I’ve cherished this breath of life… but I will be glad to be free of requiring it… I’ve danced in these bones, but I’ll be glad to move on from them, I’ve wrestled with this flesh but I’m tired… I’ve marveled and beheld with these eyes, but they’re growing dim… I’ve heard the most beautiful sounds with these ears, but have realized that silence is the purest sound.
I’ve Loved with a true heart and have been loved… I’ve told the truth most of the time but have lied… yes I have lived and never want to die… but I long for other side… I have offended God but have made my peace, and I look for my soul’s release…
Like a boat on the water I’m moving on… arriving at the shore of “my long home.”…. visit my blog…littleraventhepoet.blog…Sincerely Frank…
Let’s wrap it up… we have made it back to the end of appendix 19 in the Companion Bible… back to where I began in lesson 1.
So let’s repeat a few things one more time… The history of Genesis 3 is intended to teach us the fact that Satan’s Sphere of activities is in the religious sphere, and not the spheres of crime or immorality: that his battlefield is not the sins arising from human depravity, but the unbelief of the human heart.
We are not to look for Satan’s activities today in the newspaper press, or the police courts; but in the pulpit and in professors’ chairs… wherever the Word of God is called in question, there we see the trail of “ that old serpent” which is the devil and Satan…
It is remarkable that the verb NACHASH always means to enchant, fascinate, bewitch; or of one having and using occult knowledge…Gen 30.27; 44. 5, 15…for starters…
So let’s be Frank…. can we possibly arrive at the definite conclusion that the Fall of Man and the human race was / is due to Adam & Eve having eaten apples and being seduced by a talking snake?… my original reason for presenting this material was from a deep concern in my heart, that we havn’t understood the real truth and happenings of what occured in the Garden of Eden… We believe that God through the power of the Holy Spirit is certainly able to protect his Holy Word… having said that, I believe the question has to arise that at some point quite possibly the traditions of men have been at work… and God through his permissive will, allowed translations and transliterations to “muddy the water” so to speak.
I don’t know if I concur with this, but there is a school of thought that the human race would have been thrown into a frenzy, if it was revealed at the beginning that there were two seed lines, one from Satan and one from God…( or put another way Satan seduced Eve, planting one seed in her… Adam then planted a second seed in her… resulting in a double pregnancy of Cain and Abel)…[ refer to the scripture…[refer to Genesis 3: 15… “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel”.
Also I find it a little bit peculiar that murder was introduced so early in the first two offspring of Adam and Eve (namely Cain)…ie: Cain & Abel.. it is also noteworthy to mention if you study the genealogies in the New Testament… Cain is not mentioned there… he is however replaced by Seth… so I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey please go back and read lessons one through eight to arrive where we are now… I invite you to visit my blog at littleraventhepoet.blog… also thanks again to the great E. W. Bullinger & his masterpiece, The Companion Bible… without which the study would have been next to impossible… my comments and interjections are found throughout the study… and are added through my many years of experience, and my desire to share what God has revealed to me with others… and I want to be clear, I don’t claim to have cornered the market on God’s Word concerning the suggestions / potential revelation in this study… perhaps we have to wait until the Thousand-Year Reign of Christ, where I’m sure all will be revealed… studies on different subjects coming soon…Frank..
Finally… to use a title from one of Houdini’s posters: I think we are forced to at least consider the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is…THE MASTER MYSTERY…
Picking up where we left off ( in the last lesson) about the widely accepted beliefs in Genesis 3 concerning “apples and snakes” and the Downfall Of Man.
NEVER…. was Satan’s wisdom so craftily used as when he secured universal acceptance of this traditional belief: (snakes and apples) it has succeeded in fixing the attention of mankind on the letter and the means, and thus blinding the eyes to the solemn fact that the Fall of Man had to do solely with the Word of God, and is centered in the sin of believing Satan’s lie instead of Jehovah’s truth.
The temptation of the “first man Adam” began with the question “Hath God said?” The temptation of “the second man, the Lord From Heaven” began with the similar question ” If thou be the son of God” when the voice of the Father had scarcely died away, which said “This is my beloved Son”.
All turned on the truth of what Jehovah had said….The Word of God being questioned, led Eve, in her reply, (1) to omit the word “freely” (3, 2 cp. 2. 16) ; then (2) to add the words “neither shalt thou touch it” (3.3 compare 2. 17) and finally (3) to alter a certainty into a contingency by changing “thou SHALT SURELY die” (2.17) ; into “LEST ye die” (3.3)
It is not without significance that the first Ministerial words of “the second Man” were “It is written” three times repeated; and that his last Ministerial words contained a similar threefold reference to the written Word of God (John 17. 8,14, 17) .
The former temptation succeeded because the Word of God was three times misrepresented; the latter temptation was successfully defeated because the same word was faithfully repeated. The history of Genesis 3 is intended to teach us the fact that Satan’s sphere of activities is in the religious sphere, and not the spheres of crime or immorality; that his battlefield is not the sins arising from human depravity, but the unbelief of the human heart.
Please visit me at my blog….littleraventhepoet.blog… and again hats off to the great E. W. Bullinger, and His Companion Bible…. published in 1922…. also for further reference to the above material refer to appendix 19 of the Companion Bible…. we are coming down the homestretch probably two more lessons… sincerely Frank Payton.
In the previous lesson we began studying figures of speech… I think we have learned that some things are to be taken literal and some things are to be taken as figures of speech… and it should be noted that ”figures of speech” can can actually make words truer to truth.
So with the other prophecy, “Dust shalt thou eat”…This is not true to the letter, or to the fact, but it is all the more true to truth…. It tells of constant, continuous disappointment, failure, and mortification; as when deceitful ways are spoken of as feeding on deceitful food, which is “sweet to a man but afterward his mouth shall be filled with gravel.” ( Proverbs 20:17). This does not mean literal “gravel” , but something far more disagreeable. It means disappointment so great that it would gladly be exchanged for the literal “gravel”. So when Christians are rebuked for “biting and devouring one another” ( Galatians 3:14 15) something more heartbreaking is meant then the literal words used in the Figure….When “His enemies shall lick the Dust” (Psalm 72: 9) they will not do it on their knees with their literal tongues; but they will be so prostrated and so utterly defeated, that no words could literally depict their overthrow and subjugation.
If a serpent was afterward called a NACHASH… it was because it was more shining than any other creature; and if it became known as “wise”, it was not because of its own innate positive knowledge, but of its wisdom in hiding away from all observation, and because of its association with one of the names of Satan (that old serpent) who “beguiled Eve” ( 2nd Cor 11. 3, 14)…. It is wonderful how a snake could ever be supposed to speak without the organs of speech, or that Satan should be supposed able to accomplish so great a miracle.
It only shows the power of tradition, which has, from the infancy of each one of us, put before our eyes and written on our minds the picture of a “snake” and an “apple”: the former based on a wrong interpretation and the latter being a pure invention about which there is not one word said in Holy Scripture…( read this last paragraph three times and let it sink in… God told them they could eat of “all” the fruit trees in the garden including apples… however they could not eat of the tree in the midst of the garden The Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good And Evil…
Well I hope you find this study as interesting as I do, friends… I sincerely believe everything will work out once on the other side, and of course our salvation does not depend on how we believe about this particular issue… having said that, I believe there is a possibility of a major deception going on ‘that has been going on’… and I haven’t reached the conclusion yet that it is either intentional or unintentional… but the journey is fun ( I mainly attribute theconflict to mistranslation and mistransliteration)… meaning the truer meanings have been unclear or misrepresented… the study is deep… and very revealing… I learned a long time ago that alot of things in life are just simply not as theyseem, or not as they have been taught… please visit me at my blog…littleraventhepoet.blog… sincerely Frank Payton
And thank you to the great E.W. Bullinger…. please reference appendix 19… in one of the greatest editions of the Bible ever written….The Companion Bible… originally published in 1922.
First of all I would like to continue to praise and salute the great E. W. Bullinger…and his most superior work found in The Companion Bible…. originally published in 1922… I trust you will find this particular study very interesting. We are going to take a close look at figurative and literal meanings of language, and how important it is to know the difference, thus arriving at a truer meaning of God’s Holy Word…
When it is said in Genesis 3 verse 15 “Thou shalt bruise His heel” , it cannot mean His literal heel of flesh and blood, but suffering more temporary in character. When it is said (v15), “He shell crush thy head” , it means something more than a skull of bone, and brain, and hair. It means that all of Satan’s plans and plots, policy and purposes, will one day be finally crushed and ended, never more to mar or to hinder the purposes of God. This will be affected when Satan shall be bruised under our feet (Romans 16:20). This again will not be our literal feet, but something much more real.
The bruising of Christ’s heel is the most elegant and impressive way of foretelling the most solemn events; and to point out that the effort made by Satan to evade his doom, then threatened, would become the very means of ensuring its accomplishment; for it was through the death of Christ that he who had the power of death would be destroyed; and all Satan’s power and policy brought to an end, and all his works destroyed… (Hebrews 2:14) 1 John 3:8….Revelation 20:1- 3, 10)
What literal words could portray these literal facts so wonderfully as these expressive figures of speech? It is the same with the other Figures used in verse 14 “On thy belly shalt thou go” This figure means infinitely more than the literal belly of flesh and blood; just as the words “heel” and “head” do in verse 15…. it paints for the eyes of our mind the picture of Satan’s ultimate humiliation; for prostration was ever the most elegant sign of subjection. When it is said “our belly cleaveth to the ground” ( song 44:25) it denotes such a long prostration and such a depth of submission as could never be conveyed or expressed in literal words…. lesson 7 coming very soon… please read this at least two or three times and let it sink in… sincerely Frank Payton… visit me at my blog…littleraventhepoet.blog…. I hope all of us can gain a deeper appreciation of figurative and literal language and linguistics in general… and in detail.
We have to think as deeply as we possibly can about certain things… one of them is that God literally spoke this world, this universe, into existence. In fact we have to go beyond our natural minds and get on our knees and ask God to illuminate our minds and help us to see (as best we can) things from His perspective, and in a spiritual sense. Otherwise the effort will be futile.
Ex nihilo: The fashioning of life out of nothing… take a few deep breaths, relax, and calm your mind… imagine a God that could speak the Sun that lights our world into existence… when he spoke did it happen instantly?…. or did it happen over a measured time span… I’ve always wondered about this.
After you get your mind wrapped around the business with the Sun…. venture out considering the Moon, our Solar System and eventually beyond… the vastness of the universe… scientists say that we could travel at the speed of light for billions ofyears and not come to the end of the universe… that’s totally mind-boggling for our finite comprehension.
People that have had Near-Death experiences…NDE’s…. recall very comparatively similar experiences… that after dying…coming out of their body.. and looking back on their body.. and then meeting loved ones… they experience a blinding presence of light… and then many, if not all of them realize that the light is the presence and form of aman… that they come to learnwas Jesus.
I don’t know about you friends, but I have a burning desire to bow my head before this wonderful God… let’s look at a couple of scriptures…
ISAIAH:55 8-11… For “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways” sayeth the Lord…. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY ways higher than your ways”, and MY thoughts than your thoughts….For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and return not thither, but watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall “My Word that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I sent it.”… if God says it or thinks it… it is as good as done… that’s real power…
There is also a Hebrew saying…. to paraphrase, it goes something like this…” every Jot and Tittle… every scripture will come true and be fulfilled”…. for a better understanding of how important jots and tittles are… in the English language they would be commas periods,exclamation points and the like… that’s pretty heavy duty don’t you think?
Let’s look at one more Scripture…John 1 vs 1— recommend reading at least the whole chapter for the full effect… In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was with God and the Word was God… the same was in the beginning with God… All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made, in Him was life; And the life was the light of men, And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not… well I hope this study starts you on a journey of your own… you can check out my blog at littleraventhepoet.blog… thank you to the Holy Spirit for guidance in preparing this message…Frank Payton.