Yesterday I was encouraging you to allow the Holy Spirit to open the Word of God to you. That is what he loves to do. All you have to do is allow Him to do His work. Don’t just read the Bible, study it. Meditate on it.
Ezekiel discovered this:
Yahweh said to me, “Son of man, eat and devour what you find. Devour this scroll. Then speak to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to savor.
He said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I’m giving you, and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth (Ezekiel 3:1-3)
I’ll tell you what, once Zeke opened himself to what was offered, he discovered how sweet it was. So tell me, how sweet has the Word of God been for you? Has it been dry and difficult to swallow? Maybe you are being resistant to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and teaching. Sure, I am just guessing, but I think I may be close to your situation.
Remember my pastor’s quote? “The search for certainty is the enemy of the search for truth.” Too many of us demand certainty in our studies. We avoid any mystery or unanswered questions. We demand to understand everything, and insist that those mysterious things become clarified. Folks, I am telling you now, it doesn’t always happen (and in fact, rarely does).
This is important to remember any time you study and read the Bible. As I explained in my study on the Song of Solomon, whenever we read the Scriptures we find that it is full of history, theological advice, and a vision for the future. We find poetry, allegories and parables. Not only that, you cannot miss the fact that interlaced with very literal language, is highly symbolic imagery.
Just take a casual gander at the Psalms and the Prophets, and you will see their use of symbolic language while some entire books are symbolic. The reality is that you will never understand the language of the Scriptures without first deciphering their symbolic meaning.
In his book, Paradise Restored, David Chilton explains this when he wrote:
“The Bible is not structured in a flat,
this-means-that style. Instead, it is meant to be read visually. We are to see the images rise before us in succession, layer upon layer, allowing them to evoke a response in our minds and hearts. The prophets, for example, did not write in order
to create stimulating intellectual exercise. They wrote to teach. They wrote in visual, dramatic symbols; and if we would fully understand their message, we must appreciate their vocabulary. We must read the Bible visually. The visual symbols themselves, and what the Bible says about them, are important aspects of what God wants us to learn; otherwise he wouldn’t have spoken that way.”
Now, sometimes these “symbols” are more profound than other times. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. I will turn to something I picked up from Tom Bradford of the Torah Class.
Think back to the first day of creation. Do you remember?
The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The Ruach Elohim was hovering over the water.
Then Elohim said, “Let there be light!” (Genesis 1:1-3
Wow! Okay, so on the first day, Elohim created light. Now this is odd because he did not create the sun until the fourth day. What’s going on? How could the Creator light up the Earth on the first day, when He did not create the Sun until the fourth day? Hmm, have we found our first inconsistency in the Scriptures?
Hmm, not at all. But hang onto your butts, because this gets very interesting. You see, in the beginning, the Universe was dark, and then from somewhere outside of our Universe God brought light to this darkness. Now, this light of Genesis 1:3 was not light as in the sense of a light bulb or a lamp or even the sun; but rather, light in the sense of spiritual enlightenment. Huh? Well, in Hebrew, the word used is owr, which means truth, goodness — a spirit of truth and goodness.
This is critical for our understanding. You see, the Hebrew word used for that darkness I mentioned, or the original state of the Universe was choshek— which means obscurity, falsehood, blindness — a spirit of wickedness; a lack of spiritual enlightenment. It does not mean darkness like in nighttime.
So, what God created first was a spirit of truth — of good. When the Bible says God is light, it actually says Elohim is owr. Owr is usually associated with life and joy and good. In fact, when we read about the first day, notice something that the Hebrew sages have hung their hats on for millennia: it says God created the light, “And saw that it was good.” Then this light was divided from the darkness. But I want you to notice is that only the light is called good!
Now, move down to the fourteenth verse, when it starts to talk about there being lights in the sky to divide day and night, and in the sixteenth verse, when God says he created the larger light (the sun) to rule the day and the smaller light (the moon) to rule the night. We see an entirely different word is used for light. Here, the Hebrew word is meotor. Sound familiar? It is the word where we get the modern word Meteor. Meotor means an object that emits light — if I may use a poetic word, the luminaries — things that illuminate — the sun, the moon, the stars, and lamps, and of course, meteors.
So, before Elohim did anything, the Universe sat in darkness, He must have thought that darkness was an unsatisfactory state, or He would never have created light. Right? At the very least, darkness was not capable of supporting the life He was hoping to create. But also, in the later parts of Exodus and then Leviticus, we find out that anything that works against, or inhibits, or ends life is considered being against the Creator.
So, when Elohim created light, owr (singular), He created illumination and enlightenment, which is a basic requirement for life! When He created the lights, meotor (plural) He created objects that emitted light waves of a certain type that allowed humans and animals to use the organs that He created for them— their eyes, and for plants to use their method of living, photosynthesis.
However, in Revelation, we are told that when the old earth is destroyed and then a new one is created, there will no longer be meotors — light emitting objects like a sun or moon, but that Yahweh Himself will be our light — our illumination.
This is this same type of godly light mentioned way back in Genesis 1:3-4! The light mentioned there was the very presence of Elohim illuminating and enlightening what He had created! (You can jump up and shout, now. This should wake up some dormant questions and ignite your heart!)
See, there are some fascinating things to discover when you go beyond merely reading your Bible and begin to devour, meditate and study the Scriptures. When you follow an insatiable passion to know your Lord, you also develop a passion for His Word!
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