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S2E2: Understanding the Bible

Friday, September 25, 2020
Welcome to S2E2 of Martha's Talk! 
In today's episode, we are going to speak about the bible to us. While some know me as Tasha, God changed my name to Martha. He also called me to be an Apostle. This simply means, that he commissioned me to go wherever he sends me to preach or teach the gospel, in truth and in love. Martha's Talk is a talk show in which I share the love of Christ for humanity, in Spirit and in Truth.

In today's episode we are going to go over:
    • Why the bible?
    • Bible facts
    • When reading the bible it's important to understand that the bible does not promote sin, even if it speaks about those who sinned.
    • The four periods of the bible
    • 8 Tips to help us understand the bible better
    Focus scriptures:
    • John 16:13-15 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide (teach) you into all the truth.
    Helpful bible study outline: click here!

    Why the bible?
    The bible is the written (logoj) word of God that was once the spoken (rhma) word of God. The bible is also composed of, of writings like the epistles (Acts to Jude), psalms, proverbs, ecclesiastes and song of solomon. Inside of the bible are the words of God, as well as stories of those living during biblical times. These stories, which btw, happened in real-life captured how believers lived during each period in the bible. It also captures the enemy attacks to try and get believers during the periods of the bible to choose self-will, over God's will which started in Genesis 3, and is still happening now-a-days. For further information regarding the human will, God's will,  Adam & Eve, and Genesis 3, watch S1E5 Pride & Lust

    The written word of God, also known as the holy bible, changes the lives of those who believe in Jesus, who is the Christ/Messiah. We are going to discuss three verses written by the Apostle Paul, which will tell us how reading and hearing the written word of God, and the spoken word of God changes the life of those who believe in Jesus Christ.
    • Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God (logojj) is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
      • #1. The word of God is living and it's active. The opposite of living is dead, and the opposite of active is inactive. Even though we read the written word of God in the bible, does not take away the fact that the words in the bible are alive and active. What this means is that as we read the word, it's impacting us, even though we may not know it or feel differently. Think about your natural heart, it is living and active, although we do not see it beating in our bodies, we know that it is living and active. For example: Live Stream Bible Study that turned into a counseling session.
      • #2. The written word of God is so sharp that it can penetrate (impact) our spirit, soul, and body. What this means is that it can deliver someone who is possessed, oppressed, and or in bondage by demons. Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:26, John 15:3 that the word of God cleanses us. The opposite of cleanse is polluted. Sin is the only thing that pollutes a human-being, and through sin, demons are able to demonize. Note: I am not saying that if we are in a trial & tribulation that it is always going to be due to sin. For more information watch: The 3 reasons  believers have trials & tribulations
      • #3. The word of God is a judge of the thoughts and attitude of our heart (spirit). If you want to know whether or not your heart believe the word of God, read the word of God about any topic and see how you respond to what is written. For example, 1 Corinthians 13:4-11, speaks about love. If as a born-again believer,  you read that love is patient/long suffering which is defined as able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious, and expect that your relationships with your spouse, children, members at your church will not involve patience, then your heart does not believe the word of God regarding love. For more information watch S1E7 How does God communicate?
    • Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (rhma).
      • #4. Rhma (rhema) is the spoken word of God, meaning when God speaks and we hear him, we can have faith from hearing his word. The reason why I used can, instead of will, is because we know from the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that their were Pharisees and Sadducees, and others who heard Jesus Christ speak but they did not believe in him (John 12:42-50).
    • 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
      • #5. The authors of the books in the bible, were inspired to write these stories (that happened in real life) by the Holy Spirit (God's Spirit, who cannot be seen with our natural eyes). The word of God, helps us know how to live as Christians nowadays.
    Bible Facts:
      • The bible is sectioned by 66 different books. For example, Genesis is 1 of the 66 books in the bible. There are 38 books in the old testament and 28 books in the new testament.
      • Within the 66 books in the bible, the bible is sectioned by two testaments. The old testament (before Jesus's earthly appearance) and the new testament (Jesus's earthly appearance and afterwards). 
      • The word testament means covenant, and a covenant is a binding agreement between God and mankind. FYI mankind also make covenants, for example, marriage is a covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-40).
      • There are some stories that are written to show us how to live as born again believers in the Kingdom of God. For example: Luke 10:25-37. While, there are other stories to show us what happens when one lives in the kingdom of darkness. For example: Luke 12:13-21
      • The gospels are a bibliography about Jesus's earthly ministry, and the authors of these gospels are: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Two of the four gospels were written by two of Jesus's disciples that shared in Jesus's earthly ministry, who later became apostles (Matthew and John). The other two gospels were written by disciples of the apostles of Jesus, who interviewed the apostles (Mark, and Luke). 
        • When we read Acts, and the other epistles, we know that Luke is a doctor and a minister who was governed by the Apostle Paul, and we would also know that Mark (named John, but called Mark-John, possibly to eliminate confusion regarding him and the Apostle John, or John the Baptist) was a minister who was governed by his cousin, Apostle Barnabas, and at some point, the Apostle Paul.
      • The epistles (which are letters) were written by the early disciples of Jesus, to the church. These letters, are Acts (of the apostles) to the book of Jude.
      8 Tips to help us understand the word(s) of God (the bible)!
      Tip #1. The Four Periods of the Bible:
      The four periods in this episode post are split up based upon sin, and the laws given to mankind that were given, as a result of sin (Law of Moses & Law of the Spirit). 

      Why are the periods split up in accordance with sin? 
      Sin separates us from God, and is the reason why mankind and this world became polluted and is the reason why there will be a new heaven and earth (see Revelation 21). It is the reason why Jesus Christ came to the earth (to set us free from sin, and the law of sin and death, as the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:1-3). Thus, these four periods in the bible will help you understand the bible better, and they are as follows:
      • Period #1 Genesis 1-2 
        • No sin in the world. Thus, mankind had a relationship with God. Sin separates mankind from God because God is Holy and cannot be around sin (Romans 5:12).  Sin is what caused mankind to die a spiritual death, and eventually physically.
        • Holy Spirit in Adam & Eve, as they were born in the image of God, as was Cain and Abel. However, Seth was born in the image of man (without the Holy Spirit automatically being in them), read Genesis 1-5.
      • Period #2 Genesis 3-Exodus 19 
        • Sin in the world. However, because there was no law, there was no punishment for sin on earth (Romans 5:12-14). However, there was eternal punishment for sin, after physical death due to the sin of Adam & Eve (Romans 5:12-21,Hebrews 2:14-18).
        • Holy Spirit upon individuals, not in them, read Genesis 6.
      • Period #3 Exodus 19-The end of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) 
        • Sin in the world. But now there was a law, called the Law of Moses. The Law of Moses never made anyone righteous, rather it was given to show mankind how much they need a savior, and was used to punish unrighteousness (Romans 5:12-18).
        • Holy Spirit in temple, and only upon certain prophets and kings, read Exodus 25-40.
      • Period #4 The end of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) & the beginning of Acts to now 
        • Sin in the world. However, God the Father sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins, so that through Jesus's death and resurrection, we can also die to sin (metaphorically) and live for Jesus Christ. All we have to do is repent of our sins, be baptized in the name of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and then believe in Jesus Christ (this belief is a continuous belief) (Romans 6:5-12). So because of God's grace, and our belief in Jesus Christ, we will live for Jesus on earth and then go to heaven, after our physical body dies. Want to accept Jesus Christ? Click here!
        • Holy Spirit inside born-again believers who believe in Jesus Christ and are born-again, read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

      Tip #2 How do we understand the bible, as God intends us to?
      If I can give you any advice regarding understanding the word of God, it would be this:
      #1. Read the bible daily, and before you do, in the name of Jesus Christ ask for God the Father to give you understanding of the word of God based upon how he wants you to understand the word of God (
      Colossians 1:9-16 )
      . Literally pray to God by asking the following: "In the name of Jesus Christ, God the Father, I ask that you would give me understanding of the word of God based upon how you want me to understand the word of God. Teach me how to understand your word and to do what it says to do..."
      • The reason for this is because once you hear bad doctrine, it is hard for a person typically to stop believing the bad doctrine that they heard someone else preach or teach even, if the bible clearly go against the bad doctrine. It will be even harder, if the bad doctrine is popular in church culture (e.g. like the Word of Faith movement (what it turned into), OSAS, Prosperity Gospel). Typically people do not want to let go of bad doctrine because it appeal to their sensual pleasures, meaning it makes them feel comfortable. 
      #2. Before listening to any sermons (teaching, preaching, prophecies, healing & deliverance, and the like) whether in church or on YouTube or any platform (even Martha's Talk), ask the God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ if the minister is someone he wants you to watch in this season of your life. 
      • The reason why you are asking is because maybe the ministers teaching is too advanced for where you are now on your journey with Christ, and the enemy will use misunderstandings in order to confuse you.
      • Perhaps, the minister is not sent by God to minister. Unfortunately, there are people who say they are Christians but are not (Philippians 3:18-4:1, Jude 1:8-12). There can be many reasons, but the point is that you are seeking direction and help from God.
      The Parable of the Sower
      • Matthew 13:1-23 Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful (akarpoj). But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word (logoj) and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
      • Recommended watch: The Parable of the Sower
      Acts 16:13-15 The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.

      The state of our heart matters when we hear or read the word of God. 

      Suggested prayer: In the name of Jesus Christ, Father, I ask that you open my heart to hear the word of God the way that you want me to hear it and understand it, and wisdom from the Holy Spirit to respond to the word of God, as you will. 

      Tip #3. Chapters are not an indication of the end/beginning of the speaker's message.
      The reason why this is important to know is because the bible is better understood when read from Genesis to Revelation. However, most of us do not have the time to read the book of Genesis to Revelation daily. However, we do have the capacity to read complete chapters, or complete books within a day or within a week. Would you only want to watch 10 minutes of a movie or show, that you've always wanted to see? No, because you want to understand the point, and it's theme. The Bible, too has a story line, that can only be understood when we take the time to read at least the book, not only one verse.

      Chapters in the bible give the impression that the end of a chapter means that it is the end of a conversation, and the beginning of the chapter is the beginning of a conversation. The chapter numbers are often inserted between the message, sermon, teaching.  For example, in Matthew 5-7 happened in one setting, on the same day. Think of Matthew chapters 5-7 like a pastor preaching one sermon, on one day. So if you want to read the Book of Matthew for example and understand it, I suggest reading Matthew in this order:
      Suggestion for reading the bible as a new believer:
      • The Epistles (Acts - Jude)
      • Then the Gospels (Matthew - John)
      • The Old Testament (Genesis - Malachi ) after you are secure in understanding salvation, forgiveness of sins, grace, faith. Then read the old testament. Reading the old testament is encouraged because it gives us understanding of the reasons why God the Father, sent his son Jesus is who is the Christ, into the world.
      • Last but not least, read the book of Revelation
      Tip #4. Meditate on what you are reading, at the moment you are reading it.
      Ask the Holy Spirit for understanding for anything that doesn't make sense to you. An example of meditating on the scripture, is to read the word of God, and then ask questions. Meditate on how the scriptures applies to your life, in context with our belief in Jesus Christ, which allows us to receive God's grace freely, and justifies us. As you are reading scripture, you can also think about what you would have done if you were in the person shoes.

      • Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
      • Psalm 119:148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
      • Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.
      • Psalm 77:12 I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.
      Tip #5. Law of Moses (600+commandments) vs The Law of the Spirit (1 Commandment to love)There are two main laws, and within those laws are covenants. 
      • The first is the Law of Moses, read Deuteronomy
        • The 10 commandments was required under of the Law of Moses. 
        • In addition, to the 10 Commandments, the Law of Moses also consist of sacrificial rituals which the Israelite's had to do to be cleanse from their sins (justification).
        • The 10 Commandments is summed up in one commandment under the Law of the Spirit; love, God first and love your neighbor as yourself [Matthew 22:36-40]. When we love God, we will love our neighbor. When we love our neighbor we will not murder them, lie to them, steal from them, etc.
      • The second is the Law of the Spirit read the book of Romans 
        • The grace of God in the law of the Spirit replaced the sacrificial rituals in the Law of Moses. 
        • Now under the Law of the Spirit, when we sin we have to repent from our heart. 
        • Under the Law of Moses, in order to be forgiven of sin they had to sacrifice an animal, and that animal would have the sins transferred to them, and then the animal would die in place of the person who sinned.
        • The new commandment that we have under the Law of the Spirit, is to love (friendship love) God first, and then to love (unconditional love) our neighbor as we love ourselves (see S2E3 How do we love Jesus Christ?)
        • Correction: 
          • UNDER THE LAW OF MOSES: Matthew 22:35-40 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
            • The Law of Moses was not abolished until after Jesus's resurrection (Matthew 5:17-20, Luke 24:44), thus those under the Law of Moses did not have the Holy Spirit in them, unless they were a chosen king or prophet, for example John the Baptist (Luke 1:15). The reason why Jesus Christ told them "to love their neighbor as they love themselves," is because they wouldn't be able to love their brothers/sisters as God loves them, since they did not have the Holy Spirit, in which we receive the love of God according to the Apostle Paul in Romans 5:5. We are not under the Law of Moses, because we believe in Jesus Christ and receive the grace of God, and accepted him as Lord & Savior.
          • UNDER THE LAW OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (GRACE): John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
            •  Thus, we are now under the Law of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:1-9), and are told to love one another as Jesus Christ loves us, we are able to love because we receive the Jesus's love via the Holy Spirit (John 15:12Romans 5:5), in which they did not have under the Law of Moses, which is why they could not love others, as Jesus Christ loves us.
            • The point that of adding this is to mention, that our love is to extend beyond loving others as we love ourselves, but now, loving others, specifically brothers and sisters in Christ, as Jesus Christ loves us.
          • Note: We can only keep his command if we believe in him, and the free grace of God. 
          • Recommended watch: How do I know if I really believe in Jesus Christ?
        • Unlike, under the Law of Moses, we have God's grace to help us and the Holy Spirit.
        • In addition, instead of having to sacrifice animals to have our sins forgiven, we just have to believe in Jesus Christ, and when we really believe in Jesus Christ it will lead to repentance (asking God for forgiveness). The Holy Spirit and the word of God (the bible) will let us know what we need to repent of and when. 
      Tip #6. Why did the disciples follow the Law of Moses in the Gospels [Matthew, Mark, Luke, John]?
      • We read in Matthew 5:17-20 and Luke 24:44-45 that until Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses, Prophets and Psalms, that that law of Moses would not be abolished. 
      • Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law of Moses when he resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21). At that point is when the covenant of grace, under the Law of the Spirit (Holy Spirit) was offered to those who repent of their sins and believe that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah who was to come into the world and save the world of their sins if they believe. 
      • So when we read the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in New Testament, we should understand that before Jesus's resurrection, the crowd and his disciples had to follow the Law of Moses, and that Jesus Christ himself had to follow the Law of Moses, until he fulfilled the Law of Moses without sinning, died on the cross and resurrected back to life. 
      • While under the Law of Moses, Jesus who is the Christ/Messiah started to introduce the Law of the Spirit (Holy Spirit) in which we receive the covenant of grace.
        • John 1:14-18 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
        • Read the Parable of the Wineskins in Luke 5:33-39.
      Tip #7. When reading the bible, be aware of these six five things:
      • Thing #1: Who the speaker is speaking to? (e.g. Is Jesus speak to his disciples [the righteous] or to the Pharisees [unrighteous]?)
      • Thing #2: Was it before the Law of Moses (before Jesus resurrection) or after the Law of the Holy Spirit, in which we have the covenant of grace (after Jesus's resurrection)?
      • Thing #3: Who is speaking? Is the speaker using analogies, similes, metaphors or parables to describe a noun (person, place, or thing)?
      • Thing #4: Just because the bible said someone said something, or did something, doesn't mean God was okay with what they did or said. We know that Abraham was righteous because he had faith. However, we also know that in Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-18, Abraham lied. Just because the bible doesn't specifically mention that what Abraham did was bad, and that God did not approve of Abraham's lies, doesn't mean that God was okay with it. On the contrary, we see that this becomes a generational curse (read more).
      • Thing #5: When reading the old testament remember that the believers in the old testament were spiritually dead (without the Holy Spirit inside of them) unless they were a chosen prophet, king etc by God (.e.g Isaiah, Samuel, King Saul, King David, etc). In those days, God only allowed his Holy Spirit to dwell on those he anointed. The Holy Spirit also lived in the temple of God, but under the Law of the Holy Spirit, in which we have the covenant of grace, our bodies are the temple of God, so the Holy Spirit dwells in us (1 Corinthians 6:19). 
      Tip #8. In the bible the spiritual explains the natural
      In order to understand the words in the Bible and understand how to apply the bible in our life, we need the help of the Holy Spirit. Theology without the Holy Spirit's revelation is useless and pointless, respectfully. The Holy Spirit is our helper, he is sent to guide us into all truth, tell us the things to come, and bring us into remembrance of all that Jesus Christ has said (John 16:13). The words in the bible, which is inspired by the Holy Spirit, are spiritual, because God is a Spirit. Therefore, when you read the word of God, you can read it in two ways and interpret it in two ways. The first way is the way God intends it to be read, which is spiritually. The second way is carnally. You will never understand God or how to interpret the bible correctly if you are not reading it spiritually. This is why it's important to have the Holy Spirit. Anyone can read the bible, but not everyone will be able to understand it, and that is intentional!

      By reading John 6:63, John 1:14, John 4:24 we know that God is a Spirit, Jesus Christ's words are spirit and truth, and that Jesus is the living word. So when we read the word of God with a natural/carnal perspective, we will misunderstand & misinterpret it. For example, when we read Exodus 20:1-20, Deuteronomy 5:5-21 we should ask our-self what were the spiritual ramifications of not adhering to these commandments under the Law of Moses? I think a lot of read this, as a checklist of what God said not to do and we lose the understanding of scripture. This same principle applies with any other scripture in the word of God. If we read the bible to get a natural/carnal understanding before understanding the scripture spiritually, then:
      • We are in danger of legalism (rules instead of relationship, and relationships develop over time).
      • We are in danger of religion (wanting a relationship with God, but not accepting God discipline, correction, and guidance)
      • We may also think God the Father is mean, instead of realizing that the rules were, and are for our spiritual protection.

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