UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (19)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: Observation cannot be arrived at in the place of reading where attention to details is neglected by the reader.

In our investigation so far into unbundling Matthew 19:8, we have seen evidently that Moses wrote concerning the hardness of their hearts. Moses wrote and gave them the law because of the unyielding state or nature of their hearts. It was a response to the rejection in their hearts. Just like the writer of Hebrews explained for us to see in Hebrews 3:14-18 and Hebrews 4:1-2. That rejection was the rejection of the gospel. So, he wrote the law to them because of the hardness of their hearts; their rejection of the gospel via unbelief necessitated the law. They were hardened in their hearts to the gospel. That is why Moses referred to them as rebellious and stiff-necked in Deuteronomy 31, it reads “Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there as a witness against thee. For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff-neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?” (Deuteronomy 31:26-17).

Therefore, he gave them the law in response to their demand; it was to guide their actions knowing how hardened and stiff-neck they were. In fact, Deuteronomy 32:20 says “And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a forward generation, children in whom is no faith”. They were hardened towards the gospel; hence, he gave them the law… But from the beginning it was not so. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be diligent in study.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: Reading carefully, patiently and painstakingly shows diligence in study.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: REVELATION CHAPTER 21

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (18)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: To arrive at the full understanding of any subject matter, you don’t neglect paying attention to details in its entirety.

We have seen clearly from a body of scriptures that “hardness of heart” as used in Matthew 19:8 is in reference to unbelief. Recall, in Mark 16:14, hardness of heart was explained as unbelief. Note, that unbelief or their unbelief in his resurrection was described as hardness of heart. Hence, hardness of heart is used to describe unbelief of the truth; that is, what was spoken was not accepted. Recall verse 4 to 5 of Matthew 19, “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, for this case shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” God said a man and woman shall be one flesh.

Clearly, this shows that there was a request in their hearts before Moses and Moses permitted them because of the hardness of their heart. Thus, Moses evidently wrote concerning the hardness of their heart; Moses wrote and gave them the law because of the unyielding state/nature of their hearts. It was a response to the rejection in their hearts. Recall, the writer of Hebrews explained that rejection in Hebrews 3:14-18; Hebrews 4:1-2. That rejection was the rejection of the gospel. So, he wrote the law to them because they were hardened in their hearts to the gospel. The gospel of salvation communicated to the Jews using marriage metaphorically where God cannot divorce his church and which was to be mirrored in physical marriage. That unbelief was the reason for their request of divorcement so as to physically demonstrate their unbelief to that spiritual reality (that is, our eternal union with Christ). Hence, divorce is man-made. It is not because of God that we have divorce; it is because of man that we have divorce. Divorce was not instituted by God for man; divorce was instituted by man (that is, Moses) for man because men brought the request before the man Moses. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Study patiently.

Prayer: I grow in the knowledge of God’s word, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Don’t omit details if you want to arrive at full comprehension.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 4; EVENING: MARK CHAPTER 16

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (17)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: A heart that is hardened is not a heart that is hard literally, but a heart that has chosen not to be persuaded by a truth or message.

In unbundling verse 8 of Matthew 19 to support that unbelief was the reason for Deuteronomy 24:1-5 and in fact the entirety of the laws of Moses which were over 613 laws, we thus came to see that the statement “Hardness of heart” in Matthew 19:8 referred to their perception and it was referred to by the writer of Hebrews as unbelief in the gospel. The writer of Hebrews will therefore be critical in this explanation. In Hebrews 3, the writer echoes “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believe not?” (Hebrews 3:14-18).

The writer of Hebrews explained further in chapter 4, it reads “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that hard it” (Hebrews 4:1-2). In essence, the Jews were hardened, they were in unbelief. Mark’s account equally used it, it reads “Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen” (Mark 16:14). Note, in Mark’s account also where we have hardness of heart explained as unbelief, their unbelief was in his resurrection. Thus, hardness of heart is used to describe unbelief of the truth; that is, what was spoken was not accepted; it is a response to a message. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Handle the bible with care in your reading and interpretation of it.

PRAYER: I declare that insight and understanding is made available as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: A hardened heart is not a persuaded heart and not a hard heart in literal terms.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 4

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (16)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: Many errors in bible interpretation and application be solved and resolved by a systematic reading approach of the bible.

In order to buttress the fact that unbelief to God’s plan of Genesis was the reason for a physical institution of divorce and as a physical demonstration of their hardness of heart towards that spiritual reality, we began observing verse 8 of Matthew 19. Observe the reading again “He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”. The phrase “because of” was translated from a word that was used 703 times in the New Testament books of the bible; it is the Greek word “pros” which means towards.

The word “hardness” is the word “sklero” in the Greek; it implies unyielding, stubborn, and obstinate. The word “heart” is the word “kardia” in the Greek; it implies the very core of man. Thus, the phrase “hardness of heart” referred to perception. The word “suffered” was translated from a Greek word which implies to allow, to permit and to respond to. The word “you” (“humin” in Greek) supports the fact that Moses gave the law specifically to the Jews. Thus, the statement “hardness of heart” therefore referred to their perception and it was referred to as or explained by the writer of Hebrews as unbelief in the gospel. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Stay focused and study.

PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Systematic bible reading can solve many interpretation problems.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 4

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (15)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: Approaching the bible in a systematic order in the place of reading is vital for full understanding and comprehension of details.                                                                                   

We have established that the essence of Deuteronomy 24:1-5 was their unbelief to Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24. That physical divorce instituted in Deuteronomy 24 was Moses’ way of permitting them to demonstrate their unbelief to the spiritual truth of Genesis in a physical manner within the conduit of the marital institution. How do we know clearly that it was unbelief? Let’s begin to explore verse 8 of Matthew 19 as it gives us a lead for further analysis, it reads “He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”. Observe this distinction below:

  • Moses because of the hardness of your hearts – Hardness of hearts towards a spiritual reality (God’s union with the church which is salvation).
  • Suffered you to put away your wives – That hardness of heart towards that spiritual reality is now demonstrated physically as divorce in the marital institution.
  • From the beginning, it was not so – That is, in Genesis where we have God’s plan, it’s a union never to be separated; no divorce.

So we have hardness of heart which was spiritual, demonstrated physically in them putting away their wives (divorce) but from the beginning where we have the plan, it is “no divorce”. Having shown this, we will begin to examine the meaning and implication of the words used in verse 8 of Matthew 19. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Study patiently and carefully.

PRAYER: I receive enlightenment and understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: A systematic approach to bible reading is key to bible understanding.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2

UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (14)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: Read with rapt attention because that’s the proof of observation in the place of reading; and observation in the place of reading is reading itself.

In explaining Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:3-8 where Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 1:24 was referenced, we deduced from Paul’s word in Ephesians 5:30-32 that the communication in Genesis was more of spiritual than physical. It was about God’s union with the church (marriage). And thus, marriage in the Genesis account was used as a metaphor to teach salvation. Salvation is marriage; God’s marriage with his wife (that is, the church). It is in this marriage that there is no divorce and physical marriage was to mirror this. However, men’s unbelief to this spiritual truth is what they demonstrated physically as divorce.

In essence, Deuteronomy 24:1-5 was their unbelief to Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24. That physical divorce instituted in Deuteronomy 24 was Moses’ way of permitting them to demonstrate their unbelief to the spiritual truth of Genesis in a physical manner within the conduit of the marital institution. In essence,

  • Salvation was taught in Genesis as marriage (where God cannot divorce his wife).
  • Unbelief to that salvation which was taught as marriage was demonstrated physical as divorce in the marital institution.

How do we know that unbelief was the reason Deuteronomy 24:1-5 was instituted? We know it because in the same context of Matthew 19, Jesus’ words in verse 8 makes it clear, it reads “He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put you’re your wives: but from the beginning it was not so”. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Be observant as you keep studying.

Prayer: My eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: Diligence in the place of bible study cannot be overemphasized.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 31; EVENING: MATTHEW CHAPTER 19

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