Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows

 


 

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows

 

Have you ever wondered about this, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows”

 

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

 

Let the Bible define itself:

Matthew 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.

Surely = for certain

Borne our griefs = took our infirmities

carried our sorrows = bare our sicknesses

 

If you want a closer look then look at Isaiah 53 at all the references to carrying & bearing. I’m sure that you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

 

That’s too easy, some may say.

 

Others will say that the word “fulfilled” means that it is done and finished with and does not apply to us who are living on the other side of the resurrection.

 

I say, “is that so?

Let’s not show our ignorance of verb tenses, shall we?

 

If it is true that the Lord Jesus has completely finished fulfilling this promise and statement, how do you explain this statement in the Bible:

 

Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

Some more will repeat that this idea is far too simple.

 

That’s too simple, some say, because healing can’t be in the Atonement Jesus only heals the people that he wants to heal at the time that they ask for healing – that is why we pray if it be thy will.

 

Others say, you don’t understand the real meaning of the Hebrew or the Greek.

 

My reply is that the Bible – the real Bible – is the word of God and does not merely just contain the word of God amongst other thoughts that are only the ideas of man.

 

Paul calls the ideas of man & the doctrines of men “FABLES.”

 

I find it easy to agree with Paul the apostle.

 

To me, God has an English Bible that is the word of God.

I’ve spent hours in video tutorials showing that there is no scriptural evidence that God committed his ultimate inspired truth to the Greek language or indeed any single language.

 

If you start with the premise that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and for ever it doesn’t take a leap of imagination to believe that if he forgave people their sins during his lifetime that he will still be forgiving people their sins today. If he healed people of their infirmities and sicknesses in his lifetime that he will still be healing people of their sicknesses and infirmities today.

 

Isaiah 53 makes it quite clear that he has borne our sins & has borne our sicknesses as well as he has carried our sins and carried our sicknesses. This is what I call the Full Gospel.

 

If you’d like a second confirmation then look at:

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.


 

The Concept to Examine Is – do you mould/define the Bible to fit your experiences or do you want your experiences to be moulded/defined by the Bible?

 

Those That Come to God Must Believe That He Is and That He Is a Rewarder of Those Diligently Seek Him.

 

Don’t be afraid to seek him.

Breaking the Seal 7

Breaking the Seal 7

The Bible is a sealed book.

Don’t Ever Forget that

The Bible Is A Sealed Book

“as the words of a book that is sealed”

When it comes to reading the Bible:

You can understand the English and yet not understand the book but you can’t understand the book without understanding the English. We are looking at a few scriptures in this series of short meditations that explain this riddle.

 

The Key to Breaking Seal Number 1: NEW HEART

 

The Key to Breaking Seal Number 2: PRAY

Do you pray before you study/read the Bible?


 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask
of God. James 1:5

 

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

 

Ask, and it shall be given you. Luke 11:9

 

Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

 

Give me understanding. Psalm 119:34, 73, 144, 169

 

Psalms 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

 

Psalms 119:73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

 

Psalms 119:144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

 

Psalms 119:169 Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.

 

[G]ive me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. Psalms 119:125

 

Psalms 119:125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

 

Make me to understand
the ways of thy precepts. Psalms 119:27

 

Psalms 119:27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

 

Give therefore thy servant an understanding
heart. 1 Kings 3:9

 

1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

 

[H]ast asked
for thyself understanding. 1 Kings 3:11

 

1 Kings 3:11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

 

I was…praying, and confessing my sin…and presenting my supplication before the LORD…then Gabriel… said…thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter. Daniel 9:20, 23

 

Daniel 9:20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;

Daniel 9:23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

 

[W]e…do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Colossians 1:9

 

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;


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Unlocking the Seal 6

The Seven Keys to Open the Seven Seals of Our Understanding of the Scriptures

~The Book with Seven Seals

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

The Seven Seals That Lock the Understanding

 

BREAK SEAL NUMBER ONE

 

1.    A New Heart

 



 

When we receive Jesus Christ as our saviour, he gives us a new heart where the spirit of God can dwell. Have you received them?

I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

 

I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding

Exodus 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

 

[T]he God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened…

Ephesians 1:17-18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

 

Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

John 3:1, 5 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:…… Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and
of
the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 

I thank thee, O Father,…thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes…for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

 

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit
of wisdom and understanding…And shall make him of
quick understanding.

Isaiah 11:2-3 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

 

They also that erred in spirit
shall come to understand.

Isaiah 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

 

[U]nderstand the words that I speak unto thee…from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand,
and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard

Daniel 10:11-12 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

 

[B]e ye of an understanding heart.

Proverbs 8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

 

[T]hey, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Luke 8:15
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep
it,
and bring forth fruit with patience.

Unlocking the Seal 5

Unlocking the Seal 5

The Seven Keys to Open the Seven Seals of Our Understanding of the Scriptures

~The Book with Seven Seals

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.


 

I have to thank Gail Riplinger of AV Publications and her book New Age Versions for suggesting that the scriptures, the AV 1611 Holy Bible, can be likened unto the different “books” that are mentioned in the book of Revelations. This meditation follows her outline.

There are seven keys to open the seven seals that have sealed away the meaning and comprehension of the Scriptures from our understanding. In this meditation we will look at a summary of these keys to unlocking this sealed book.

 

These thoughts are taken from this passage of scripture:

Proverbs 2:1-10 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. 9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. 10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

 

Journeys have a start and this start is found in verse one with the amazing word IF, it is, if you will receive his words, it is. if you will hide his commandments with you. It is, if you want the understanding and comprehension of his word, if you want to do those things that please him, if you want to walk in righteousness and holiness all the days of your life. Because unless you hunger and thirst after righteousness you have absolutely no hope of being filled. The Ethiopian eunuch wanted to know what he was reading about. This is why the Lord sent Philip to join him in his chariot. The Ethiopian eunuch said, “How can I, except some man should guide me?” He knew that the words of the Scripture were sealed against him and he needed somebody to unlock the seals so he could understand what he was reading.

In the same way we want to understand what we are reading when we start to read the Scriptures, the word of God in English, the AV 1611 Holy Bible. We need “someone” to guide us, to show us the pathway to unlocking the gateways that lead to the understanding of the Scriptures. Here is a list of keys that will unlock the seven seals that hinder our understanding and comprehension of what the author means in the Scripture he has written for us and delivered unto us. One could liken them unto modern passwords, keys that perfectly fit the locks that open the doors of our understanding. These seven keys are: 1 SALVATION, 2 MEDITATE, 3 READ, 4 PRAY, 5 SEEK, 6 OBEY, 7 DELIGHT. These keys are highlighted in this particular section in the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 2:1-10. Let us consider them as an overview:

1. SALVATION: My son, if thou wilt receive my words…

2.MEDITATE: [A]nd hide my commandments with thee.

3.READ: so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

4.PRAY: Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

5.SEEK: 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for
hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

6.OBEY: He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.

7.DELIGHT:
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;


 

If you want to continue this wonderful adventure I will be taking each one of these unlock keys in a separate meditation as this series continues.

 

Remember God wants you, his child, to know the things that are clearly given to us through the spirit and the word. He calls out to us in fellowship.

Unlocking The Seal 4

Unlocking The Seal 4


Don’t Ever Forget that

The Bible Is A Sealed Book

“as the words of a book that is sealed”

When it comes to reading the Bible:

You can understand the English and yet not understand the book but you can’t understand the book without understanding the English. We are going to look at a few scriptures in this series of short meditations that explain this riddle.


 

Unlocking The Seal 4

 

There is ‘a way’ of understanding the bible and that way is Jesus Christ.

In the preface to the AV 1611 Holy Bible, the translators say, “He removeth the scales from our eyes, the veil from our hearts, opening our wits that we may understand His word.”

 

Our God has always wanted us to understand what he has to say. He particularly wants us to understand his Precepts and Promises. He wants us to have fellowship with himself. He wants us to be able to see things from his point of view. However, the proud and the arrogant and those that do not believe that “he is” can find no understanding.

 

In the course of these meditations I mention the “books” spoken of in Revelation. When speaking of the “little book” I said that the AV 1611 Holy Bible was the “Little Book” of Revelation. Just to clarify, this bible is like unto the Little Book. The book of Revelation is full of symbolism and the AV 1611 Holy Bible is an example of the “little book” in that it is the shortest of all English Bibles in spite of the fact that modern English Bibles exclude verse after verse and phrase after phrase asserting that these particular passages were not in any original manuscripts and that God never ever said them. Our AV 1611 uses the common tongue of Anglo-Saxon and has the lowest readability index of any English Bible.

 

In a similar way we are looking at the Book that no one was worthy to open. This is also like unto the AV 1611 Holy Bible in that the Bible is a sealed book and can be opened only by the right type of person, or rather, by the person of a certain disposition, or in the company of THE person.

The humble man or woman whose conscience is awake cries in desperation to know the God who created them and yearns for fellowship with Him.

Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood. Revelation 5:2, 4, 5, 9

Revelation 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

 

Revelation 5:4-5 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

 

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

 

The book is not going to become unsealed until we weep with the sorrow and longing that only the guilt and burden of sin can produce in our heart and soul. If we do not weep over our sense of loss, our sense of being lost and the heavy burden of our guilt ridden conscience then it is certain that many aspects of this book will remain sealed to us and our understanding.

 

We long to know if we are in the Book of Life. We know that we are not worthy of our own selves. Our conscience condemns us and the guilt of our sin weighs us down. No amount of psychological reasoning and rationalisations can remove the weight of our guilty conscience. In spite of our weeping and travail of soul we know that we are unworthy within ourselves. No amount of positive affirmation can truly eradicate our inbuilt feelings of unworthiness. We need fellowship with the one, the only one, whose name is Jesus Christ. He is the way and the truth and the life and we need to know him whom to know is life eternal.

 

Jesus is the way and he is the one who brings us understanding. Remember Philip and the eunuch? The eunuch was reading in Isaiah about the Messiah and he needed to be shown that the Messiah that Isaiah spoke of was, in actual fact, Jesus Christ. The eunuch says, when asked if he understood what he read, “how can I, except some man should guide me?”

Acts 8:30-31 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

 

This Scripture is about the sheep being led to the slaughter who opens not his mouth. The eunuch is led to Jesus Christ who is the way and the very man who will guide you through the understanding of the Scriptures.

We are stirred and emboldened to go in the way of understanding and not simply be brute beasts.

[G]o in the way of understanding. Proverbs 9:6

Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

 

Jesus made it plain that he was the way. Jesus is the way to understanding the word of God and unblocking the seal.

 

The Scriptures say that Jesus saith unto him, I am the way… John 14:6

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

The spiritually dead have no understanding. The Scripture describes some of them as whited sepulchres, those who are living yet dead because they appear to be righteous but inwardly they are full of all uncleanness.

 

As the Scriptures say –The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead. Proverbs 21:16

Proverbs 21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

 

There is a saying that God’s calling is his enabling. He simply does not call us to understand unless there is a way of understanding.

 

[H]earken unto me everyone of you, and understand. Mark 7:14

Mark 7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one
of you,
and understand:

 

It is the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit who is able to open our understanding that we might understand the Scriptures for ourselves. This is marvellous in our eyes.

 

As the Scriptures say –Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. Luke 24:45

Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

 

the Lord Jesus would have all men come unto him and when you come unto him he gives you understanding. To come unto him you must believe that he is. He continually draws us to himself and encourages us to believe that he rewards those who diligently seek him.

 

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding… I John 5:20

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

 

Of course the real secret is to know where all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. Once you know this you will not waste futile time and effort searching them out anywhere else.

 

As the Scriptures say – about Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

As fascinating as Einstein’s hypothesis of relativity may be no one has ever travelled at the speed of light but the word of God says that God’s understanding is infinite. In other words it is truly beyond finding out.

 

As the Scriptures say –Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:5

Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

 

It is the Lord who has the unchanging understanding and the understanding of the laws of physics only abide within the realm that they are formulated.

 

[H]e hath counsel and understanding. Job 12:13

Job 12:13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.

 

In spite of the well-intentioned endeavours of modern health professionals to be able to plumb the mind of man, the truth is that there is only one person who has really been given the ability to give others the understanding of the heart.

 

[W]ho hath given understanding to the heart? Job 38:36

Job 38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

 

It is the Almighty, himself, who gives understanding.

 

[T]he Almighty giveth them understanding. Job 32:8

Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

 

When our understanding is given to us by the LORD then that understanding will be on a firm foundation.

 

Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding….. I Chronicles 22:12

1 Chronicles 22:12 Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.

 

When we consider spiritual matters, when we read the word of God, we ought to ask the Lord, and expect the Lord, to give us understanding in all things.

 

[T]he Lord give thee understanding in all things. II Timothy 2:7

2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

 

I particularly like this concept of David; he knew that the Lord made him understand the writing of his word and the pattern of that writing. Once you know the Lord Jesus Christ for yourself and you know the indwelling of the spirit of God, the greatest pastime that you can enjoy is to give yourself to seeing the patterns that exist within the written word of God, which in the English language is the AV 1611 Holy Bible.

 

[T]he LORD made me understand. I Chronicles 28:19

1 Chronicles 28:19 All this, said David, the LORD made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern.

 

When the LORD puts in you wisdom and understanding you will become a wise man. You will be wise in that which matters most. To have understanding and to be wise hearted is the most marvellous combination to open the doorway to be a help to mankind.

 

[E]very wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding. Exodus 36:1

Exodus 36:1 Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded.

 

It is God who gives real wisdom and understanding.

 

[I] have given thee a wise and an understanding heart. I Kings 3:12

1 Kings 3:12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

 

Joseph knew, although people considered that he could understand, where his understanding came from. Joseph knew that his understanding came from God and, unless God gave him understanding, he simply would not have any.

 

Pharaoh said unto Joseph…thou canst understand… And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. Genesis 41:15, 16

Genesis 41:15-16 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. 16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.

 

It is God who gives knowledge, understanding and wisdom and we should never forget that. If God does not give it we will not have it.

 

God gave them knowledge…Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Daniel 1:17, 18

Daniel 1:17-18 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.

 

Do not let vanity fill your mind, knowledge, understanding and wisdom come from God. Acknowledge God as your LORD and you will be at the threshold of entering into understanding.

 

And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceedingly much, and largeness of heart. I Kings 4:29

1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.

 

So it is clear from the Scriptures that understanding is given to us, the seal on the book is broken and we can understand those things that God says to us. But this is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ who is the way by which the seal is broken and our understanding is enlightened. Getting to know who the Lord Jesus is, what he has done and is doing and what the Father expects our response to all this to be becomes the most important issue of our life.

 

 

 


 

UNLOCKING THE SEAL 3

UNLOCKING THE SEAL 3

 

Don’t Ever Forget that

The Bible Is A Sealed Book

as the words of a book that is sealed” you

When it comes to reading the Bible:

You can understand the English and yet not understand the book but you can’t understand the book without understanding the English. We are going to look at a few scriptures in this series of short meditations that explain this riddle.


 

Unlocking The Seal 3

 

Not only is there a shadow over the book BUT there is a black shadow that fills the heart of man – it is as deep and as dark as the bottomless pit of sin

This darkness bars the gateway through the shadows of our understanding

[W]alk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened…because of the blindness of their heart. Ephesians 4:17,18

Ephesians 4:17-18 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

 

It is a vanity of mind to think that simply changing the vocabulary of the Word of God will open the sealed book. It is also vanity to think that higher education in the subjects of classical Greek and linguistics will take as to the threshold of opening the seal that is clamped over the Word of God.

 

The Awful Truth Is, Our Natural Understanding Is Darkened. Our understanding is darkened because we are alienated from the life of God through ignorance that is in us. This indwelling ignorance comes because our heart is blinded by the stain and shadow of sin. Not just the sin that is inherent in our nature from birth but also our own sin which we have walked in even if we desperately sought not to. Put simply, we are incapable of removing the dark stain of sin that veils our understanding of The Book. The Problem Is Our Heart. Our heart is blackened by sin.

 

So we are faced with the reality that though we hear we will not understand:

[Y]e shall hear, and shall not understand…For the heart of this people is waxed gross…lest they should… understand with their heart. Acts 28:26,27

Acts 28:26-27 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

 

 

The real understanding has to be with our heart. When the stain and shadow of sin enwraps our heart we are simply incapable of understanding in our heart. This situation blocks us from being converted and being healed by the hand of God.

 

All our fruitless searching for understanding is supposed to lead us to the point where we realise that God is our only hope and in humility and humbleness of mind we turn to call upon him believing that he is.

 

We are called to be of an understanding heart.

 

[Y]e fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Proverbs 8:5

Proverbs 8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.

 

The blight of sin is so effective that we appear to be mocked because although we are called to have an understanding heart God has hid our heart from understanding. It is blatantly obvious that, unless he opens the door of our understanding, the door of our understanding is going to remain firmly shut.

 

[T]hou hast hid their heart from understanding. Job 17:4

Job 17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.

 

It eventually dawns upon us that we have a deceived heart. The stain of sin has permanently sealed the words of this book away and deceived us so that our heart has turned us completely out of the way.

 

They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand…a deceived heart hath turned him aside. Isaiah 44:18-20

Isaiah 44:18-20 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. 19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree? 20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

 

In the end we are reduced to the awful truth, we feed on ashes, our deceived heart has turned us aside, we cannot deliver our own soul nor can we say that there is no lie in our right hand or our life. We definitely cannot say that we are good.

 

 

Whether Jesus spoke in parables or plainly, the fact is that those that heard him would not have understood him when he spoke spiritual truths in a plain language because the truth was hid from them. It is not within men or women to be able to understand truth without the hand of God unlocking the word of God.

 

And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them. Luke 18:34

Luke 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

 

Jesus was speaking to his disciples explaining that he must suffer and die and then rise again. They simply could not understand what was being said.

 

We are left with a shattering conclusion:

Those of us who might be considered “thinkers” have to then ask, “where is the place of understanding?” It is obvious to a truly thinking person that we cannot find understanding by ourselves, by our own means. We are forced to admit that truth can only be found with THE TRUTH who has declared himself to be the LORD.

 

[W]here is the place of understanding? Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living. Job 28:20-21

Job 28:20-21 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding? 21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.

 

It is interesting, is it not, that looking at creation, the heavens, the earth, the animals and everything within, we can become aware that there is design and that there is the Creator. However, knowing his name and knowing his son’s name requires the word of God and that the word of God needs to be unsealed.

 

Proverbs 30:4-5 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

 

So we have come full circle. There is a seal on the word of God. There is a seal across our hearts. Sin is the cause of the seal. The only way that this seal can be broken is for us to acknowledge that God so loved us that he sent us his son the Lord Jesus Christ and in that acknowledgement that we turn humbly to him. It is the goodness of God to lead us to repentance and to reveal Jesus Christ who is the grace and the truth of the Almighty God.

 

So we are beginning to understand that, although the book is sealed, our response to the birth death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and all that this entails, is the means by which the seal is broken and light begins to flood our understanding.

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UNLOCKING THE SEAL 2

UNLOCKING THE SEAL 2

 

Don’t Ever Forget that

The Bible Is A Sealed Book

as the words of a book that is sealed”

When it comes to reading the Bible:

You can understand the English and yet not understand the book but you can’t understand the book without understanding the English. We are going to look at a few scriptures in this series of short meditations that explain this riddle.

 

Unlocking The Seal 2

There Is the Deep Dark Shadow Which Blackens the Book Which Even the Mind of Man Cannot Penetrate!

[F]or the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Isaiah 29:14

Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

 

 

The Almighty certainly has a different set of system values to us mere mortals. He declares that it is a marvellous work and a wonder for him to ensure that the wisdom of our wisemen perishes and the understanding of our prudent men becomes hid. To think that he calls this a marvellous work and a wonder!

 

1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

 

 

Just in case you’re tempted to think that this is restricted to the Old Testament and the dispensation before the cross and the resurrection here is the same thought in the New Testament environment. There is a cloak of darkness shielding the unregenerate, natural mind of mankind from the truth of the scriptures.

 

 

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

Unfortunately the church is always wresting over the same old same oh by trying to apply a natural mind, natural thinking, higher education thought processes to uncovering truths and yet deeper truths of the meaning and interpretation of the scriptures. Paul had to yet again remind the Corinthians of the established fact that the natural mind is unable to penetrate the darkness that sin has layered over the understanding of the word of God.

 

Little book:

Let’s consider a few implications about the “little book”. You’ll find reference to this book below.

 

When it comes to the darkened heart and reasoning of man, both male and female, I imagine the Lord sitting on the circle of the earth laughing:

Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

 

Consider the AV 1611 Holy Bible, it is a smaller book than the modern English translations in that it has less words with a lower average number of syllables per word in spite of the fact that modern versions leave out whole verses and make at least 36,000 changes in the new Testament alone.

 

The King James Bible translators used one word of English for one word of Greek and maintained the fidelity of transcribing a noun for a noun and a verb for a verb style. This word of God in English uses early modern English that is mainly Anglo-Saxon with the use of verbs and nouns, special dedicated usage for personal pronouns and a few special meaning elevated words. Of the 800 odd words that are commonly unknown the vast majority consist of names of people and places, plants, animals and minerals, they are what you could call proper names. Not to mention the alliteration and meter that, frankly, puts the world of English literature to shame. It has always struck me as odd that the 19th-century ‘miracle’ of education should have focused on the pagan classical Greek and its corrupt philosophies as well as the writings of Shakespeare and the like and yet completely bypassed the wonder, the majesty, the purity, the simplicity, the rhythmic flow and literary style of the AV 1611 Holy Bible.

 

I speak from some experience as I started to learn the classics from about the age of eight. I learnt Latin to give me a foundation of the English language and I learnt classical Greek, the philosophies of which I still find abhorrent. Modern higher education has compounded this shaky foundation by including some form of modern secular understanding of the mind of man that bypasses the scriptures and parades modern psychological trends.

 

 

HERE ARE SOME SCRIPTURES ABOUT THE LITTLE BOOK

Revelation 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Revelation 10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

Revelation 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

 

 

Oh wonder of wonders to think that here in this modern secular age, in this age of electronic advancement, I can pick up and read in my own language of English a preserved and pure copy of the ‘Little Book’, the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God.

 

1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

 

The word of God in English is the most wonderful gift that is given to you. Don’t neglect it. Read it front to back and let the book change the way you think and the way you perceive the world around you. As you hunger after righteousness and enter into the presence of the Lord, the words of this book will become spiritually discerned within your heart and mind.

 

Desire to be as holy as the Lord can make you, this alone will place you on the path to unsealing the seals that are upon this book

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UNLOCKING THE SEAL 1

UNLOCKING THE SEAL 1


 

Unlocking The Seal

Don’t Ever Forget that

The Bible Is A Sealed Book

as the words of a book that is sealed”

When it comes to reading the Bible:

You can understand the English and yet not understand the book but you can’t understand the book without understanding the English. We are going to look at a few scriptures in this series of short meditations that explain this riddle.

 

Unlocking The Seal 1

Our Sin Casts Such a Shadow That It Darkens Our Understanding of Each and Every Verse!

 

Never mind what you think, why don’t you let the scriptures speak for themselves?

Just consider the import of these few scriptural references:

Who Is Worthy To Open The Book?

Revelation 5:2,4 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? …..4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

 

Psalms 14:2-4 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

 

John 8:43-44
Why do ye not understand my speech?
even
because ye cannot hear my word.
44
Ye are of
your
father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

 

[N]one of the wicked shall understand. Daniel 12:10

Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

 

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it
not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

 

[T]he wicked. They know not, neither will they understand.

Psalm 82:4,5

Psalms 82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

Psalms 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

 

Psalms 92:6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

 

Proverbs 28:5
Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

 

[T]he people…the Pharisees…they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. John 8:2, 3, 10:6

John 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

John 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

John 10:6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

 

Psalms 94:8
Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise?

 

Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

 

When you consider the practice of the scriptures the Bible tells us that it is locked to us while we are walking in sin and unrighteousness. While ever there is a part of you that does not want, with all your heart and being, to do the will of God the full light of revelation of the scriptures will be locked away from your sight and understanding. Sin casts a deep shadow. Sin will even dull your ears so that you will not hear nor be able to receive the power of the anointing of the truth and its consequential freedom.

 

In order to unseal the Bible you must first come to God and ask him what he requires of you.

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 

Until you are prepared to abandon the wisdom of the world and the natural man, forsaking those things that are past, the scriptures will always contain parts of the truth that are sealed away from you. The book remains sealed and locked up away from the natural man and the carnal mind.

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THE BIBLE IS A SEALED BOOK

THE BIBLE IS A SEALED BOOK

 

 

The Bible Is A Sealed Book

as the words of a book that is sealed”

 

Isaiah 29:10-11 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

 

 

When it comes to reading the Bible:

You can understand the English and yet not understand the book but you can’t understand the book without understanding the English. We are going to look at a few scriptures in this series of short meditations that explain this riddle.

 

Let’s start with the fact that The Bible Is a Sealed Book. The Bible is a sealed book to the natural mind of man. If it wasn’t for the fact that the light of Christ lights every man that comes into the world we would have absolutely no way of being able to understand the spiritual meaning of the Bible.

John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

 

 

People contend that the AV 1611 Bible is old and difficult to understand. The truth of this is not a matter of the form of the English but of the immense gap that exists in the distance between God and man. The difficulty is not caused because the language is not modern or colloquial enough. Since the fall of man, man has moved off to a place where he likes to be out of reach of God’s voice. This was his first reaction, to hide himself from the presence of God. He is now powerless to penetrate God’s spiritual realm with understanding and so he moves manically through man-made word mazes in version after version, defiantly determined never to look up to God or to delve within his own misdirected heart.

 

The spiritual chasm is so vast that even those who were close to Jesus could not understand him. He was not speaking an ancient form of their language when he spoke to Mary and Joseph and yet “they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.” Luke 2:50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.

 

 

It was not that the words were obsolete or hard to understand when he asked Peter, “are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand?” Peter himself fell into the darkening spell of sin and said, “I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest.”

Matthew 15:16 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17a Do not ye yet understand, that …..?

Mark 14:68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. …..

 

 

God tells us that man’s inability to understand the Bible has a number of causes, none of which is a limitation of his vocabulary or understanding of the communication language.

 

The Bible is not difficult to understand – it is frankly impossible – unless God’s conditions for understanding it are met. These conditions have nothing to do with the language model that is used. The hindrance to understanding the Bible is found in the heart of man. The Bible reader should look within their heart to find the source of the conundrum and then look up to God for the unravelling.

 

So the first consideration is to know that, as you pick up a Bible and turn to read it, it is a sealed book to the natural mind and heart of mankind.

 

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

 

You need a prepared heart if you want the book to become unsealed for you.

A POLISHED SHAFT

A POLISHED SHAFT

 


 

Isaiah 49:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

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1st of all, when you read the context of this verse you realise that it means “and made me INTO a polished shaft.” My imagination has always been captivated by the thought of being a polished shaft.

 

When you polish something or make it smooth you essentially finish off the process of carving out or forming followed by various degrees of sanding down to a smooth finish and finally applying polish. I used to prepare wooden furniture for polish using shellac which is a special coating that fills up all the imperfections and can then be burnished to a smooth reflective surface that is really quite hard.

 

In an arrow the 1st concern is to make sure that it is dead straight balanced correctly. The surface is then polished to provide a perfectly smooth finish. This will allow the arrow to fly through the air with the least amount of turbulence.

 

Years ago I had some meditations on this particular idea but they are in written format buried somewhere in the depths of my old notes and scratchings. I can’t find any reference in my electronic data store.

 

But imagine the immense care that the master archer puts into finishing his arrows so that they will unerringly complete the task to which they are released. This whole passage stirs me and ends with the assurance that God will be glorified. Just read this Isaiah 49:1-13. You may think that God has somewhat forsaken you but he hasn’t. You are a polished shaft. Read to the end of the chapter and realise that you are the spiritual seed of Abraham. You are the spiritual people of the choosing of the Lord. The prisoners of the earth will find relief because you are alive in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

You are engraved upon the palms of his hands and the circumstances of your life are continually before him. Remember that the Lord Jesus has one flock and this passage describes how his salvation is to the ends of the earth. This chapter is to spiritual Israel. Just read it and let the spirit of God quicken your mind.

 

Your circumstances may try to influence you to consider that you are forsaken but you are not forsaken. The Lord says in an acceptable time he has heard us and then in a day of salvation he has helped us and he says he will preserve us and give us for a covenant. He is the Redeemer of Israel, the Holy One. Above all he is faithful. Above all he is faithful.

 

Above All He Is Faithful

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