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Understanding the language of the Bible is critical. The language of the N.T. is written in the later Greek, and the writers applied the Greek to subjects on which it had never been used by native Greek writers. The things concerning Jewish affairs, their theology, and rituals. I have committed the work of the Greek dictionary found within, to assist in your personal study, and in repelling those who choose to distort the word. Acquaint yourself with the language of the Greek N.T., you will find it to be of an indispensable importance.
The author of these articles and features quotes verses from the King James Version. We investigate the Bible's original text, examine the Greek, Hebrew, text, context, symbols, and terminologies. We will continue to make every effort to aid readers to grow in their individual faith. We will also make every effort to assist, and to support those who have vowed to honor our Lord Jesus Christ, and His finished work.
The revealing of Scriptures was not to any one prophet, but received in portions by many.
1. To Noah was revealed the world to which the Messiah should belong.
2. To Abraham, the nation to which Messiah would come.
3. To Jacob, the tribe from which Messiah would descend.
4. To David and Isaiah, the family.
5. To Micah, the town of Messiah's birth, Bethlehem.
6. To Daniel, the exact time of Messiah's coming.
7. To Malachi, the announcement of God's messenger of the covenant, and Christ's Second Advent.
8. Through Jonah, Christ's burial and resurrection.
9. Through Isaiah and Hosea, Christ's resurrection.
Each Prophet was given a part; when Christ came, that which was done in part was done away with. The oracles of God have been revealed in many ways, by internal suggestions; audible voices; the Urim and thummin; and by dreams and visions. From the time of Malachi to John the Baptist some 400 years, no Prophet spoke to the Jews. In this period of time, the Son of God would be the object of the Jews' expectations.
Heb.1:1-2, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the (Jewish) fathers by the prophets. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds."
The phrase, "In these last days spoken unto us," is speaking of the whole of time. This time, was divided into two stages; this age, and the age to come. The world to come is the new dispensation brought in by Jesus (this age,) it beginning in grace here and now, to be completed in glory after.
It is called, "To come," or, "about to be," as at the time of its being subjected to Christ by Divine decree. It was then a thing of the future, and is yet so, in respect to its completion. Paul wrote when the priesthood and O.T. rituals were still in force, continuing until the destruction of Jerusalem. The ancient Jews knew how to view the statements of Paul. We like them, still pray, "Thy kingdom come," for its manifestation is yet future. So the days of Messiah were the transition period, "last days," in contrast to, "In times past."
The Father’s will has been revealed in the words and works of Jesus Christ, not in various hues of different colors, but revealed by the whole spectrum of pure Light given in Christ. He spoke to His people precisely what had been given Him. The words and the works were published in the volume of the book we call the Bible.
The majesty of our Lord and Savior.
With the coming of Christ our King, High Priest, and Prophet, the Father's will has been revealed fully, In regards to subjecting all things to Christ in fulfillment of Ps.8, the realization is still, "to come."
"Spoken unto us by His Son."
John 14:10, "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works."
Jesus' majesty is set forth,
1. By the very title of Son, and by the predictions,
a. "Whom He hath appointed,"
b. "By whom He hath made the worlds,"
c. "Who sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."
The will of the Father is set down from the beginning of all things till the goal is reached. Jesus as the heir, this follows His Son-ship, and preceded His making the worlds.
1. Prov.8:22, "The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old."
2. Prov.8:23, "I was set up (anointed) from everlasting from the beginning, or ever the earth was."
We see both the Father and Son together before the works of old, "The LORD (the Father) possessed me -- before His works of old," Jesus creating all things, this making Him Lord and God of all things, all to the glory of the Father who sent Him.
Eph.3:11, "According to the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
As the, "only begotten of the Father," Jesus is heir of the universe, Heb.1:6, “Again, when He bringeth in the first begotten unto the world, he saith, and let all the angels of God worship Him." So the Son of God, was the instrument by which the Father put His will into effect, Heb.11:3, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
"The word of God," answers to, "by whom," John 1:3, "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." Christ Jesus was appointed in the Father's eternal counsel to be the Creator of the material and spiritual worlds. This is His office, Creator is His title, and the universe was given to Him as His kingdom.
Jesus is, "heir of all things," by right of creation. The promise given Abraham that he should be heir of the world; this promise will have its fulfillment in Christ Jesus.
Rom.4:13, "For the promise, that He should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith."
Gal.3:16, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one, and to thy seed, which is Christ."
Gal.4:7, "Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ."
Gen.1:3, God said, "Let their be Light, and their was light." This was the (Shekinah) glory of the Son, coming to a barren world, a world without life, and God said, "Let there be," and life came into existence, for in Him is life. So Jesus is, "heir of all things," by right of creation.
"He made the worlds." The inferior and superior worlds, Col.1:16, "For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him."
Col.1:16, can be translated literally, (ages) with all things and persons belonging to them, the universe, including all space and ages of time, and all material and spiritual existences. The Greek tells us the Father not only appointed His Son as heir of all things before the creation, but also made the worlds by Him.
Jesus is, "the brightness of His (the Father's) glory." As a flood of light, our Lord shines with great splendor, brightness and Divine glory. To look upon Him in all His glory would bring to us death. He is the brightness of the Father's glory, for He upholds, and sat at the right hand of the Father. From glory He came, to glory He ascended.
John 17:5, Jesus said, "Now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."
Phil LaSpino www.seekfirstwisdom.com
Divine names of God:
The early portion of the Pentateuch, Pentateuch meaning the first five books of the Bible, from Gen.1, to Exod.6, contains what appear to be possibly two original documents. This early portion of the Pentateuch, Genesis and Exodus seem to contain two original documents characterized by their separate use of the Divine Names of God and by other peculiarities of style. We find not only scattered verses, but whole sections characterized as such and throughout this portion of the Pentateuch the name Jehovah prevailing in some sections and Elohim in others, yet in English, both translate, God.
There are a few sections in Scripture where both names are employed indifferently; and there are sections of some length in which neither the one nor the other occurs. And we find moreover that in connection with this use of the names of God there is also a distinctive and characteristic phraseology, phraseology meaning style and choice of words. Also that the style and idiom, idiom meaning individual peculiarity of language of the Elohim sections, is quite different then that of the Jehovah sections.
After Ex.6:2, and 7:7, the name Elohim almost ceases to be characteristic of whole sections; the only exception to this rule being Ex.13:17-19, and also chapter 18. Such a phenomenon as this obviously has some significance. The use of God’s Divine Names are to be accounted for throughout by a reference to their etymology (the history of a word) – if the author uses the one when his purpose or design is to speak of God as the Creator and Judge (Jehovah) or the other (Elohim) when his object, or motive is to distinguish God as the Redeemer.
It does appear remarkable that only up to a particular point in Scripture do these names stamp separate sections of the narrative, and afterwards all such distinctive criterion cease. Still this phenomenon of the distinct use of the Divine Names of God, Jehovah and Elohim would hardly on their own prove the point that there may have been two documents which form the groundwork of the existing Pentateuch. Strangely we find the two accounts manifestly interwoven; and we also find certain favorite words and phrases which distinguish that possibly two writers may have put their pens to the task, or, maybe not! This most likely is the way the Holy Spirit intended when He gave Moses these words. No-one can, or should be dogmatic about either because we cannot verify either through the word of God.
Let’s begin by separating the two accounts found in Genesis and arrange them for comparison; you can make up your own mind as to whether one or two writers may have worked on this section of Scripture, or not, by doing your own investigation.
The Divine name Jehovah:
1. Gen.6:5, “And God (Jehovah) saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD (Jehovah) that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart."
Now compare with the Divine name Elohim;
Gen.6:12, “And God (Elohim) saw the earth, and behold it was corrupt; and all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.”
2. Gen.6:7, “And God (Jehovah) said, I will not blot out man whom I have created from off the face of the ground.”
Gen.6:.13, “And God (Elohim) said to Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold I will destroy them with the earth.”
3. Gen.7:1-2-3, “And God (Jehovah) said to Noah ---- Thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
Gen.6:9, “Noah a righteous man was perfect in his generation. With God (Elohim) did Noah walk.”
4. Gen.7:2, “Of every clean beast thou shalt take of thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female."
Gen.6:19, “And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee, they shall be male and female.”
5. Gen.7:3, “O fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.”
Gen.6:20, “Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”
6. Gen.7:4, “For yet seven days and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.”
Gen.6:17, “ And, behold I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.”
7. Gen.7:5, “And Noah did according unto that the LORD (Jehovah) commanded him.”
Gen.6:22, “Thus did Noah; according to all that God (Elohim) commanded him, so did he.”
So, in the above we can observe that these duplicate narratives are characterized by their own peculiar modes of expression; and that, generally, the Elohim and Jehovah sections have their own distinct and individual coloring. But let us be sure of this one thing, one account does not contradict the other and if they came from different pens, or from the same pen, both were given to man by God’s Holy Spirit.
Phil LaSpino www.seekfirstwisdom.com
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