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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Further literature to look at

  1. Understanding
  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 4 Words giving us wisdom and encouragement

With the Holy Scriptures we are given words that should have us to come to reflect on our own life and that of others, learning from the lessons given in that library of books.

In the various books which make the Bible you may find the words written down by men of God by whom Jehovah put forth His hand, gave them to see and understand, and put His words in their mouth, setting them over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

The assembly of 66 books which form the most important library for life demonstrate the good and bad of man, even of the chosen ones of God. Nothing is being hid for our eyes.

(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill...
(KJV) 1631 Holy Bible, Robert Barker/John Bill, London. King James Version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are told that we are just sojourners here on this globe and that we do have to find ways to live with each other in peace. That peace is not something easy is also clearly shown. The many books show how even men of God had to encounter many difficulties and often had a very dangerous life. We are told of men who had to deal with wars and diplomatic difficulties and how they in their tumultuous life did not choose for the ways of the world but the ways of God. We are shown their inner feelings, their jealousy and their wants, which were not always kosher.

They are all examples of whom we should learn. Reading sacred books or the Bible we should take time to think about the read material and let it sink in us to become the beginning of a rich source.

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
(Proverbs 4:5–7 KJV)

Those words given to mankind should have us to come to reflect on our own life and that of others. We should learn not to swerve from the words and have come to see that those people who have departed from them may think they are lucky man, but are really missing the most important thing in life. Many people have turned aside or be turned aside abruptly from a straight path because they did not have any need to learn the truth.

A study Bible.
A study Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From those ancient writings we also can see that many people had to learn the hard way, but in the end came to see that the wisdom which comes form God is supreme. By coming to read the Holy Scriptures you shall be able to get wisdom. Even when many may be against your Bible reading and Bible study, some even making you are not receiving certain positions in life, you should know that though it may costs all your possessions when getting understanding, God has something for you at the end of the race.

We also should remember that by going deeper into the Word of God you shall get more and more satisfaction of life, getting a feel of glow of contentment and peacefulness. By finding precious wisdom you shall receive happiness and you shall come to understand that the man who gets understanding, for her good profit is better than getting silver, and her return shall be better than fine gold.

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.”
(Proverbs 3:13–14 KJV)

“For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
(Proverbs 8:11 KJV)

In the world we find many so called religious people who have made themselves gods and use pictures of them in their services. Be it sculptures of persons or objects like crosses of fishes, those people have given preference to give their ear to human doctrines instead of Biblical doctrines. Some of them came to worship elements of nature (plants, animals or even natural phenomena.

They have forgotten what the Divine Maker of everything demanded of His creation.

“You are not to make yourself a carved-image or any figure that is in the heavens above, that is on the earth beneath, that is in the waters beneath the earth; you are not to bow down to them, you are not to serve them, for I, YHWH your God, am a jealous God, calling-to-account the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons, to the third and the fourth (generation) of those that hate me,”
(Exodus 20:4–5 SB)

“Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.”
(Jeremiah 10:14 KJV)

“Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:”
(Isaiah 2:8 KJV)

All people should know that God is a Spirit who can and may not be presented with any graven image.

“Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.”
(Acts 17:29 KJV)

Never has any man seen God, because man can not see God and live.

“No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”
(1 John 4:12 KJV)

“But he said: You cannot see my face, for no human can see me and live!”
(Exodus 33:20 SB)

Though we can not see God, does not mean we can not hear Him. He has given us His Voice and has sent several men who did not have their eyes on the many things they could see and others wanted so much to have, but directed their heart and soul to the unseen.

“Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
(2 Corinthians 4:14–18 KJV)

Into those sent ones the Elohim Hashem Jehovah put His words, which as such never came from their own private interpretation, so that man would know.

“Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”
(Jeremiah 1:9–10 KJV)

“Knowing this first, that every prophecy of Scripture becomes not from your* own interpretation.For* no prophecy was ever brought about by the will of man; but the holy men of God spoke the word being carried by the Holy Spirit.”
(2 Peter 1:20β1 MLV)

“whom the heaven must accept until the times of restoration of all things, of which God spoke through the mouth of all his holy prophets that have been from of old.”
(Acts 3:21 MLV)

All those things what pass in the world even when not forgotten shall be past, but the Word of God is something which shall always stay for ever.

“But the word of the Lord is abiding forever.’ {Is. 40:6-9} And this is the word of the good-news which was proclaimed to you*.”
(1 Peter 1:25 MLV)

The words of the sent ones spoken in the Name of God may or will never pass away.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words may never* pass away. {Mt 24:36-44 & Mk 13:32-37 & Lk 21:34-36 Second Coming}”
(Matthew 24:35 MLV)

By all those who come to believe shall that Word of God and His sent one is the truth and the life, shall when they practice the will of God be able to find a life forever.

“Because all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the egotism of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”
(1 John 2:16 MLV)

Those who love God should come to read and study His Word, His letters to the world and keep to His Words more than to the words of man.

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

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Additional reading

  1. A question to be posed
  2. Are there certain books essential to come to faith
  3. A Start for looking at the unseen and the treasure to look forward to
  4. Looking at the seen and going for the unseen
  5. Not able to make contact with God because to busy
  6. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  7. Glory of only One God Who gives His Word
  8. Relapse plan
  9. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  10. Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe
  11. God-breathed prophetic words written torah and the mitzvot to teach us
  12. Reliability of message appears from honesty writers
  13. Written down in God’s Name for righteousness
  14. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  15. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  16. Collection of books
  17. A collection of holy writings to show God and His works
  18. Backbone book
  19. Life and an assembly of books
  20. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  21. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  22. Appointed to be read
  23. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  24. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament
  25. Hidden books
  26. We should use the Bible every day
  27. Feed Your Faith Daily
  28. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  29. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
  30. Youth has difficulty Bible Reading
  31. Government school classroom assignment on world religions in discussion and Islamophobia gone wild
  32. The manager and Word of God
  33. Be an Encourager
  34. You need light for your path
  35. Being of good courage running the race
  36. Recommended articles about the Book of books the Bible
  37. One not without the other
  38. Relating to God is it possible

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Further reading

  1. Be guided by the words of God
  2. Let the words of God transform you
  3. Wings Of The Morning
  4. Psalm 27:1 (Week of 27 March 2016)
  5. 2 Chronicles 18:13 Saying Only What God Says
  6. Revelation: Sweet and Bitter Words
  7. The Purpose of the Gospel
  8. See our unique God!
  9. Amazing things are happening
  10. God’s emotions are complex
  11. Hear the Whole Counsel
  12. Making the God of Mercy Known
  13. A new Bible
  14. Needing wisdom
  15. Piper: Three Stages of Knowing and Doing the Revealed Will of God
  16. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
  17. Psalm 64: What God has brought about…
  18. Book Review: How to Read the Bible For All Its Worth
  19. Theology Matters

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

To seek wisdom the Holy Scriptures are the best source for getting to know everything man has to know to make the best of his life and to see what is going to happen in this world, so that man can protect himself for the horrible war to come.

Man should know that every writing inspired by the Most High Elohim Hashem Jehovah is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction which is in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work and may find the Way to God and to the small gate of the Kingdom of God.

The order of books in Hebrew, Jewish, Messianic, Catholic and Protestant Bibles may be very different and having some books not included or treated as one or more books, all those writings should bring some insight in the way people lived with or without a relation with the Most High Divine Creator Who has given the ruling of the world out of His Hands.

All people do have the free choice to come to read those many books which are put together, bundled as one library of ‘set apart‘ or ‘holy‘ books. Man should know that those writings are given by the Most High to give them insight and to have them as a warning how to behave and how to prepare for the times to come. The Eternal One has created man wit a plan or having a vision for man. When man choose to go an other way God’s Plan stayed valid and god provided for mankind a solution to have everything restored.

When reading the Scriptures people can come to learn about the Plan of the Master Maker. The reader shall come to see how the Word belongs to the Most Almighty and how He shall have the final Word. But going to look deeper into that Word the reader shall come to understand how this is the Most Important Word for man and how this is the most inspiring and life giving Word. Man shall also be able to compare those who accepted God His Word and how those live who have rejected His Word.

“The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Elohim; and what wisdom is in them?”
(Jeremiah 8:9)

Also those who are against God and have evil in them shall not have the good in them nor the wisdom.

“The lamp of the body is the eye, because if your eye is clear, your whole body will be light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be dark. Therefore if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one is able to serve* two lords; for* either he will hate the one and love* the other; or he will hold to one and despise the other. You* are not able to serve* God and money.”
(Matthew 6:22β4 MLV)

“But evil men and impostors will progress from bad to worse, misleading and being misled. But you abide in the things which you have learned and was entrusted with, having known from whom you have learned them. And that you have known, from a baby, the sacred Scriptures which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God breathed and is profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for education which is in righteousness,in order that the man of God may be complete, completely equipped *for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:13-17 MLV)

“The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?”
(Jeremiah 8:9 KJV)

In all the books of the Bible we can see the weak and stronger points of man so that we can learn from them.

“But God was choosing the foolish things of the world, that* he may shame the wise, and God was choosing the weaknesses of the world, that* he may shame the strong things; and God was choosing the ignoble things of the world and the things that are scorned and the things that are not, in order that he might do-away-with the things that are;”
(1 Corinthians 1:27-28 MLV)

Next to the Books of Nevi’im are there the Kethuvim Aleph in which man can find the maxims or Book Mishlê by Shlomo (Salomon or Solomon/ Sulaymān) also called Jedidiah, the son of David, king of Israel, who is revered in Judaism and Christianity for his wisdom and in Islam as a prophet.

“The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.”
(Proverbs 1:1–6 KJV)

A cabinet containing the five megillot. (Esther is in the wooden case on the left.)
Title page, Midrash Tehillim

The Mishlê and the Shir haShirim or Song of songs, also called Canticle of Canticles, and the Ekah or Lamentations are the parts of the third section of the biblical canon, known as the Ketuvim, or “Writings” which bring sayings of wisdom. In the Hebrew Bible the Song of Solomon stands with Ruth, Êkah or Êykhôh (the book of Lamentations) or Lamentations of Jeremiah, Ecclesiastes, and Estêr (Esther) and with them makes up the Five Megillot or The Five Scrolls (Hamesh Megillot or Chomeish Megillos), five scrolls that are read on various religious festivals of the Jewish year.  (An early testimony that these five scrolls were grouped together is in the Midrash Rabba. This midrash was compiled on the Chumash or Pentateuch and on the Five Megillot or Five Scrolls)

The other scriptural hymn text to give us a clear insight in the Works of God is presented by the Tehillim or book of Psalms, the first book of the Ketuvim. The anthology of individual psalms also brings prayers and songs speaking about the Power of God and showing us how He works in man. The by far most common type of psalm is the lament or bemoaning. Those pleas for help are often ending with an expression of confidence and are still a worthy teaching tool for us today.

Today still needing lots of help, all those writings are of utmost importance to give us insight and advice. with the knowledge the Scriptures do give us we shall not have to fear man and shall know that we can count unto God. In God we may trust and that trust shall be build up and made stronger by the wisdom the reading and studying of the Scriptures give.

“My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
(Proverbs 3:21–26 KJV)

 

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Additional reading

  1. The Almighty Lord God of gods King above all gods
  2. Written down in God’s Name
  3. Are there certain books essential to come to faith
  4. A Start for looking at the unseen and the treasure to look forward to
  5. Looking at the seen and going for the unseen
  6. Not able to make contact with God because to busy
  7. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  8. Glory of only One God Who gives His Word
  9. Relapse plan
  10. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  11. Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe
  12. God-breathed prophetic words written torah and the mitzvot to teach us
  13. Reliability of message appears from honesty writers
  14. Written down in God’s Name for righteousness
  15. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  16. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  17. Collection of books
  18. A collection of holy writings to show God and His works
  19. Backbone book
  20. Life and an assembly of books
  21. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  22. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  23. Appointed to be read
  24. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  25. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament
  26. Hidden books
  27. We should use the Bible every day
  28. Feed Your Faith Daily
  29. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  30. People Seeking for God 6 Strategy
  31. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  32. God giving signs and producing wonders
  33. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  34. Eternal Word that tells everything
  35. Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe
  36. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  37. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  38. God’s Blog recorded in a Book
  39. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  40. Bible in the first place #1/3
  41. Bible in the first place #2/3
  42. Bible in the first place #3/3
  43. The holy spirit will bring back to your minds all the things told
  44. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  45. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  46. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  47. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  48. Bible, helmet of salvation, God’s Words put in the mouth of prophets for perfecting, to reprove and correct
  49. 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
  50. Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
  51. Best intimate relation to look for
  52. In a world which knows no peace sharing blessed hope
  53. The holy spirit will bring back to your minds all the things told
  54. The fear of the Lord
  55. Humility and the Fear of the Lord
  56. Necessity of a revelation of creation 4 Getting understanding by Word of God 2
  57. Necessity of a revelation of creation 8 By no means unintelligible or mysterious to people
  58. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  59. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  60. Necessity of a revelation of creation 11 Believing and obeying the gospel of the Kingdom of God
  61. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  62. Necessity of a revelation of creation 13 Getting wisdom
  63. We may not be ignorant to get wisdom
  64. Fools despise wisdom and instruction
  65. Answering a fool according to his folly
  66. Wisdom lies deep
  67. Increased in wisdom in favour with God
  68. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  69. Loving the Word
  70. God’s Plan purpose and teaching
  71. Man’s plans prevailed by God’s purpose
  72. God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace
  73. An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible
  74. Sharing the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge
  75. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  76. Divine Plan and an Imperfect creation
  77. Sharing thoughts and philosophical writings
  78. Philosophy hand in hand with spirituality
  79. Thomas Aquinas on Wisdom by Robert M. Woods
  80. Do You Expect God’s Answer
  81. Bible, God speaking words profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  82. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  83. Failing Man to make free choice
  84. It is a free will choice
  85. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #1 Creator and His Prophets
  86. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  87. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #3 Rejoicing in the insistence
  88. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator

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Further reading

  1. Promise of Prophecy
  2. Think continually on these things, Philippians 4:8-9
  3. Ask, and it will be given to you Matthew 7:7-12
  4. Abiding
  5. Do Not Be Alarmed
  6. A Meditation on Life: Seek and Ye Shall Find
  7. Bible Reading as a Means of Grace
  8. Reflections on not reading the bible
  9. Wings Of The Morning
  10. Wings Of The Morning
  11. Psalm 27:1 (Week of 27 March 2016)
  12. Vintage The Psalms of David with Decorations – Peter Pauper Press
  13. The Deepest Depths of Love Explained in the Songs of Solomon
  14. When Love Isn’t Enough

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

The Bible is not only the best sold book in the world, it is also the book which gives the best advice, but that is something man does not like to accept from Some One or Some Thing he cannot see or touch, though if man would be willing enough to hear and feel, he could feel the presence of the Most High and feel His Guidance.

Until today lots of people have been rebellious against God and it is that rebellion which made it so difficult for mankind. When more people would follow the teachings of the Holy Scriptures we would have a much better world.

When a person has found what is important in his or her life he or she has come to see what books are the most important to read. Once this is known he or she has to come to find the right way how to read those books and how best to understand what is written in them.

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Books available for Guantanamo captives to read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bestseller all times, the Book of books or as it is known by many under the title “the Bible” should be recognised as the best guide in life for getting the best life. People also should know that that guidebook “the Bible” is not only restricted to what we call the Kethuvim Bet or ‘second writings’, the Messianic Scriptures, which is generally known under the name “the New Testament“. The Pre-Messianic Scriptures or Old Testament is a big part which is of utmost importance to come to understand the Word of God.

Read All About It!
Read All About It! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The book that tells about The Elohim, the Most Almighty Divine Creator and Most High Ruler of the universe is that Super Being or Spirit so many are looking for, can give mankind ideas why and how everything went wrong and why we are still in such a mess.

Those books all should read tell us how mankind evolved and how people who have seen sufficient evidence still suppressed the truth about the Most High Divine Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

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Books available for Guantanamo captives to read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Looking in those books you shall come to see and understand that the Divine Maker of all things was and is not pleased with man who keeps doubting God His right to be the Most High Governor. Therefore  God’s extreme anger is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who restrain the truth [from being known and obeyed] by their wickedness. Look around you and you will find many people who shall try to convince you that god is quatch, that there is no such thing as a divine Creator. They and we should know that for what is known about God is plain to these people [i.e., to the Goyim or Gentiles], because God has also made it clear to them. Namely in each person, being created in the image of God, there is an intern feeling, an instinct, which whispers that they are an element of the creation by the Creator. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities of eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, and even up to today nobody can ignore those things seen in the surroundings. Nature can be perceived through the things that the Most High has made. So, these people have no excuse [i.e., for not believing in the divine Creator the Elohim Hashem Jehovah].

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The detainees look through the books brought to them by the librarians, and choose which ones they wish to read. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Big problem of our world is that man loves his own words and prefers to listen to philosophies of men instead of listening to the Words written in the Bible. Not prepared to take those words serious but holding fast to the words of  so called theologians and commentators to the Bible, many are blinded by them and their churches. Listening to all those philosophical talks they are often engaged in their useless speculations and their foolish minds get filled with spiritual darkness because they enjoy so much those discussion on matters man wants to give his own twist, instead of taking those words written in the Bible just for what they say black on white.

I too can see, what I hope you shall see too, that there are many organisations, institutions, who claim to be wise and to be the only ones who can have you come to understand the Bible. They forget that is all in the Power of God. It is He Who gives the light and insight in His Ow Words. He does not need extra people to explain His Words. On their own God His words can tell everything. People perhaps can help others to come to read God His Word and can perhaps help to guide them to get through those Words. Then they can only hope they may be a helping hand in the Name of God, a workforce for the Most High Powerful Power and Giver of Light.

Fallujah, Iraq (Mar. 27, 2004) – Navy Chaplain...
Fallujah, Iraq (Mar. 27, 2004) – Navy Chaplain, Lt. Marc Massie assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seventy Four (NMCB-74) studies his Bible for an upcoming service. Massie is also the head coordinator for the battalions United Through Reading Program, which enables deployed Sailors to read stories on video tape to their children, which are then mailed home to their loved ones. NMCB-74 is currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this world we can see how many peoples have made themselves gods. We can see that there are people who call themselves ‘Christian‘, what should mean ‘being a follower of Christ‘, who ignore many teachings of that Christ and came to make their Jesus into their god, becoming fools according to the apostles, exchanging the honour belonging to the immortal God for the statues of a mortal god (when they believe Jesus died), mortal men, and birds, and animals and reptiles. Everywhere in the world we look for the way how people worship their gods we can see that like in the Catholic Church and other religious groups they have made pictures of their god to which they bow down and bring offers.

A lover of God must know that God has allowed this to happen. But He abandoned them to have the impure desires of their hearts, and to practice degrading behaviour with their bodies among themselves. For they exchanged the Elohim’s truth for the devil’s lie, i.e. for the sayings of the slayers or avengers of God.

Those books man should read from the Library of God shows man how and Who man has to worship and serve. Those books also show how man came to worship those things God Himself made. In those Holy books you shall be able to find why God allowed [or, abandoned] them to [practice] degrading passions and / or even allowed them to leave natural functions for what they were supposed to be and for what man and woman were originally made.

Page of a rare black-letter Bible, 1497, print...
Page of a rare black-letter Bible, 1497, printed in Strasbourg by Johann Grüninger. The coloured chapter initials were handwritten after printing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You shall come to see that the Guidebook, the Bible, shall show you why there are so many things in the world which may disgust you or may let you wonder if that is normal. You shall come to see how man went wrong in his desires but also how you can keep yourself on the right track.
You too shall be able to find ways to have the right desires for each other for not doing indecent sexual acts or having indecent behaviour against others. In those books you shall be able to find ways to avoid trouble or not getting a penalty because you shall have learned from them not to contribute to perversion or wrong acts.

By reading the Scriptures you shall be able to avoid degrading your mind and to practice those things which you as a decent person should do, avoiding all kinds of wickedness, evil, greed, and maliciousness. You shall come to see that when you read those books any form of envy, strife, deceit and malice shall go away form you, if you are willing to follow the good advice given in those Holy Books. The words in those books are no gossip, no slanderer, but are actual facts which we should take at heart. They show us not to be hateful toward God, not to be arrogant, proud and boastful, but to come respectful to all creatures of God, even to those who do not want to know about God.

I wonder if those who do not want to know about God and about the sent one from Him would be aware what they are missing. Probably not. They do not mind to do not kosher things as long as it can serve them. They are so much busy with their own good in the here and now. They do not mind not keep their promises or to show natural affection. Often we can see that they also are merciless.

We should know that these people know that God’s decrees require that those who practice such things deserve to die [i.e., either spiritual or temporal punishment], yet they not only do the same things [themselves], but even approve of other people who practice them.

Romans 1:18-32 The Scriptures 1998+  (18)  For the wrath of Elohim is revealed from heaven against all wickedness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  (19)  because that which is known of Elohim is manifest among them, for Elohim has manifested it to them.  (20)  For since the creation of the world His invisible qualities have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, both His everlasting power and Mightiness, for them to be without excuse,  (21)  because, although they knew Elohim, they did not esteem Him as Elohim, nor gave thanks, but became vain in their reasonings, and their undiscerning heart was darkened.  (22)  Claiming to be wise, they became fools,  (23)  and changed the esteem of the incorruptible Elohim into the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds and of four-footed beasts and of reptiles.  (24)  Therefore Elohim gave them up to uncleanness in the lust of their hearts, to disrespect their bodies among themselves,  (25)  who changed the truth of Elohim into the falsehood, and worshipped and served what was created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  (26)  Because of this Elohim gave them over to degrading passions. For even their women exchanged natural relations for what is against nature,  (27)  and likewise, the men also, having left natural relations with woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing indecency, and receiving back the reward which was due for their straying.  (28)  And even as they did not think it worth- while to possess the knowledge of Elohim, Elohim gave them over to a worthless mind, to do what is improper,  (29)  having been filled with all unrighteousness, whoring, wickedness, greed, evil; filled with envy, murder, fighting, deceit, evil habits; whisperers,  (30)  slanderers, haters of Elohim, insolent, proud, boasters, devisers of evils, disobedient to parents,  (31)  without discernment, covenant breakers, unloving, unforgiving, ruthless;  (32)  who, though they know the righteousness of Elohim, that those who practise such deserve death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practise them.

People should believe more in themselves in in their Creator. When they would believe more in the Power of God they would know that it is He Who shall give them the necessary knowledge and the necessary guidance.
They also should know that God has given somebody to bring them to God. That man is Jesus, the sent one from God, son of man and son of God. He is the truth, the salvation and the glory of God in which man should come to believe that he (Jesus) is the Way to God and not God himself like so many churches preach, contrary to the Word of God.

When listening to Jeshua (Jesus) his words, presented in the Messianic writings, people shall have no excuse any more not to come to understand Who God is and what He has done and should also know how they have to behave in this world.

Are you willing to belong to the good people to whom Jehovah, the Only One true God of Israel, has given the Holy Land, because the others are so wicked?

Deuteronomy 9:4-6 The Scriptures 1998+  (4)  “Do not think in your heart, after יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim has driven them out before you, saying, ‘Because of my righteousness יהוה {Jehovah} has brought me in to possess this land.’ But it is because of the wrong of these nations that יהוה {Jehovah} is driving them out from before you.  (5)  “It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wrong of these nations that יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim drives them out from before you, in order to establish the word which יהוה {Jehovah} swore to your fathers, to Aḇraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Yaʽaqoḇ.   (6)  “And you shall know that יהוה {Jehovah} your Elohim is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stiff-necked people.

Let us not be stiff-necked (or having an iron sinew) not forgetting how God’s People had provoked the Adonai to anger from the beginning of their wilderness journey. They were liberated but forgot very quickly. Now the 2nd Adam brought also a liberation, though many have soon forgotten who it was in whose Name. Again those people who were liberated from death made them graven images. (This time no golden calf but golden crosses and other images of their god Jesus.) Until today lots of people have been rebellious against God. In this world of rebellion we can show to God we do not want to be the rebels but prefer to follow His Word and not that of man. to do that it is best to take up the Bible and to start studying thoroughly, so that you really come to know what God wants from you and me and from all the world.

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 5)

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Additional reading

  1. Unread bestseller
  2. Ion of Books or the Holy Scriptures – or book of bookscollection of books
  3. The Bible a book of books
  4. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  5. Written down for God to bring us up to a virtuous life
  6. From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah
  7. Bible in the first place #1/3
  8. Bible in the first place #1/3
  9. Bible in the first place #3/3
  10. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  11. the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
  12. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
  13. the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
  14. the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
  15. the Bible – God’s guide for life #5 What is God like
  16. the Bible – God’s guide for life #6 Case example – King Josiah #1
  17. the Bible – God’s guide for life #7 Case example – King Josiah #2 Lessons from Josiah’s experience
  18. the Bible – God’s guide for life #8 Looking to Jesus #1 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
  19. God’s Plan, Purpose and teachings
  20. Coming to the creation of human beings in the image of God
  21. Creation of the earth and man #19 Man in the image and likeness of the Elohim #3 Beholding image and likeness of the invisible God
  22. Souls and Religions with Nirvana and light
  23. An unbridgeable gap
  24. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
  25. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  26. Luther on Being a Theologian: Oratio, Meditatio and Tentatio
  27. Points to remember of philosophy versus spirituality and religion
  28. Being Religious and Spiritual 4 Philosophical, religious and spiritual people
  29. Texts, writers, accessibility and willingness
  30. Lovers of God, seekers and lovers of truth
  31. Human & Biblical teachings
  32. Bible & us
  33. Looking to a future 1
  34. Looking to a future 2
  35. Truth
  36. Truth and doubt
  37. Pursuits in life
  38. Relating and attitude

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Further reading

  1. Real Power
  2. Gospel: The Power of God
  3. How God shows His power through us
  4. The Power of the Holy Spirit
  5. Stand Upright
  6. Believing in Ourselves
  7. Greater is the power in us…[Part 1]
  8. I Don’t Understand!
  9. The Gospel Saves In Every Situation
  10. Propelled By His Purpose
  11. Freedom In The Truth
  12. Far Above Principalities
  13. Man inhumanity to man
  14. Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 94)
  15. Un-Natural
  16. “Loose him” * “Löst die Binden”
  17. 1 Kings Chapter 14
  18. The Land God Has Given Us
  19. A Question that Boggles My Mind
  20. God calleth that “wickedness” which they counted wisdom
  21. Don’t Worry about the Wicked
  22. The Grace of God – Isaiah 26:7-11
  23. Preparing for ‘the days of Noah’
  24. The Path which leads to Eternal Life!
  25. Deceitful Above All Things
  26. On Questioning Faith & God Because of University?
  27. What does God hate?
  28. Do you have this kind of heart? (Part 3)
  29. Psalm 94: O Lord, Rise Up
  30. Justice of God – Psalm 58:6-11
  31. Judgment by God – Isaiah 1:18-23
  32. Judgment and God – Isaiah 3:10-12
  33. Is There a Noah In The Earth?
  34. When The Wicked Advance
  35. Exercising Discernment: Following Jesus in Public
  36. Jesus’ Tearful Trauma: Glory to God in the Heavens As Far as One Can Go!
  37. Teaching the Crowds, Instructing His Disciples
  38. Teaching the Crowds, Instructing His Disciples (2)
  39. Sometimes understanding God’s Word is a struggle
  40. Sermon: The Third 8 Reasons for Reading the Bible, Psalm 119.17–24
  41. Bible Reading as a Means of Grace
  42. How to Read the Bible Effectively in 2017
  43. Reflections on not reading the bible
  44. Growing with God – can be so photo-shopped
  45. Daily Devotional for January 14, 2017 – God’s Lessons Are Not Over!
  46. A New Year In Christ, Calls For A Biblical Pathway
  47. Slow and Steady Wins the Race (Jan 1)
  48. In the Word Wednesday- Idols
  49. Influential Books In My Life
  50. Sayings Requiring Careful Listening
  51. Reading Through the Bible
  52. The Cost of Discipleship

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

When wanting to do a regular bible reading one or more good Bible translations in a strong binding are desired. When reading the Bible we have to allow God’s Word to come to mould us so that we can grow in applying the meaning of Scripture to our lives.

Discovering new insights shall make you so enthusiast you want to share this newly acquired knowledge with many people around you. That act of sharing shall play an important part in the Plan of God. In the Bible is namely indicated that when there shall be witnessed all over the world, in the name of Jehovah, than the end will come and peace shall come to all those who love the Most High Elohim HasHem Jehovah.

We always should remember that “The Bible” should be our main tool in life. That Book of books, the Bestseller of all times, has every right and reason to claim the first place for the most read and the most chosen spiritual literary work.

Reflecting God Study Bible
Reflecting God Study Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the previous articles you could figure out that it is best next to your Bible without any additions, to have a Reference bible, one that gives a listing of similar passages at other places in the Bible. Handy also is to obtain an additional Bible with space for marking, which you can use when going to a meeting or by doing a bible study, whilst you use the Bible-text only version, on occasions where you just read the bible from one passage one day to an other the next day or week.

When going to buy a new bible make sure your Bible has a good cover. The Bible is not a book to read only once. You shall have to read it a multiple times. Having it to go with you at different places in different weather conditions it has to be strong enough. Also for your study Bible, you taking lots of time to go through it, adding some notes yourself, would like to be able to see those notes again some time later. As you invest your time in the word, marking it in special ways, you will be glad the Bible is usable for a long time. A full leather Bible is most useful but a good hard cover also can do. Bonded leather often cracks, and, of course, paperbacks are not usable for long.

When you go out on your trip having regular Bible readings you shall notice that you shall uncover many truths. They’ll surprise you and shall get you in the mood to tell others about it. You shall be surprised how exciting it can be to read the Bible and to discover new insights or to finally understand why a book was written or how it is put together and to what it leads or wants us to point to.

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Home bible study with the help of a bible teacher. The yellow book seen in the photo is What Does the Bible Really Teach? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You not only shall come to see that on several occasions the Divine Maker Himself asked His people to share His Message. Also rabbi Jeshua, Jesus Christ, gave his disciples the task to go out in the world and to tell the Good News of the coming Kingdom. They had not to keep the acquired knowledge to themselves. They where asked to share it with others and so must we. You too need to share your insights. When coming to understanding or even when doubting about certain matters you should not hesitate to talk to others about it. Make it a habit to talk about what you have written, like you probably also would talk about a good movie or television program you have seen. It has to become a habit talking about what you have learned from Scriptures. That talking has to become a Witnessing for Jehovah. By telling about His Word to others you may show your love for Him. Such talking about God’s Word or “Witnessing” shall be enable you to encourage many other people while you also shall be growing more.

Please do know that our time here on earth is very short. Man does everything to lengthen life but does not succeed. In the knowledge that we have such a short life after all, we better try to make the best of it. Why should you leave the Best Guide for Life at the site, untouched and unread, when it can give you so much betters in this life?

By taking up the Bible, the Book of books, and opening your heart to the words which are written in it, you shall be able to grow and feel more at ease, not worrying so much and having a hope for better times, given to those who accept the Messiah and love the Most High as the only one to be worshipped.

Man often thinks he can do it on his own. He is mistaken. All people need their Creator. Even when they are not interested in Him, it is He Who allows them to be here and to make the right choices in their life. The Divine Creator gives everybody the opportunity to come back to Him and to come to live in a restored relationship with Him. By the willingness to listen to His Voice God shall guide you through this life, in good and in bad times, when you are feeling swell and when you are feeling bad. Always He is prepare dot listen to you and to guide you. One way of communication is His Word in the Bible. You must consider it as His letters to you. When you love God you will love to read His letters and would not mind to read them over and over again. Being a lover of God and being a believer is serious business; you need a guide like the Bible.

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The Geneva Bible (1560): God’s name Iehouah (in older Latin transcription form), that is Jehovah. Greek/Ελληνικά: Η μεταγραφή Ιεχουά (Ιεχωβά) στο εδάφιο Ψαλμός 83:18, από την Βίβλο της Γενεύης (Geneva Bible) του 1560. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we read a newspaper, magazine or book, we want to know what an author intended us to see and experience in his writing. Like any worldly author has an intention, the Most High Almighty God also had an intention when He let His chosen men write down His Words. God can not be seen by man, but He made sure man could be fully aware of His presence and His Power, the Pneuma or Spirit. We should know that the God of Order does not tell lies and is not inconsistent. When we think there are contradictions in scripture we best take a closer look. The aim of the biblical writers is to bring God’s Word close to us so that it can transform us. By reading and studying the Bible we should not only come to “know,” but shall have to take action and come to “be” and to “do.”

By letting the Power of God, the set apart pneuma or Holy Spirit, to guide and mould you, you shall find better ways to build up your life and to guide others around you.  God intends you to use His words in your life. There is no reason to think you cannot do this. Once you begin on a more serious approach to Scripture, you shall find that you become fuelled to reach your goal and the goal where your Creator wants you to be.

At a certain moment your Bible reading will bring you to a turning point. You will mark that day as a major turning point of your personal history. Who knows what God will do through a person like you if you will just fill your mind with the word of God?

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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)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 4)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 5)

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Additional reading

  1. Are you religious, spiritual, or do you belong to a religion, having a faith or interfaith
  2. Almighty God above all other gods greater than all gods
  3. The Almighty Lord God above all gods
  4. Displeasures and Actions of the Almighty God
  5. No man see the Almighty God and live
  6. Eternal Word that tells everything
  7. Plain necessary food of the gospel
  8. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  9. Bible Word of God, inspired and infallible
  10. The Bible a book of books
  11. Life and an assembly of books
  12. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  13. The Word of God in print
  14. the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction
  15. the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life
  16. the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet
  17. the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves
  18. the Bible – God’s guide for life #5 What is God like
  19. the Bible – God’s guide for life #7 Case example – King Josiah #2 Lessons from Josiah’s experience
  20. the Bible – God’s guide for life #8 Looking to Jesus #1 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
  21. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  22. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  23. Appointed to be read
  24. We should use the Bible every day
  25. Feed Your Faith Daily
  26. Bible power to change
  27. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  28. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  29. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  30. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago
  31. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  32. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  33. Not able to make contact with God because to busy
  34. Kingdom of God what will it be like
  35. A question to be posed
  36. Followers with deepening
  37. Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
  38. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  39. The manager and Word of God
  40. Do Christians need to read the Old Testament
  41. Youth has difficulty Bible Reading
  42. Be an Encourager
  43. The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
  44. Relapse plan

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Further reading

  1. What Is The Bible?
  2. Five Thoughts On What The Bible Is
  3. 3 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible
  4. Holy Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration & Interpretation
  5. Saint Bonaventure on the Source of Sacred ScriptureThe Word of GodThe singular power of Holy ScriptureThe Interpretations of ‘holy scripture’ vs God’s willBible Reviewer: ESV Single Column Journaling Bible
  6. Trustworthy or Not?
  7. Contradictions in Scripture: Time Reckoning Methods – Hebrew Time Versus Gentile Time
  8. You Can’t Ace This Bible Quiz
  9. A Caged Lion
  10. Refuting the doubters: “All religions are the same, aren’t they?”Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
  11. St Ambrose on Scripture
  12. Fastest Growing Churches Teach Literal Interpretation of the Bible
  13. Vincent of Lerina: “is not the canon of Scripture sufficient for everything”
  14. People Learned About “The Reformation” in Their Own Language
  15. Book Printing as Impetus for Reformation
  16. The evangelistic methods of our present golden-calf Christianity!
  17. Not So Secretly and All Too Often
  18. Well-Attested Manuscripts
  19. Comparative Analysis of Ancient Manuscripts
  20. Imitation of Christ – Reading holy Scripture
  21. compassion rules (senryu)
  22. Studies in The Baptist Catechism: Section One – Authority, Revelation, and Scripture (Q.5 & Q.6)
  23. George Muller: “If the Holy Spirit guides us …”
  24. Fulton Sheen: “The essence of Christianity “
  25. Doing things God’s way
  26. Is the Spirit Schizophrenic?
  27. What is the use of religion in modern world?
  28. Do you love God?
  29. Rich in Love
  30. You do What in your Bible?!
  31. Write the Word – A Bible Journal
  32. (Doodling the word on) Bible journaling is
  33. Why Bible Journaling?
  34. Journal Bibleing??
  35. Bible Journalling
  36. Bible Journaling: Hope in Rest
  37. Poured Out
  38. Evangelical Misogyny and the Spiritual Oppression of Christian Women
  39. Bible Journaling: Hope in Tears
  40. Bible journaling sermon notes 
  41. Inside My Bible Study and Prayer Bullet Journal
  42. Five YouVersion Bible devotional plans I enjoyed studying…
  43. Inductive Bible Study
  44. Bible Study: True Worship – Part 2
  45. The heavens declare the glory of God
  46. Where Do We Find Ourselves?
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How to Read the Bible (sequel 5)

To have words come deeper in you, when you read them a next time, you also for studying the Bible best can make use of handy tools like Bible markers and Bible concordances.

Each individual has to find a way for him or her to make Bible reading work. It might perhaps look easy to start reading the Bible, but what matters is to come to read the whole Bible, and not just some verses taken out of context, what we see happening in many churches. even in protestant churches, where at the beginning of protestantism the focus was on the word of God, lots of protestant churches do not spend much time any more in reading the Bible  and discussing the content of the Bible-reading. In lots of protestant churches we can find pastors (clergymen or priests in charge of a congregation) or vicars quoting lots of verses, but not presenting the whole paragraph and not presenting the whole chapter to their congregation. Taken out of context they often can twist around and make their congregating assembly or congregation or parishioners to believe whatever that pastor and his church wants people to believe.

What we see today is that not many churches make work of saturating their flock with Bible chapters. Lots of churches also do not work at it to give their congregation an idea how everything fits and how everything leads up to Plan of the Master Maker that has to come into fulfilment.

When reading the Bible you always should remember that it are God His Words and His life lessons which He gave to mankind so that we can come to know Him and can come to see what He wants from us and what He wants to do with us and with the world.

When you know that to read a chapter of Scripture aloud would usually take about five minutes of time, you should consider to have your bible reading also with others. When with more than one person to read the Bible each person can take five verses to read out loud. And when the chapter is read you can discus what each of you came to understand from that reading. Together such reading may bring more insight and will encourage all co-operating to continue.

When reading it as a project of studying it as well, you may find it handy to use special Bible markers to mark crucial words. You best draw lines in different and particular colours for certain things. Use one specific colour to underline what the Most High Elohim is saying, an other colour for what rabbi Jeshua is saying, again another colour to indicate places and an other colour to mark the given rules, regulationsdictates or commandments of God. You also may use again an other colour to mark other words and/or concepts.

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Bible journaling = reading and studying the Word, letting it lead you to be creative in the ways you memorize and record Scripture

Today in certain evangelical churches Bible Journaling is a hype, but making so many notations and drawings in one bible book may end up in not being able to concentrate any more on the bible text itself, it being blurred by your other personal thoughts and by those of other human beings. Such ‘journaling’ you better keep to a separate note book, which is ideal to accompany you on your quest for Biblical knowledge.

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When using fluorescent markers it can well be that the colour goes into the next page and that in the end pages get unreadable

Though if you love drawing in your Bible and want to make many notes you also can find special Bibles with enough space to do so. for this you best look for Wide margins Bibles.

In case you re looking for a Journaling Bible make sure you buy one with enough space to write notes and when there is an extra notes section at the end of each book of the Bible that would be a good asset.

An other very useful tool to do thorough Bible reading and Bible study is making use of a verbal index, to the Bible or Bible concordance. Such a guide book or alphabetical index of all the words in the Biblical text or corpus of texts, shall show every contextual occurrence of a word. Today there are also computer software programs and tablet and smartphone applications where also such index is produced so that by a search or by an alphabetically listing every word in the bible text can be compared with the same word in an other place of Bible book.

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Gerard Dou – Old Woman Reading a Bible – WGA06639 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are also bibles on the market which have at the end a small concordance or an alphabetical list of subjects or topics in the bible, which is often much more useful by the daily bible reading, than the list of phrases given in the full concordance. Also the Reference Bibles, translations with in the middle or at the site references to other places in scripture, without adding human notes, are very handy to make sure you shall not get indoctrinated by false teachings. In that instance you shall be able to compare the different quotes with each other and place them in context with the read paragraph and chapter.

A big concordance, like the Strong Exhaustive Concordance, giving the similarity in appearance of members of words and expressions, can bring you to different verses where the same word is used, so that you can come to analyse what the meaning may be. Such work can avoid that you just pick any meaning that suits you, buffet-style. Too many people say that denominations use their own bible because they do not use the same word as others and those “bible translators all changed the words according to their teaching”. When using a concordance you might find reference numbers which makes it possible how the translators went choosing words. As such you shall be able to find that it is often a matter of synonyms.

You always have to remember that God wanted to reach all people, educated as well as uneducated. The Elohim His infallible and inspired Word was given to mankind not in a very difficult to understand language, but written in human language using human vocabulary.

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Jerusalem regional adult bible quiz 2011; Binyamin Magentza, runner up in the 1959 bible quiz reading a poem while the judges check the answers of the contestants to the identical question. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whatever tool you want to use to help you in Bible reading and Bible study, always remember that it is just a human tool, but that the most power is to find in the bible Words themselves. You always should let the Bible speak. You also should be very careful when you use Study bibles that you do not start taking the added notes as part of the Bible. You always should check if those theologians their notes are in accordance with what is written in the Bible. For example when they say ‘god the son’ and there is written in the Bible text ‘the son of God’, please do accept what is written in the Bible text and do not think ‘god the son’. According the Scriptures there is the son of God but no second or third person in the One and Only True God. Therefore let yourself not been carried away by human doctrines like the Trinity matter.

You also do not need philosophical books to guide you through your bible reading. You should trust the Words of the Scriptures themselves and trust God. They can and shall reveal the truth. You only have to listen to those Words from the Holy Bible and insight and wisdom shall come to you.

May the Adonai, Elohim HasHem Jehovah be with you and give all guidance you need.

 

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 3)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 4)

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Additional reading

  1. The Bible & us
  2. Bible, God speaking words profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  3. Bible Word from God
  4. Inspired Word
  5. The faithful God
  6. No other god besides Jehovah who gives all explanation
  7. The Bible a book of books
  8. Collection of books
  9. Hidden books
  10. Collection to show God and His works
  11. Written and translated by different men over thousands of years
  12. Reliability of message appears from honesty writers
  13. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  14. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  15. Necessity of a revelation of creation 14 Searching the scriptures
  16. Essential to come to faith
  17. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  18. Creator and Blogger God 3 Lesson and solution
  19. Backbone-book
  20. The holy spirit will bring back to your minds all the things told
  21. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  22. Eternal Word that tells everything
  23. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  24. We should use the Bible every day
  25. Feed Your Faith Daily
  26. May reading the Bible provoke us into action to set our feet on the narrow way
  27. Hearing words to accept
  28. Genuine message of salvation
  29. God who knows the heart
  30. The Miracle of the Bible
  31. Recommended articles about the Book of books the Bible
  32. The Bible as a tool
  33. Bible in the first place #3/3
  34. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  35. How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together
  36. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  37. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  38. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  39. Concordantie Statenvertaling – concordance to the Old Dutch Staten Translation
  40. Human & Biblical teachings
  41. Approachers of ideas around gods, philosophers and theologians
  42. Which is worse–works without faith, or faith without works?
  43. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  44. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #8 Selective Bibles and selective people
  45. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #10 Journaling Bibles and illustrative women
  46. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #12 God Himself masters His Own Word
  47. First man’s task still counting today
  48. How do I know if I’m called to ministry?
  49. Inner voice inside the soul of man
  50. Looking for a biblically sound church
  51. When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church
  52. Introducing Logos Bible Software 5
  53. Trinity matter

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Find also

  1. Download a free Bible Journaling Workbook created by Laurel Keller to help get started in Bible journaling or give your current efforts a boost: Free Workbook
  2. myWSB (my WORDsearch® Bible) free web app created to help you read and study the Bible online
  3. The One Year New Testament for Busy Moms NLT -pdf excerpt
  4. ESV Pitt Minion Wide Margin Reference Bible – Hardback
  5. Bible – ESV, Journaling, Hardback
  6. The Action Bible
  7. Bible – AV, Hardback, Large Print, Wide Margin
  8. Bible – ESV, Wide Margin, Imitation Leather
  9. Bible – NIV, Leather, Wide Margin
  10. Bible – NKJV, Hardback, Wide Margin
  11. Bible – NKJV, Leather, Wide Margin

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Further reading
  1. Search The Bible…
  2. Compare translations
  3. Bible in more languages than Hamlet and Harry Potter put together
  4. Book Review | Translating Truth: The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation
  5. Girls Slimline Holy Bible
  6. ESV Single Column Reference Bible
  7. HCSB Notetaking Bible [Review]
  8. American Woman’s Bible, NKJV: A Short Review
  9. NKJV, American Woman’s Bible Women, Godly Virtues, and the Making of America Booklook bloggers review
  10. Created to Create
  11. Women’s Sanctuary Devotional Bible NLT
  12. How to Read The Bible Without Getting Bored
  13. Bible Study Helps
  14. My New Bible Study Tool
  15. 3 Creative Ways to Meditate on Scripture
  16. bible journaling
  17. Bible Journaling (From the heart)
  18. Journaling for Jesus
  19. Journaling Bible. 
  20. Journaling Bible Phenomenon
  21. Bible Journaling Is Back
  22. bible journaling // #1
  23. Bible Journaling Basics: Bible Flip Through
  24. Three Questions for Bible Journaling
  25. Bible Journaling Basics: What is Bible Journaling?
  26. What Is Bible Journaling and Why Should You Care?
  27. Why Bible Journal?
  28. Study, Practice and Apply
  29. Spiritual Nourishment
  30. Highlighting Your Bible
  31. The Benefits Of Bible Journaling
  32. Getting Creative with Your Quiet Time
  33. Brighten Your Bible Study
  34. Brighten Your Bible: Hosea
  35. How to Start Bible Journaling in 6 Easy Steps
  36. Bible Journaling Basics | Bailey Jean Robert
  37. Bible Journaling Basics: Art Journals
  38. Bible journaling – the beginning!!! 
  39. Bible Journaling Basics: Why do I Bible Journal?
  40. Bible Journaling Basics: How do I start Bible Journaling?
  41. Bible Journaling Basics: What do I need to start Bible Journaling?
  42. Bible Journaling Basics: How to choose a Journaling Bible
  43. Bible Journaling Basics: Supplies-Pens and Pencils
  44. Bible Journaling Basics: Supplies–Markers
  45. Bible Journaling | Stephanie
  46. My Creative Side – Bible Journaling
  47. Simple Bible Layout | Stephanie
  48. A Non-Artist’s Guide to Bible Journaling: Weeping
  49. Easy and Fun Faith Art
  50. Strong’s Concordance – a Good Tool Gone Bad
  51. Do You See It?
  52. getting organized | Ashley
  53. illustrated faith // human connections
  54. A Useless Commentary
  55. Lent: Let the Bible readings begin!
  56. 4 Keys to Seeing the God Do the Impossible
  57. Book Review: NIV Journal the Word Bible
  58. The Big Problem With Bible Study Guides
  59. Gospel: The Power of God
  60. Walking is of far more importance than talking
  61. How Does God Speak to Us Today?
  62. Digital Document Detective, Interlude: Online Bibles and Their Limits
  63. Start Your Year Right; Day5, Deepen Relationship with God
  64. 3 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible
  65. Using curiosity to study the Bible
  66. 2017 Goals – Bible in One Year
  67. “…concluding that God had called us”
  68. Setting Up to Love
  69. Book Review (Bible)
  70. Holiness of God
  71. Local Sunday School Teacher Unsuccessfully Searches Concordance for “It’s Not a Religion; It’s a Relationship.”
  72. Decisions Have Consequences
  73. A Concordance and a Mishap of Notes
  74. Why Are We Here?
  75. What Helps You Study?

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 3)

The many ancient books brought together as one unit are still relevant today. They are the best teaching tool and self-help book for life we can have. We only have to find a way to make time and to find a good way to read the Bible regularly, so that we can transform ourselves in the right way filled with positive expectations. For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

A Book about God written for us all

Though there are many issues of controversy and concern in the modern age that are not directly mentioned in the Bible we are able to find answers to them in the most sacred book of all times.

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the apostle Paul by Rembrandt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nearly two thousand years ago the Jewish rabbi Saul of Tarsus, today better known as the apostle Paul wrote to the Roman community

Romans 15:4 (TS98)
4 For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, that through endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have the expectation.

Today, many may think the Bible was written to others and has no value for us today. Even when those writings are so old, they are still valuable today. When you want to take time to listen to those words you shall find that those ancient words shall also speak to you.

You shall come to see that Scripture frequently provides general truths that are broadly applicable to a variety of situations. The book of books brings an overview of human history, the way people related to other people and to nature and to the Maker of everything.  The Bestseller of all times leaves it to us to discern how the advice given in those old writings should be applied.
In Matthew 22:21, rabbi Jeshua says to give back to “Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Rather than giving us a list of what belongs to God and what is due the government, Jesus expects us to use godly wisdom to apply this general rule and work out the details for ourselves.

Each time we go reading in that ancient piece of literature we should remember that when it was written there was an other way of speaking than today. When not speaking the original languages of those works, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, you should try to come to understand the expressions of those times and of those people. You should come to see when idioms are used and what they mean. No matter what language you speak,even when there is no translation of the set-apart Scriptures, you should be able to find some good Bible translation in a language you should be able to understand.

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Gerard Dou – Reading the Bible – WGA06644 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may come to read one book after the other, or may come to read them at random. You may follow a reading plan. Whatever way you choose to explore the Bible best is to make sure you cover the whole book. Some may find it easier to follow when they use plans that match certain books together to give more of a chronological feel to the reading. I would recommend to make sure that you try to read the Bible once a year at least, with some portions read multiple times.

When focussing on a certain Bible book and letting yourself be carried away by the main subject you might find such an intense reading can be transformative.

You also could take up the book and let it fall open. Then reading that part as a matter of a devotional act for the day – in order to get a spiritual boost for that day. In such case remember that devotionalism is a way of reading Scripture for a lift rather than for truth. It’s reading the Bible as a self-help book designed to give you nuggets to get you through the day. When you do that, do not forget to take up the Bible in the evening to continue your daily portion of bible reading, which goes from one chapter into the next chapter.

I do know that there is so much else that is good to read and each of us has lots of things to read each day. Do know when reading the Bible it shall not take so much time as the other books. And when accustomed to the language of the Bible you shall even notice that your reading shall go smoother.

Naturally it shall be a choice every one has to make. How much time do you want to spend at reading the Bible, which would be the same as listening to the Most High HasHem. When you love somebody intense, I am sure it would not take any effort to read the letters of that loved one. The same for the Words of God, the Bible, which are His letters to mankind.

The Bible is God His letter to the world. It are letters about Him but addressed to you and me, and all those around us. When reading them you shall notice how they draw you in.

Your challenge is always to reapply Scripture afresh, time over and over again, because God’s purpose is always to rescript your life.

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How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

Making Time for God is crucial

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Additional reading

  1. Devotees and spotters
  2. Written down in God’s Name
  3. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  4. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  5. A masterly copied and reproduced Word to feed the minds
  6. Daily Spiritual Food To prepare ourselves for the Kingdom of God
  7. God’s never-ending stream of much-needed mercies
  8. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  9. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  10. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  11. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  12. Unread bestseller
  13. Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  14. Written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
  15. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  16. An uncovering book to explore
  17. Hearing words to accept
  18. Choose Green: Reading and talking about your ideas leads to success.
  19. Let us being filled each day by the Word of God
  20. Dedicated daily reading of God’s word to create a vibrant faith within us
  21. Genre – Playing by the Rules
  22. The Need to Understand Genre
  23. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  24. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  25. Not about personal salvation but about a bigger Plan
  26. We may not be ignorant to get wisdom
  27. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  28. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  29. God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace
  30. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  31. How to Choose a Bible for Preaching
  32. 2020 years since
  33. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  34. God who knows the heart
  35. Those who love Jesus
  36. God giving signs and producing wonders

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

When going to read and trying to study the bible it is best to make a plan beforehand, with the knowledge that it is not so useful to just read the book in one go once in a lifetime.
It is a library of 66 books which demands repetitive reading, not confusing or taking additional human notes as being part of God’s Words.

In the previous article in continued to show the dangers when people continue thinking in the tradition of their philosophers and theologians who do not keep to the proper Word of God, given to us by the many chosen people of God.

Too many people coming to read the Scriptures forget that the notes in those printed books are notes presented by human beings and that when reading and studying the Holy Scriptures we should only concentrate on the biblical words and not on the added thoughts by other men than the ones chosen by God and presented in the original manuscripts.

When reading the Bible we always should concentrate on what is said by whom and about who or what. We also should wonder if what is said about specific situations or actions would still apply for today. To get to know that you shall need to read all the 66 books which together form the Holy Scriptures.

A page from the Aleppo Codex, Deuteronomy 32:50-33:29. Parashah breaks visible on this page are as follows: {P} 33:1-6 (right column blank line 8th from top) {S} 33:7 (right column indentation line 23) {P} 33:8-11 (right column blank line 2nd from bottom) {S} 33:12 (middle column 1st indentation) {S} 33:13-17 (middle column 2nd indentation) {S} 33:18-19 (left column indentation at top) {S} 33:20-21 (left column space in middle of 6th line) {S} 33:22 (left column 13th line indentation) {S} 33:24-39 (left column 17th line indentation).

It is impossible to read the Bible in one go on one day. You are best to take it easy, by going from one parshah or passage (literally, section, division) to another. In the near future I also shall offer such bible reading on this site and therefore I shall start with the first parshah of the Holy Writings, the Parshat Bereishit, which covers from the beginning of Genesis to the story of Noah.

When you go to a service you may find that in the synagogue service, the weekly parshah is followed by a passage from the prophets, which is referred to as a haftarah. Contrary to common misconception, “haftarah” (or haftoroh, plural haftarot or haftoros) does not mean “half-Torah.” The word comes from the Hebrew root Fei-Teit-Reish and means “Concluding Portion”. Usually, haftarah portion is no longer than one chapter, and has some relation to the Torah portion of the week.

The Artscroll Chumash

The most important part of the Holy Scriptures which too many Christians do seem to miss, is the “chumash” or Pentateuch, (a vowel alteration of ḥomesh, meaning “one-fifth”, alluding to any one of the five books – or a Torah or Five Books of Moshe in printed form (i.e. codex) as opposed to a Torah scroll), which shows the world how everything started and why we are in a such a mess today. The name for that assembled work of literature comes from the Hebrew word meaning five, and refers to the five books of the Torah written by the former Egyptian prince who later in life became a religious leader and lawgiver.

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The man, Moshe, chosen by the Almighty Elohim to lead the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea, after which they based themselves at Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments.

We always should remember that though Moshe (or Moses) wrote all those words for next generations to remember, he only was the authorised scribe in the Name of God. In later years we also might find lots of other Hebrew or Jewish scribes, Soferim (Jewish scholars and teachers) and scriveners from other religious groups, but who were not especially selected by God to write down His words. For such, their writings we always should consider as human thoughts not words from the Holy Scriptures. Often they are just penman for religious groups, from one or the other denomination, writing to have people to come to believe in their views, which are not always the biblical views. though we must know that it is by the meticulous work of many copyists that those works Moshe and other men of God wrote down, came to us.

Sometimes, a chumash is simply refers to a collection of the five books of the Torah. But often, a chumash contains the entire first five books, divided up by the weekly parshiyot, with the haftarah portion for each week inserted immediately after the week’s parshah.

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Yad or ritual object made of silver, used for eliminating the necessity of touching the sacred manuscript with the hand.

When one is afraid to forget where one is with reading, whilst saying the text out loud, one can use a little stick or yad (literally, “a hand”), usually a six to eight inch piece of silver fashioned in the shape of a finger, to point to the words of the sefer Torah as you read them. This is done so the reader does not obstruct the vision of the person honoured with the aliyah and does not mar the dignity of the Torah by touching it. In Sephardi congregations, the Torah is carried inside a large wooden cylinder that stands erect when open, and the Torah parchment is in an upright position when it is read or like in Ashkenazi congregations, and by using a book version the Torah lying flat.

Today you should not be afraid to take up a printed book, a computer or even a tablet or smartphone to read the set apart Scriptures. Better to come to read the Torah than not reading it.

When going to read the set apart books you should put your mind at rest and leave out all the worldly thoughts, including all possible dogmatic teachings brought in by generations of ancestors or by churches or clergy.

Before starting the reading and study work you should always remember the first blessing God having created human beings in His image, but by man having chosen to go an other way, the Elohim chose Israel to receive His Torah and referred to the giving of the Torah at Sinai. Not bad is to do your Bible reading and study with somebody else. Than you should also bring a second blessing referring to the Oral Torah.

When before you start reading the bible you engage in judging yourself or bringing l’hitpalel or ‘praying‘, you offer yourself to the Elohim showing Him your willingness to open your mind. Without opening your mind to God He shall not be able, or better, will not be so prepared to touch your inner heart. In a way you have to petition God to give you what you need according to the Plan and time-set of Him. Also you should show your gratitude for the Words He presents to you. You should thank Him for whatever good was granted, or extol Him for His awesome attributes. All prayer is intended to help make us into better human beings.

When you do not know how to pray:

A Hasidic tale illustrates the spirit of this ruling.

A boy from a small rural village where there were few Jews and no synagogue, one day accompanied his father to the city to do some marketing. While there, they went into a synagogue. The boy had never been in a synagogue before and he was impressed and moved by the sight of the congregation at prayer. He, too, wanted to pray. But he did not know how. His father had taught him only to say the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, but no more than that. So a thought occurred to him. He began to recite the alphabet over and over again. And then he said,

“0 Lord, You know what it is that I want to say. You put the letters together so they make the right words.”

That, too, was a Jewish prayer.

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Mishne Torah in 1 volume עברית: משנה תורה בכרך אחד, מנוקד ומדויק על פי כתבי יד, בהוצאת מפעל משנה תורה (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Always remember that reading from a prayer book does not mean that one is praying. Any person may read a prayer book as one reads any other kind of book — to find out what it says or to relish the beauty of the poetry. Such reading does not qualify as prayer.
To transform reading into prayer, there must be at least a sense of standing in the presence of God and the intent to fulfil one of His commandments. It is opening your heart to the Voice of God, loving it to enter your body and mind – your body and soul – to fill you with inspirational thoughts which are much higher than the thoughts of people of this world.

Having said prayers before reading the Book of books you also may conclude such reading and studying with prayer, expressing your thankfulness for the Hashem wanting to be close by you and giving His Words to study.

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How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

Called Immanuel does not mean to be Jesus being God

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Additional reading

  1. Priest, scribes and others with authority
  2. Looking for True Spirituality 6 Spirituality and Prayer
  3. Being Religious and Spiritual 8 Spiritual, Mystic and not or well religious
  4. Own Private Words to bring into a good relationship
  5. 7000 to 20000 words spoken each day
  6. Being sure of their deliverance
  7. Walking alone?
  8. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #1 Listening Sovereign Maker
  9. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #5 Prayer #3 Callers upon God
  10. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #6 Prayer #4 Attitude
  11. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #9 Prayer #7 Reason to pray
  12. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #10 Prayer #8 Condition
  13. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #11 Prayer #9 Making the Name Holy
  14. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #12 Prayer #10 Talk to A Friend
  15. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #16 Benefits of praying
  16. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #17 Sorts of prayers
  17. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #18 Fulfilment
  18. Praise Jehovah

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Further reading

  1. The Time I Got In Trouble For Studying In Class
  2. Midrashim & History
  3. Sticking To Our Leaders 
  4. With or Without a Comma: How to Tell Love from Passion
  5. Books every Jew(-to-be) should have
  6. Help: the Prayer Book is Too Heavy for Me!
  7. Scripture as Fuel for change

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