The Interpretation Bible Study workbook and individual studies on my website are the bi-product of my many years of searching for answers and has led to understanding the deeper meaning of the mysteries of the Spiritual reign of Godde (Kingdom of Heaven). The majority of people during Biblical times were not able to read or write, thus storytelling was the main mode of communication. As I realized that Jesus and most of the disciples, apostles, and writers of the Old Testament books were Hebrew, it makes sense that the Hebrew language is bursting with idioms and metaphoric phrases to paint pictures for understanding.
An effective way to comprehend the mysteries of Scripture, I’ve learned, is to understand that Scripture interprets Scripture. When seeking the understanding of a verse, it is thus important to determine its context and to gather “the rest of the story” by studying the other words/concepts all throughout Scripture, Genesis to Revelation.
I’ve come to see that there are many obstacles to understanding the mysteries of the reign of heaven. First, the religious system is a major barrier. Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes” (Luke 20:46-47); a system of the supposed wise religious world that is made foolish by the truth of God (I Corinthians 1:20). Also, most of us have our own biases.
“We do not start our Christian lives by working out our faith for ourselves; it is mediated to us by Christian tradition, in the form of sermons, books, and established patterns of Church life and fellowship. We read our Bibles in the light of what we have learned from these sources; we approach Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact, in both the Church and the world.... It is easy to be unaware that it has happened; it is hard even to begin to realize how profoundly tradition in this sense has molded us. But we are forbidden to become enslaved to human tradition, either secular or Christian, whether it be "catholic" tradition, or "critical" tradition, or "ecumenical" tradition. We may never assume the complete rightness of our own established ways of thought and practice and excuse ourselves the duty of testing and reforming them by Scriptures.” (Fundamentalism and the Word of God, by J.I. Packer. [Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1958.] pp. 69-70)
Second, language poses another barrier. Biblical ancient truths were written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Most readers do not know these languages and must rely on concordances and Biblical handbooks for understanding. Lastly, the nature of the material requires Spiritual guidance.
But as I ask to know and understand, and seek to let go of any biases that I have formed over the years, I believe Godde is faithful to illuminate. As I see in the passages below, when Jesus is revealed in the Scriptures, eyes are opened. I love what Jesus said to the two men on the road to Emmaus:
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:27-32
Jesus said similar things to the rest of the disciples later that day:
“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures…” Luke 24:44&45
During his time in the desert, the Apostle Paul received and delivered important revelations regarding the mysteries of God (Galatians 1:17). John, while exiled on the Isle of Patmos, received and delivered the revelation of Jesus in the book of Revelation (Revelation 1:9-11). Often times, like Job, seekers endure periods of sickness, loneliness or isolation and the end result of their trial (which can include wrestling with God), is enlightenment.
“…when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is...” I John 3:2
I desire to have my physical eyes and the eyes of my heart opened to understand more and more the magnitude of the riches of the Spiritual realm of love.
(This article was originally published on 2/13/2019).