A Reading Plan With A Lesson

The Perfect Plan?

The Bible is the unique book of all books. But, ask a naysayer and you will get all kinds of resistance to that statement. It's not easy to grasp a book you cannot understand.

On the other hand, YOU just might be different and be able to grasp the simple hidden within what the world calls “complicated” and “hard to understand.” Of course, the Bible is the easiest book in the world to read and understand if one has a sincere and open mind. Without that, it is impossible to grasp. Romans chapter 1 explains that pretty clearly.

Now, to the simple within the so-called complicated.

The SIMPLE in the “Complex.”

Anyone who has ever read the Bible to any extent will recognize this fact. The book is loaded with the number 7. In fact, the Bible is divided into 7 simple sections.

The other day I was reading a statement that explained a reading plan for the Bible. The material explained that since the Bible is divided into 7 sections and the week had 7 days why not combine the two into a reading program. A simple idea from a “complicated” book.

In reading this it dawned on me that here was a potential “teaching moment.” Someone had discovered the idea that one could read a different section of the Bible each day of the week. Then, each week this would repeat until the whole Bible had been read. Then, one starts over again. Little did the writer realize what a lesson this would become.

Let's see:

The SEVEN Sections of the Bible

Most Bible readers seem to not pay attention to this gem of information. But the Bible itself is divided into SEVEN sections. They are:

  1. The LAW.
  2. The PROPHETS.
  3. The WRITINGS.
  4. The EVANGELS and ACTS.
  5. PAUL's Epistles.
  6. The GENERAL Epistles.
  7. APOKALYPSIS, or Revelation.

The SEVEN Day Week

Now, the Bible uses numbers for the days of the week. Most of us are used to the “pagan” names of the week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Be that as it may, here is how the days of the week and the 7 sections of the Bible line up:

  1. Day ONE — The LAW.
  2. Day TWO — The PROPHETS.
  3. Day THREE — The WRITINGS.
  4. Day FOUR [Middle of the week.] The EVANGELS and ACTS.
  5. Day FIVE — PAUL's Epistles.
  6. Day SIX — The GENERAL Epistles.
  7. Day SEVEN — APOKALYPSIS, or Revelation.

So, here is the reading plan. On Day ONE read a section of the LAW. Then, the next day, Day TWO, read a section from the PROPHETS. Keep going thru all the days of the week. Thus, every day you are reading a different section, and every week you are reading information from all sections of the Bible. A balanced reading program for sure. Finally, when one finishes a section, then start all over again. A lifetime reading program.

That's simple enough, right?

The TEACHING Moment

The Bible really is simple, and this reading plan teaches more than just to read a portion of a section of the Bible each day of the week. What we find here is a beautiful PATTERN throughout the Bible. Once this pattern is learned all kinds of information begins to fit together.

First off, you now know the 7 sections of the Bible. You also know that the Bible uses numbers for the days of the week. But what else does this teach, almost automatically?

Well, by learning the 7 sections of the Bible, one can go on and learn which books are in each section. For example:

In The LAW section are five books:

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Leviticus
  4. Numbers
  5. Deuteronomy

So, you can see that on every Day ONE of the week you will be reading one of these books. After a few reads you will never forget their order. Nor the order of the other books in each section you come to.

Added to this lesson, you will learn something about the Messiah of the Greek Scriptures. Both the “Old and New Testaments” show that the Messiah was to be cut off/killed in the midst of the week. And, He literally was. He was not slaughtered on a Friday as the world teaches. No, He was slaughtered in the middle of the week.

So, what is the teaching moment for this? Well…. it just so happens that the FOURTH section of the Bible is the EVANGELS and ACTS. These are the books that describe the life of the Messiah, and result of His life, death and resurrection.

One thing we learn here is this: the Bible is a very SPECIFIC book when it comes to consistency. Look:


The PATTERN

  • The Bible is divided into SEVEN sections.
  • The week is divided into SEVEN days.
  • The MIDST or MIDDLE of the week is Day FOUR.
  • The FOURTH section of the Bible is EVANGELS & ACTS.
  • That FOURTH section of the Bible is about the MESSIAH.
  • He was to be killed in the MIDST of the week [4th day], and was.
  • The PATTERN fits when put together.
  • Every fourth day of the week you read about the Messiah on the day of the week He was killed.
  • The MESSIAH is the CENTER message of the whole Bible, and the exact books of the Bible about His life are exactly in the center of the Bible when properly divided into the 7 sections.

With this pattern one is now set to overlay the other patterns of sevens. One example to entice you to look further is the first verse of chapter one of Genesis. In the Hebrew that verse has SEVEN words. Those SEVEN words gives us the whole Bible in this way:

Each of those seven words represents one of the seven sections of the whole Bible. And, it just so happens that the FOURTH word in that seven word sentence represents the MESSIAH. It is the word John was bringing to our attention when he wrote John 1:1 which says, In beginning [i.e. In Genesis] was the WORD, and that WORD was ATh in Hebrew, the Aleph Tau, or in John's Greek text, Alpha/Omega.

Yes, one might consider this reading plan for totally simplifying what the world makes “complicated.” I suggest you give it a try, and continue for life. Doors of understanding will open beyond what you can grasp right now.

Happy reading!

 

A “CHRISTIAN” FALLACY: Just Let the Elder Do It! Laymen Are too Dumb.

A “CHRISTIAN” FALLACY: The Elder Should Do It ALL for the Members.

Today, Christians far and wide bemoan one great truth. Their membership is dropping. And, it is even more surprising since their “evangelistic” efforts have increased.

What’s the problem?

Lack of inspiration. Lack of power. Lack of knowledge. Lack of determination. Lack of obedience. Lack of powerful teaching. And, most of all Lack of SELF-discipline by both minister and layman alike.

How did this come to be?

The simple answer to that question is, it comes from a totally FALSE concept within the halls of churchianity. When I use that term, churchianity, I mean ALL groups who “claim” the Bible as their source and foundation. From Jew to Roman Catholic. From Seventh Day Adventists to all Sacred Name groups. From the, now defunct, Worldwide CofG, to all its splinter groups. From Catholic, Protestant and all the independents who have succumbed to Secret Babylon the Great.

So, again, What’s the Problem?

Here is an example that sums up the problem in a nutshell. The context of this example is explaining why learning Koiné Greek is important to the “church.” So, let’s have a look. I will quote a Christian author, and then give a Biblical response.

“Learning Greek, the original language of the New Testament, is vital for the ministry. Every minister must be committed to becoming skillful in the field of exegesis of the Greek New Testament.” p. 9, Impact Greek Bible Study System, c. 2008

Now, let me explain something for a moment. The author of the material I am quoting is not, I believe, deliberately misleading in what he writes. I believe he truly believes his statements to be totally Biblical. Where did  his belief come from? Obviously, from seminary teaching, sermons, and writings of the churches. With that said, let’s look at this first quote.

Let’s start with a sidelight. It is incorrect to state that Greek was the “original language” of the New Testament. It is only provably the “language of PRESERVATION” of the New Covenant. And, as the author knows, a better translation of the Greek would be New Covenant, not New Testament.

As to Greek being the “original” language, there are too many good arguments on both sides of the fence to prove this to be 100% true. All that can be totally proved is that we have the text PRESERVED for us in Koiné Greek.

The author said the study was “vital for the ministry.” This is only partially true. It is extremely vital for BOTH minister and layman. No one is exempt from this responsibility, and NEED.

The author goes on:

“Our congregations, which we guard and guide, depend on us for this so that they might experience some of the majestic gems of grace contained in the Greek New Testament.” — ibid, p. 9

Yes, it is the responsibility of the elder to guard and guide the ekklesia. However, something important is overlooked. It is impossible for someone else to truly “experience” what another person learned. It is NOT their responsibility to TELL their experiences to the ekklesia so the members can “experience” the same thing. It is the responsibility of the ministry to help, encourage, teach and inspire the ekklesia to LEARN GREEK FOR THEMSELVES so they then, can truly experience the same kinds of SELF-discovery.

And, what is this constant use of words like “might” and “may” in the speech and prayers of churchianity? These are words of doubt. Well, maybe we just MIGHT have, learn, do this or that, BUT, again we MIGHT NOT. Who knows?

Well, Biblically, with faith, i.e. confidence, it should be stated, “so that they WILL experience some of the majestic gems…” There is no doubt or wavering when one follows the Messiah of the New Covenant. His promises, and those of the Father are perfectly sure, and WILL be done.

Further, we read:

“Greek grammar is a means of grace for the minister and his congregation. The great preachers of ancient and modern times would agree with this evaluation of the importance of the Greek.” — ibib, p.9

Again, we are looking at the difference between “church speak” and Biblical security and certainty.

Right here is a statement that hits the whole problem of the lack of Greek learning in churchianity. That is, why the layman, and up to the top, overwhelmingly do NOT study the Koiné Greek language. By the way, this is also true for learning Biblical Hebrew. It is, in fact, a turn off, big time. Here’s the statement that goes to the very core of this universal problem:

“Greek GRAMMAR is a means…!” Yes, that’s it. The false emphasis on GRAMMAR! That turns people off like crazy.

And, the problem is, with almost all classes in Greek, or other languages, this; the poor student spends 80% of his or her time trying to grasp the “grammar lingo” taught in class and books. They barely have time to learn the other 20%, the actual language itself.

No wonder after months and years in seminary, or university, students end up barely, if at all, using their “Greek studies.” No, they are NOT Greek studies. They are a study to learn all the foreign, strange, million word English GRAMMAR LINGO!

The author should have written:

“The Greek TEXT is a means of grace for the minister and his congregation.”

For, it is within the text we have the information, NOT in the grammar. Did you know you can learn to read 80%, and more, of the Greek New Covenant without once opening a full grammar textbook?

Our author goes on:

“I was taught that the best way to show love for the people of [YHWH] is to study hard FOR THEM so that my preaching, teaching and counsel might [there’s that word of doubt again] edify their heart.” — ibid, p. 9

Are you beginning to see yet, what the real problem is? Now, here again, the author has exposed another MAJOR problem of churchianity.

He is telling his readers, in essence, right up front, that they really don’t need to do this study of Greek, for he was taught to do it FOR THEM. That is NOT Biblical.

The New Covenant, which he is talking about, teaches, “Study to show THYSELF to be a WORKMAN in the Word…” “Be like the Bereans who studied the Scriptures DAILY to see if these things were so…” “If the person won’t WORK then he doesn’t eat.”

In this case, if a person, layman, won’t work in the Word, then don’t feed him. The layman MUST work to feed himself. Yes, with help and guidance from the elders, but nevertheless, he MUST work at these things himself.

What the author should have said is:

“I was taught to HELP the people learn to do these things on their own.”

What, do you suppose, is the reason for NOT teaching the ekklesia to do these things themselves? Well, see if you can read “between the lines here.”

“Also, the BEST way for a congregation to show love to their pastor is to support his study of the Word by prayer, financial provisions and protections of his study time.” — ibid, p. 9

I’ll let you figure this quote out. And, remember, this is not just the practice of this one minister. It is the whole “program” of all of churchianity under the sway of Secret Babylon the Great.

Now, where do you stand? Are you too lazy in your faith and belief to study the language of preservation? Well, you should get busy and become that “WORKMAN” the Father honors, and give up your excuses, which the clergy reinforces falsely in you. Get busy and be about your Father’s business!

Now, if YOU want to begin learning Koiné Greek, without a grammar, and in about 8 weeks or less, then stay tuned for an upcoming announcement.