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How the Bible says to read Scripture?

Q2: Scripture Secrets : Reading Scripture?

Where in Scripture does Scripture say how to read Scripture?

The answer begins in chapter 28 of Isaiah:

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! (KJV)

The Priests of Ephraim are like a fading flower, overcome with wine like drunkards.

Re 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Drinking wine refers to both physical dysfunction and spiritual dysfunction. The priests have become drunkards filled with depravity. The word "Babylon" means in Hebrew "mixing". There is a mixing of function and dysfunction, of good and evil, of false religion and true religion. Everything is in a state of mixing and therefore confusion.

Isa 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. 8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

Notice how the Priests and their religion is described by the Lord Adonay Jesus from verse 2, they err in vision and judgement. The religion is described as vomit, filthiness and nothing is clean.

Strong drink is made by mixing yeast with young wine or grape juice until a new chemical known as alcohol is forced from an unnatural fermentation process where oxygen is lacking. Oxygen is a simile of the Holy Spirit, and associated with living, life and quickening powers in many reactions involving oxidation.

Poetry figures are used all the time in Scripture to bring different levels of meaning into Scripture, showing us that poetry pictures points people to presentations of GOD, who is beyond understanding.

Ex 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

The Hopping over Feast, translated into Greek as Passover Over Feast, is essentially about becoming more pure, with less mixing of things in your life. The most common theme of mixing is mixing of "self as master" and "God as master".

1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.(KJV)

This verse uses the "hopping" word as a verb, and the word "Baal" means master. So the problem with the Israel here is they were mixing self and GOD as Master of their lives.

Re 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.(KJV)

Here is the same problem expressed in New Testament themes. Spiritual "Israel" like "old Israel", is mixing "self" and "God", making a "luke warm religion" that seems rich, but means nothing to God.

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Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. (KJV)

So by verse 9, the question is asked: How do we learn knowledge? Whom shall teach us?

Beginners Babe on Breasts.

It's OK to read Scripture as milk if you're a beginner.

Here we see the first poetry picture simile. When a baby begins as a babe, only milk is used, but as the baby matures stronger foods are used, as nourishment or support.

  • Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

    So when we first come to the Bible and Salvation from Jesus, we come as babes, bathed on breast milk.

    The next Scripture verse is difficult to follow:

    Isa 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: (KJV)

    However, this is the only place where Scripture tells us how to read Scripture. It seems compact, complex and difficult to understand. That's poetry pictures for you.

    Jewish scholars say this verse is a gibberish response from drunkards... but verse 9 asks a question: "Whom shall he teach knowledge? " And creates a poetry picture of babes beginning on milk from the breasts, so verse 10 is the answer how babes are to read Scripture. So please, dear reader, do not let mockers mock you with their mixing.

    The Hebrew is difficult to understand:-

    Isa 28:10 For precept(tsav) "command" must be upon precept(tsav) "command", precept(tsav) "command" upon precept(tsav) "command"; line (qav) "cord" upon line (qav) "cord", line (qav) "cord" upon line (qav) "cord"; here a little(ze`eyr) "small" , and there a little(ze`eyr) "small": (showing Hebrew with "Jeff Benner's" meanings).

    Here is the verse showing the Hebrew words, only three are used in total. Any other words not highlighted are added by translators to help readers read, so we can add words as we feel like adding, but there is this warning:

    De 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. 3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.

    Humans add to Scripture Hebrew all the time, they sort of have to; to make Hebrew readable in another tongue, and so use their "Baal master powers of self" as Scripture says here.

    Pr 30:5 Every word (imrah) "word-personified" of God (eloah) "the Father" is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

    And here, Scripture says the words-personified by Jesus, via the heavenly Father is pure. Do not add "baal master powers of self", inventing other words to Jesus words, or other themes to the heavenly Father's themes.

    So here is the pictographs from each Hebrew word, all three of them:-

    Strong's 6673, tsav, means according to the Ancient Hebrew pictographs: "travelling secure"

    Strong's 6957, qav, means according to the Ancient Hebrew pictographs: "unknown secure" or "things over the horizon are secure"

    Strong's 2191, ze`eyr, means according to the Ancient Hebrew pictographs: "travelling eye with active head"

    Put these things together we get:-

    Isa 28:10

  • To make "travelling secure" with "travelling secure";
  • obey "commands" with "commands";
  • To make "unknown secure" with "unknown secure";
  • Use "cords" upon "cords";
  • Let the "travelling eye with active head" drink a little, let the "travelling eye with active head" read a little.

    Not much help so far, so let's look up what each "word" in this "poetry picture" might mean:-

    Ho 5:11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment. (KJV)

    The word meaning "travelling secure", is used only in one other place. So getting a strong understanding of this word is near impossible so far.

    So we use child related words to this word, because words with similar spellings have similar meanings, according to Ancient Hebrew.

    Strong's 6680, tsavah, means according to the Ancient Hebrew pictographs: "travelling secure. Behold the Person!"

    Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

    So when we are travelling over GOD's land, if we want to travel securely, we will listen and obey the "commands". This is the meaning of the word "travelling secure". There are 475 other contexts using this word, but the first use here in Genesis, tells us clearly what the "travelling secure" means.

    Now the second Hebrew word:

    1Ki 7:23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.

    Jeff Benner seems correct so far, the "line" here was a "cord" used to measure things.

    Ps 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Ps 19:6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it:

    Here is a poetry picture using the "cord" idea as a "cord for the earth", and suggests the sun and earth have "cord like circuits" relative to each other. This means they move about in circles or something like circles.

    In this context we also have "words" (millah) which means "words used in sentences" also can be measured by cords. Thus the "cord idea" says we can measure words in sentences, whatever we mean by this term.

    Finally the third Hebrew word:

    Job 36:1 Elihu also proceeded, and said,

    2 Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak (millah) on God's (eloah) "the Father's behalf.

    3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker (paal).

    4 For truly my words (millah) shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee.

    5 Behold, God (el) "Strong Authority" is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom (KJV)

    In this one and only passage, is the only other place where this third Hebrew word is used. The context of the passage suggests one speaks nothing correctly when GOD is infinitely greater in knowledge, and our speaking cannot do His wisdom justice. So we babble as babies, here a little, there a little.

    This is a common problem with any communication, we can never say it all correctly when speaking to someone. Thus we always need the Holy Spirit, and in our minds ask, GOD what do I say to them now?

    We do this because our "baby babbling Baal bellows" all too often, we let "self seek selfishly" instead, we must be in "humility homing and hearing" our brothers need.

    So let's put this together, and show readers how Scripture says to read Scripture:

    Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone (eben) , a tried stone (eben) , a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth (aman) "supports" shall not make haste. (KJV)

    Here the passage says to begin with a foundation stone, the "eben", the precious corner stone the builders rejected, and we have to "aman" or "support" this "precious stone" in order to read Scripture correctly.

    Notice the explanation to those three difficult Hebrew words in verse 10, begins with Jesus, as the corner stone for our reading of His teachings.

    Why is Jesus written here as "eben" a stone, and not "cela" a rock? Because the stones are added to other stones in the building of a living temple.

    1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones (eben) "stones", are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth (aman) "supports" on him shall not be confounded.

    Notice Peter uses this same Scripture, and is supporting the latter teachings, by supporting the former teachings. This is how true followers of Jesus have to be. Supporting Jesus' support. So we are lively stones added to the foundation stone of Jesus, and together as a wall of stones we become a living building, wholly for the Holy Spirit to dwell in with GOD's glory.

    This is why "eben" is used rather than "cela". The "cela" rock is a simile of Jesus, but sometimes used by man as a simile of pride.

    For more see a study of "cela rock".

    So far from our studies of how Scriptures says to read Scripture, we have Jesus as the corner stone, and all other "commands" or "travelling secure" is aligned back to Jesus.

    That makes sense? How do I know this?

    "travelling secure" "travelling secure. Behold Jesus!"

    The root meaning "travelling secure" begins in verse 10, and the "child root meaning" tell us that the Person we follow in our travels is Jesus.

    So every command we follow must be a command from Jesus.

    So verse 10 says so far, reads:

    Isa 28:10

  • To be "travelling secure" follow "Jesus' travelling secure";
  • His "commands" with His "commands";

    Is there a latter rain teaching of this theme?

    1John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 7 Bre thren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

    John is a true follower of Jesus, because He supports the latter teachings with the former teachings. We "travel securely" if we follow "Jesus' commands".

    Now let's do the second Hebrew word, from verse 10:

    Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet:...(KJV)

    Some words are translated not in correct Hebrew pictures: (This is not a concern to a "babe" for we begin on milk, so the milky translation of the King James is a good beginning. For the mature, Scripture says to read Scripture in the orginal tongue if we want more refreshing, not the new tongue.)

    Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the cord a straight plumb-bob:...(Ancient Hebrew)

    What am I judging using the straightness of the cord from a plumb-bob? The words of scripture I read.

    Notice how a stone mason would lay stones. He uses a cord to make things straight.

    The other poetry pictures presented in verse 17 to 22, the Author cannot fathom. That's poetry pictures for you. Always room for more picture angles, for more understanding, for God's wisdom is greater than all of us.

    Now being a farmer, I understand the poetry picture next, and it's picture with "cords of straight lines".

    Isa 28:23 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech (imrah) "words-personified". 24 Doth the plowman (charash) plow (charash) all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?

    Farmers plough in straight lines, as simile of cords, they measure the ploughing across the field, lining up one furrow after another.

    Jesus challenges us to listen and hear his voice in these poetry pictures. Notice the Hebrew word "imrah" meaning "word-personified" gives us a clue to why and how we read Scripture.

    Poetry is fascinating stuff, complex compact pictures of themes made as succinct as possible. The Hebrew word "millah" means the "words in a speech", or the "words in a writing". This is a simile of the "stones" which can be seen as "words" in a wall or sentence. The process of ploughing is to plough up the sentence, looking for the individual words, especially the "word-personified", which refers to "prayer promises of power" from Jesus.

    Sadly the Greek LXX translates "imrah" as "logus" and completely removes a major clue of the presence of Jesus in His latter rain teachings. But if we line up the former rains with the latter rains, we can confidently piece together what the Greek word "logus" was originally in Hebrew.

    Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word (imrah) "word-personified", and the the Word (imrah) "word-personified" was with God (elohiym) "Family Power", and the the Word (imrah) "word-personified" was God (elohiym) "Family Power". 2 The same was in the beginning with God (elohiym) "Family Power". 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    Here the original Hebrew theme is restored lining up the NT with the OT, using the same Hebrew words.

    So we read Scripture primarily to find the "prayer promises of power" of Jesus, as a "SEED" or the "WORD" that we use to support Jesus, as He supports us.

    Where does the latter rain teaching support this idea?

    Mt 13:3 And he spake ma ny things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

    We miss so much from the translations:

    Mt 13:3 And Jesus spake many things unto them in poetry-pictures, saying, Behold, Jesus went forth to Jesus;

    The Hebrew word used here, is both the verb and noun form of the same word, with the same spellings.

    Now all these sentences are similes of Jesus, a Greek word for YHWH, the one who exists.

  • He went to LOVE, sowing His LOVE.
  • The PLOUGH went to PLOUGH all day to sow. ( Isa 28:24 )
  • The SAVIOUR went to SAVE..
  • The WORD went to WORD in us Love.
  • His SEED becomes SEEDLINGS in us.

    Why use verb forms of the same word? Because in Hebrew the action is incomplete. The noun form shows a completed action. The word "Jesus" is a verb, showing His actions of "Saving you" is not completed yet. The only completed word describing Jesus as a noun, fully complete as a Saviour, is the Hebrew word "salvation".

    Another poetry picture is the removal of pride by ploughing deeply into the Words-Personified. In other words, Jesus will weather your pride to soil, making you useful to Him further. This happens when you read His words.

    Jer 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock (cela) in pieces?

    Notice the "cela rock" is used in this case, is "you opposing Christ". Pride is a simile of anti-Christ, you oppose Jesus, rather than be weathered by Jesus. You can only become useful to Jesus when you become an ordinary stone (eben) founded upon the "cela rock of Jesus" and made straight by cords into a complete living temple for GOD to dwell in.

    Another poetry picture is the use of the "cord" to make "Straight" the "words" we read.

    When you compare "line" upon "line" these lines are "lines of Hebrew" and we are told to "line up" every verse in the Holy Writings with other verses that speak of the same Hebrew word.

    This is a more a technical aspect to reading Scripture, but important to learn if we wish to understand Hebrew meaning of words.

    For more see how the Author does this using electronic Bible software.

    Finally the last Hebrew word, meaning "small", a "little here, a little there".

    Isa 28:25 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?

    The fitches refers to an unknown seed sown over the ground.

    Strong's 7100, qetsach, means according to the Ancient Hebrew pictographs: "The unknown travels outside"

    Where have we seen this theme before?

    "Unknown secure"

    "Unknown seed"

    Remember the "cords" are "unknown secures", and here Jesus says the ploughman ploughs all day to sow, and scatters the "unknown travelling outside". So if we wish to get the "unknown powers of Jesus outside of us" into our heart, sown into the soil of our mind, we have to read Scripture correctly.

    When you sow the seeds of Jesus upon the ground, you sow a little here, a little there. Why do we do this? To allow room for Jesus to grow in us.

    Another poetry picture from this idea, is the seed is a small thing, that becomes the biggest power in you.

    Where does Jesus speak of this in the latter rain teachings?

    Lu 13:19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the br anches of it.

    Big things grow from little things. Or another way of saying this:

    "The little things make the big things big".

    Now that was a long study of verse 10, how Scripture says to read Scripture, and really we haven't scratched the surface of all the poetry pictures presented there.

    For a child like understanding of how Scriptures says to read Scripture, please see an earlier less detailed study.

    Next we look at more things presented in Isaiah about how Scripture says to study Scripture.

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