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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Reading to grow and to become wise concerning the most important thing in life 1 Times of reading

Making time for God is crucial

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Reading to grow and to become wise concerning the most important thing in life 3 Light and wisdom in words

Reading to grow and to become wise concerning the most important thing in life 4 Words giving us wisdom and encouragement

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Additional reading

  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
  10. >
  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.

English: The study translation Bible 2009 Česk...
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.

9781581347081
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.

English: Page from the Dutsch Professorenbijbe...
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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