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How do you,Read?

For those that take reading the bible seriously, I mean in a more serious bible study of your own, in what lens do you read from? ( You won’t see this at church)

For most people that are serious in real bible study will come from usually come from either from their upbringing traditions, which is reading the scriptures from an all ready theology mindset, and when the word is read it will ‘fit’ their story.

This mindset has been in effect for quite awhile in the christian main stream, which will give it its own direction and outcome. I would unpack this scenario now but this is not the road for today.

Where as the road today is pointing to the road less traveled is the one of the critical Historic method of which the storyline is kept in context of history, and using the social, personal, and historical truth describe the origins of ancient texts in order to understand  ‘the world behind the text’.

This method ‘critical historical method’ is one that is being used more aggressively it seems the last thirty to forty years in the educational realm, which has brought about some new and different light to the scriptures. In my opinion it is the more truest form of extracting the ‘message’ of the scriptures. In the way of ‘theological methodology’ the scriptures are skewed because you are being biased in your reading and mindset. It is only because you are set in your ways of ‘seeing’ the bible or that it is thought to be the only way to read it, or it was the way that your church sees it.

It is a safe way to start from scratch with out any preconceived notions on anything and just take the text for what meant to the person,persons or people on a social understanding to stay within the context of the story. Go deeper into God’s people, who they were,why they were chosen, what were they to do? This will get you on a good path of God’s storyline for ‘His Chosen People’!!

 

 

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Language

An author of a subject that he is writing about, uses a very distinct language so that the words he uses are familiar with the reader, or student. His many descriptive words for  conveying the same meaning can lead to a very elaborate picture of his subject that he is painting before our eyes.

These words are spread out over all the material that he uses to describe his story. Although, in some instances it can take another form of the descriptive language, to convey his point to build upon the knowledge of the subject. It is like any other thing that we do or say, our understanding needs to be enhanced or grown into the full meaning of the subject that the author is talking about.

This is the exact model that God has used in telling of his story. He has used very distinctive language of his story telling. You may not see it right at first, but the further into the story you start seeing the layout of God’s design of story telling. A lawyer uses the court language, a carpenter uses building language, a doctor uses medical language, and God uses his own language.

If you can see it in the first book of the bible,Genesis, and use it from the beginning of Genesis(it’s in the middle of the book) and take it all the way thru to the book of Revelation, you will see how amazing God’s story is and how it expands on it and the storyline throughout the bible and even in our timeline that it is still occurring.

I would love to hear from you on this subject, and what you think it could be. Albeit, there are a few of minor language’s that God uses, but their is one major one that overrides the others.

Let me know what you think!

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One story,two story?

The Bible.

Is the bible in its perception and subtitles as old testament(covenant) and new testament(covenant) made us see or believe it as two separate stories?

Why, as Christianity has perceived is that it is a second story for a new people and a better way of worshipping their God?

Where does it explain that it is the second version of the first one?

The whole backstory of the old testament is a plethora of puzzle pieces of God’s desire of our eternal purpose. Most of all references of the N.T. are always pointing back to the O.T.  and it’s border of the puzzle that is before us. It is when we decide to look at the border and to look at the puzzle box to see what the next pieces are needed to see God’s whole picture for us.

What is pieced together in the middle of the puzzle, is being framed from the outside of the puzzle, it is this that  the old testament and the Jewish story and their God that is the storyline of the whole story.

It is when we have separated  the two testaments that the message is filtered down to look like another puzzle from the store.  Then there is the  second story that is being forced feed the pieces of the puzzle to fit where we want them to fit, not where they are supposed to fit.

The real  vision of God is for us to put all the pieces together into just one puzzle with the right pieces to see the real image that he has designed for us!

 

 

 

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Die

Ah ha moment!!!

Do you sometimes wonder why you didn’t put things together reading something all these years?

The story, the scriptures, the bible, the word, is a big vast wealth of knowledge of God and his eternal purpose.

It is almost like a connect the dots to God’s plan that we must ‘see’to understand it all. This is  actually what God said to all his followers and to the pharasee’s , that one must ‘hear’ what Jesus was saying to them to know his purpose.

One such hearing moment starts in Gen 3.2-5 when eve is being challenged by satan on what God actually said to adam and eve in the garden.

It was in verse 4 that satan reiterates that what God said was not actually true of what would happen to them if they did not follow God’s way. It was the emphasis on what the result would be……………..die!!

Now, we can start with a passage in Isaiah 25.7-9 to understand the story of death and it’s mission of God.(there are other references to go by, but this one is a sign from Isaiah that this was to come to his people)

7. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all people, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God, we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord;we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Notice the italicised parts of the passage, this is what the ‘death’ is all about, who it is for, what the solution is for, and who will solve it.

The new testament story line continues this line (from the prophets) of the thought from God, his bringing hope and salvation from death. How he starts this journey is by bring his son to fulfill the perfect example of himself, to overcome, and defeat this thing called ‘death’.

It is then that the life of Jesus,ministry, and message that was used as an example of ‘Life’ as it was meant to be like, God gave to his son,Jesus.

It is also the ‘end’ of his son’s life that was to be the ‘message’ for his creation, ‘his people’ to be shown that this ‘death’ thing can and will be beaten.

Resurrection that morning ,when it was beaten back to the grave where it was to stay was not the end, but the beginning.

It was the ‘new creation’, the eternal purpose of God.

His ‘people’, His ‘Life’.

 

 

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Backstory!

Do you ever come across something in your bible study that goes against your belief that you have now?

This is happening to me in a lot of studying that I have been doing in the last seven years. I am not on purpose looking for things that are obviously different, but I am looking at the foundation of the christian faith and how it started. It is different from what we see now in our ‘christian’  life.

I know that statement comes out of left field, for some, but you must stop and think and relook at the scriptures, and also the back story of christianity, to get the actual meaning of the scriptures. Back story is very,very important, do not take it lightly, no matter what somebody tells you. You see, only now when someone tells you a story today, and they tell you about something happened to them and what it made them do,say, or react can you totally understand how they would tell the story, you know the background of it all.

But if I was to tell you, a story, from the early 1800’s, you would need to know some background of the story to fully understand on why,where,how, when,and what was going on in my story, or else you would come to some different perspective of the story than I  wanted you to get.  So it is with the same argument that we must use to understand the story of the scriptures. I believe this with all of my heart that this is why we have come with some different messages throughout our reading of the word.

Reading of a back story in a time period and of a society, does not infringe on anything of the bible’s authoritative premise, but it enhances the story to let us be fully aware of what was going on and why. “……and you were there!” is an appropriate phrase to use if we were to put ourselves in the ‘biblical narrative’  in real-time. It would just blow our socks off, if we were to be tele-ported into the scenes of biblical times. I am also convinced that we would come away from the biblical story with a lot of different belief’s and understandings.

It is sometimes frowned upon in some christian circles to not look at or use any ‘outside material’ to further ourselves in biblical knowledge. But what is not understood with biblical studies is that we have taken everything for face value, or the black and white of it. This will just not do!! We need to just go back 200 yrs to see that things changed on the way we perceived things and the reformation parted ways with Catholicism. It is with Martin Luther and John Calvin, that led the way with a different belief system in the scriptures.

This is even more reason to  further ‘your’ study, not anyone’s, or anyone’s group but your’s to make it concrete in your belief. This method of searching the scriptures about the people,land,leaders,societies,gods,kingdoms,kings,rulers, and beliefs will ultimately make God’s story come alive!!

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‘Soundbites’ in the Bible

Everybody knows about the media’s sensationalism of using soundbites to just give a taste of an event that is supposed to  tell the overall idea of the story. It is a concise but truthful account of the actual events being reported.

But we all know that this ‘soundbite’ is sometimes misleading in what the full and complete story is. This in a ‘nutshell’ reporting of an event or story should not be what we should be using as our ‘source’ of truthful knowledge of anything.

This use of minimization of a story is a superficial  at best.

We need to see the whole story for what it is worth in any circumstance.

God’s story,the bible, is no exception.

The  story, is the ‘story’!

The bible, from beginning to end, is a complete and full edition of the story, no soundbites.

As with any story, there is the setup of story, the beginning, the story line,the middle, and the conclusion, the end.

God’s story is no different.  It is the back story, full of information,full of insight, then comes the middle story the working thru the back story to solve the issues of it. The conclusion of the story is the putting things back to the original status of the story.

God’s story is complete, therefore we need to see and know the full story of His kingdom.

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A Foundation

Do most christians have a foundation of knowledge or insight to the scriptures?

Is it necessary?

Do we have others do it for us?

Do we actually study not read the bible, we have been accustomed to just read the bible, which is almost a sin all by itself. We have been told to read the bible in one year, or two year plan’s like it is a race?

We have been taught to read the stories of the bible as children, to learn the lesson of the time. It is like a manual of life that can be used when we come across the same storyline for us to  use in our time of need.

This is what we have been taught, this is what we have done thru tradition or ritual, but is it the purpose of the scriptures?

I believe that it is so much more and so much more relevant to us if we see the bible as a story, a story of God and his kingdom.

For this to happen tho, we have to change the way we look at the bible, it is a story of God,his kingdom, and where they live.

It starts in Genesis 1. Enjoy the story!

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