This study is about learning to understand
the Bible as viewed from the heavens (spiritual discernment). The Scriptures reveal that within the books of the
prophets are hidden treasures that are buried beneath the soil of parables and proverbs. To many this is a new
concept and yet this truth is presented very clearly in the Holy Word of God.
13:34, we are told that Christ spoke not unto the people but by parables. It states "All these things spake
Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them." In His life of ministry,
parables were used to present each truth. It is Christ's method of communicating and this is why this form of
communication was used when the Scriptures were written.
says, " O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the word of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable: I
will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide
them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength and his
wonderful works that he hath done". We are that generation. This text tells us that all His praises, strength,
and wonderful works are hidden within parables for you and me.
The question of
"why" must then be asked. Why would God hide the essential truths of salvation under the camouflage of symbols
and figures? Is God trying to hide His truths from those who are looking? The answer is both yes and no. It
depends upon the heart of the individual who is looking for them. In Matthew 13:10-11, the disciples asked Jesus
why He spoke in parables and His answer to them is also the answer to our question. What He revealed was that
the truths which are hidden in the proverbs and parables hold the keys to the mysteries of the kingdom of
It states, "And
the disciples came and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 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."
Therefore, these truths are not for the casual observer or those who do not seek the abiding presence of God as
the rule for their life. These truths, hidden in the Scriptures, are to be found only by the most ardent and
serious searcher of the Scriptures who, like the disciples of old, are following Christ and seeking to
understand His words.
tells us "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they
tramples them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that seeketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." The promise is given that all who seek to understand God and His
word will find Him but they must seek Him with all their hearts.
This is seen in
Deuteronomy 4:29 which states, "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if
thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." Again, this is seen in Jeremiah 29:13 which says, "And
ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
You may be
wondering if finding God and understanding the Scriptures are the same thing. The answer is shown in Psalms
49:3-4 which states that "My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
I will incline mine ear to a parable; I will open my dark saying upon the harp.” Here dark does not
indicate evil. It is used to show that the sayings of God are not easy to see (understand in the mind). God
tells us here that in our searching of the Scriptures He will give us understanding of the parables hidden in
the Word of God. We cannot understand them by ourselves.
At this point
we need to make sure we understand the difference between the written and spoken Word of God. Many studies have
been done on this subject. To put it simply, the Bible (writings of the prophets) is the written Word of God. It
was given to teach or to instruct. The spoken Word of God is the inward abiding of God’s Spirit in the mind of
the believer. It is the spoken word that causes us to understand the written word. The Scriptures can’t bring us
eternal life. They can only bring us instruction when interpreted in our minds by the spoken word (living God).
I know that this is smashing a large in-depth study into one paragraph but it gives the basic concept.
can therefore be drawn that the serious searchers of God's Word will discover the hidden gold buried in the
parables. This will be accomplished by God's wisdom and understanding that is given to the searcher by the
inward abiding Spirit of God.
This is not an
instantaneous event but is a gradual process that takes place as the individual daily feeds on the Word of God.
The Father’s Spirit brings a clearer revelation of the mysteries of Himself and His Son to the searcher as day
by day these truths become assimilated in the mind of the believer. The mind is daily renewed by the Spirit of
God until the constant abiding presence of the Father and His Son is within the believer. This is represented to
us by the two olive trees of Zechariah 4:3. The oil does not flow rapidly from the two trees (representative of
the complete ministry of Christ) but takes time to fill the bowl. This is also seen in the parable of the ten
virgins. When the foolish virgins ran out of oil, they didn’t have time to get more oil. Getting the oil
(absorbing God’s truths and learning to constantly abide) takes time.
It is when the
reader allows the Spirit of God to dwell in the mind and heart to give wisdom and understanding that the
individual can read from the heavens. This is how we learn to fly. It is in this way that the deeper truths of
God are revealed to our minds. The thoughts it brings to the mind are God’s thoughts. The Lord tells us in
Isaiah 55:9, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my
thoughts than your thoughts."
As you open
your study into the Bible, pray for the guidance of God’s Spirit, and the Father, through His Son, will reveal
the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven to you. He will make your Garden (your mind and soul - Jeremiah 31:12) as
the Garden of Eden (the mind of God).
The promise of
Isaiah 51:3 is that "the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her
wilderness like Eden, and her desert as like the Garden of the Lord." As we daily feed on His Word and
constantly pray for His abiding presence, we will learn to know His voice (the spoken word) and will learn to
abide spiritually with Him in the heavens.
They that wait
upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles .... Isaiah 40:31