Hello! I hope you enjoyed last week’s posts, when we dug into the Word of God with our picks (concordances) and shovels (figures of speech reference material) and pulled out some wonderful gems. Have you had a chance to find any more of those condescencio figures of speech, where man gives God human characteristics? They are everywhere…in fact, there is one here among us.
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
God doesn’t have a physical mouth. He is a Spirit. This is the figure of speech, condescencio. Wherever we find a figure of speech or F.O.S. in the Bible, God is highlighting or emphasising that verse. Man or woman cannot live by physical food alone, but we do need a little food.
(We do need a little chocolate… right?)
If the last phrase is a figure of speech, what does it mean? Let’s break it down. Our physical bodies would get weak quickly without food and nourishment. God created us. He says we also need every word that proceeds out of His mouth to maintain our existence spiritually.
The word, “word” is translated from rhēma in the Greek. Rhēma is a neutral noun that is neither good nor evil. It is used all over the New Testament for times when people heard a saying or sermon, or spoke on a topic. I studied under a Biblical scholar who had taken the time to learn high Greek and slang or low Greek which are different. As different as Ebonics is from proper English. He told me that the heart of this word and the real depth of the meaning is; rhēma, is the right word at the right time. It is that fitly placed word that gets results. For God, it is a word of great love, strength, freedom, compassion, exhortation and/or comfort. For the Devil, it is the fiery dart that digs in and stings and wounds the heart for years to come. It is the right word at the right time according to the purposed agenda.
How powerful is the right word at the right time in God’s hands?
“So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word (rhema) of God.” Romans 10:17
Powerful enough to build faith or believing by hearing it. If hearing rehma, the right word at the right time, of God builds believing, than what is the opposite? What if you don’t feed your spirit with rhema? What if you do not feed your spirit at all?
Spiritual anemia sets in. This is a debilitating dilemma brought on by a dust-covered Bible (so to speak). It is spiritual weakness, spiritual inability that is caused by an improper diet. used to be one a spiritually handicapped person. I did not know how to use my spiritual five senses when danger was approaching, much less when blessing was approaching. I was blinded by the physical attributes of temptation and didn’t know to raise the alarm about spiritual landmines nor could I recognize them. I was preyed upon by the fiery darts of the Devil’s and ended up being bitter and broken hearted. Until someone came along and loved me enough to break through all that outer crust with rehma.
What about someone who does not have a dust covered Bible, and yet is still spiritually weak? I was like this for a season too. This can only be attributed to improper usage of the Bible. God’s Word was not being rightly divided. I had a diet of spiritual junk food instead of good solid understanding or rehma from the Word.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tomothy 2:15
If there is a way to rightly divide the Word, there is a way to wrongly divide it as well. I heard a funny statement the other day. A man remarked that he’d never heard someone speak so much and say so little at the same time. I boggled at that comment, because I too have heard these kind of cotton candy filled sermons. Jesus heard these types of things too.
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Matthew 6:7
Their words are filled with compromise, weakness and propounded by teaching others in that manner. We’ve been taught to read the Word at least once a day, but when we’re done reading what do we know? We haven’t learned anything because we didn’t understand it. We fall prey to the windy theories of the latest passing philosopher and doctrines. Instead of selecting verses, with understanding, then using them to corroborate our belief systems. I’ve heard this statement from a woman, “I agree with what you teach on your blog Terri.”
That’s nice, but what if I taught on something from the Word that disagreed with what she thought? What then? Would she have changed her thinking to the Word of God? Whether or not we believe it it’s still the Word of God. After we let the Word speak for itself by being workmen, then we have to harmonize our thinking patterns, our actions, our living by the Word’s standard.
“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” 2 Peter 1:3
If we want to learn all the things that pertain unto life and godliness, we must go to God’s Word. Our spiritual food is laid out before us in matchless buffet of understanding and knowledge.
God Bless You Today.