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…a Bible student's notes…

Is anyone reading the Bible accurately?

We do not have t. v. on as background noise in our house; but I do so with radio sometimes.  The best on in the background is five of my favorite C Ds – or nothing at al.

The t. v. is not the center of our “living room.”  It just isn’t there to tempt us because it is in a back room where we must specifically go to watch something on the 11 channels we have.  GASP!  Eleven!?  (Well, we did have the “value pack” but Comcast said they were now charging $54.95 for it.  I had been paying $11.50 for the basic AND value pack because I like HGTV when “flaking out.”  I liked the Fox news channel, as well.  We don’t get a news channel – except on the one educational channel they left us.  Now here’s the clincher:  my Comcast bill will only go down $3 a month with no value pak.  Internet service remains the same price as always.  We count this event as a BLESSING!)

Mary, have you gone down a side road?  (I write like I talk and every once in a while someone has to say that.)

So – day before yesterday the radio was on in the background.  I heard a familiar voice and sat down on a counter stool to listen.  I know this person’s belief system.  We personally taught his senior associate pastor in our home for his three years of high school, and,  I am 100% sure this person has told his pastor what he was taught in our home.  The topic for that program was a continuing one on the “Prodigal son.”

Let me print the passage below.  YOU read it – carefully.  Pretend you have never been “taught” any thing at all about this parable.  Read over and over, if you need to get yourself  into the frame of mind that can make mental and written notes on your observations – and NO one else’s!   This will be most difficult!  Sincereity and simpleness, and total depravity in understanding on your own – and intense desire as a babe who is hungry will please the Father.  Your only teacher is the Holy Spirit.

Lu 15:11 ¶ And he said, A certain man had two sons:
 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
 14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
 15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
 16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
 21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
 25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
 27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
 28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
 29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
 30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
 32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found. (KJV)

In glowing, “educated” terms, this pastor told his congregation that the son who left was “lost” – not saved – until he came back to his father and admitted he had sinned.  “Sounds” good, don’t it!  (Does he not know that only once in the Bible is the question and answer: “What must I do to be saved?”  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved?”  How simple is that?  How could it be any plainer?) (Acts 16: 30 & 31)

Now, you read it again!    He was a “son” – one born into a family – when he left as well as when he returned!  And, the word for “son” is “huios” – a mature son!

I MUST remind you, at this point of Rev. 22:18, 19:

Re 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  (KJV)

Proverbs 30: 5, 6:

5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (KJV)

You may be tempted to just blow the above two references away; but, let me encourage you:  GOD SAYS WHAT HE MEANS AND MEANS WHAT HE SAYS!

Go back to Luke 15 and you will discover in verse 3 that the rest of this chapter is ONE parable.  V.3 says “THIS PARABLE” – in the singular!  This is not three parables.  Significant.

And, why have we been told that the words, “dead” and “lost” always refer to a person bound for hell?  You look it up!  “Dead” means “seperation” (Thayer’s definition has as one meaning, “inactive as to doing right.”)  and “lost” means “perishing” and a person cannot perish unless he has once been alive!

You will quit reading if I go on and on. 

   YOU READ – MAKE YOUR OWN NOTES!

Reminder:  Lu 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. (KJV)

There is one parable that must be understood first:  Mr 4:13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
 14 The sower soweth the word.
 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
 20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. (KJV)

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August 12, 2009 - Posted by | Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal, Parables

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