The Living Word: Part Two
The following post is the beginning of a series of posts about the Living Word, the Bible.
I've started this series because I'm passionate about you having a richer, stronger, higher, deeper and greater level of the Word of God in your life, so you are ready for anything and everything that comes your way every day.
'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another…'
Colossians 3:16 (ESV)
In our Connect Groups, in our fellowship, when the Word is at the centre of our conversation we will avoid letting our conversation become negative. What we talk about becomes present.
'Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name.'
Malachi 3:16 (NKJV)
I believe that as Christians, we need to develop a deeper love for Scripture and an appetite for the Word. We need to be feeding ourselves throughout the week in our devotional lives and by reading Scripture every day.
As with the manna in the wilderness (Exodus 16), we need to collect our food for the day every morning. It will last for one day, then we need to get more the next day. So should our prayer life be.
'The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;'
Psalm 19:7 (NKJV)
God’s Word is perfect. There is no writing or philosophy in the world that is perfect other than the Word of God.
It cannot be broken - 'Scripture cannot be broken' (John 10:35 NKJV).
The Bible is a Mathematical Composition
An interesting note is that the Bible is not only perfect as a literary manuscript, but also as a mathematical composition. Both the Hebrew and Greek alphabet letters all had a numeric value as well, so patterns of numbers and their sums can be seen in Scripture. It is a mathematical book as well.
The values of each letter are shown below:
The first verse of Genesis reads, 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth' (Genesis 1:1).
In Hebrew this looks like:
(Hebrew is read from right to left, just the opposite of English.)
This sentence covers the complete act of creation.
7 is the number of perfection, just as we are told in the book of revelation that 6 is the number of man (Revelation 13:18), 666 is the number of the beast who misaligned with the anti Christ. 3 is the number of God. This number is man trying to be God.
The number 7 is one of the most significant numbers of the Bible because it is the number of spiritual perfection. It is the number which is stamped on every work of God. We can observe the importance of this number in nature too. Be it physics, chemistry or music we can see they are all based on this number of God’s work.
- All music that is created is based on seven basic notes of music, the eight note is just a higher or lower octave.
- If light is passed through a prism then it splits into seven parts, this is known by a very famous abbreviation VIBGYOR.
- There are seven basic crystal systems in minerals. Therefore it is often said that the Holy Bible is the master textbook of all sciences be it physics, chemistry or music.
- The number seven is most sacred to the Hebrews. Therefore it represents a perfect world which is crowned by heaven. So seven denotes completeness through union of earth with heaven.
- There are seven churches, seven spirits before the throne, seven stars, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven dooms, seven new things.
- This verse contains 7 words.
- The total number of letters is 28, or 7 x 4.
- The sentence divides into two equal parts: the first three words, 'In-the-beginning God created,' contain 14 letters, and the remaining four words contain 14 letters.
- The second half of the sentence divides again into two equal parts: The two words for 'the heavens' contain 7 letters, and the two words for 'and-the earth' contain 7 letters.
- The three nouns, God, heaven and earth have together 14 letters.
- The numeric value of these three nouns is 777.
W.E. Filmer who researched this material said, ‘I defy anyone to construct another sentence which incorporates such an amazing set of numerics. I should never have believed that such a sentence could exist if it were not for the fact that it is there.’
Studies have been done using the same formula on other great writings of history, Shakespeare, Omer, Plato, Marcus Aurelius; none have any such patterns in them. They are just a jumble of numbers with no pattern at all.
One divine mind was overseeing a literary work completely impossible for man’s mind to contrive.
Meditate on the Word
'“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it."'
Isaiah 55:8–11 (NLT)
The renewing of your mind takes place every time you read the Scriptures.
Christian meditation is different to Eastern meditation. Christian meditation is about filling your mind with Scripture, not emptying your mind.
Meditation is the way that the Word of God becomes planted within our soul, the way the seed enters the soil.
Let's look at Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV):
'1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.'
Psalm 1:1–3 (NKJV)
The very first word of the very first Psalm is 'blessed', revealing God's will for his people. The pathway to blessing begins in what you do not do before we are told what to do. Eliminating practices, conversations, words and certain relationship from our lives is the first step. We cannot hang on to the negatives and also anticipate a positive life.
The beginning of a blessed life is in what you choose to not do. This develops strength of character and depth of integrity, when we refuse to do what others do, even though it brings a negative opinion.
You can get as blessed by NOT doing certain things when it is within your ability, power and opportunity to do them, as you can by doing things.
To walk is to take steps, that is, make decisions, whereas the next sentence is about also not 'standing' in the path of sinners. This very first Psalm is about ensuring that we choose our associations carefully and refuse to arrange our lives according to the lifestyles of sinners.
Psalm 1:2 - 'But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.'
This is when the roots of our life, (not the leaves, the branches or even the trunk, but the unseen, deep subconscious, baseline attitudes), are soaking in the Word of God daily. Instead of heeding the words of the wicked, the man who would be blessed heeds the Word of God. There will always be a choice presented to us. We must have a 'but' in our life that refuses to do one thing so we can do the other.
It's impossible to live wrong and love the Lord. If we delight in sinful ways we will hate the Word. If we love the Word and God we will hate the ways of the world.
Love for the world dulls any love we have for the Word, and vice versa. Only those who love the Word will understand that delight in the unique Word of God.
Because of the love for the Word, he thinks on it all day long, not problems, not the world news, not the gossip and idle chatter of surrounding people, not books and magazines, but he meditates in the Word all day long, drawing his mind back to the Word. This is most easily done by speaking about the Word, speaking it into our world.
To meditate is to repeat the Scripture to yourself in your mind or in your mouth until it travels as revelation, as faith, as light into your spirit.
The word 'meditation', (hagah), literally means 'to ponder by talking to oneself'. Meditation is the digestive faculty for the soul. It's like chewing your food, though it's chewing the Word with your mind.
Psalm 1:3 - 'He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.'
The person who has cleansed himself from the world and bad associations and filled his mind and spirit with the Word of God, is like a tree planted by rivers of water. The Word of God is filled with rivers of life. Because the man has committed himself to meditate day and night in the Word, he is therefore planted, immovable, not transient. This commitment is necessary to bear fruit. The inconsistent, transient, uncommitted person does not bear fruit because they are not receiving the water of life.
Because of the steady stream of watery life into our man, he unfailingly bears fruit consistent with the seasons. He will not promise much and deliver little as our fig tree of Mark 11, but rather the fruit appears easily. The effort of a tree is not to bear fruit, but to find moisture with its roots. The rest follows easily.
The climax of this verse is this overboard declaration, that whatever He does will therefore be successful and prosper.