ACCURATE BIBLE KNOWLEDGE!
“WHAT ABOUT THE ARCHAIC WORDS?” (Part 2 of 2)
QUESTION: “What about the archaic and out of date words in the Bible?”
EXPLANATION: Just as any profession has its own vocabulary that must be understood, God has his own words. Instead of man pulling down the Bible to his own level of understanding, it is imperative he reach up to understanding God’s words. But are we to be surprised? It’s just a sign of the times with man becoming woefully and dreadfully self-centred … at God’s expense!
How often have you heard this? “The Bible words are too hard to understand!”
Oh yes, the same people just love to hear words like ‘charcuterie’.
There is the example of two Christians, Bob and Jane, husband and wife, go over to Fred and Amy’s place for a meal. The entrée is a charcuterie board of salami, olives, dips, meats, crackers, carrot and celery sticks and so on.
“Ooh!” says Jane “how do you pronounce that? I haven’t heard that word before! I’m very interested!”
Fred says “Shar – coo – ter – eee”.
Jane repeats “Chai – couth – er – ery”?
“Not quite” says Fred “let it roll off your tongue – sharcooteree. It’s a French word.”
“I’m so excited Bob - we’ve learnt a new word tonight!” said Jane.
Mmmm! Oh yes, Christians love obscure words, but not the Bible’s obscure words! Too hard! It’ll hurt their brains to learn words like ‘haling’, ‘besom’ and ‘graff’
we love Jesus, but not his words and
what they mean. We admit we’re bone lazy as well. In fact, I don’t
think I know
what salvation is? Am I saved? I want to be like Jesus and I want to
Jesus – well isn’t that enough to be a Christian?”
Yes, the meanings of Bible words can be found in the two or three sentences before or after, or the next chapter – it’s in the context not just in the word itself as the Greek professors would have us believe. ‘The Greek’ is so limiting as you will see.
‘Hauling’is simply dragging something along, but ‘haling’ is ‘dragging something along with violence’
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and HALING men and women committed them to prison. (Acts 8:3).
And this is confirmed in the first verse of the next chapter “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,” (Acts 9:1)
Now Dear Reader, go find that in ‘the Greek’. Ah! Mmmm! The rich nuggets of the English!
We all know that a ‘broom’ sweeps, but what about a broom that ‘sweeps with destruction’. It’s a besom!
“I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the BESOM of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Is 14:23)
Man! That’s some broom! The Lord’s broom has spikes, sandpaper, guns and knives poking out of it, as it does nothing but sweep with destruction and devastation.
Now for those who want a further more comprehensive understanding and meaning of the word ‘besom’, chase down the associations of the words bittern, the LORD of hosts, cormorant, owl, confusion, stones of emptiness, slain by the sword, destroy Assyria, Nineveh, desolation, dry like a wilderness, pelicans, hawks, ravens, the LORD of hosts, Philistine, sword, spear, shield and armies in the following scriptures: Is 34:11; Zeph 2:12-14; Deut 14:12-19; 1Sam 17:45.
Hopefully Dear Reader you will have
1. A greater knowledge of the word ‘besom’. The word ‘besom’ doesn’t keep good company does it?
2. This method to study Bible words is without the Greek! As has been said many times “Don’t be a geek and seek ‘the Greek’!” People get the meaning of words by ‘horizontally’ going through the Bible. Its called Horizontal Bible Study. Check out all the other verses in the Bible with the same word.
IS IT ‘GRAFF’ OR ‘GRAFT’?
“And if some of the branches be broken off (Israel), and thou, being a wild olive tree (Gentiles), wert GRAFFED (put to death) in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;” (Rom 11:17)
“And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to GRAFF them in again.” (Rom 11:23)
A graff is a grave. Christians are put to death in a graff. Yes, the graff, the grave is the death of Christ.. Christians are not grafted! We are graffed!
If you graft a cutting into another plant, the graft is not dead. It is still alive. The graft will continue to have a mixture of its own life plus the life of the plant into which it was grafted. If you graft a lime cutting into a lemon tree, that tree will produce limes and lemons.
This is not the graffed Christian. This is the grafted Roman Catholic, the SDA, the Mormon and so on. Not saved but still having their own life.
THESE WORDS, AND HUNDREDS MORE, ARE NOT ARCHAIC WORDS. THEY ARE GOD’S WORDS. THESE ARE ENGLISH BIBLE WORDS, FULL OF RICH MEANING JUST WAITING TO BE STUDIED IN THE SUPERIOR LANGUAGE OF ENGLISH. THEIR WATERED-DOWN REPLACEMENTS IN OTHER ‘BIBLES’ ARE WEAK, INSIPID, AND WRONG!!!
With ‘the Greek’ you have to dive into the dark murky depths where is no light. It’s vertical. True & proper Bible study is done in ‘The English’. It’s horizontal – plain to see, on the surface, obvious! (1jn 1:5; Is 42:9; 45:3; 48:6). It’s called COMPARING SCRIPTURE WITH SCRIPTURE (1Cor 2:13)
Dear Reader, God’s prized nuggets are in the English, laid out on the surface, for anyone to see.
As Tyndale said to his Roman captors before they burnt him at the stake “I defy the Pope and all his laws, if God spare my life, I will make a boy that driveth the plough, know more of the Scripture than thou dost.” Rome had hidden the Scriptures in the Latin and Tyndale had ‘thrown back the curtains’ to let the light of the English language shine on their dark rooms.
Now they still attempt to hide God’s words in ‘the Greek’. You will find that all Greek quoting Pastors (Geeks) hate the English King James Bible. Oh! But they’ll use it as a Mormon does. Congregations will know more about the scriptures than they do. Shock! Horror! (Friki! That’s Greek for horror)
“DON’T BE A GEEK AND SEEK THE GREEK!”
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