Wednesday October 3, 2012
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C

Why is it that Christians often find themselves reading their Bible?
Could it be that reading scripture makes us feel closer to God or is it because it allows us to feel good? Could it be the feeling that God rewards those who read His Word or is it possible that we have an unquenchable thirst for learning more about God, what He has in store for us and what He expects from us, His family?
Answers to these questions all lead to reading our Bible more often as well as causing us to ask: Are we UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE READ and is UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE READ an easy thing to do?
Understanding sounds easy enough but when delivering the “Parable of the Sower”, Christ, in Mark 4:15 (KJV), sees UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE READ to be a bit on the difficult side.

And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Taketh Away The Word is Satan taking understanding away from us and as if that is not bad enough we must consider that God is responsible; He allows it.
But there are measurers we can take. Our Strong's Concordance is at our disposal and using it helps to prevent Satan from taking understanding from us.
Understanding how Strong’s adds to UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE READ begins with “Began” in Genesis 4:-26 (KJV):

And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

If not paying close enough attention, “Began Men To Call Upon The Name of the Lord” can be misleading; it can mislead us into believing that something good is about to begin.
Began” is translated from “Hala” in the Hebrew Manuscripts

Hala: a primitive root [compare <H2470> (chalah)]; properly to bore, (cast as) profane, prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

Bore, profane and sorrow, words from your Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary, show that “Began” is referencing something not good. It is saying that something not good is about to begin.
This verse is telling us that as soon as Adam’s bloodline began to multiply through Seth, man began to bore into righteousness, cursing and profaning God.
UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE READ is enhanced when we form the habit of using our Strong’s Concordance and likewise, UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE READ enhances our chances of not being deceived by man, something Christ addresses in Mark 13:5 (KJV):

And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:







Yes, deception is a problem! Mark 13:6 (KJV) warns that many will come in His name:

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many,

Using Strong’s was a necessity for understanding “Began” in Genesis but here in Mark common sense is all that we need and comprehending requires both.
“For many shall come in my name” is telling us that Satan deceives many by coming right into our churches in the name of Christ. Satan’s evil spirit showing up right in our churches is a deception at its best.
But we do not have to fall for it! Our Strong’s Concordance, along with common sense, provide answers and direction that help us better understand when reading our Bible.
Not understanding words like “slumber” in Romans 11:8 (KJV) can also prevent us from UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE READ:

(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Spirit of slumber is God’s Spirit that He extends to us, spirit that protects us who do not yet see or hear His Word. It is a form of protection that we will gladly surrender because hearing and seeing what God is saying opens the door to understanding, making us accountable to Him.
Understanding is at your fingertips; are you ready to receive it?



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