THE WORD OF GOD

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Sunday Morning: April 25, 2004

Read: Luke 8:5-11 "A [the] sower went out to sow his [the] seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. 7. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10. And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God."

Text: Hebrews 5:11-14 ". . . we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. (These had ears to hear) 12. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk (predigested food), and not of strong [solid, from the milk] meat [food, not flesh]. 13. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14. But strong [solid] meat [food] belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

FIRST ELEMENTS - MILK

Hebrews 5:12-14 "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles (basics, 2 pet. 3:12) of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong [solid] meat [food (from the milk)].

 

MILK NOT MEAT

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2. I have fed you with milk (predigested food), and not with meat [victuals]: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?"

MILK

1 Corinthians 2:2 "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." (but not the resurrection)

TRUTH

1 Timothy 2:4 "Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge [eJpig>nosiv] of the truth (scriptures)."

SCRIPTURE TRUTH

Luke 24:27 "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."

MOSES, PROPHETS, PSALMS

Luke 24:44-45 "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,"

WRITTEN AFORETIME

Romans 15:4 "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."

 

 

REASONED OUT OF THE SCRIPTURES

Acts 17:2 "And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them (synagogue of the Jews), and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,"

ALL SCRIPTURE, OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (right living): 17. That the man of God may be perfect [complete], thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

IN CONTRAST, THE TRUTH

John 16:13 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of [the] truth, is come, he will guide you into all [the] truth: . . . he will show you things to come."

JESUS PREACHED THE TRUTH

John 18:37 ". . . for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth [kingdom mysteries]. Every one that is of the truth heareth [present active] my voice." (has ears to hear)

SOME THINGS WERE HIDDEN

Luke 10:21-23 "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 22. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him. 23. And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:"

HID FROM AGES

Colossians 1:26 "Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:"

 

 

MYSTERY MADE KNOWN

Ephesians 3:3-6 "How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4. Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5. Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6. That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs (in the heavens), and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:"

INHERITANCE ON EARTH

Ezekiel 47:23 "And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD."

HIDDEN IN PARABLES

Matthew 13:10-11 "And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11. He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given."

THE WORD OF GOD

Luke 8:8-11 ". . . when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. 9. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 10. And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God."

STRONG MEAT

Hebrews 5:14 "But strong [solid] meat [food] belongeth to them that are of full age (teleiov, perfect, mature), even those who by reason of use (of the milk) have their senses exercised [gumnazw, perfect tense, root word. naked] to discern both good and evil."

 

BUTTER HIDDEN IN MILK

Isaiah 7:14-15 "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good."

CHURN THE MILK TAKES SWEAT

Proverbs 30:33 "Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, . . . ."

KINGS SEARCH

Proverbs 25:2 "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter."

MAKING BUTTER

Isaiah 28:9-10 "Whom shall he teach knowledge? (butter) and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? (butter) them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10. For precept (butter fat) must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line (butter fat) upon line, line upon line; here a little (butter fat), and there a little (butter fat):"

IT ALSO TAKES HONEY

1 Samuel 14:27 "But Jonathan . . . put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened."

OUR EYES MAY BE ENLIGHTENED

Ephesians 1:15-18 ". . after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16. Cease not to . . . making mention of you in my prayers; 17. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge [eJpig>nwsiv] of him: 18. The eyes of your understanding [heart] being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,"

THEY WERE EATING FISH AND HONEY

Luke 24:41-42 ". . . he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42. And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb."

HE ENLIGHTENED THEM

Luke 24:45 "Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,"