Other than my Bible there have not been too many books that have created such a vast desire, thirst, hunger (whatever you choose to call it) to gain God’s wisdom and understanding of that very precious book The Bible. For some odd or maybe not so odd reason, God has had me back “at the beginning” for quite some time. And when I say the beginning I must explain. Not only does the beginning for me mean the first pages of the Bible, but also the beginning of all things. Woman, language, sacrifice, worship, wisdom, prayer, offering, parenthood, love, commitment etc.; if you grasp what I mean.
“To understand the end you must go back to the beginning”. “In the end was/is the beginning”. “In the beginning God….”. “Back to the beginning”. Beginning, beginning, beginning…….on and on it has reverberated in my head and my heart.
The next few posts will be kind of a book review, kind of an explanation, kind of simply my thoughts, and a whole lot of ;
1Co 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
1Co 2:2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
1Co 2:3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
1Co 2:5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
1Co 2:6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,
1Co 2:8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written: “EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”
1Co 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
1Co 2:11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
1Co 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1Co 2:15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.
1Co 2:16 For “WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD THAT HE MAY INSTRUCT HIM?” But we have the mind of Christ.
What does that mean? I am still learning and hope to never stop until the day my body ceases to exist in this earthly form. It has opened my eyes and my heart to the verses above in a whole new way.
Oh, how I have prayed to be an absolutely prolific writer with all the accoutrements of beautiful words. Not to be. Often what I say makes sense to only me. With these posts surely to be a long ones, I can only pray that for someone it creates a spark of recognition of your beginning. And that out of that spark comes a flame of desire to KNOW.
I have no idea why I bought this book. At least I didn’t up until this morning. I am not even done reading it and “I am undone”. People I am sure think I am hmmmm….silly or at the least interested in something that has to do with nothing as it relates to life today. But you see it does. For me, it has created an understanding of “man” as he is today. It has helped make sense of why people act the way they do, believer or non-believer. It has (to keep using a phrase that is going to become to you very repetitive) opened my eyes.
I know that as you are reading this post you are asking yourself “what the heck is the name of this book”. We’ll get to that. I am awaiting permission to post excerpts and if that is denied will have to rethink how I can continue. You see, it will not be my words that will alert you to something, but his explanations and understanding. It will not be my words that will make you check your preconceived notions at the door. It will not be my words that will cause you to suck in your breath, thus depleting the room you are in of all air. It will not be my words that will stir your spirit till you are overflowing with questions and find yourself on your face before God with heartfelt cries of “show me Lord”.
At this point I must refer to 1 Cor 2:5 lest I glorify the man and not the wisdom God has imparted to him. The Apostle Paul in verse 13 says: “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual”. Let me say it simply: If God can use a talking ass to speak to Balaam, he can certainly use a learned Rabbi to speak to Debbie. Only the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Man is just used as a vessel.
Rabbi David Fohrman has graciously consented to allow me to post excerpts from his book The Beast that Crouches at the Door. May God grant me the gift of imparting to you all that entails. Thank you Rabbi Fohrman.
Tomorrow we begin at the beginning.