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The Word I’m Looking For (episode IV)

May 4, 2009

It’s been a while since the last installment of this series on words that have a single appearance in the King James bible. I was thinking of letting it go, adding to the pile of unfinished series that are buried in the archives, and starting a series on the lives of Elijah and Elisha. (this is really on my heart) But I need to see this through; although after three previous entries, I’m still going through the letter “A.” We know that all scripture is profitable and a lot of the words of this description fall in some very significant passages. So here it goes beginning with:

“ALLEGORY”

Galatians 4:22-24 “For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a free woman.
But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Which things are an 
allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sanai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.” 

This single paragraph can hardly do justice to the incredible truth found here. The setting is a church in Galatia where many of the saints, after being born of the Spirit, had begun trying to observe the statutes contained in the law. In this passage, Paul is telling how Ishmael and Isaac represent the two covenants. Indeed the law was a schoolmaster and all things therein point to Christ. But when Jesus was on the cross and said “it is finished,”  the vail in the temple was “rent in twain.”  The sin debt of the world was paid, once and for all. Yet it seems understandable that saints who came from a pagan background could easily be persuaded to begin practices that were associated with Judaism. 

Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.”

“ALLOWED”

I Thessalonians 2:4 “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.” 

Another verse containing a number of points.  It’s a serious thing to proclaim the words of truth as every word will be given account of. One thing that seems rampant these days is a lack of godly fear by many when it comes to contending for the faith once delivered to the saints. This lack of godly fear manifests in one of two ways. The first is adherance to doctrine for doctrines sake; that is adopting a position and then building a framework of scriptures around it for support. I fear that we all have this tendancy to one degree or another. The second is a retreating to a comfortable and widely accepted message that doesn’t ruffle any feathers. When we set out to proclaim the strait and narrow way, we are going to be called “narrowminded.” This is unavoidable.

This seems needful to bring up. CR recently heard one who embraced the homosexual lifestyle. This persons response to Romans chapter one was an unconcerned “I don’t think that’s what verses 26 and 27 mean.” There is an astonishing absence of godly reverance in many circles these days and oftentimes this can lead to the embracing of incredible wickedness. The second part of the above passage let’s us know who we are to please and that our actions will reveal who we are serving. Incidentally, the idea for this entire series was launched one day when I was searching for the exact location of the verse that is found in Leviticus 18:22 and discovered that the word “womankind” only appears once in scripture. But what a profound appearance.

“ALLOWETH”

Romans 14:22-23 “Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. happy is he that condemneth not himself in the thing which he alloweth.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”

One really needs to back up a few verses to get the “full” of this. In short, there are things that we may have peace about, but they may cause problems for a younger saint. As such we should be mindful of this and strive not to engage in anything that would trip them up. Likewise, we should strive to avoid contentions that have nothing to do with sound doctrine. We’ve all heard the analogy of churches dividing over the “color of the new carpeting” so to speak. The danger of division and scattering is ever present. The enemy will always seek out opportunities to “divide and conquor”  and he’s always seeking whom he may devour. It was important to include verse 23 because it reminds us that it is sin when we doubt God in any capacity. “Lord help our unbelief.”

Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

The next word actually appears twice (it also appears in Hosea 2:14) but this next passage is so pressing that it needs to be added.

“ALLURE”

II Peter 2:17-18 “These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean excaped from them who live in error.”

This is an ominous warning that relays the dangers of loving this world. While typing this, I found myself thinking about these huge ministry kingdoms that consistantly preach a prosperity gospel. There seems to be a focusing on the acquisition of stuff instead of an exhortation to “forsake all and follow Jesus.” This also fits in with II Thessalonians 2:4 mentioned previously. Whenever an intentional utilization of the three lusts is in play; those being the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, there’s trouble brewing. A message  may seem scripturally solid, but will inevitably cause those lacking in discernment to place “things” at the top of their list.  It should be noted that the Holy Spirit will always draw us closer to Jesus. If we’re listening, he will also let us know when we’re beginning to drift.  

“ALMSDEEDS”

Acts 9:36-37 “Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
And it came to pass in those days that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.”

Truly faith without works is dead and Tabitha was a lady with a full embodiment of good works, done  in Jesus name. She became ill and this resulted in a physical death. As we read down to verse 40, we learn that Peter prayed over her and the Lord brought her back to life. This miracle resulted in many throughout Joppa believing on the Lord Jesus. It should be noted that this lady had a reputation of “almsdeeds” that was widely known and that she would be greatly missed. Because of this godly reputation many people knew of the situation and this, in turn, resulted in many believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, when she was raised from the dead. Folks who have now been in the presence of the Lord for two thousand years.

This is a side note, but my understanding is that during the ministry of Smith Wigglesworth, 21 people were raised from the dead. Indeed “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Well I have to go for now. These posts are a lot of fun and they force ponderings that otherwise wouldn’t have come about. “AND WE’RE STILL ON THE LETTER “A!” One could almost devote a blog entirely to this process. (hmm) Until the next time, I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

Psalm 119:36-37 “Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

 

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2 comments

  1. Hi Timbob,

    When my son was in Bible quizzing a couple of years ago, he memorized that first Scripture you quoted in Galatians 4. I love the concept of allegories, or there being a deeper truth than what is just represented on the surface. I’m so glad that Jesus Christ, whom the Bible calls in one place, “the second Adam” was able to lead a sinless, perfect life and can deliver us from the carnality and sin that we have been prey to since the first man, Adam fell from grace.

    Gotta run for now. Blessings to you.

    Carol


  2. Hi Carol. The word of God is so deep. Timeless as it was from the beginning, anbd will remain long after this current heavens and earth are but a memory. It’s always amazing when passing a scripture that has been visited a hundred times before, and suddenly the Lord opens a whole new aspect of it. WOW!

    Thanks for stopping by. I was sorry to hear about the recent loss in your family. I thought about commenting on the post where you told of this, but my words always seem so “unequal to the task” in these situations. I will continue to keep your household in prayer.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.



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