name
  3. The Word of God in print
  4. Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe
  5. Written by inspiration of God for our admonition, to whom it shall be imputed if they believe
  6. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  7. Inspired Word
  8. Unread bestseller
  9. Book of books and great masterpiece
  10. Challenging claim
  11. Challenging claim 1 Whose word
  12. Challenging claim 2 Inspired by God 1 Simple words
  13. Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
  14. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  15. Authority of the Bible
  16. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  17. the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
  18. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
  19. the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
  20. the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
  21. the Bible – God’s guide for life #5 What is God like
  22. Creator and Blogger God 11 Old and New Blog 1 Aimed at one man
  23. Listening to the lessons of the Bible and looking for ways to please God
  24. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  25. How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together
  26. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  27. Written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
  28. Missional hermeneutics 2/5
  29. Missional hermeneutics 5/5
  30. Building up the spirit of the soul
  31. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #12 God Himself masters His Own Word
  32. God giving signs and producing wonders
  33. Miracles of revelation and of providence 2 Providence
  34. The Need to Understand Genre
  35. To find ways of Godly understanding
  36. How to Find the Meaning of Life and Reach a State of Peace
  37. Devotees and spotters
  38. Colour-blindness and road code
  39. An unbridgeable gap
  40. Hearing words to accept
  41. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  42. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  43. In case you find contradiction between Old and New Testament
  44. Daily Spiritual Food To prepare ourselves for the Kingdom of God
  45. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  46. People Seeking for God 3 Laws and directions
  47. Bible & us
  48. When there is a God is it possible to relate to Him
  49. Human & Biblical teachings
  50. 1: Backbone book
  51. 2: Collection of books
  52. 3: Hidden books
  53. 4: Collection to show God
  54. 5: One not without the other
  55. 6: Essential to come to faith
  56. 7: Reliability of writers
  57. Recommended articles about the Book of books the Bible

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Further reading

  1. God’s Attribute of Wisdom
  2. Visions from God
  3. But Where can Wisdom be Found?
  4. Delight & Desire
  5. Pleasing God vs following a rule book
  6. Benefits of Daily Bible Reading
  7. Goals of Daily Bible Reading
  8. Mechanics of Daily Bible Reading
  9. 15 April 2017 Bible Reading
  10. Life is not a game with no lasting consequences.
  11. Are we listening?
  12. StubbornPleasing God vs following a rule book
  13. To Criticize the Critic
  14. The reason is relationship
  15. Gleanings from the Bible: Psalms 52, 57 and 65
  16. Gleanings from the Bible: Psalms 86, 90, 95 and 103
  17. Gleanings from the Bible: Proverbs
  18. Gleanings from the Bible: Ecclesiastes
  19. Gleanings from the Bible: Ecclesiastes, Emptiness and the State of the Church
  20. Gleanings from the Bible: Song of Songs.
  21. Gleanings from the Bible: Joel
  22. Wisdom Literature
  23. Wisdom Wedneday: Wisdom for Leadership from the Wisdom of Solomon
  24. God’s Wisdom
  25. Proverbs introduction
  26. Proverbs – Something to Savor
  27. Proverbs 8
  28. Proverbs 9
  29. Proverbs 31
  30. Ecclesiastes – Introduction
  31. Ecclesiastes 1
  32. Prophecy
  33. The Secret Hidden Treasure
  34. Woe and Lamentation!
  35. Jesus and Bible prophecies he fullfilled
  36. The power of Christ’s words..and His call to us to preach them
  37. He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus
  38. His bloody cross, his precious bloodshed
  39. He will swallow up death for all time
  40. A Spiritual Food – God’s prophecy – Excerpt from “The Holy Bible Continues” published by Groy 1
  41. Protection Officers – God’s prophecy – Excerpt from “The Holy Bible Continues” published by Groy 2
  42. Exit Strategy End Times: “For My own sake.”
  43. Religions based on … well … myths, or alternative facts. Or lies.
  44. You can’t proclaim what you don’t remember
  45. Something More Sure
  46. What Is Supernatural Knowledge?
  47. God’s power seen in our weaknesses
  48. Review: Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes
  49. How My Faith Helps Me Worry Less
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An other tool bringing words for understanding and wisdom

The world received written words from the Ruach haKodesh, to be taught and to receive encouragement of the Tanakh and presenting prophesies so that we might patiently hold on to a hope entrusted by the Most High Elohim, so that we may be fully equipped for every good work.

In the previous three postings I brought the Menorah forwards to shed light in the darker room and to enlighten our spirit presenting us seven basic emotions and the warmth of the Most Divine.

When we look at the menorah lamp we may have the centre candle branding most of the time. Though it must not burn all day, in our heart that symbolic light has to burn all the day and all the night. We may not forget that centre candle represents God awareness, the thing that has to be lit inside of us, at all times, for it is the God connection.

such connection can only grow when we open our heart and want to listen to the Words of That Most High Eternal Almighty Spirit, Whose light never fades. It is not because we can not see God that we would not be able to hear Him. It may even be that humble will hear more easily about the works of God and rejoice to magnify the Most High Elohim. For those who search for God may come to hear Him. We may be sure that God shall not have us to shame we looked for Him and we praised Him.

Exodus 33:20 (TS2009)
20 But He said, “You are unable to see My face, for no man does see Me and live.”

Psalms 34:1-7 (TS2009)

Psalms 34
1 Aleph I bless יהוה at all times; His praise is continually in my mouth. 2 Bĕt My being makes its boast in יהוה; Let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Gimel Oh, make יהוה great with me, And let us exalt His Name together. 4 Dalet I sought יהוה, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. 5 Hĕ They looked to Him and were lightened, Waw And their faces were not ashamed. 6 Zayin This poor one cried out and יהוה heard him, And saved him out of all his distresses. 7 Ḥet The messenger of יהוה encamps all around those who fear Him, And rescues them.

We live in a world where many to this day did not open their heart to God for getting understanding. Their eyes shall not perceive the same light as when we look at the menorah. Many today have their ears shut. Though we must also know that some will never understand though perhaps they will look and look but never comprehend.

Matthew 13:12-17 (TS2009)
12 “For whoever possesses, to him more shall be given, and he shall have overflowingly; but whoever does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him.c Footnote: cCompare footnote at Luk 8:18. 13 “Because of this I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 “And in them the prophecy of Yeshayahu is completely filled, which says, ‘Hearing you shall hear and by no means understand, and seeing you shall see and by no means perceive, 15 for the heart of this people has become thickened, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart, and turn back, and I heal them.’ Isa 6:9-10. 16 “And blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear, 17 for truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous ones longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Therefore we better choose to have wise ears, willing to learn and a heart willing to grow. We are better of to accept those Words which are written son very long ago by men ordered by the Omnipotent Omniscient to write it down and tell the people what God had to say. Those Words of God are available to us all so that we can treasure up God his mitzvot.

When we take those writings of those chosen men, we can dream away under the candle light or let our thoughts wander over the paths God has laid out in front of us. Getting to read those sacred or set-apart (holy) words we can make our ear attend to wisdom. When we incline our heart to understanding for those words we may know that if we do not seem to understand them we can ask God Himself to enlighten us. For if we cry for discernment and lift up our voice for understanding, showing to God that we are prepared to seek for His treasures instead of the treasures of this earth, He shall be willing to come closer to us and to give us replies.

When you are opening up your mind for God’s Word then you would understand the fear of יהוה, and find the knowledge of Elohim, because from His mouth comes wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 18:15 (TS2009)
15 The heart of the understanding one gets knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Proverbs 2:1-12 (TS2009)

Proverbs 2
1 My son, if you accept my words, And treasure up my commands with you, 2 So that you make your ear attend to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; 3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as hidden treasures, 5 Then you would understand the fear of יהוה, And find the knowledge of Elohim. 6 For יהוה gives wisdom; Out of His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 And He treasures up stability for the straight, A shield to those walking blamelessly, 8 To watch over the paths of right-ruling, And the way of His lovingly-commited ones He guards. 9 Then you would understand righteousness And right-ruling, and straightness – Every good path. 10 For wisdom would enter your heart, And knowledge be pleasant to your being, 11 Discretion would guard you; Understanding would watch over you, 12 To deliver you from the evil way, From the man who speaks perversities,

But we must know that it does not stop there. From those words we learn that we must tell others about what we have learned and that we have to teach our children, by talking about those inspiring words and events written in that library of books. To do that there are many occasions. When you sit in your house and when you travel on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. Every moment of the day can be taken to read the words of God but also to talk about those words.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (TS2009)
18 And you shall lay up these Wordsb of Mine in your heart and in your being, and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. Footnote: bSee footnote at Deu 5:22. 19 And you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up, 20 and shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children are increased on the soil of which יהוה swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of the heavens on the earth.

Nehemiah 8:2-7 (TS2009)
2 And Ezra the priest brought the Torah before the assembly of both men and women and all who could hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh new moon. 3 And he read from it in the open space in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people listened to the Book of the Torah. 4 And Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose. And beside him on his right stood Mattithyah, and Shema, and Anayah, and Uriyah, and Ḥilqiyah, and Ma‛asĕyah. And on his left stood Peḏayah, and Misha’ĕl, and Malkiyah, and Ḥashum, and Ḥashbaddanah, Zeḵaryah, Meshullam. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people. And when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 And Ezra blessed יהוה, the great Elohim. Then all the people answered, “Amĕn, Amĕn!” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshipped יהוה with faces to the ground. 7 And Yĕshua, and Bani, and Shĕrĕḇyah, Yamin, Aqquḇ, Shabbethai, Hoḏiyah, Ma‛asĕyah, Qelita, Azaryah, Yozaḇaḏ, Ḥanan, Pelayah, and the Lĕwites, caused the people to understand the Torah while the people were in their place.

We are given the scrolls. Today they can be found published in books in many different languages, so that nobody might have an excuse he could not find the Bible in a language he could understand. Having the set-apart Scriptures we should be wiling to read it regularly and intensely, as if it is the nicest sweet (as honey for sweetness) and the biggest treasure we can find, more to be desired than gold, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Ezekiel 3:1-3 (TS2009)

Ezekiel 3
1 And He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find, eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Yisra’ĕl.” 2 And I opened my mouth, and He fed me the scroll. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I am giving you.” And I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.a Footnote: aPsa 19:10, Psa 119:103, Rev 10:9-10.

The Word of Life is hold forth in front of us and has light shining before men, so that they shall know at the end of the race it was not in vain.

Philippians 2:16 (TS2009)
16 holding on to the Word of life, for a boast to me in the day of Messiah, that I have not run in vain or laboured in vain.

But we should keep reading in the book of books, always paying attention to ourself and to the teaching.

1 Timothy 4:13 (TS2009)
13 Until I come, give attention to reading of Scripture, to encouragement, to teaching.

1 Timothy 4:16 (TS2009)
16 Pay attention to yourself and to the teaching. Continue in them, for in doing this you shall save both yourself and those who hear you.

When we look at that book of books we come to know that Torah study is regarded as the most important of all mitzvahs, because it opens the door for observance of the other mitzvot. As the Talmud says:

“The study of Torah is equal to the sum total of all other mitzvahs” (Shabbat 127a).

Throughout the ages there have been several teachers who explained why we should read the Torah. The Orthodox Jewish rabbi and rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth Jacob of Atlanta, Georgia, Rabbi Emanuel Feldman is one of those contemporary teachers who in his book “On Judaism” (Shaar Press), explains beautifully the importance of Torah study:

“Study of Torah is a specific mitzvah in Deuteronomy 6:7 (which we recite daily in the Shema):

“You shall teach them diligently to your children”

– which directs us to transmit Torah to the next generation…

“and you shall speak of them (words of Torah) while you sit at home, while you walk on the way, when you go to bed and when you get up”

– which directs us to study the Torah ourselves. This need to devote ourselves to knowing the Torah, to work at it, to strive to comprehend it, to give it first priority – is repeated over and over again throughout the Bible…

Looking at the history of mankind we also can see that strangely enough every time people went away from Torah teaching their situation reversed drastically, sometimes even to the disappearance of their culture.

We must know that the Divine Creator has given His Word for a good reason so that we beyond all the good, rational reasons, in Torah can find the mysterious bridge which connects the Faithful Believer (Jew and all those who want to be Children of God) 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.

For the Jews it is therefore no surprise that Torah study is so central with them. For every person who want to come under god it is essential to come to know god and to come to see clear what He wants from us.

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Rabbi Akiva Eger (also spelled as Akiva Eiger), or Akiva Güns, Yiddish: עקיבא אייגער‎, (Eisenstadt, 1761 – Poznań, 1837) outstanding Talmudic scholar, influential halakhic decisor and foremost leader of European Jewry during the early 19th century.

We also can find the mohel Rebbe Akiva Eger (or Akiva Eiger/Güns) from Eisenstadt, [the most important town of the Seven Jewish Communities of Burgenland, Hungary, (now Austria)], in the Talmud stating 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. For every believer in the Most High God of gods, their very life and soul, should be with that set-apart message from God, by which without it we literally have no existence.

When reading the Torah, we have the correspondence of our Most Beloved. Studying those Words we are not studying an abstract and arcane text of the ancient world. We are studying the way in which God wants us to live on this earth. Peoples are in fact engaged in discovering the essence of Judaism, God’s Wishes, and in God’s Peoples which is to say, the essence of ourselves.

By opening our eyes and ears to the Torah “the Mind of God” is revealed to us and it containing the deepest secrets of the universe, we can gain lots of hidden wisdom.

Through five books of Moshe, the Chumash or Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) we can find the history of the Jewish race but also the explanation of what God wants from His creatures.

Shema Yisrael at the Knesset Menorah in Jerusalem

When rabbi Jeshua was asked what was the greatest commandment of the Most High, Jeshua quoted the ve’ahavta portion of the Shema, giving his Jewish confession of faith:

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (TS2009)
4 “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one! 5 “And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.

Too many christians do forget that Jesus did not come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets, but to fulfil them.

Matthew 5:17-19 (TS2009)
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets.e I did not come to destroy but to complete. Footnote: eThe Law and the Prophets is a term used for the pre-Messianic Scriptures. 18 “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one yod or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.f Footnote: fLuk 16:17. 19 “Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens.

Too many Christians do believe they are saved by Jesus his “crucifixion” and think they do not have to worry any more, not having to do any works any more. But Jeshua was very clear that each person has to be very careful not to loose the entrance to the Kingdom of God and had to do the works of faith.

Matthew 19:17-19 (TS2009)
17 And He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One – Elohim. But if you wish to enter into life, guard the commands.”b Footnote: bSee also Luk 10:28, Joh 12:50, Rev 22:14. 18 He said to Him, “Which?” And יהושע said, “ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ Exo 20:13-16, Deu 5:17-20. 19 ‘Respect your father and your mother,’ Exo 20:12, Deu 5:16 and ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ ” Lev 19:18.

Therefore those who want to enter life, have to keep the commandments. And to know them we have God His Word: the Bible.

In addition, by studying Torah, we not only come to know god better. In those five books of Moshe we are also told about the one who shall come and who shall make an end to the curse of death. We can dee how God provided many things people asked Him, like priests, judges and kings, but we  must know that God provides mankind with one set apart man who shall have all qualities in him. He shall be the best Kohen Gadol or high priest and the best king man can have. He is foretold in the Pre-Messianic writings, and by reading them you might find out who that Messiah and High Priest can be.

Hebrews 3:1-6 (TS2009)

Hebrews 3
1 Therefore, set-apart brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, closely consider the Emissary and High Priest of our confession, Messiah יהושע, 2 who was trustworthy to Him who appointed Him, as also Mosheh in all His house.a Footnote: aSee Num 12:7. 3 For this One has been deemed worthy of more esteem than Mosheh, as much as He who built the house enjoys more respect than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all is Elohim. 5 And Mosheh indeed was trustworthy in all His house as a servant, for a witness of what would be spoken later, 6 but Messiah as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the boldness and the boasting of the expectation firm to the end.

Hebrews 6:13-20 (TS2009)
13 For Elohim, having promised Aḇraham, since He could swear by no one greater, swore by Himself,c Footnote: cGen 22:16. 14 saying, “Truly, blessing I shall bless you, and increasing I shall increase you.” Gen 22:18. 15 And so, after being patient, he obtained the promise. 16 For men do indeed swear by the one greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 In this way Elohim, resolving to show even more clearly to the heirs of promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, confirmed it by an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable matters in which it is impossible for Elohim to lie, we might have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the expectation set before us, 19 which we have as an anchor of the life, both safe and firm, and entering into that within the veil, 20 where יהושע has entered as a forerunner for us, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Malkitseḏeq. Psa 110:4.

But to know more about the one to whom shall be given all authority to judge man and who brings liberation or salvation to all people, God has given the world men with vision, Nevi’im or “prophets” who wrote down God His prophesies so that we could come to know and see who is the real Messiah.

In the Torah we can find the beginning of times and the beginnings of man’s struggle with God. In the haftarah or (in Ashkenazic pronunciation) haftoroh or Hafṭorah (Haphṭorah), we may get a referral to the beginning of the reading from the Navi or Nevi’im (Prophets) opening a new world for mankind where promises are made clear.

One of the most renowned Ashkenazi Jewish rabbis and leading French Tosafists, a leading halakhic authority in his generation, and a grandson of Rashi, Rabbeinu Tam or Jacob ben Meir Tam, who was responsible for a series of far-reaching decisions governing relationships between Christians and Jews in medieval Europe, believes that haftarah is related to peter as in peter rechem — to open. Haftarah, in this sense, signifies that as long as the Torah is being read, one is not allowed to converse, even concerning halachic matters. However, once the reading of the haftarah commences, one may “open” his mouth and speak, i.e. a devar halachah.

In Jewish communities, at the synagogue for example, the Torah is read from a handwritten scroll, whilst the haftarah, which was read as far back as Mishnaic times (c. 1st century CE), today is written from a printed book that includes the trope notations. [Some accredit the establishment of the haftorah reading to Ezra the Scribe (c. 350 BCE).]

Only selected passages from the Prophets make it into the haftarah cycle. After the introduction with a berakhah (blessing) praising God for having “chosen good prophets and accepted their words, spoken in truth comes part of a prophesy read, followed by a cluster or three or four berakhot (blessings), depending on the occasion. Their call for prophecy to be fulfilled and for God to restore the Jewish people to Zion serve as a finale to the full set of the day’s scriptural readings, Torah and Haftarah together.

Whatever the origin of the haftarah, it became, as Professor Michael Fishbane notes in the introduction to his Haftarot commentary volume (Jewish Publication Society, 2002), one of the three components of the public recitation of scripture in the ancient synagogue. This public reading reflected three sources of authority: the Torah, which is the ultimate source of law; the haftarah, which presents the words of the Prophets, who provided moral instruction and uplift; and the sermon or homily, which drew on the authority of the Rabbis to interpret and legislate.

We should not limit ourselves to just some parts of the Nev’im but, at home, we should regularly read those writings which shall give insight on what and why what happened and still shall happen. By the words of the Nevi’im we shall be able to come to recognise who is the promised one and what he, the sent one from God, shall do to bring an end to the curse of death.

To get to know about our salvation we need that great tool of book of books, the Bible.

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  1. No man see the Almighty God and live
  2. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  3. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  4. Necessity of a revelation of creation 3 Getting understanding by Word of God 1
  5. Necessity of a revelation of creation 5 Getting understanding by Word of God 3
  6. Creator and Blogger God 7 A Blog of a Book 1 Believing the Blogger
  7. Faith coming by hearing and sent preacher gift from God
  8. Bible, God speaking words profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  9. Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe
  10. God-breathed prophetic words written torah and the mitzvot to teach us
  11. Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
  12. Unread bestseller
  13. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #7 Prayer #5 Listening Ear
  14. Building up the spirit of the soul
  15. May reading the Bible provoke us into action to set our feet on the narrow way

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  2. You Are the Woman/Man Someone is Praying For
  3. Know God, And His Power
  4. Unshakeable Inner Peace
  5. Faith That Pleases God
  6. Psalm 119:144 Knowing How To Really Live Life
  7. The True Meaning Of Success
  8. The amazing book
  9. The Master Class
  10. Parables…Salt and Light
  11. What is embodied Torah all about
  12. Parshat ha Shavuah Verses –Beshalach
  13. Haftarat Vayiggash—Ezekiel: You Can’t Go Home Again
  14. Yehovah commands us to place Him first!
  15. Shabbat Lekh L’kha: Go Forth, in Jewish
  16. Changing perspective, in God’s time

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Reading to grow and to become wise concerning the most important thing in life 2 Prophetic and poetic writers

The Pentateuch and the words of prophetic man are still of value for today and contain a lot of wisdom and stories by which we in the present times can learn a lot from.

By reading the prophetic books we not only can learn what happened in the past and how wars could be won, but also what is going to happen in the future and how we can prepare us for the coming World War III and the end-times.

In “Reading to grow and to become wise concerning the most important thing in life 1 Times of reading” I explained that we were given five books, the Pentateuch, which could give us a picture how the universe came into being and how man evolved in times where he did not always have it easy. I told also that in those books you can find the history of man. Though that may be long ago you might think those stories from long ago, the Bereshith, the Shemoth, the Wayyiqra, the Bemidbar and the Devarim would have no value or meaning for today. Be not mistaken, in them you can find lots of wisdom which is practical for today as well.

11th century Hebrew Bible with targum, perhaps...
11th century Hebrew Bible with targum, perhaps from Tunisia, found in Iraq: part of the Schøyen Collection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But it does not stop by those books. We can find several prophetic writers who notated a lot of wisdom which is still very good to know today. In the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible or Hebrew Holy Scriptures there have been taken some very interesting books which offer us proverbs, maxims or aphorisms,riddles and charms, poetry and songs which are offering texts which should get us to think about several matters and give advice on very important life matters which are still applicable today.

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The icon of the prophet Samuel from the collection of the Donetsk regional art museum.

The Elohim Hashem Jehovah not only spoke to Moshe to bring His Words to us. Today we may look at the inspired books of Moses which are the most ancient extant writings, although there are written monuments as old as about 2000 B.C. E. After Moshe God used other people to act as “ro’eh” or “seer”, like Shmuʾel or Shemu’el (Samuel), Natan (Nathan) and Gad.

God choose specific persons to do work for Him here on this earth. They worked as immediate organs of God for the communication of God His Spirit (God’s Mind) and will to men.

Deut. 18:18     a prophet I will raise up for them from among their brothers, like you;
I will put my words in his mouth, and he will speak to them
whatever I command him.

Deut. 18:19     And it shall be:
(any) man who does not hearken to my words which he speaks in my name,
I myself will require (a reckoning) from him.

Those men did not speak for themselves and the words they wrote down were words man had to take seriously. People where told that if the things those prophets told did not come out (nor came to pass), that would mean that it was not the thing which the Most High Elohim had spoken, but the prophet had spoken it presumptuously and therefore man should not be afraid of him.

(Deut. 18: 20-22) 20     But: the prophet who presumptuously speaks a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or that he speaks in the name of other gods: die that prophet shall!
21     Now if you should say in your heart:
How can we know it is the word that YHWH {Jehovah} did not speak?
22     Should the prophet speak in the name of YHWH but the word not happen, not come-about — (then) that is the word that YHWH did not speak; with presumption did the prophet speak it; you are not to be-in-fear of him!

Leningrad Codex text sample. A very old manusc...
Leningrad Codex text sample. A very old manuscript of the hebrew bible. A former possession of karaït jews. They claim his author was karait, a position refused by rabbanite jews. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By the years passing people came to know that there where those men with special gifts. Their possibility to speak about certain matters gave man to know that it where words not from what was here on earth but from above man’s world. Those chosen men of God penned down the whole Word of God which may in this general sense be spoken of as prophetic, inasmuch as it was written by men who received the revelation they communicated from God, no matter what its nature might be. That Word also proved to be telling something happening which man himself could not alter to happen. It was a Word which roofed infallible and which man could not destroy. How much man also did to destroy the Word of God, by the centuries always there where generations who could come in contact with it and learn from it.

The foretelling of future events was not a necessary but only an incidental part of the prophetic office. The great task assigned to the prophets whom God raised up among the people was

“to correct moral and religious abuses, to proclaim the great moral and religious truths which are connected with the character of God, and which lie at the foundation of his government.”

The corrections those chosen men gave to the people around them are still of value for today. The lessons they brought to the people are still lessons by which we can learn a lot. Many of those chosen men warned for the Most High and told about a sort of fear we should have for Him that is mightier than all mighty man or gods of this world. It is that fear for the Most High which also brings wisdom.

“The fear of  Jehovah (the Most High Elohim) is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
(Proverbs 9:10)

Many are not interested in the Word of God and do  not want to read the Bible, but we should know that

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
(Proverbs 1:7 KJV)

In those writings which are read in our community from childhood those listening to it can grow in wisdom and find ways to put evil at the site so that they can get more understanding.

“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”
(Job 28:28 KJV)

Though those texts may be from long ago we should listen to them and take them at heart.

“Regard the days of ages-past, understand the years of generation and generation (ago); ask your father, he will tell you, your elders, they will declare it to you:”
(Deuteronomy 32:7 SB)

The nevi’im spoke about things in the near future but also told about matters non of the living persons at time would ever come to see in their life, because it was going to happen many centuries later.

In the second main division of the Hebrew Bible (the Tanakh), between the Torah (Law or instruction) and Ketuvim (writings), we find the older books of the Nevi’im Rishonim or Former Prophets, which tell us what happened and how god promised things and how they could see it accomplished. Jehoshua (Joshua), Shemu’el (Shumel or Samuel) admonished the people to be loyal to the God of the covenant.

David, stained-glass window, 19th century, Winchester Cathedral, England
David, stained-glass window, 19th century, Winchester Cathedral, England – © Ronald Sheridan/Ancient Art & Architecture Collection

A careful reading of relevant biblical texts, stimulated by the study of external resources, has led scholars to a general agreement that Israel did not take Canaan by means of a single, comprehensive, calculated plan of conquest. It happened more gradually and more naturally, through progressive infiltration and acculturation. This relatively peaceful development, which went on for a couple of centuries, reached its fulfillment in the rise of David. Until then, for the most part, walled cities remained in Canaanite hands. Even if these cities were razed, as in the case of Hazor (Joshua 11), Israel does not seem to have made military use of them; David’s occupation of Jerusalem was a first in this respect. The accounts of Joshua’s campaigns (Joshua 10–11) seem to fit these realities; they are accounts of forays by a mobile community, moving ever westward, that increasingly constituted a force to be reckoned with in the open spaces between the walled cities. {Encyclopaedia Britannica on Joshua}

The March of Abraham, painting by József Molnár, 19th century; in the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest.
The March of Abraham, painting by József Molnár, 19th century – © G. Dagli Orti—DeA Picture Library/age fotostock

Concerning that city for us today it is of utmost importance to know what is written in the Holy Scriptures. In the different ancient writings we can see how the Divine Creator helped His People to live in the places where they sojourned, but also come to see why they did not get in their days that promised land like it shall become a Land of honey. The book of Nevi’im or Book of Prophets give us insight of the why, how and when and should give us hope that what God promised to Avraham or Abraham shall become a reality.

Our father Abraham never came to see that what millennia later people would come to see that it became growing and that people where gathering together in God’s Name. In the books we can come to see that he was a man to God’s heart. He showed clearly to the Most High Elohim that he was willing to do God His Will. He was ready to obey God’s command to sacrifice Jitshak (Isaac). This was just a test of his faith, which he was not required to consummate in the end because God substituted a ram.  With AvrahamJithsak and Jaʿakov (Jacob) God’s relationship of promise and purpose was fixed for all those who descended from them, and this can be found in all those old books.

Though in later years we shall see that God went further and that once more there came a man who was willing to do not his own will, but doing the Will of his heavenly Father, offering this time not an other person but himself as a Lamb of God. That man was the young manual worker, rabbi and prophet Jeshua (Jesus Christ). It is by reading the prophetic books that much of what is written in the Kethuvim Bet or Messianic Scriptures shall become clear.

The great use of prophecy was to let people to understand how god continually stayed with His own people but was also willing to come to all those who were willing to come to Him. With all the signs God gave to mankind seeing His might and power faith could perpetuated in his predictions and to be prepared for things to come, because God wants people to be ready for those events, especially for the major time to come when everything has to come to a conclusion. But there are many subordinate and intermediate prophecies also which hold an important place in the great chain of events which illustrate the sovereignty and all-wise overruling providence of God.

Isaiah, illustration from the Parc Abbey Bible, 1148.
Isaiah, illustration from the Parc Abbey Bible, 1148. – © The British Library/Heritage-Images

Jeshayahu (Isaiah) in particular and Dani’el (Daniel) where the two writers who clearly are important for us today, giving us a picture of what to expect in the near future.

Jeshayahu being the first listed is not the earliest of the Nevi’im Aharonim, the latter prophets, explains content and provide places and times for us to take into account. We can read how the kingdom of Judah was so often protected by God and how judgement of God  fell on the Assyrian army which had threatened the king of Judah, and wiped out 185,000 of its men. This writer also gives a direct portrayal of the “wrath of the Most High God” as presented, for example, in Isaiah 9:19 stating

“Through the wrath of  YHWH the Host of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.”
(Isaiah 9:19)

When reading the Scriptures the reader shall come to see how the many prophesies about the Jewish nation where fulfilled.

There is in like manner a large number of prophecies relating to those nations with which the Jews came into contact, as Tyre (Ezek. 26:3-5, 14-21), Egypt (Ezek. 29:10, 15; 30:6, 12, 13), Ethiopia (Nahum 3:8-10), Nineveh (Nahum 1:10; 2:8-13; 3:17-19), Babylon (Isa. 13:4; Jer. 51:7; Isa. 44:27; Jer. 50:38; 51:36, 39, 57), the land of the Philistines (Jer. 47:4-7; Ezek. 25:15-17; Amos 1:6-8; Zeph. 2:4-7; Zech. 9:5-8), and of the four great monarchies (Dan. 2:39, 40; 7:17-24; 8:9). {Easton’s Bible Dictionary on prophecy}

Though in the Garden of Eden God had made His first and utmost most important promise. It concerned a solution for mankind its rebellion against God at those early beginnings of the world.

The great body of the Tanakh is all about that solution which would come into the world and would deliver a king to reign from the big city Jerusalem, bringing peace all over the Holy Land and its surroundings.

Jeshayahu and Dani’el give us a picture of what we may expect and how great and beautiful that restored Godly Place shall be. Moshe was the first one who wrote that major promise down.He wrote

“I put enmity between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed: they will bruise you on the head, you will bruise them in the heel.”
(Genesis 3:15 SB)

From the seed of a woman was to come the one who would show that God is with us (Immanuel). People had to come to see and believe that God never left His creation but that it was man himself who left God. The prophets continued to refer to that first great promise, and extending in ever-increasing fullness and clearness all through to the Hebrew Bible the Messianic prophecies, too numerous to be quoted, gave witness of the one who would be sent by God to bring salvation not only for the Jews but also for all the goyim who would be willing to believe in him, who was to offer himself on the slaughter of the oppressor.

“To him gave all the prophets witness.” (Comp. Micah 5:2; Hag. 2:6-9; Isa. 7:14; 9:6, 7; 11:1, 2; 53; 60:10, 13; Ps. 16:11; 68:18.)

Jeremias was one of the prophets of the Hebrew...
Jeremias was one of the prophets of the Hebrew Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was not just one nabi (or prophet) who showed what God had in store for mankind. More than one wise and literate visionary spoke about that great promise which would bring liberation for all mankind. Those who do not want to listen to them or do not come to read their words shall have difficulty to come to see.
Their eyes shall stay closed and by not willing to see they also shall not hear and before they know it shall be too late. God has also given enough warnings for that, not only in the Tanakh but also by the words of that sent one from God, rabbi Jeshua and his disciples. They too delivered many predictions. Those of Christ were very numerous. (Comp. Matthew 10:23-24; 11:23; 19:28; 21:43, 44; 24; 25:31-46; 26:17-35, 46, 64; Mark 9:1; 10:30; 13; 11:1-6, 14; 14:12-31, 42, 62; 16:17, etc.)

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  1. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  2. The great ideal of this age
  3. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  4. God’s Blog recorded in a Book
  5. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  6. Bible in the first place #1/3
  7. Bible in the first place #2/3
  8. Bible in the first place #3/3
  9. Written down in God’s Name
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  11. >The Almighty Lord God of gods King above all gods
  12. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  13. God giving signs and producing wonders
  14. The holy spirit will bring back to your minds all the things told
  15. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  16. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  17. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  18. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  19. Bible, helmet of salvation, God’s Words put in the mouth of prophets for perfecting, to reprove and correct
  20. Bible, sword of the Spirit to come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man
  21. Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
  22. Best intimate relation to look for
  23. In a world which knows no peace sharing blessed hope
  24. Divine Plan and an Imperfect creation
  25. Shabbat Pesach service reading 2/2
  26. Israel God’s people
  27. A new exodus and offering of a Lamb
  28. The meek one riding on an ass
  29. A Messiah to die
  30. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  31. On the Edge of Believing
  32. Truth, doubt or blindness
  33. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  34. Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places
  35. Uncovering the Foundations of Faith
  36. The fear of the Lord
  37. Humility and the Fear of the Lord
  38. An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible
  39. Sharing the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge
  40. Eternal Word that tells everything
  41. Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe
  42. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  43. God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace
  44. Necessity of a revelation of creation 4 Getting understanding by Word of God 2
  45. Necessity of a revelation of creation 8 By no means unintelligible or mysterious to people
  46. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  47. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  48. Necessity of a revelation of creation 11 Believing and obeying the gospel of the Kingdom of God
  49. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  50. Necessity of a revelation of creation 13 Getting wisdom
  51. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  52. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  53. The Need to Understand Genre
  54. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  55. We may not be ignorant to get wisdom
  56. Fools despise wisdom and instruction
  57. Answering a fool according to his folly
  58. Wisdom lies deep
  59. Increased in wisdom in favour with God
  60. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  61. Loving the Word
  62. Several quotes about wisdom
  63. A Prayer for Wisdom Amid Violence
  64. A Royal Rule given to followers of Christ
  65. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  66. The works we have to do according to James
  67. Additional comments to the Letter to the Romans 4
  68. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  69. More-Letter-Words
  70. Hang On!
  71. Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
  72. Preparation for unity
  73. This was my reward
  74. Growth in character
  75. Vayikra after its opening word וַיִּקְרָא, which means and He called
  76. Ember and light the ransomed of Jehovah
  77. Ransom for all
  78. Trust in the blood of the Lamb God provides
  79. A New Jerusalem
  80. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  81. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  82. Jerusalem God’s City for ever

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Further reading

  1. How to Study the Bible: A Few Resources
  2. [Food & the Bible] Not by Bread Alone
  3. Out Of The Wilderness-Shoshannah
  4. Living in the Wilderness
  5. The Servant – A Season of Dedication
  6. Messianic Expectation
  7. The Prophecy
  8. Promise of Prophecy
  9. A Principle of Hermeneutics: Prophecy
  10. Explaining Prophecy
  11. The Return of God’s People
  12. Finishing Up the Trumpet Judgments
  13. We Have Sinned
  14. For God so loved the world
  15. Lord over all
  16. He Shall Confirm a Covenant? 2
  17. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood
  18. A Word from the Lord 1/27/2017
  19. A Time to Speak
  20. Come close to God, James 4:8-10
  21. Divination, Prophecy & Fear
  22. Prayers for America (1/26/2017)
  23. Prophetic Insight – A Current Battle
  24. False Prophet Blasphemy
  25. Under The Shadow Of The Almighty
  26. “It Is Written…”
  27. Not just a man
  28. The burden of the Lord
  29. Testing God Voids Faith
  30. Think continually on these things, Philippians 4:8-9
  31. Do Not Be Alarmed
  32. A Meditation on Life: Seek and Ye Shall Find
  33. Preparation for Battle
  34. Prophecy and the Overwhelming
  35. God’s Last End Short Work: The Eternal Has Chosen Jerusalem
  36. Revelation: Pergamum, Satan’s Throne
  37. My Word Can Not Be Cancelled Out
  38. The Prophet: Who is He?
  39. The Call of Jeremiah
  40. Invisible
  41. A sign

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 4)

People would be surprised to learn it does not take so much time to go through the Bible once a year. Different Bible reading plans may be of help when you yourself do not have the perseverance.

Having said that “Making Time for God is crucial” we do find lots of people who are convinced they have no time left over for reading such old writings.

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English: The study translation Bible 2009 Česky: Český studijní překlad Bible 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is true that having about 775,000 words in the Bible, it would take some time to read them all. Though when you would divide the amount of words of the Bible by 365, that would give only 2,123 words to read a day. When you know that the average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute this amount of words would not take sóoo long. So 2,123 words/day divided by 225 words/minute equals 9.4 minutes a day.

Reading it out load or listening to some one reading the Bible would take a few hours more than reading the Bible in silence. though it would also not take so many hours. If you want to listen to a narrator reading the Bible (which you can do so for free at ESVBible.org), it would in most cases take about 75 hours long in total, which means at 12 minutes a day you can listen to the whole Bible in a year.

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the One-Year Bible in the ESV

For the ease of the public, you may find Bible versions which are divided up for you into 365 daily readings.  The One-Year Bible in the ESV, for example is such a Bible translation in the english language, where they offer readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, a Psalm, and a Proverb each day.
Though I would like to warn you to be cautious with such versions. You have to remember such bibles often present only fragments or parts of the Whole Scriptures and such bible versions are not the sort of Bibles that could bring you to a good Bible study.

Remember also that you should feel comfortable and not pressed. It would always be better to read the whole Bible through carefully one time in two years than hastily in one year.

The Christadelphian Robert Roberts is one of many who developed a reading plan to facilitate a daily systematic reading of the whole bible: Tanakh and Messianic Scriptures. A form of this plan was later published as The Bible Companion and is still used by Christadelphians today. Although long ago figured out, it is still a valid system which up to today is still used daily by many serious Bible students. It is available in paper-print but also in computer-software, for pc-calendars and pc/tablet and smartphone applications. > Bible Companion now also available on Blackberry phones.
It has you reading whole chapters from the Old and New Testament and gets you once through the Hebrew Scriptures and twice to the Messianic Scriptures in one year.

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Page from the Dutsch Professorenbijbel (“Professors Bible”), a translation of the Latin Vulgate of the Books of the New Testament. This part, covering the Pentateuch, was published in 1904. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some might prefer to have variation in the genre they are reading. For them it can be a help to have an other genre for each day. This can be provided by following Andy Perry’s Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers. It takes away the pressure (and guilt) of “keeping up” with the entire Bible in one year. You get variety within the week by alternating genres by day, but also continuity by sticking with one genre each day. Here’s the basic idea:

Sundays: Poetry
Mondays: Penteteuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
Tuesdays: Old Testament history
Wednesdays: Old Testament history
Thursdays: Old Testament prophets
Fridays: New Testament history
Saturdays: New Testament epistles (letters)

An other way could be following the seasons or time of year, and reading texts which are talking about events in or for that season. By reading one chapter a day, not in the Biblical or canonical order, the Legacy Reading Plan has a reading calendar which is segmented into seasons and the seasons into 3 months, with November being the time to read the letters of the personal representatives or shlihim (apostles) of the rabbeinu Jeshua.

The books of the Old Testament, showing their ...
The books of the Old Testament, showing their positions in both the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible, shown with their names in Hebrew) and Christian Bibles. The Deuterocanon or Apocrypha are colored differently from the Protocanon (the Hebrew Bible books which are considered canonical by all). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You also should know the order of books may be different from one to an other denomination and from one to an other Bible version or Bible translation. Normally in the Tanakh you get the Teaching or Torah first, followed by the Hebbrew prophets or Nevi’im and then the different Hebrew writings or Kethuvim. In the Kethuvim Beth or Messianic writings you may find the Netzarim Writings of the haBrit haDashha or New Testament, with the gospels, the letters or epistles and the Book of revelation.

You may find: Jewish canons, Samaritan canon, Early Church Canon, Eastern Church Canon, Western Church Canon, but also many other Canons of various Christian traditions.

In a way it does not matter which order of books you are following as long as you come to read the main or most important bible books. I would not consider the anagignoskomena or deuterocanonical books as part of God His Words for us. Though those Apocrypha may be very interesting and inspiring additions to read in between. For Catholics they are part of their Bible, but in a way they are not essential to get the whole picture God wants us to have.

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How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 3)

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Additional reading

  1. Creator and Blogger God 1 Emptiness and mouvement
  2. Bible Word from God
  3. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  4. The Bible a book of books
  5. God’s Blog recorded in a Book
  6. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  7. Creator and Blogger God 11 Old and New Blog 1 Aimed at one man
  8. Written and translated by different men over thousands of years
  9. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  10. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  11. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  12. Approachers of ideas around gods, philosophers and theologians
  13. Looking at notes of Samuel Ward and previous Bible translation efforts in English
  14. Statutes given unto us
  15. Bible in the first place #1/3
  16. Bible in the first place #2/3
  17. Bible in the first place #3/3
  18. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  19. When reading your Bible be aware of changing language
  20. Missional hermeneutics 1/5
  21. Missional hermeneutics 2/5
  22. Missional hermeneutics 3/5
  23. Missional hermeneutics 4/5
  24. Human & Biblical teachings
  25. Backbone-book
  26. Collection of books
  27. Hidden books
  28. Collection to show God and His works
  29. Essential to come to faith
  30. Reliability of message appears from honesty writers
  31. The Miracle of the Bible
  32. Recommended articles about the Book of books the Bible

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Find also

  1. Christadelphian Reading Planner
  2. the CALS Bible Reading Planner
  3. CALS – Bible Reading Handbook
  4. Free correspondence and online course
  5. Free Dutch study material + When you are looking for the One behind everything, the Almighty Divine Creator God
  6. The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno
  7. George Guthrie, Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God’s Word
  8. Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guide

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Further reading
  1. The Virtues Of Seeking Knowledge…!
  2. 11 Merits of Seeking Knowledge
  3. God’s Word: A Sword for the Battle
  4. Simple Instructions

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

Many christians who have the idea that Jesus would be an incarnation of God forget the Words of God Himself about incarnation and how the many gods, called in the Bible are often called incarnations, like Apis the Egyptian bull being an incarnation of the god Osiris, whose successor Horus also came to earth in the incarnated god Pharaoh and had a conflict with another person (Moses) also named god in the bible.

Here you may find one of the first reasons why it is so important always to remember who is talking and what this person says about others and about specific situations or actions.

In the previous article we cold find Andrew Mills speaking of Jesus’ incarnation. This is a nice example how he as many Christians lets him carried away when reading the Bible, by allowing human traditions and philosophies holding his mind.

There are many Christians who like to think of an incarnation, and especially consider Jesus to be an incarnation of God, loving to think Jesus would not be a real human person, drawing attention to the expression

“resided [literally, “tented”] among us”

and

“the Word became flesh and resided among us.”

claiming this shows Jesus was, not a true human, but God having come to earth in the form of a man.

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angels are also called gods in the bible, though they are no incarnation of God, even when they did come to the earth to bring certain messages to people. – Adam and Eve are being sent out of the garden of Eden – (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Christians would look closer at the bible text and would remember the way of speaking of Jewish people, they could notice that the apostle John is speaking about “a Word” which is the result of speaking or letting the breath coming out the mouth, utter and having it making sounds. The youngest pupil of Christ knew, like his master teacher, very well the Hebrew Scriptures (by many Christians called the Biblia Hebraica) and knew exactly what was promised in the Garden of Eden, where God spoke to man. It was there, at the beginning of times, that God spoke and had His Word or Voice sounded for all to know, that here would come a solution against the fall of man and the curse of death. The apostle John was convinced that his master Jeshua (Jesus) was that promised Kristos (Christ) and was that man about Whom God not only spoke in the Garden of Eden, but also at other times and in other places (to Abraham, Jeremiah, David, Isaiah, Micah, Zechariah, Malachi, a.o.).  Throughout the ages God spoke about a “Redeemer” to come, a “Messiah“.
It was that speaking of God, “His Words spoken” that brought not only “the Word” of God, “out of heaven,” but was brought into reality by bringing a being, in the flesh. By placing a child in a young woman, by speaking to her (once again a Word spoken and a word becoming reality) when that woman, with child, gave birth, the Word of God “became flesh.” (Joh 1:1; 1Co 15:47; Php 2:5-8; Joh 1:14; 1Ti 3:16) That in being born as a human he was no spirit and that he did not merely assume a fleshly body, as angels had done in the past (Ge 18:1-3; 19:1; Jos 5:13-15), is attested to by the apostle John, who says that one is antichrist who denies that Jesus Christ came “in the flesh.” (1Jo 4:2, 3) In order to provide the ransom for mankind and thereby to help those who would be his associates in the heavenly calling, the Word became flesh, being born all human, no incarnation. The Bible tells us this:

“Since the ‘young children’ are sharers of blood and flesh, he also similarly partook of the same things.” (Hebrews 2:14-16)

His earthly sojourn was spoken of as “the days of his flesh.” (Heb 5:7)

“The bread that I shall give is my flesh in behalf of the life of the world,”

Jesus said. He went on to state that those hoping to remain in union with him must ‘eat his flesh and drink his blood.’ Not appreciating the spiritual, symbolic significance of his words, some construed the statement as cannibalistic and were shocked.(Joh 6:50-60).

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Statue of Apis (Hapi-ankh) the sacred bull worshipped in the Memphis region. Being sacrificed and reborn he also served as an intermediary between humans and other powerful deities (originally Ptah, later Osiris, then Atum). – Thirtieth dynasty of Egypt (Louvre)

In my third post I also tried to show that the identity of Jesus Christ as Immanuel did not mean he was the incarnation of God, ‘God in the flesh,’ like so many christians do want us to believe. Proponents of the Trinity teaching claim it is implied by the meaning of Immanuel, namely, “With Us Is God” that God would be entered in his world in Jesus his body. They do forget that ‘incarnation’ is an abomination in God’s eyes and was the common practice in the thought of those who worshipped false gods, like the living Apis bull being an incarnation of the god Osiris and also an emanation of the god Ptah (vocalized as Pitaḥ in ancient Egypt). The Bible also speaks of the god Pharaoh, who was thought to be the incarnation of the falcon-headed god Horus the successor of Osiris.

Plato (428/427 bce-348/34bce), ancient Greek philosopher, student of Socrates (c. 470–399 bce), teacher of Aristotle (384–322 bce), and founder of the Academy

Clearly many Christian worshippers where influenced by Plato and other philosophers, who were firmly convinced that

“the soul outlives its present incarnation, to be duly rewarded or punished” {Plato}

in the afterlife, based on how the person lived while on earth.

It was a common practice among Jews to embody the word “God,” even “Jehovah,” in Hebrew names. Even today Immanuel is the proper name of many men, none of whom are incarnations of God.

It was by God His Holy Spirit, (God’s Power) that God caused conception in the womb of the young girl Miriam (today better known as the virgin Mary). As a result, Jesus was born as a perfect, sinless human. (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:35; John 8:46).

When we take up the bible we should know that we may find words from those above mentioned Hebrew Nevi’im or prophets, of which Jesus was one of them. But there words were to be written down, inspired by the Most High Almighty. When reading the Bible we should then as such remember it are the Words like God wanted them to be brought over to mankind. The bible is therefore not to be looked at as the word of man but as the Word of God.

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Preceding articles:

How to Read the Bible

Called Immanuel does not mean to be Jesus being God

Next: How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

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Further reading

  1. Creation purpose and warranty
  2. Challenging claim 1 Whose word
  3. Jesus begotten Son of God #4 Promised Prophet and Saviour
  4. A season for truth and peace
  5. Ransom for all
  6. How did the Trinity Doctrine Develop
  7. Trinity matter
  8. Altered to fit a Trinity
  9. Does there have to be a Holy Trinity?
  10. The Trinity – the truth

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Other articles related to the matters mentioned

  1. Grey Matter and the Afterlife
  2. The Afterlife of Furry Friends
  3. The afterlife
  4. A Strange Work
  5. A good thought for today…
  6. He was in the beginning
  7. The Picture of Advent
  8. God Himself
  9. Karma & Causation 
  10. Christianity – Nature of God
  11. I used to write Christmas letters
  12. What does the Afterlife have to do with Christmas? Making Christmas meaningful to you today.
  13. We Look Like in Heaven
  14. Do you believe that life does end, or may end, at death?
  15. Baby Jesus vs Superman
  16. Daddy’s Girl~ A Christmas Memoir
  17. Review: The Discourses of Epictetus
  18. What Resurrection Means
  19. Life to the world — full of Glory!
  20. Jesus-shaped Spirituality
  21. The Glory of His Work
  22. Light in Darkness
  23. Nativity
  24. Look again
  25. Incarnation and Image
  26. Incarnate
  27. Incarnation Part 2: Humanity
  28. Reflections at the Manger
  29. Lighting the Candle of Fellowship
  30. May God let his face shine upon us
  31. The reason for the season
  32. The hospitality of the nativity, or Yesterday was a lovely day to spend Christmas in Monaco
  33. A Christmas prayer
  34. Nativity 2016
  35. Sermon – Christmas Eve – December 24, 2016
  36. a christmas sermon on fleshy words
  37. Christmas Day sermon
  38. And the Word became flesh and tented among us: A Sermon for Christmas Day, 2016
  39. God Breaks Through
  40. Christmas Again
  41. Breath of God (Merry Christmas)
  42. Merry Christmas
  43. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
  44. “The Spittin’ Image Of The Almighty!”
  45. God with us
  46. Paul Harvey’s “A Man and the Birds” (A Christmas Story)
  47. Christmas was humiliating for God
  48. The Last Day of An Advent Calendar: Christmas Day!
  49. The birth of Jesus points to the real reason for the season
  50. Behold the Son!…Love’s greatest sacrifice!
  51. It’s the messiest time of the year!
  52. “This Thing That Has Taken Place”
  53. The True Meaning of Christmas 
  54. Jesus, Our Immanuel: Reflections on the Incarnation
  55. When Christmas Falls On Sunday
  56. Christmas – Through the Eyes of the Early Church
  57. Christmas Day, December 25, 2016
  58. The Word Became Flesh
  59. Breathe
  60. Jesus in the filth
  61. Come, Let Us Adore Him
  62. Day Twenty-Eight of An Advent Calendar (Evening): Christmas Eve – Pouring Out Divinity into Humanity
  63. when the Son became man
  64. Rejoice!
  65. Christmas’ surprising announcement
  66. Christmas Collection
  67. A Christmas Homily
  68. Search the sky for stars and follow them wherever they lead, but not at the expense of looking down. Those who only look up will never…
  69. Holy Infant And Returning Ruler
  70. Witness To The Incarnation
  71. A Tradition Even Millennials Can Love
  72. Advent Again – day 23
  73. The Christmas King
  74. The Incarnation and How to Explain it to Muslims
  75. Redeeming Christmas: Yes, Virginia, We Are Free to Celebrate the Incarnation. And Please Stop Whining About Paganism.
  76. Sheep and shepherd
  77. The Opportunities Of Christmas
  78. The Proclamation of the Birth of Christ
  79. The Fullness of Time (Galatians 4:4)
  80. God with Us
  81. Festival of Incarnation
  82. Incarnation Matters
  83. Incarnation
  84. The Incarnation
  85. The Humility of the Incarnation
  86. Incarnation Thoughts
  87. The Glory of the Incarnation
  88. ‘Incarnate’ (Matthew 1:18-25)
  89. Reflecting on the incarnation
  90. Reflecting on the incarnation (2)
  91. Reflecting on the incarnation (3)
  92. Reflecting on the incarnation (4)
  93. Reflecting on the incarnation (5)
  94. The Incarnation Never Gets Old
  95. Son of God: Eternal, One Essence with the Father, Creator, Incarnate, Redeemer, Sustainer, Ruler
  96. Incarnation, Devotions, & Reading (Dec 23, 2016)
  97. Incarnate Compassion
  98. Rejoice!
  99. What Child?
  100. A Monastery. An Incarnation.
  101. Imagining Jesus
  102. True Messiah Has Been Born
  103. A Nativity of Imagination or Reality?
  104. Why Did Jesus Come? For These Two Reasons…
  105. When You Have Nothing Left to Give, Be the Gift
  106. His Indescribable Gift
  107. The Great Exchange
  108. incarnation: tangible God
  109. The child, the child, sleeping in the night…
  110. Guiding Light
  111. Be Amazed this Christmas
  112. The Word Made Flesh
  113. Anticipating Advent: Holiness Descended
  114. What king is this?
  115. Christmas Eve: Jesus, the Word Become Flesh
  116. Is “the Christmas Spirit” More Than Nostalgia?
  117. The boy who thought he was a turkey–and the true meaning of Christmas
  118. Earplugs and the Incarnation
  119. On the Magnificat
  120. A Christmas Morning Wish for Everyone
  121. The birth
  122. 3 Reasons to Drop the Security Blanket and Never Pick it Back Up
  123. Why Shepherds?
  124. Charismatics Aren’t Like Joseph
  125. Christmas Quotes!
  126. An Impossibility
  127. The Unexpected Glory Of God Hidden In Plain Sight
  128. To You is Born a Savior: Martin Luther on the Good News of Great Joy
  129. 25 December 2016: Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
  130. Christians and Christmas: A Brief Observation
  131. Incarnational Christianity
  132. On Christmas Lights
  133. The God of unexpected places
  134. Christmas 1944 in Berlin
  135. Messy Christmas, Everyone!
  136. Christmas 2016
  137. How Should Christians Respond to Classism in America?
  138. Come Emmanuel: Everyday Incarnation
  139. Prepare The Way
  140. The Incarnation and the (Im)Morality of Abortion
  141. Christmas Is Always Young!
  142. The Beautiful and Intentional Paradox of Christmas
  143. Not Content to Be God
  144. Holy Night (or Why I am Christmas-Crazy)
  145. Out of Sight? Out of Mind?
  146. Manger Scenes
  147. God Come Down
  148. Emmanuel, Come to Us! A Prayer for our World at Christmas
  149. Emmanuel means god wit us – But what does that mean?
  150. The Attractive Nativity
  151. What if God were one of us?
  152. Christmas’ Greatest Gift
  153. The Reason for Jesus
  154. William Blake and the Divinity of Humanity

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