DIY Studying Bible

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Your Bible how to study it.

We know the Bible has about 66 books and has been written by a number of Authors and we have the Old Testament put together by the Jews and the New Testament  put together by Christians.
“Now my friend I hope you have started your time with Jesus at home, or somewhere. House, Office, Garden, Church where ever you choose.” I am thought about my time with Jesus at home in my office. There is a possibility we will become friends because as a Christian you are my family my friend. Even though most people who are in the Kingdom of God on the earth,  I do not know. With the WEB, what I pen here in “Your Life” my family can be in England, America, Fiji, China, Holland, India, Indonesia, Egypt any where in the world and seeing I have a Domain Name called You must repent is one of those statements universal  there is a possibility people anywhere on the earth will put it in Google or other Search Engines. Wow!

     It is time now to focus on the Bible and I am talking about the Christian Bible that we see all over the world and we know the Bible is the most popular book, out stripping any other book, Novel or Non-Fiction being published and reaches millions of people every year.
“My friend the Bible has different layers that is as you read the Bible you can pull out the milk with its the basic message about Jesus Christ, or you can have the meat and it is the meat I am encouraging to eat.”
“Cool Hendrik, you think your clever  talking in riddles, milk, meat and eat.”
“My friend you can already see before we even start there is more about the Bible interpretation then you see as you read it. ” I have started thinking, it is harder discussing “Your Life” then I thought, the Kingdom of God is a huge world and the Bible has so much information in it about God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and how God works a person can drown in it. I had better really focus on what I will say to my friend and that is you,  about the Bible and how to read, study it.
“Can I suggest in a nice way you use my name which is Hopeful and for short call me Hope.”
“Fine Hope and is Hopeful your real name?”
“It is, and the reason my Parents called me Hopeful is as Christians they were hopeful. They were hopeful to have a boy. They were hopeful I would be healthy. They were hopeful I would be a Christian. Hopeful played in their mind and finally my mother said to  dad, let us decide, Hopeful can be his name. To them they felt God was asking me to call me Hopeful..”
“Hope that is quite a story.”
” I think it is as well. Clearly they were hopefully I was going to be a boy, which I am, They wanted me to be healthy, which I am. And  about ten years ago I became a Christian, their hopeful became  joy. So knowing what my parents were thinking before I was born I am in the same position hoping hopefully, that God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Eternal life is a reality.
“Wow Hope, I am hoping you are rewarded by God because God, Jesus clearly states, Seek you will find, Knock it will be opened, ask you will receive, so in a real way your are ripe for God to work in your life and that is probably why God has brought you to me.”
“I am thinking you are right.”
“Amazing! God at work in your life and obviously using me to help you that your hope becomes a reality. I am sure your hope has already been granted because God knows the end at the beginning.”
“Hendrik joy is running through my veins as we talk.  I was given a Bible from my mother when I was 15 years of age.”
“What a co-incidence I was also given a Bible when I was 15 years of age by an Elder in the Belmont Baptist Church NSW Australia. That Bible has a strong cover to protect it and I have it beside me now it is a King James Version and in good condition. It has been my main source of information when I was young and I transferred to the American Standard Version about 30 years ago when I studied at a Baptist College in  QLD. And the ASV is what I use now because I know where information is on a page.”
“I can see Hendrik it was destined that we should meet.”
“Right, let us start. You can simply read your Bible which is what most people do. Reading your Bible gives you a general view, similar to reading another book. Reading the Bible is better then not reading it at all”
“I agree with you. but I have decided after talking to you I want more. I am ready to listen”
“Hope what have you been taught by your Church in how to approach your Bible?”
“I did attend a session where we were talk about Hermeneutics which recommends putting verses into a context, that is a verse is not used  unless you see what other texts above or before say and even a chapters place in the book, so that there is a linkage.”
“I agree,  Hermeneutics was developed as a skill in interpretation of the Bible to stop people from pulling out texts and then put their own interpretation.” What example should I use so I said, “How about Jehovah Witnesses with using the Witness as the Bible talking about themselves, so they say the Bible has identified them as an organization predicted in Psalm and finally Jehovah Witnesses came and they are the only true representative about God, that is Jehovah .”
“Hendrik there are lots or Religious organisations that have set themselves up and use the Bible to validate who they are”
“That is right, but let’s talk about you and you are reading your Bible I am hoping  and you are going to dig in and get some of that meat. Meat is the deeper concepts that are not sitting on the top. Often this meat is hidden and you have to dig down to find it. Revelation talks about if you perceive and understand, Jesus will give you the Hidden Manner. It is hidden because you have to find it. There is a lot of the Bible that is hidden from people for lots of reasons.”
“I’m not sure I am going to be able to get a hold of what you are saying. Surely understanding the Bible is more easier then the way you are suggesting here.”
“You need to decide  how much of the Bible you want to understand.”  Thinking,  I might be scaring  Hope away. So I said carefully. “I may be talking a bit over your head but as you go onto my WEB it is true there is no real easy way. If you cannot bother then you can read your Bible a bit and you will only see the milk of the Bible. That means the easy concepts will be part of your life and there is a lot of the Bible you will not understand. Look,  how about, if you simply do what I say for a few months and see what happens. I believe Jesus will reward you if you try, because he wants you to know more about him, and you meeting me should be a sign to you that Jesus wants to give you more, and he is using me.” Hope let me add this,  “God, Jesus is a great King and the Kingdom of God is huge and concerning our knowledge and God’s knowledge the gap is also huge. Most Christians cannot be bothered. My recommendation we have met, we are both Christians, so let us work together and see what happens.”
“Alright let us go, I will give you the commitment and I will focus on the Bible using your help.”
“I think Hendrik I really do want the meat, so  I have the milk now,  but also I need the more difficult concepts.”
“Right,  if you have not already, find a time that will be your time with Jesus and do what you are led to do with your time with Jesus and part of that time do do a bit of reading, studying, memorization, with your Bible.”.
“I started last night I woke at 2am letting Jesus know I want what you have.”
“Great, good news,  also read your Bible generally in your time with Jesus. I also do some study and memorization and read around the part you are studying to get a context in the Bible. With my study the text   take more time to cover because  you are looking at the Author and when his words were written and why and how to apply it to my life today.”
“So far I am happy.”
“Now my friend, I meant Hope, I am going talk a bit about  Bible and some observations that has been part of my study and I want to warn you about sticking strictly to  Hermeneutic  rules and I will show you how you cannot in many occasions one verse does not follow another. Chapters do not follow each other in the books. So I will list a few examples and I am not about talking about meaning of the text because that is for you to find. You come before Jesus and the Holy Spirit teaches you.  A lot of the Bible concepts that are part of my life  never from Theologians, Churches, Denominations or books.”
“This is going to be interesting Hendrik”

“Right, I will now make a few observations

  • In Genesis 1 God said,  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.  Then we notice on the forth day  God said, 14 Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years: 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

So we notice on the  first day God said let their be light, and he talked about night and day  and the fourth day the heavens and the sun was made . We know that the sun must have existed before God talks about light on the first day because without the sun there can be no light. So that leads me to think that all things were created  in chapter 1 verse 1,  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

It could be God breaking up creation into days  God did it to make a point because The creation of the sun, moon, and stars on day four is meant to be a theological point, rather than a scientific one.. There are six days to work and God breaks up creation to make this point. The  seventh day, Jewish Sabbath as a day of rest was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. This is my thinking Hope, so the order of the verses is not critical. It makes a bit more sense to discover God created the earth and his creation has no restraints of time and creation itself can be over millions of years”

“I never though about creation the way you laid it for me, but when you look at what we know about the Universe, Planets and more you could be right.”

  •  “Hope, as far as the order of chapters in Genesis here is a clear example concerning Sarai, Sarah and Abraham, Abram. Chapter 17 the Lord said Sarai was going to have a son. When Abraham was told in  in verse 17 Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
    Then as we move to Chapter 
    20  where Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur;  he sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
    For the King to take Sarah she must be young,  contrasting  Chapter 17 Sarah, Sarai is ninety years of age, so Chapter 20 really belongs before Chapter 17.”
    “Hendrik I think you are right, because there is no way that Abimelech would take Sarah as a wife if she was old.  I agree  Genesis chapter 20 should be before 17. When you think about it Hendrik, how many Christians would have ever thought about these two situation. I bet none.”
    “You might be right.” said Hendrik, as he realised he needed to talk to Hope about errors in the Bible or not. “Being in a Church you would have heard that the Bible is infallible. The Bible has no errors and others say the Bible is a guide about God, Jesus, Faith, and the Bible can have errors because it is a general guide.”
    “In my Church there has been a battle for a number of years for those who believe every Word in the Bible, even  and, the, is critical to understanding the Bible. I have always though people who believe that are a bit over the top.”
    “Well Hope, Theologians came up with terms such as infallible, in-errant, to push their wheel barrow that there is not a single mistake in the Bible. These groups say Genesis to Revelation is a revelation from God and that is correct. But after I finish  what I want to say here, we will look at  two or three other examples about difficulties in Bible Interpretation.”
    “How am I ever to sort out these issues you are talking about.”
    “It requires to to stay close to Jesus as I have suggested. Spend your time with Jesus pouring over the Bible in an organized manner and often questions you have on some texts, will be answered with other texts in other places in your Bible. Know your Bible as best you can, and let Jesus the Holy Spirit be your teacher. That is what has happened to me. I will help you.”

  •      “Well Hope we will look an example that could be called an error in the Bible, but before that, consider about what Jesus said, 17 Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished.”
    “Hendrik for Jesus to say, not one jot or one tittle will be missed but all things will be accomplished he did not say the Old Testament itself which was in place and Jesus read from it. So Jesus must be talking about prophecy, events that will happen.”
    “I think you are right. To say every Chapter, every verse, well in the beginning there was no punctuation, verses were not  in place this was a man’s engineering to try and help people to understand the Bible. So Jesus is not talking about every word but events and when we look back in  Israel’s history God prophesied, wanted the Jews to obey God, which they did not, and all God’s prophesies were fulfilled. The most important event was the Jews were going to be vomited out of the land and they were.”
    “Hendrik, What about the birth of Jesus Christ? What about Jesus as a King riding on a Ass, colt, foal, as the King of Israel? What about Jesus talking about his own death and resurrection?”
    “Hope, you are on the mark,  you are right, Jesus talking about jot, tittle is talking about events.”
    “That gives a bit of leverage doesn’t it, because the game should not be about the Bible its structure or books, chapters, verses, sentences.”
    “I am convinced you are right Hope. That means situations such as: Moses said he has seen God face to face and lived. Yet we are told in John, no person has seen God and lived. In Genesis 6 take two of every kind into the ark. Yet Genesis 7 take by sevens into the ark. ”
    “Hendrik it looks to me that there are issues I am never going to sort out about the things the Bible has to say.”
    “You are right. That is why simply forget about what other people say, what other books are saying, concentrate on your Bible and after you do the study in the Bible then maybe if need be, go back and ask questions by people or use other books.”

    More to come

More to come

Our goal,
your goal
my goal
is to be an athlete in the Kingdom of God
and run the race that Jesus has given us to do. Knowledge is a key.

The next time we will talk about the Bible itself and I am sure what I tell you you will never have heard before. I will do that before I talk about your own walk with Jesus Christ.

Next time.  Hendrik

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