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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.
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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
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.