Whoever said Scripture was a no-brainer, probably didn't have one. In the Old Testament they were the Children, the clay, the sheep, the circumcized, etc.... In the New Testament we're the baptized, the branches, the temples, the vessels, the salt, the sons, etc...
PRECIOUS BREAD! The closing chapters of the Book of Genesis reveals how desperate the people were for bread, once the famine began. "And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do." Gen41:55. Genesis 47:13 reads "There was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore.." Joseph had interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh and told him about the seven years of good harvest to be followed by seven years of famine, and so Joseph had been raised up out of the prison and put in charge of the bread/corn storehouse. More than that, he was made second only to the Pharaoh in authority.
THE PRECIOUS CORNBREAD. Please note carefully that the
scripture never says cornbread explicitly, but it does say "Joseph
gathered corn as the sand of
the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without
number." Gen41:49. We may gather from this that Joseph
changed the corn into bread about 2,000 years before Jesus came
along to change the water to wine! (That's when his mother said
to the servants "Whatsoever he saith unto you,
do it." Jn2:5. The correlation
between John 2:5 and Gen41:55 is very remarkable, to say the
least.) Compare the two in your own Bible!
The scripture says "corn", so I say "corn", despite the historical claim that it actually
was maize or some other kind of grain, and that it wasn't the same as our present day "corn on the cob". It's fascinating to me
how the Pharaoh dreamed about the ears of corn eating the ears of corn, and my mind is protesting that corn doesn't have a mouth to
eat with -- corn only has ears! Psalm 78:24 says how God had "rained
down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of
heaven". And don't forget the account of how Jacob's sons took their CORN MONEY with them. Gen44:2.
"The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men". 1Cor1:25.
One of the more preposterous passages of scripture is found in Judges 12:6 -- because they couldn't prounounce shibboleth correctly (it means ears of corn), forty-two thousand men died! Their speech betrayed their true allegiance and caused their death. Now Proverbs 18:21 says "Death and Life are in the power of the tongue"! Take a moment to think about it...
Jesus said: "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone; but if it die, it brings forth much fruit." Jn12:24 KJV
It's pretty clear that He was that kernel who was "planted" (in the womb and in the tomb) so that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness could know there is a God in heaven, and that this life is a small test for the eternity to come.
After the Children of Israel had spent four hundred years in Egypt, Moses came along to lead them out into the wilderness where they ate Manna, and began the annual celebration of eating unleavened bread for a week. I call it the Wonder Bread Period because "manna" in Hebrew asks the question "What is it?" It certainly wasn't the cornbread they'd been used to, and some didn't like it, saying "Our soul loathes this light bread". Numb21:5. Many must have wondered, just as they wonder today, two thousand years later, about the truth of Jesus, the Living Bread, as well as the Light of the world.
The manna would come down like dew every night, and the people would gather their day's ration every morning. Any time they tried to save up or hoard extra manna, it would go to stinking and growing worms. It was "daily bread", except for the LORD's Day when none fell. So on the sixth day they could gather a double portion, and it didn't turn wormy.
This was interesting stuff, and God could, so God did, for our
learning. Rom15:4. They could bake or boil the manna, and it was
said to taste like wafers made with honey, but whatever was left
on the ground after they had gathered their daily ration, just
melted away like ice-cubes! So the Children ate manna for forty
years in the wilderness, but it ceased once they crossed over
Jordan into the Promised Land of milk & honey, under the
leadership of Joshua. Nobody told them that the manna was a
pre-figure of Jesus, the true-bread to come, because the name of
Jesus was a secret (hidden) in the Old Testament. ("Wonderful"
translates as "secret" in Hebrew: Judg13:18/Isa9:6).
Remove the Yeast! Exodus 12:15 introduces this symbolic ritual of eating flat bread, or bread without leaven, for seven days immediately following Passover. Not only were they required to eat unleavened bread for seven days, they even had to remove it from their homes during that period. I'm told that many today make a game of it, hiding small amounts of leaven around the house for the kids to find and dispose of.
Once we realize that we are a kind of bread,
it doesn't take much stretching of our imagination to understand
that the leaven represents our attitude -- Jesus said "beware of the
leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees",
Mt16:6. So, in the Old Testament, leaven represents sin and
hypocrisy. Paul wrote about the unleavened bread
of sincerity and truth, in 1Cor5:8. But now in the New Testament
era, a new kind of leaven is called for. The OLD
is superceded by the NEW.
THE TRUE BREAD. It wasn't revealed in any of the first three gospels (the synoptic gospels), but John chapter six gives the Bible student a completely new twist concerning the bread. Jesus himself said: "I am the bread of life". John6. What a fantastic statement!
Here comes the New Covenant! I see the changeover taking place on the Cross, when Jesus cried "It is finished". The Old Covenant era was finished, and the New Covenant era began. The Cornbread period of Genesis had been succeeded by the Wonder Bread period of the Old Covenant, and now it, in turn, was past history. What kind of bread would we be in the New Covenant?
Sourdough?. . . Whole wheat? . . . Thin sliced?
Paul wrote "Behold, I show you a mystery", 1Cor15:51, and went on to say that "the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." He added to this, in 1Thes4:17, by saying "then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
We're going to rise and meet the Lord in the
Luke's gospel, 22:31, records where Jesus told Peter that
Satan desired to "sift him as wheat". Dry flour might
be blown around by "every wind of doctrine", Eph4:14,
but once you pour on the Holy Spirit you become a new lump. "Know
ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out
therefore the old leaven, that
ye may be a new lump.." 1Cor5:7.
In other words, get rid of the sin and hypocrisy and be baptized
in the Holy Spirit, and then begin eating the true bread of life.
The Bread for the Head that we eat with our ears!
It comes down to this -- the bread won't rise unless it is leavened, with the hidden spiritual leaven: the new leaven of "Christ within us, the hope of glory", Col 1:27. If you expect to rise and meet the Lord in the air, you'd better contain this new leaven. Otherwise, forget it. A spiritual law comes into play here -- maybe you're also allowed to have Buddha or the Dali Lama within, but don't count on "rising" with that kind of leaven. Remember, "there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved", Acts 4:12. That's why the name of Jesus is such a wonderful name: Phil 2:9.
I haven't wanted to muddy the water with "Shewbread", the Bread of Affliction or Sorrows, or the "Continual Bread", Numb4:7, but they all play a part in understanding this topic. I don't expect it to impact the intellect of the Moslem or Mormon, but for those who call themselves Christian (including those in Northern Ireland) it should give them pause to consider and rethink their position. Are they really following Christ, the great shepherd, or is it just some noisy bellwether or denominational pied piper?
Well then, maybe you ought to check it out in your own Bible! "And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter". Rev10:10, cp Ezek3:3
A spiritual law is in effect here, and they needn't think they're fooling God by mingling with the crowd. It didn't help Adam to try and put the blame on Eve, and it won't do them any good to protest that "everyone else does it", or "Nobody told me". I'm telling you now. Only one family made it to safety on Noah's Ark, and you can bet your bottom dollar that only the Family of God will be rising to meet the Lord in the air.
Defying Gravity! In Genesis we're told that instead of rain, a mist went up from the ground and watered the garden, but we aren't told for how long that situation existed. Maybe until Noah's time, and even while he was building the Ark. "You fool", they would have jeered at him, "water is heavy -- it doesn't come from the sky". But Noah had the last laugh, if you'll excuse my crudeness.
Today, people scoff at the notion of meeting the Lord in the
air. Just because it hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't,
because God can, and He said He would, and now we seem to have
concluded the "Sixth Day" of Biblical history. We're in
the right season for sure. Amen.
Joseph said interpretations had to come from GOD
He squeezed the juice into the Pharaoh's Cup, doing it as unto the Lord
The bread in the upper basket had come from his very own head,
Jesus gives us eternal life.. "Receive ye the Holy Spirit", he said
The Fool has said in his heart, "There is no
"Behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly" 1Sam26:21
The bigger fool, I'm thinking, is the one who says it right out loud! Otherwise intelligent or knowledgeable persons make calamitous mistakes when it comes to the subject of religion -- they seem to think that every religion is simply a matter of choice, that you can "TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT", and that any religion which proclaims itself to be the only Truth is bigoted and egotistical.
It's a dangerous attitude and worse because it leads others into the same kind of thinking without checking out the facts. What facts?
For starters, let's get some history under our belt and accept that there is no older book in the world than the book of Genesis (not Gilgamesh or Hammurabi) -- Genesis goes all the way back to "The Beginning", although He doesn't say how long ago that was; and the themes and principles of Genesis continue to be displayed in the sixty-five books which follow. Without these books, mankind would have no concept of heaven/hell, devils/angels, eternal life, final Judgment, etc. The Book of Mormon (19th century A.D.) couldn't have been brought by the Angel Moroni, nor could the Holy Book of the Moslems(5th century A.D.) been brought by the Angel Gabriel without some idea of what an angel was.. Actually, the Koran acknowledges many of the Biblical characters, from Noah and Abraham to Moses and Jesus, but the author's false rendering of the record ( about Joseph in Egypt, Solomon's wisdom, etc.) makes it clear the logic of Scripture wasn't understood in the least.
Conclusion? You have to know the original before you can detect a good counterfeit, yet it's quite common for someone to mistakenly, perhaps sincerely, alter the facts in a story they've heard only a time or two. These books copied some of the themes of Scripture, but then ignorantly changed or perverted it to suit their own pursuits, as have many cults and various denominations. Just because a person calls themself a "Christian" doesn't make it so: Jesus said "By their fruits ye shall know them", Matt7:20. He wasn't talking apples and oranges, you know -- He was speaking of the love, joy, peace, etc. of Galatians 5:22. So the cults have prospered simply by emphasizing the TLC of their own agenda, whereas those hypocrites professing to believe the Bible often display open contempt or non-love to members of opposing views. In ages past the Crusaders went to war and killed the ones who opposed them! What a monstrous corruption and contradiction of Scripture!
Great debates have erupted over whether the Bible is (or isn't) the infallible, inerrant, literal, Word of God. Much ado that misses the point, because Scripture is also the Poetic Truth, Historic Truth, Geographic Truth, Allegoric Truth, Secret (hidden like gold) Truth, and Divine (Prophetic) Truth. No other book in the world--not the Koran or Bagavad Gita or even the Talmud -- comes close to matching it for language, literature, wisdom, philosophy, etc. and ONLY the Bible records its truth using a multitude of hidden figurative allegories.
The events in Scripture really did happen: those people really lived and died (did you know we have artifacts naming Hezekiah, and that the tomb of High Priest Caiaphas has recently been located?). We're not talking solar mythology, or "Shroud of Turin" or Da Vinci Code, or the newly discovered ELS Bible Code, or the so-called Gematria where letters of the Hebrew alphabet are given assigned numerical values; but a study of these subjects may prove beneficial to the serious student of theology, if only to answer questions relevant to Christianity.
"Let us go down and confound their language,
that they may not understand one another's speech",
says Genesis 11:7. Are you wondering who is "us"? Have
you considered how it fits with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
who came down on the mountain to speak to Moses, and as a babe in
Bethlehem, and as a rushing wind on the Day of Pentecost.
They came down in succession!
ALLEGORIC TRUTH - - The word "allegory" is used only once in Scripture, in Galatians 4:24 to say that Hagar and Sarah (and by extension Ishmael and Isaac) were an allegory of the two (2) covenants. An example of allegory comes from 2Sam12 in the Old Testament.
King David had sent for Bathsheba and had intercourse with her, when her soldier husband was off at war in the front lines. She turned up pregnant and David ordered her husband back home, presumably so that he would sleep with his wife and wouldn't know about that illicit affair. But the husband, Uriah, instead of rejoicing over his good fortune, took a martyrs stand and refused to return to his own house and sleep with his wife. So David knew his "secret" was at risk, and he ordered Uriah back to the front lines again, to be put into the thick of the battle where he would die at the hand of the enemy.
This wonderful story is told in such a way that the motives and emotions of certain characters have to be imagined. I've heard it explained that Bathsheba was a brazen hussy for exposing herself on the rooftop, but I don't buy it. When the king sent for her, she had no choice but to obey--maybe a message from her husband? And David is clearly a murderer, despite the technicality of an airtight alibi.
Enter the Man-of-God, Nathan, to tell David a story about a rich man and a poor man who had a special ewe lamb that he loved dearly. When David heard that the rich man with lots of sheep, had taken the poor man's lamb to cook and serve at his own dinner party, he pronounced an angry judgment; the rich man should die!
That's when Nathan told him: "Thou art the man!" , 2Sam12:7. Evidentally this Prophet Nathan had plenty of intestinal fortitude, and he went on to explain (my paraphrase) how the parable had its allegorical foundation in the facts concerning Uriah and Bathsheba. David recognized how the "story" (not literal) had its basis in fact. Romans 15:4 tells us "whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning" (not just to tickle our ears), and we begin to learn how the Bible is like the Instruction Manual for Life, by the Almighty Creator of Life. Then 2Tim2:15 says [if we have any desire to be like Timothy] to "Study to show yourself approved unto God...".
Wisdom is termed a "she" in Proverbs 4, and a woman is termed "land" in Jeremiah 3:1 -- see it as preliminary to our learning how Jesus is the Word and the Son and the Seed, and remembering how our language has been confused. If you thought the Bible Story was strictly for simpletons, you're due for a rude awakening. You'll have goose-bumps all over your body!
God knows the process of sowing and reaping, so he planted
Jesus (that incorruptible seed, 1Pet1:23)
because He wants to have a great harvest of Sons and Daughters!
In fact, he planted Jesus twice, in the womb and in the
tomb, because "by two it's established",
Gen41:32. Just be filled with the Living Water that has been
poured out upon all flesh, Joel 2:28, and Jesus
will do his first miracle in your life by changing that water
into new wine!
Matthew 13:33 "The kingdom of heaven is like unto LEAVEN which a woman hid in three (3) measures of dough, til the whole was leavened".
to meet the Lord in the air!
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