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Monday, September 20, 2010

“Exact Truth,” part 1

Letters to Theophilus were written by the physician, Luke, and consist of the books Luke and Acts in our New Testament.  Luke opens the book named after him with:

Lu 1:1 ¶ Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,

2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us,

3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write [it] out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus;

4 so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.

He opens Acts with these verses:

Ac 1:1 ¶ The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,

2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

3 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over [a period of] forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.  (Our Lord ended His ministry on earth teaching the very same doctrine that He had from the beginning of His ministry – the purpose for which He was sent.  Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”)

If you think that all I write about, teach about, and think about is the coming kingdom of God, you must know I am in Good Company!  And, when I typed out the phrase, “kingdom of God,” the next phrase came to mind: “and His righteousness.”  Beware of having, cultivating, and cherishing your own righteousness.  No matter how good you get at it, He sees it as menstrual rags!  Heed the warning about the Pharisees:   Mt 5:20For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.  I am stunned by this admonition!  I fear I am guilty.  Sooo thankful as His Holy Spirit reminds me of my Lord’s fresh, shed blood on the mercy seat – at this very moment – for the cleansing of all my sin – at this very moment!  Moses received the exact pattern of this tabernacle in the Heaven.  A “portable” version was set up for a constant reminder with every tent in its assigned place facing the earthly pattern of the heavenly.  God’s very glory filled the tabernacle.  Fire by night and cloud by day was clearly visible to ALL the surrounding “church” in the wilderness.  But, their altar was the idols in their hearts!  Beware, take heed – lest we not destroy every idol and its every evidence from our hearts.

“The Exact Truth,” part 2

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Notice in yesterday’s post the phrase, so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.   We can KNOW that we are reading the “exact truth” anywhere in the Bible; but, let’s look at the “exact truth” in Luke.  This truth is about “things.”  It is “about” what Theophilus had already been orally taught.  Luke will take eyewitness accounts from the servants of the word of the gospel, investigate them carefully, and put them in consecutive order for Theophilus – and us!

The “exact truth” is the NASB translation of the word, “certainty” in the KJV.  Vine says it can mean, “sure,” “safe,” “secure,” and it has been translated, “safety.”  Webster’s 1828 diffinition is interesting: 1. A fixed or real state; truth; fact. Know for a certainty, that the Lord your God will no more drive out these nations. Josh 23. Luke 1.  2. Full assurance of mind; exemption from doubt.  Certainty is the perception of the agreement or disagreement of our ideas.  3. Exemption from failure; as the certainty of an event, or of the success of a medicine.  The certainty of punishment is the truest security against crimes.  4. Regularity; settled state.

The word, “know,” in the phrase, “so that you might know,” is “epignosis.”  This is the “knowing” that comes from being able to put together all the knowledge you gather from God’s Word into the one theme of His Word with conviction – over and over again – more knowledge upon knowledge.  It is putting together the exact truth of God’s mind and purpose as revealed to us in His Word.

Theophilus had been orally taught and would now have a written account.  Being orally taught is IMPORTANT!  Having a preacher/teacher is absoutely essential to “hearing.”  ( Ro 10:14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?)

The written account will enter the eye gate for “seeing.”

So – we can have a “settled state of mind” when we have studied, put together – over and over again – what we have heard and seen.  The deeper knowledge gives assurance and boldness to the things it knows for sure!  No doubting!  – which is essential for gaining wisdom!  Jas 1:5-6 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Here are some “wisdom” verses to look up and put together:

Lu 2:40 And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.  (Increasing in wisdom is how a child matures.)Lu 2:52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Lu 21:15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

Ac 6:10 And [yet] they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

1Co 2:6 ¶ Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;

Eph 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Eph 3:10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly [places.]

Col 1:9 ¶ For this reason also, since the day we heard [of it], we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Col 1:28 And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms [and] hymns [and] spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

2Ti 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (Notice – wisdom leads to salvation through faith!)

“Exact Truth,” part 3

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Someone is leading a flock of crows’ cawing this morning.  They must have a “choir director” because they all begin, quit, and begin again on cue. 

It is a cool, dry, sunny morning and the big birds are taking their baths and a good drink for the day.  Smaller birds will arrive later.  I am on our little screened-in back porch viewing God and Bob’s creation of a “wild” back yard.  Bible on a stand to my left.  Computer on my lap.  Cup of herb tea at my right.  Parts 1 and 2 of “Exact Truth” are finished and now I am submitting to the temptations of enjoying and praising the Lord for His place for me.  If I did not, the trees would cry out in thanksgiving and praise! 

I hear Bob’s weed eater buzzing in the front yard, the cawing and calls of the birds, steady traffic sounds, and intermittment barking of neighborhood dogs.  Noisy, yet peaceful. 

However, there is one crow that stayed back when the flock moved on that will not shut up.  Back to writing!

When writing a little about the needs for hearing (a speaker) and seeing (written word) in yesterday’s post, I was reminded of Psalm 19.  The heavens rehearse the glory of God – can be seen, but not heard.  This psalm compares the words written in the heavens with the written word.  (You might have to read that again.)  The gospel of the glory of God in the stars could be read with seeing eyes.  The God of glory told Abraham to “look toward the heavens and count the stars…” (Gen. 15:5)  “Look” means to “consider with insight,” – pay attention to the meaning.  It was a command.  “Count” is to be aware of, taking into account each detail.  I believe the God of Glory, speaking to Abraham, gave him the ability to read the account in the stars of the Glory of God.  (Remember Acts 7:2)

Verses 1-6 in Ps. 19, are all about the glory of God:

¶ (For the choir director. A Psalm of David.) The heavens are telling (rehearsing) of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring (is setting forth) the work of His hands.

2 Day to day pours forth (prophesy) speech (promise), And night to night reveals knowledge (intelligence, prognosis).

3 There is no speech (to be heard), nor are there words (to be heard); Their voice is not heard.

4 Their line (rule) has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances (In Greek, this word is “logos.”) to the end of the world (inhabited earth). In them (the heavens) He has placed a tent (tabernacle) for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

6 Its rising (the sun) is from one (“the”) end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end (“the ends”) of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.(Nothing is hidden from the influence of the sun and nothing can hide from its influence.)  (Here, I am reminded of Romans 1.)

When Abraham looked, paying attention to the meaning, and taking into account each detail of the solar system, he was enabled by the God of glory to read the glory of God in the heavens.  The written Word of God on stones and parchment was not until Moses.

 

 

 

 

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February 21, 2012 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

A “Reposting?”…

This morning I was reviewing some of my documents and wondered if I have published this for you.  I searched my site and could not find this particular one.  Doesn’t matter really.  We need reminding!

ACTS 13: 15-52

Keep in mind that Luke is “putting events in order” when he writes to Theophilus. In chapter 13, Luke is recording Paul’s sermon at Pisidian Antioch in the synagogue on the Sabbath day. Paul has been asked if he has any word of exhortation for them. V. 16 – “Paul stood up…” This “stood up” is the same word that God uses in verse 33 – “He raised up Jesus…” (Don’t know if that means anything, but I cannot imagine Paul just pushing himself up slowly. Seems to me, Paul would be one to jump at every opportunity to speak.) So, Paul addresses the synagogue:

 “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:” For “listen,” the KJV says, “give audience.”

I have just read through the rest of the chapter and you must read it, too. I will do some underlining and such, so that you may discern the subject matter. Give audience:

 Act 13:15 And after the reading of the Law and the Prophets the synagogue officials sent to them, saying, “Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.”

Act 13:16 And Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand, he said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:

Act 13:17 “The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out from it.

Act 13:18 “And for a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness.(Some ancient manuscripts read, “bore them up in His arms as a nurse in the wilderness.”)

Act 13:19 “And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed (by lot) their land as an inheritance–all of which took about four hundred and fifty years.

Act 13:20 “And after these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet.

Act 13:21 “And then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years.

Act 13:22 “And after He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER (same word as, “according to” in next verse) MY HEART, who will do all My will.(I Sam. 15:23, 26, 28: 16:1, 13, 14; Ps 89:20)

Act 13:23 “From the offspring of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus,

Act 13:24 after John had proclaimed before His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

Act 13:25 “And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

Act 13:26 “Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the word of this salvation is sent out.

Act 13:27 “For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him.

Act 13:28 “And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they asked Pilate that He be executed.

Act 13:29 “And when they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.

Act 13:30 “But God raised Him from the dead;

Act 13:31 and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people.

Act 13:32 “And we preach to you the good news (gospel) of the promise made to the fathers,

Act 13:33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘THOU ART MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN THEE.’(His resurrection is a birth! “Declared to be the Son of God….by the resurrection from the dead.” Rm. 1:4)) (Ps. 2:7)

Act 13:34And as for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no more to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘I WILL GIVE YOU THE HOLY and SURE blessings OF DAVID.’ ((Isa. 55:3)

Act 13:35 “Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘THOU WILT NOT ALLOW THY HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.’ (Ps. 16:10)

Act 13:36 “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers, and underwent decay;

Act 13:37 but He whom God raised did not undergo decay.

Act 13:38Therefore (in the context of the resurrection and heirship to David’s throne)let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,

Act 13:39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

Act 13:40 “Take heed therefore, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you:

Act 13:41 ‘BEHOLD, YOU SCOFFERS, AND MARVEL, AND PERISH; FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE, THOUGH SOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.'”(Hab. 1:5)

Act 13:42 And as Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath.

Act 13:43 Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God.

Act 13:44 And the next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of God (Remember that the “word of God” is the “word of the kingdom.” Luke 8 and Mt. 13)

Act 13:45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.

Act 13:46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

Act 13:47 “For thus the Lord has commanded us, ‘I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU SHOULD BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.'” (Isa. 42:6;49:6)

Act 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed(“ordained” in KJV. Means “to place in order,” “arrange”) to eternal life believed.

Act 13:49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.

Act 13:50 But the Jews aroused the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.

Act 13:51 But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.

Act 13:52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

WOW! There you have:

  • What was promised to the Fathers.
  • Salvation” connected to these promises.
  • The purpose of God in raising Jesus from the dead.
  • The reason this is called, “the grace of God.”
  • The purpose of baptism – and the requirement for it.
  • The “Word of God” is eternal life.
  • How one behaves who is “according to” God’s heart. (Does ALL God’s will.)
  • The definition of “gospel.”
  • The gospel preached to the Fathers.
  • The good news of the forgiveness of sins – after the resurrection!
  • What is to be believed.
  • A solemn warning of not believing.
  • Eternal life (the word of the kingdom) taken from Israel to the Gentiles. (Also called, “salvation.”)
  • Eternal life believed.
  • And – how one is filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Note in verse 15 that the synagogue officials asked for exhortation after reading the law and the prophets! And- you got to see, perhaps, the only time Paul was asked to preach a second time!

Don’t miss this: THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THE FATHERS – WAS THE GOSPEL PREACHED BY PAUL TO THE JEWS – WAS THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THE GENTILES.

 

October 6, 2011 Posted by | Acts, chapter 13, How I Read in Context, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus, Pages from my journal | Leave a comment

“Exact Truth,” part 5…

 The side effect of certainty (“exact truth”) is contentment, and contentment allows us to think and speak, write and live with authority. Hating and despising authority is not a recent phenomenon. Evil’s entrance into the universe was the original “I will.” “I will” desire, have, be, other than God’s Will.

Our Lord taught with authority – Mar 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. And, He gave authority to His disciples.Mar 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

Teaching with authority is not popular with the masses, but you can find little flocks longing to hear, know, and live “true truth”/”exact truth”/”certainty.” Knowing and living in the will of God is contentment, indeed!

Theophilus was to receive written truth, validating the spoken truth – and in consecutive order, at that! He begins with the announcements of Gabriel to the parents of John, the Baptist, and to Mary, who “found favor with God.” He includes the very first meeting of John, the Forerunner, and the Son of God – in their mothers’ wombs!

What do babies in the womb know? Probably a lot more than we would like for them to know – at least in my case. But, Elizabeth’s baby knew who had entered the house and lept for joy in His mother’s womb. And, I have run to verse 45 in this first chapter to read over again and claim a very personal promise to me there: Lu 1:45 “And blessed [is] she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” 46 And Mary said: “My soul exalts (“magnifies” in KJV) the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

I have the written Word of my Lord, and it “speaks” to me. I believe. There will be a fulfillment of the exact truth revealed to me. My soul (the life that I live in the flesh by faith in the Son of God) magnifies the Lord. In other words, my life is the magnifying glass put upon the Lord Jesus, the Christ, to give others a “Magnified” view of Him. And, my spirit rejoices in God (The Father) as my Savior!

Who was saying those words in the above verses – a young girl, around the age of my GRANDdaughter! I am 68. Is this attitude my lifestyle? Yours?

Ps 119:49 ¶ Remember the word to Thy servant, In which Thou hast made me hope.

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

“Exact Truth,” part 4…

 In reading Monday through Wednesday’s posts, it is quite noticeable that some side roads were pursued. Yesterday, we took the path of Ps. 19:1-6 and I just gotta address the verses about the bridegroom with other references in the Scriptures, printing out the verses, without comment. (Yea, sure!)

(We have had a death in the family of one of the flock where I enjoy sweet fellowship. My heart is not in posting. It is with him and his family.)

(Psa 19:5) Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

(Isa 61:10) I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

(Isa 62:5) For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

(Jer 33:11) The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.

(Joe 2:16) Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

(Mat 9:15) And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

(Mat 25:1) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

(Mat 25:5) While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

(Mat 25:6) And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

(Mat 25:10) And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

(Luk 5:34) And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

(Luk 5:35) But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

(Joh 3:29) He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

(Rev 18:23) And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Now – is there any doubt to whom the “bridegroom” refers in Ps. 19?

The bride makes herself ready (Rev. 19:7,8,) while the bridegroom makes ready His place for her:Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. Joh 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

September 23, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

“Exact Truth,” part 3…

 Someone is leading a flock of crows’ cawing this morning. They must have a “choir director” because they all begin, quit, and begin again on cue.

It is a cool, dry, sunny morning and the big birds are taking their baths and a good drink for the day. Smaller birds will arrive later. I am on our little screened-in back porch viewing God and Bob’s creation of a “wild” back yard. Bible on a stand to my left. Computer on my lap. Cup of herb tea at my right. Parts 1 and 2 of “Exact Truth” are finished and now I am submitting to the temptations of enjoying and praising the Lord for His place for me. If I did not, the trees would cry out in thanksgiving and praise!

I hear Bob’s weed eater buzzing in the front yard, the cawing and calls of the birds, steady traffic sounds, and intermittment barking of neighborhood dogs. Noisy, yet peaceful.

However, there is one crow that stayed back when the flock moved on that will not shut up. Back to writing!

When writing a little about the needs for hearing (a speaker) and seeing (written word) in yesterday’s post, I was reminded of Psalm 19. The heavens rehearse the glory of God – can be seen, but not heard. This psalm compares the words written in the heavens with the written word. (You might have to read that again.) The gospel of the glory of God in the stars could be read with seeing eyes. The God of glory told Abraham to “look toward the heavens and count the stars…” (Gen. 15:5) “Look” means to “consider with insight,” – pay attention to the meaning. It was a command. “Count” is to be aware of, taking into account each detail. I believe the God of Glory, speaking to Abraham, gave him the ability to read the account in the stars of the Glory of God. (Remember Acts 7:2)

Verses 1-6 in Ps. 19, are all about the glory of God:

¶ (For the choir director. A Psalm of David.) The heavens are telling (rehearsing) of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring (is setting forth) the work of His hands.

2 Day to day pours forth (prophesy) speech (promise), And night to night reveals knowledge (intelligence, prognosis).

3 There is no speech (to be heard), nor are there words (to be heard); Their voice is not heard.

4 Their line (rule) has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances (In Greek, this word is “logos.”) to the end of the world (inhabited earth). In them (the heavens) He has placed a tent (tabernacle) for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

6 Its rising (the sun) is from one (“the”) end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end (“the ends”) of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.(Nothing is hidden from the influence of the sun and nothing can hide from its influence.) (Here, I am reminded of Romans 1.)

When Abraham looked, paying attention to the meaning, and taking into account each detail of the solar system, he was enabled by the God of glory to read the glory of God in the heavens. The written Word of God on stones and parchment was not until Moses.

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

“Exact Truth,” part 2…

 Notice in yesterday’s post the phrase, so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught. We can KNOW that we are reading the “exact truth” anywhere in the Bible; but, let’s look at the “exact truth” in Luke. This truth is about “things.” It is “about” what Theophilus had already been orally taught. Luke will take eyewitness accounts from the servants of the word of the gospel, investigate them carefully, and put them in consecutive order for Theophilus – and us!

The “exact truth” is the NASB translation of the word, “certainty” in the KJV. Vine says it can mean, “sure,” “safe,” “secure,” and it has been translated, “safety.” Webster’s 1828 diffinition is interesting: 1. A fixed or real state; truth; fact. Know for a certainty, that the Lord your God will no more drive out these nations. Josh 23. Luke 1. 2. Full assurance of mind; exemption from doubt. Certainty is the perception of the agreement or disagreement of our ideas. 3. Exemption from failure; as the certainty of an event, or of the success of a medicine. The certainty of punishment is the truest security against crimes. 4. Regularity; settled state.

The word, “know,” in the phrase, “so that you might know,” is “epignosis.” This is the “knowing” that comes from being able to put together all the knowledge you gather from God’s Word into the one theme of His Word with conviction – over and over again – more knowledge upon knowledge. It is putting together the exact truth of God’s mind and purpose as revealed to us in His Word.

Theophilus had been orally taught and would now have a written account. Being orally taught is IMPORTANT! Having a preacher/teacher is absoutely essential to “hearing.” ( Ro 10:14 How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?)

The written account will enter the eye gate for “seeing.”

So – we can have a “settled state of mind” when we have studied, put together – over and over again – what we have heard and seen. The deeper knowledge gives assurance and boldness to the things it knows for sure! No doubting! – which is essential for gaining wisdom! Jas 1:5-6 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Here are some “wisdom” verses to look up and put together:

Lu 2:40 And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. (Increasing in wisdom is how a child matures.)Lu 2:52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Lu 21:15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.

Ac 6:10 And [yet] they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

1Co 2:6 ¶ Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;

Eph 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

Eph 3:10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly [places.]

Col 1:9 ¶ For this reason also, since the day we heard [of it], we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Col 1:28 And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ.

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms [and] hymns [and] spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

2Ti 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (Notice – wisdom leads to salvation through faith!)

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

“Exact Truth,” part 1…

 Letters to Theophilus were written by the physician, Luke, and consist of the books Luke and Acts in our New Testament. Luke opens the book named after him with:

Lu 1:1 ¶ Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us,

2 just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us,

3 it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write [it] out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus;

4 so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.

He opens Acts with these verses:

Ac 1:1 ¶ The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,

2 until the day when He was taken up, after He had by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen.

3 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, (Our Lord ended His ministry on earth teaching the very same doctrine that He had from the beginning of His ministry – the purpose for which He was sent. Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”)by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over [a period of] forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

If you think that all I write about, teach about, and think about is the coming kingdom of God, you must know I am in Good Company! And, when I typed out the phrase, “kingdom of God,” the next phrase came to mind: “and His righteousness.” Beware of having, cultivating, and cherishing your own righteousness. No matter how good you get at it, He sees it as menstrual rags! Heed the warning about the Pharisees: Mt 5:20For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. I am stunned by this admonition! I fear I am guilty. Sooo thankful as His Holy Spirit reminds me of my Lord’s fresh, shed blood on the mercy seat – at this very moment – for the cleansing of all my sin – at this very moment! Moses received the exact pattern of this tabernacle in the Heaven. A “portable” version was set up for a constant reminder with every tent in its assigned place facing the earthly pattern of the heavenly. God’s very glory filled the tabernacle. Fire by night and cloud by day was clearly visible to ALL the surrounding “church” in the wilderness. But, their altar was the idols in their hearts! Beware, take heed – lest we not destroy every idol and its every evidence from our hearts.

September 20, 2010 Posted by | Exact Truth, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

The Two Tabernacles, part 5…

 I am writing this on the 8th, and it’s been a long time without rain for us. The bird baths are very busy this morning. A flock of mocking birds (state bird of TN) are vying for the best place in our big blue bubble that has four “tubs.” They come in pairs for they mate for life. Many species do. Cardinals, also. I LOVE to watch birds taking baths. I can do my best thinking – and laughing – as I watch. Brown Thrashers (GA state bird) come, too. Chickadees attempt to sneek in among these big dudes, but have to wait their turn.————————————-

Last night (9/7), we read the first 13 chapters of Exodus and I will continue in just a little bit – Lord willing. Bob has severely strained his back. I do not want him to fall, so I do not know how our day will treat us.——————————–

In verse 38 of chapter 7 in Acts, it says that Moses received “living oracles” to pass on to the fathers who were unwilling to be obedient to him (Moses and his word), but repudiated (thrust away, cast away by way of rejection), Moses and in their hearts turned back to Egypt (v.39).

I have looked up some references to the tabernacle of witness for you:

Num 1:50 KJV – But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that [belong] to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.
Num 1:51 KJV – And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death. Exd 38:21 KJV – This is the sum of the tabernacle, [even] of
the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, [for] the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.
Num 1:52 KJV –
And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.
Num 1:53 KJV – But the Levites shall pitch round about the
tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.
Num 9:15 KJV – And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, [namely],
the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning.
Num 10:11 KJV – And it came to pass on the twentieth [day] of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from off
the tabernacle of the testimony.
Num 17:7 KJV – And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in
the tabernacle of witness.
Num 17:8 KJV – And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the
tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.
Num 18:2 KJV – And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee [shall minister] before
the tabernacle of witness.
Jos 18:1 KJV – And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up
the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them.
2Ch 24:6 KJV – And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, [according to the commandment] of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the
congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?

Stephen knew the scriptures and the Word of God, didn’t he; and a most interesting study for us. A life time of study – we had better get started – redeeming the time (buying up every opportunity to study) because we could be disqualified from the inheritance laid up for us!

September 17, 2010 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

The Two Tabernacles, part 4…

 So – It’s time to read through the Old Testament again, isn’t it. I am not reading through this year because of more specialized studying; and, we have read the N. T. together. Bob is reading through the Old and is already in Ezekiel. Now, I wish I had done that, too. Stephen’s “sermon” is a very good condensation; however, we cannot know the full extent of his message without the O. T. account fresh on our minds. This is a good time to read through the Bible. No need to wait until the first of the year. Pretend September is your new year. It was mine when our children were in school. Now-a-days there are multitudes of plans for reading through the Bible online. But those will not get you reading enough. Better to begin and just keep reading until bed time. The historical events will amaze you. There is time travel, too! The heavens are opened and descriptions of creatures will fill your mind with wonders.

And – there is much about the Tabernacle of Testimony. “Testimony” has been translated “witness” in the KJV: based on the noun, “martyr.” Vine: (whence Eng., “martyr,” one who bears “witness” by his death) denotes “one who can or does aver (justify, prove, positively and with conviction affirms) what he has seen or heard or knows.”

The tabernacle was not only a testimony of Who Is and Who Is to come, it was a witness to the death angel having “passed over” the houses of the firstborn in Egypt because of the death of a substitute.

Moses had witnessed the very pattern for the tabernacle in the heavens. The word, “pattern,” or “fashion,” in the KJV, is the Greek word, “tupos.” A “type.” My dad had a printing press in our basement and he set the type exactly as to what he desired to produce on the page. Jehovah God set the type, Moses “printed” it – carried out the instructions of the type. The church in the wilderness had the perfect pattern of the heavenly, but preferred the work of their own hands, the idols of astrology, false gods, of those around them – what’s more? They had not changed! Stephen tells them in v. 51 that they are doing just as their fathers did. And, may we not miss the admonition and instruction for ourselves from this O. T. account.

But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven…” v.42a

They were serving and worshipping the present “messiah” – satan – and his host of angels in their habitat. God let them have their way.

September 16, 2010 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

The Two Tabernacles, part 3…

 The word, “Moloch,” or with an “e,” “Molech,” simply means “king” and has been translated that way 356 times in the O. T. Amos 5:26 is the only place it has been translated as “Moloch.” I am not inclined to find out why exactly, as I suspect that is the way it is used in the Septuagint.

You know how I think this should mean to us? “You carried around the tabernacle of your king all the while you had the tabernacle of the testimony of your True King!”

And, read this from Unger’s Bible Dictionary:

Molech: “A detestable Semitic deity honored by the sacrifice of children, in which they were caused to pass through or into the fire. Palestinian excavations have uncovered evidences of infant skeletons in burial places around heathen shrines. Ammonites revered Molech as a protecting father. Worship of Molech was stringently prohibited by Hebrew law. (Lev. 18:21; 20:1-5) Solomon built an altar to Molech at Tophet in the Valley of Hinnon. Manasseh in his idolatrous orgy also honored this deity. Josiah desecrated the Hinnom Valley altar, but Jehoiakim revived the cult.”  Unger’s Bible Dictionary by Merrill F. Unger (Chicago: Moody Press, 1957); page 416.

They also carried the star of the god, Rompha. (They had been told a “star would come out of Jacob!”) I found much information and speculation about this god, we need to keep in mind that these were their idols that they rejoiced in – the work of their hands. Also, we must keep ever before us, that these idols and practices were seen and learned from the people around them – the not chosen ones. One of the last commandments in the N. T. is in 1 John 5:21, “Little children, guard yourselves from idols.” “Guard your heart” (Prov. 4:23) because every issue – attitude, thought – idol – comes from it.

In the context of the verses in chapter 7 of Acts, it appears the “church in the wilderness” made sacrifices to the “works of their hands” for their 40-year journey.

 Ac 7:42 ¶ “But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘IT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL?

43 ‘YOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD ROMPHA, THE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE TO WORSHIP THEM. I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.’

September 15, 2010 Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus | Leave a comment

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