I am not sure of your disposition to the Bible, but what you are about to read may just bring about the much needed light to understanding the Bible better.
God is, obviously, not the only person whose words or actions are documented in the Bible. We also have the words and actions of both the good and evil people as you may call them, in the Bible. In fact, the devil also has a space in the Bible. To make the Bible a balance book indeed, you have the good, bad and ugly words and actions of people.
The Bible is, however, called the Word of God, because God is the ‘Publisher/Author’ and ‘Editor-in-Chief’. He dictated and allowed all that were written therein and although He has the power to delete or modify certain words or occurrences, He left them all for our benefits. For example, He could have presented David to us as a strong man all through his life, but He allowed his weak points to be recorded as well that we may learn from both sides of his life.
However, this article is particularly presenting the Bible as a book containing words beyond what the 26 letters of the English Alphabet can truly express. I am of the opinion that God’s thoughts are deeper than what any alphabet of the different languages can bear and express. However, since human beings are limited to alphabets, He found a means of reducing His words using letters of the different languages of the world.
Yet, it will be a terrible error trying to read and understand the Bible as a mere English textbook. Without trying to cover up anything here, but since God is Spirit, so are His words; they cannot be understood with our physical mind. Need I add that we cannot understand spiritual alphabets; hence the need for Him to trim down His mind using our own earthly and limited alphabets.
Can any English Dictionary, for example, really interpret His mind? NEVER! I am, however, not saying that you cannot use the dictionary to ‘emphasis’ some scriptural words, but no earthly dictionary will precisely ever express the heart of God.
“These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor. 2:13-14)
As you read your Bible, be sure that God is obviously saying more than what the alphabets of your language are presenting to you. In fact, it is for the very reason of interpreting God’s mind to us outside our own alphabets that Jesus Christ prayed for the Holy Spirit to come as the Teacher.
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:25-26.
The Holy Spirit opens our mind to have a far reaching understanding of the Scripture than what meets the eye. Have you not read only a verse of the Bible and by the time you are putting what the verse seem to be saying to you on paper, behold you ended up writing pages from that seemingly simple and short verse?
That simple English word you came across in the verse has now been interpreted beyond its original English meaning. How did the expansion of that verse come about? It is the Holy Spirit who enlarges and expands the interpretation of a simple Bible verse. Sincerely, the word of God is a Spirit; it is beyond letters and truly, the Holy Spirit is our Teacher.
I have always told myself that to get the best out of my study of the Bible; I will do well not to approach it with my intellect. The truth is that the Bible is far deeper than what it seems to be on the surface. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe… John 6:63-64.
It is the Holy Spirit who knows the reason behind the usage of some difficult words you come across in the Bible. The truth is, as long as the author of the Bible is still very much alive, we should approach Him without being high-minded. Let us do away with pride and approach God by His Spirit for I am very sure that He is more than willing to explain His mind to us.
You cannot correctly discern His words without Him. Having the knowledge of Greek, Aramaic or Hebrew is good, but do not forget that the language of the Spirit is beyond these languages. Reading the Bible without the Holy Spirit is reading pure letters.
A study of the Bible with the Holy Spirit connects you to the mind of God. “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1 Cor. 2:11-12.
Did you get that? You can still miss things already freely provided for you if you put aside the Holy Spirit and try to work things out yourself. You will never understand God’s mind from that Scripture if your life is void of the Holy Spirit. This is the bitter truth!
Instead of twisting the word of God and arguing blindly, you can pray for the grace to tap from the abundance of the ever-flowing spring of the word of God and remember, it is the Holy Spirit that makes the difference!
Permit me, but I’ll like to say that the Bible, in terms of size this time around, is simply too small to capture all that God has for mankind. You simply cannot have all He has to say written in alphabets and in a single book. “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” Amen. John 21:25.
Lord, while I respect the choice of letters of the Bible, I want to experience the Spirit embedded in your word. I want beyond what my eyes can pick; beyond what my understanding can fetch me and beyond what my understanding of the English language will ever expose to me. Lord, kindly speak to me in the language of the Spirit and as I discern it correctly, I know my life will never remain the same.
Burning Bush Boy