How do you perceive your Bible–Just Another Great Piece of Literature or the Oracles of God–Episode 006

Let us continue our exploration of understanding what the Bible truly is. In our previous post we discussed the need for a teacher and the Holy Spirit if one is to gain a true understanding of the Bible. The Bible is unlike any other book known to man.

We will not confuse the issue of how you perceive the Bible with debates over whether or not the Bible is truly the Word of Yahoveh (God). We could expend multiple podcast episodes building a case in support of the Bible’s authenticity and genuine purpose. The pros (by a great factor) far outweigh the cons in support of the Bible’s authenticity and truth. The few identified negatives can be explained in terms of the ignorance of prevailing customs, differences in calendar renderings, scribal errors (both intentional and unintentional), etc.

The Word of God–From Where and By Whom

When we say the Word of Yahoveh (God), do we presume that Yahoveh in fact spoke to the various writers of the canon who in turn jotted down (like dictation) Yahoveh’s very words? In some occasions, we could conclude yes—such as the passages recorded throughout the Torah, where it is written that God spoke directly to Moses and the prophets. It would seem reasonable to conclude that in those passages Yahoveh instructed Moses (and various other authors) to write down His instructions and admonitions and the writers did just that in some form or fashion. In following this line of thought, would it be equally reasonable to conclude that the writers of these Words from Yahoveh went into some trance-like state and the Spirit of the Most High took over their bodies and firmly and directly guided their writings onto papyri and or parchment? Some christian denominations teach this or strongly suggest that the Father operated in such a manner in order to have His words recorded faithfully. But there is no evidence that Yahoveh’s Spirit has ever nor will ever overtake a human’s body in such a fashion such that he or she becomes some type of automaton.

However, the Apostle Peter wrote: “…for prophecy never came by the will of man but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:21).

What does it mean that “…holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”? 5342 φέρω phero {fer’-o}

Meaning:  1) to carry 1a) to carry some burden 1a1) to bear with one’s self 1b) to move by bearing; move or, to be conveyed or borne, with the suggestion of force or speed 1b1) of persons borne in a ship over the sea 1b2) of a gust of wind, to rush 1b3) of the mind, to be moved inwardly, prompted 1c) to bear up i.e. uphold (keep from falling) 1c1) of Christ, the preserver of the universe 2) to bear, i.e. endure, to endure the rigour of a thing, to bear patiently one’s conduct, or spare one (abstain from punishing or destroying) 3) to bring, bring to, bring forward 3a) to move to, apply 3b) to bring in by announcing, to announce 3c) to bear i.e. bring forth, produce; to bring forward in a speech 3d) to lead, conduct

Origin:  a primary verb (for which other and apparently not cognate ones are used in certain tenses only, namely, oio {oy’-o}; and enegko {en-eng’-ko); TDNT – 9:56,1252; vUsage:  AV – bring 34, bear 8, bring forth 5, come 3, reach 2, endure 2, carry 1, misc 9; 64

5746 Tense – Present (See 5774) Voice – Passive (See 5786) Mood – Participle (See 5796) Count – 360

Notes:  1 in old time: or, at any time

Writers Lead by the Spirit of the Most High

Thus, the writers of the Bible were burdened, if you will, to speak and write that which the Holy Spirit uttered and or revealed to them. We often speak of bearing or carrying a burden as being a bad thing in our modern parlance. However, it would seem from such a context that bearing a burden to speak and to write in relation to that which the Holy Spirit has revealed or uttered to one is not a negative thing at all. In fact I would summit to you that many of the writers of the books of our Bibles composed their works as a labor of love; some out of awe for what they were experiencing; others of course out of strict obedience to the Father.

This is the central provision by which we obtained the Bible…holy men moved of God to speak and to write that which was revealed or uttered to them by the Holy Spirit.

Let’s go even further: Holy Men spoke…it then stands to reason when we look at this passage that these men were selected vessel of the Most High. And being selected by the Most High to record and speak on His behalf, they were Holy or 40 ἅγιος hagios {hag’-ee-os}

Meaning:  1) most holy thing, a saint

Origin:  from hagos (an awful thing) [cf 53, 2282]; TDNT – 1:88,14; adj

Usage:  AV – holy 161, saints 61, Holy One 4, misc 3; 229

Notes:  1 in old time: or, at any time

Holy Men as the Writers of Scripture

These were flesh and blood men no different from us today. The separating factor becomes that these men were chosen vessels by which Yahoveh revealed His Word. (The vast majority of the writers of the Bible lost their lives because of their work. Thus being a Holy chosen vessel of the Most High seemingly came with a great price.)

The moniker “holy” as applied to these men was not simply a label applied to them by the Apostle Peter. Holiness is a criterion established solely by the Eternal. He is holy by nature and only Yahoveh can determine what is holy. (One of the first things that the Creator established as being holy was the Sabbath. Genesis records this: 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. (Gen 2:1-3 KJV) It was here in the midst of the recreation that the Holy One of the ages sanctified a thing–06942 קָדַשׁ qadash {kaw-dash’}

Meaning:  1) to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to be set apart, be consecrated 1a2) to be hallowed 1a3) consecrated, tabooed 1b) (Niphal) 1b1) to show oneself sacred or majestic 1b2) to be honoured, be treated as sacred 1b3) to be holy 1c) (Piel) 1c1) to set apart as sacred, consecrate, dedicate 1c2) to observe as holy, keep sacred 1c3) to honour as sacred, hallow 1c4) to consecrate 1d) (Pual) 1d1) to be consecrated 1d2) consecrated, dedicated 1e) (Hiphil) 1e1) to set apart, devote, consecrate 1e2) to regard or treat as sacred or hallow 1e3) to consecrate 1f) (Hithpael) 1f1) to keep oneself apart or separate 1f2) to cause Himself to be hallowed (of God) 1f3) to be observed as holy 1f4) to consecrate oneself

Origin:  a primitive root; TWOT – 1990; v

Usage:  AV – sanctify 108, hallow 25, dedicate 10, holy 7, prepare 7, consecrate 5, appointed 1, bid 1, purified 1, misc 7; 172

08762 Stem – Piel (See 08840) Mood – Imperfect (See 08811) Count – 2447

Notes:  1 created…: Heb. created to make)

The Holiness Criterion

Yahoveh wanted so desperately for the nation of Israel, after liberating them from the Egyptians, to be a holy nation–a holy people. In order for this to occur, Yahoveh established His Laws, Precepts and Ordinances through Moses over the people (reference: Exo. 19:6; 22:31). Today in our free society where being a Believer of Messiah has little to no consequence associated with it, we can’t fully appreciate the level of commitment these men held.

Who of us today is holy? Traditional churchianity teaches that we are by proxy holy because Yeshua our Savior died for our sins; because Yeshua is holy, we are holy simply by saying the sinners’ prayer. This teaching is part and parcel of the “sloppy agape, greasy grace gospel” (coined by Michael Rood) that is preached from the pulpits of virtually every christian church throughout the world. Nowhere in the Bible is there any indication that proxy makes one holy. Yeshua did His part by atoning for our sins and paying the price through the shedding of His blood on Calvary. From there it is up to us individually (which defies the traditionalists’ teaching that works are irrelevant to one’s standing with the Father).

Paul has been wrongly labeled as the purveyor of the “greasy grace gospel” by many a preacher, teacher and evangelist. On the contrary, Paul taught that every believer must BE holy:

Romans 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Rom 12:1 ESV)

Titus 1:8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. (Tit 1:8 ESV)

Peter demanded the same:1 Peter 1:16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (1Pe 1:16 ESV)

Holiness, unlike a specific or certain thing where the Father sanctifies it as holy such as the Sabbath, the Ark of the Covenant, the Temple, comes from making one’s self freely available–without any expressed impediments–for the Father to use such as Moses, Joshua, the great prophets of old, Yeshua, and the holy apostles.

Secondly, those of us who aspire to holiness must be obedient to the Laws and leading of the Father and the teachings of Yeshua Ha Meschiach (Jesus Christ).

It stands to reason that we can make ourselves available to be used of the Father all day, every day. However, unless we are obedient to the directives of the Father and the move of the Holy Spirit, all bets are indeed off.

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1Jo 5:3 ESV)

Revelation 12:17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea. (Rev 12:17 ESV)

Revelation 14:12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. (Rev 14:12 ESV)

 

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Composed as a Result of the Breath of the Almighty

So having established that holy men moved of Yehovah spoke and wrote,  coupled with this is an affirming passage from Paul’s pastoral letter to the Evangelist Timothy: 16 Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. 17 That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work. (2Ti 3:16,17 ASV)

The key portion to this verse is “every scripture is inspired of God;” the phrase “…inspired of God” being: 13550  θεόπνευστος, ον of the Scriptures as communication that has been ordained by God’s authority and produced by the enabling of his Spirit; strictly God-breathed; hence divinely inspired, inspired by God (2T 3.16)

What do we Mean by Scripture?

Contrary to traditionalists’ teachings, Paul is not asserting to the Evangelist Timothy that his letter(s) to him, nor any of his other pastoral and general epistles are scripture, for indeed contextually they ARE NOT. Contrary to common christian perception, Scripture in this context is solely limited to the books that comprise the Torah, the Prophets, and the writings of the Tanakh or the Old Covenant or Old Testament. This may seem blasphemous to many since the universal teaching in most christian denominations is that the writings of the Renewed (New) Covenant or New Testament are scripture. Nevertheless, at the time of Paul’s writing to the evangelist, the only sacred writings in existence were in fact the books of the Tanakh or the Hebrew Bible. At this time, the letters of Paul to individuals and to the established churches in the region, as well as Peter’s, Jude’s and John’s writings were letters circulating throughout Palestine, composed and addressed to certain individuals and churches to address specific issues of the day. The four Gospels had not been fully codified nor canonized at that time.

As it pertains to Paul’s understanding of scripture, he was referring solely to the Old Testament writings. The term scripture in the strictest sense thus refers to the books of the Old Testament. It was not until the early stages of the canonization process that early christian scholars and historians crowned the new testaments writings as scripture. Yeshua himself throughout His ministry constantly referenced scripture specifically as the writings that comprise the Old Testament.

Now I am not opposed to referring to the whole of the Bible as scripture, but if we are being true to the context of the writings of the apostles in their mention of scripture, we must realize that scripture is referring specifically to the Old Testament canon of writings. There is no doubt in my mind that the writers of the Renewed Covenant or New Testament canon of books were inspired to write as were those writers of the Old Covenant or Old Testament.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the whole “what did Paul mean by scripture debate” is that most christian denominations go out of their way to nullify and teach the irrelevancy of the Old Testament in today’s 21st century world because Yeshua (Jesus) did away with the Law through his sacrificial death on the cross. Truly, it makes sense that if one believes that Yeshua did away with the Law, then the Old Testament’s is irrelevant beyond the time of Yeshua’s resurrection and thus Christianity has no connection with its Hebraic roots.

The true Believer in Yeshua (Jesus) knows that this contention is utterly ridiculous. Yeshua said in response to such blasphemous teaching and belief: Matthew 5:18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Mat 5:18 ESV)

Many argue that the benchmark of “…until all is accomplished” was met at the time of the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of the Messiah. What these misguided teachers fail to consider and teach is the full meaning of this verse: “…until heaven and earth pass away…” To my knowledge, heaven and earth remains intact. Furthermore, the capstone to the verse: “…until all is accomplished” in context refers to the fullness of time and the completion of the work of redemption: that my friends will not occur until the conclusion of the Millennial reign of Yeshua Ha Meschiach (Jesus Christ) upon this earth. At that time the Great White Throne judgment will take place; the incorrigible of mankind throughout history will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire–being flesh and blood and NOT spirit beings they will not suffer for eternity as churchianity erroneously teaches. Merciful Yahoveh will not condemn any human being to such horror (purely a contrived Catholic teaching). Instead, these individuals will cease to exist, never to be heard from again. Conversely, Ha Satan (Satan) and his cadre of demons, who being spirit beings, will suffer torment and agony throughout eternity. Then death and hades will be destroyed along with the original heaven and earth. A new heaven and a new earth will emerge from on high, signaling the end of the Law, as we know it from Scripture. Instead, the Law of the Almighty will become embedded in the very DNA of every translated Saint, no longer having to be written on stone, papyri, parchment, paper, or computer screens. From there the greatness of the human potential as planned by the Eternal is unfathomable. Some thinkers believe that these translated Saints, being the splitting image and having similar powers to Yeshua (Jesus), will spend eternity at work in the limitless universe originally created by the Father. I tend to believe that in the vastness of the universe, though created for the glory of the Father, offers translated Saints unbelievable opportunities to create, imagine, grow, etc.

This sounds like a much better plan than the traditionalists’ contrived plan whereby translated Saints will dwell in heaven gazing into the face of Jesus for all eternity. (I can’t believe that I once bought into that silliness.) How boring would that be? How much of a waste of human potential would that be? Yehovah made us in His image. What came with that was the ability to create, to imagine, to love, to venture, to socialize, to share, build, etc.

The Holiness Factor is Key

So then, back to the topic at hand: what makes the Bible holy? For that matter is it in fact a holy thing, sanctified and set apart by Yehovah?

I see three elements to this question:

  • Yehovah (God) reveals Himself and His Laws and plans for His creation to mankind. He is Holy and the only Being Who can determine what and who is Holy
  • Holy men, filled with the Holy Spirit and chosen of Yahoveh to be His vessel to fulfill His perfect will upon the Earth
  • The writings themselves, compiled and safeguarded by dedicated men and women who often risked their lives for the work of the Faith

The Scriptures and the Apostolic Letters clearly stipulate that Yahoveh and His chosen authors are indeed holy. What remains then is the determination as to whether these writings are holy and sanctified by the Most High. The best way to determine this is by letting the Bible define itself to us.

What does the Bible Say about itself?

Operating from the truest definition that the term Scriptures or Sacred Writings pertains solely to the Old Testament or the Tanakh, while not diminishing the significance of the Renewed Testament writings, we find many instances where Yeshua references and teaches from the Old Testament writings. In fact, there is a multitude of passages in the Renewed Testament Gospels alone that document Yeshua’s references of the Old Testament writings:

ESV Matthew 2:5  They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

ESV Matthew 4:4  But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

ESV Matthew 4:6  and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'”

ESV Matthew 4:7  Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'”

ESV Matthew 4:10  Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'”

ESV Matthew 11:10  This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’

ESV Matthew 21:13  He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

ESV Matthew 26:24  The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

ESV Matthew 26:31  Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

ESV Mark 1:2  As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way,

ESV Mark 7:6  And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;

ESV Mark 9:12  And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?

ESV Mark 9:13  But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”

ESV Mark 11:17  And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”

ESV Mark 14:21  For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

ESV Mark 14:27  And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’

ESV Luke 2:23  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”)

ESV Luke 3:4  As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

ESV Luke 4:4  And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.'”

ESV Luke 4:8  And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'”

ESV Luke 4:10  for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’

ESV Luke 4:17  And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

ESV Luke 7:27  This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’

ESV Luke 10:20  Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

ESV Luke 10:26  He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”

ESV Luke 18:31  And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.

ESV Luke 19:46  saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”

ESV Luke 20:17  But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?

ESV Luke 21:22  for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written.

ESV Luke 22:37  For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”

ESV Luke 24:44  Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

ESV Luke 24:46  and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,

ESV John 2:17  His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

ESV John 6:31  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”

ESV John 6:45  It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me–

ESV John 8:17  In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true.

ESV John 10:34  Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?

ESV John 12:14  And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

ESV John 12:16  His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.

ESV John 15:25  But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’

ESV John 19:20  Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek.

ESV John 19:22  Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

ESV John 20:30  Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;

ESV John 20:31  but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

ESV John 21:24  This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.

ESV John 21:25  Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

ESV Matthew 21:42  Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

ESV Matthew 22:29  But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.

ESV Matthew 26:54  But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”

ESV Matthew 26:56  But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.

ESV Mark 12:24  Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?

ESV Mark 14:49  Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.”

ESV Luke 24:27  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

ESV Luke 24:32  They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

ESV Luke 24:45  Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

ESV John 5:39  You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

Yeshua (Jesus), Yahoveh’s (God’s) chosen One–the Prophet whom Yahoveh told Moses all men must follow)–based the whole of His earthly ministry upon the Scriptures. Thus, it is understood that the Old Testament writings bore tremendous importance to the work of the Messiah here on this earth.

What does this say about the Scriptures–setting aside for the moment the Renewed Covenant writings? Truly traditional churchianity repeatedly misses the amazing truth that is found written throughout the whole of the Bible.

The Purpose of the Bible

Yeshua’s purpose–His Gospel–His Work– never purposed to usher in a New Religion; absolutely not! Yeshua’s entire ministry was based upon the Old Testament writings. He never once betrayed these writings. He never once dismissed these writings. He never once abolished these writings: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (Mat 5:17 ESV) For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Mat 5:18 ESV)

Sunday after Sunday, fundamentalist and traditionalist preachers and teachers tell their congregants that the Laws of Yahoveh have been done away with–that is nailed to the cross of Jesus. The tragedy is that millions of believers have bought fully into this lie from that comes from the very pit of Hell.

What did our Redeemer say about those who would teach against the Law and the other Old Testament writings:

Therefore, whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:19 ESV)

I fear for the countless teachers and preachers who have taught a “greasy grace doctrine” to their congregants and parishioners and thus led many an unknowing believer astray and down the road towards destruction. Granted the “greasy grace doctrine” has been generationally taught throughout centuries, but we are individually responsible for our own understanding of the Bible. Paul wrote to the Church in Phillippi:

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, (Phi 2:12 ESV)

The sad part to this whole situation is that Paul is falsely charged with being the father of the grace movement and the teaching that the Law was nailed to the cross (the reality of the matter is that the penalty for sin being death was nailed to the cross–not the Law itself). In reality, Paul based his entire ministry and evangelical work on teachings from the Hebrew Scriptures:

And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures… (Act 17:2 ESV)

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures… (1Co 15:3 ESV)

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. (Act 17:10 ESV) Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Act 17:11 ESV)

Despite the prevailing belief that Paul despised the Scriptures and the Jews, he brilliantly extols the primacy of the Scriptures and the Hebrew Faith:

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 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. (Rom 3:1-2 ESV)

17417  λόγιον, ου, τό plural in the NT oracles, sayings, message, originating from God and received as direct revelation; used of laws (AC 7.38), promises (RO 3.2), inspired utterances (1P 4.11), salvation history (HE 5.12)

Do you grasp this at all fellow Saints in Training? The entirety of our Faith is based upon the Torah and the Prophets and the Writings. These are the “Oracles of Yahoveh.” Yahoveh spoke to holy men of old and they in turn wrote according to what they were directed and led by the Spirit of the Most High to write. Granted, many a scribe has unintentionally, and in some cases intentionally altered the autographs and manuscripts of the Old Testament canon. Nevertheless, in the end, Yahoveh’s Word–His Holy Words that have the power to create this earth and the universe–will forever stand and the Truths therein are still accessible to any who wishes to learn.

Most important, the whole of the Old Testament pointed to the Living Word–Yeshua–our Redeemer. He is the embodiment of the written Word of the Most High. The Old Testament writings provided men throughout the ages with a shadow picture of good things to come through the Life and Sacrifice of Yeshua Ha Meschiach (Jesus the Christ).

Conclusion

Yes…Yes…the Bible is indeed holy! We can and must include the writings of the Renewed Covenant as well, for these writings spoke of the Living Word, sent to this earth to proclaim the coming Kingdom of Yahoveh and to atone for every man’s sins through the shedding of His blood. Paul, the Great Apostle to the Gentiles clearly proclaimed the holiness of the Scriptures to the Roman Church:

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, (Rom 1:1-2 ESV)

The Holy Scriptures are as infinite as the universe in its truths and lessons for it reveals the Father to man. One may live beyond 100-years of age and never scratch the surface of its limitless truths.

Secondly, it is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness that we may be perfect and furnished unto all good works. Thus, the Holy Bible reveals the Father’s rules and precepts by which we are to live and conduct our affairs on this planet.

Lastly, the Holy Bible reveals the Father’s plan for mankind through the life and redemptive Work of the Savior and provides us a glimpse of the glorious future the Eternal has planned for His Chosen ones.

Thus the Oracle that we call the Bible is:

  • The Book of Books (Revelations 22:19)
  • Book of the Law (Nehemiah 8:3; Galations 3:10)
  • The Word or in the Ancient Greek Logicon (James 1:21-23 and I Peter 2:2)
  • The Word of God (Luke 11:28; Hebrews 4:12)
  • Word of Truth (II Timothy 2: 15; James 1:18)
  • Likened unto a seed (Matthew 13:3-8, 18-23,38; Mark 4:3-20, 26-32; Luke 8:5-15) and a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12)
  • To be read aloud in public (Deuteronomy 31:11-13; Joshua 8:33-35; II Kings 23:2; II Chronicles 17:7-9; Nehemiah 8:1-8, 13,18; Jeremiah 36:6; Acts 13:15,27; Colossians 4:16; I Thessalonians 5:27)
  • To be expounded upon (Nehemiah 8:8)
  • To be searched daily (Acts 17:11; John 5:39)
  • To be written on our door posts (Deuteronomy 6:9; 11:20
  • Its contents not to be added to or altered (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Revelations 22:18,19)
  • A testimony of Yeshua (Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:27; John 19:24, 5:39; Acts 10:43, 18:28; I Corinthians 15:3)
  • Taught by the Holy Apostles (Acts 8:32,25; 13:27; 17:2; 18:24; 28:23)
  • The standard by which all will be judged (John 12:48; Romans 2:16)

As Yeshua was being tempted in the desert and after being offered food by Ha Satan during his prolonged fast, Yeshua extols what I believe to be the central focus of Scripture as it relates to man: “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Mat 4:4 ESV) Here Yeshua quoted Deuteronomy 6:17. Clearly we need food to sustain our mortal life…equally as important is the Word of the Most High–the Bible–for sustaining of our physical and spiritual lives.

Embark in a rigorous routine of Bible study today. Find a Messianic teacher and or ministry dedicated to returning the Faith back to its Hebraic roots. Become equipped and grounded in the Word of the Almighty.

Study to show yourself approved of Yahoveh.

 

 

 

 

 

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