Morning I just woke up just having me a cup of coffee and the spirit moved me to write to you this morning. Wherever you’re at this morning open the blueprints for your life to Heb.11: 3. This going to be an introduction to the simplicity of understanding the Bible. The big word for this understanding , “Hermeneutics”. Don’t, let the name scare you.
Hebrews 11:3—Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
We all understand the word faith but the word worlds is plural. We all know that the Lord created the world singular or did He? What did the Lord do?
Let’s all look at Gen. 1:1, ” And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters “.
The word form is different then the word framed. The Lord formed the world from His thoughts and at times spoke them into existence. So to understand that verse you have to look at the definition of framed to understand the word, worlds.
The word form by definition means shape, you have an idea in your mind what you want something to look like.
Framed by definition means erect the framework of a building. So you are building a temple the first brick laid is Christ. We will lay the next brick together, OK.
Lets see if I got this right, You just had a thought in your mind. Your thought is, I am going to ask Christ ( ask for something is to speak something) the carpenter from Nazarene for help to build my temple. So by faith, You just asked Christ to lay the first brick of your foundation. How awesome is that!
“so that things which are seen” . The bricks to build your temple are all located in the Old and New Testament. Christ has given you the blueprints and building materials to build your own temple with His help. You don,t need to go to the hardware store and get a hammer and nails everything has been prepared for you.
Back to the word worlds, explain please. Ok, I’m building my temple in my world by faith. If you decided to build your temple in your world by faith. Together we have two worlds with one goal in mind to get to Zion the new world together. There are many worlds out there as you can see in the following verses, Heb. 4-40, all created by faith.
Let’s look at verse 4 and see how to further interpret verse 3.
“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh“.
To understand 3 conjoined with 4 you have to cross the bridge in Zion and meet in me at Gen.3:17, Particularly the following line,“Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;”.
Man’s curse was to eat from the ground the rest of his life. This is your first clue to Heb.11:3 & 4 and the rest of the Chapter 11. Follow me to Gen. 4: particularly verse 2, “And Abel was a keeper of sheep” and verse 4, “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:”
Abel was a keeper of the sheep as were are to be. He heard the voice of the Lord. Man eats from the ground. We of faith, eat the manna (words in the Bible) sent from heaven those that hear His voice.
To understand the New Testament you have to cross the bridge back into the Old Testament. You cannot throwout scriptures willy nilly. Put in it what you think or what you heard of before. You have to know the author’s intent and logic behind the scripture.
Willy nilly scriptures case in point,” Love God with all your heart as you love your neighbor”. Love for your Father means one kind of love and love for your neighbor means another kind of love. Love in the Hebrew language has four different meanings depending how it is used. Well intention Christians will throw scriptures at that one scripture and say see they all mean the same thing. It all depends on the author’s intent and logic. To the unbeliever it is nothing but rubbish blows in the wind like chaff not grounded in intent and logic.
This is Hermeneutics the art of interpreting the scriptures.
Start building your world and temple today with faith ask Christ to help you. I will see you on the other side of the gates of Zion. Reflections of Christ from a simple man from Texas. See y’all tomorrow.