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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How to Read the Bible (sequel 3)

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

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

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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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.

English: The Geneva Bible (1560): God's name I...
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 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.

English: Mishne Torah in 1 volume עברית: משנה ...
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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Preceding articles:

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

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  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

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  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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How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

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

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

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

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

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

and

“the Word became flesh and resided among us.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preceding articles:

How to Read the Bible

Called Immanuel does not mean to be Jesus being God

Next: How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

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Further reading

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

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How to Read the Bible

Originally posted on { Andrew Mills }:
Today, in a short blog post, we are going to try to dive pretty deep theologically and philosophically. I want to begin with a quote from a pretty well-known Biblical scholar at Wheaton, named John Walton, who apparently Larry went to school with, which makes me quite jealous. Walton writes…

Though even the Bible speaking in an ancient Voice the Most High Creator took care that His Words would spread all over the world and would reach the many different peoples in a language they can understand.

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To be careful and to remember

John Walton writes

God … adopted the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.

or “we could say incarnated Himself” writes who regularly preaches at Bethany Community Church.  With that incarnation he probably does mean something different than what we would understand by bringing life into His Word. Naturally we do know the Almighty never incarnated into something or some one. But what God provided, was that God His Word came to the people

“in the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.”

or, as John Walton puts it,

“[The Bible’s] message transcends the culture in which it originated, but the form in which the message was imbedded was fully permeated by the ancient culture.”

We should believe the Bible is authoritative, and we should take the words of those 66 different books as containing all the necessary.

We may never forget that

We need to be open to letting the Bible speak in its own voice, not in ours.

This is so often forgotten by lots of people, who prefer to take all those added notes by theologians as more telling than the words in the bible text itself.

When reading the Bible we should know that we have God’s Word in our hands and that we should open our ears to what He is saying.  We should be humble enough not to think human beings who went to a theological college would know it better than Him. Reading the Bible is a way of  hearing God’s word when we are prepared to have our ears and eyes open for what the Most High wants to tell and show us.

We do have to allow Scripture to guide us on what to do and how to serve the Most High. Whatever happens and whenever in our life we can turn to the Bible. In times of sadness, joy, worry or bereavement there is He Who wants to talk to us. It is up to us to be willing to hear what God has to say.

Being humble with our interpretations, because we aren’t perfect, we always should remember that god’s Word is perfect and does not need any adding by human beings.

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

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{ Andrew Mills }

itsownvoice.pngToday, in a short blog post, we are going to try to dive pretty deep theologically and philosophically. I want to begin with a quote from a pretty well-known Biblical scholar at Wheaton, named John Walton, who apparently Larry went to school with, which makes me quite jealous.

Walton writes this, “We must notice that when God wanted to talk to the Israelites about their intellect, emotions, and will, he did not revise their ideas of physiology and feel compelled to reveal the function of the brain. Instead, he adopted the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.”

For me, that last line is incredibly important… “[God] adopted” – or we could say incarnated Himself – “in the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.” What this means is that the message of the Bible is imbedded and formed by the ancient cultures of…

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