Least Among You – BT7
Little children don’t study the bible to know God but learn directly
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The “wise and understanding” megas greats, protos firsts, or archon top leaders have always been the ones who could financially afford to be educated to read and study the bible in the original languages, but this partiality, which we’ve seen God abhors, leaves the “least among you” eschatos lasts, such as paidion little children, completely out. Why are Christians continuing to show the partiality required to disseminate scriptural gnosis head-knowledge the same way the Jews did under the old covenant when we are supposed to be under a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant? This is baffling! Why do we idolize bible study?
The Greek text and more accurate translations like the ASV, CSB, DARBY, DLNT, EXB, HCSB, MOUNCE, NASB, NKJV, NMB, WEB, and YLT prove that the King James Version’s “Study to shew thyself an approved workman of God” (a) to be false and misleading, because spoudazo means “to use speed or be prompt; make effort or be earnest, diligent, or zealous,” which has absolutely nothing to do with reading, analyzing, or memorizing bible verses to quote them back to Satan or in evangelism! It’s a shame that the KJ21, AKJV, AMP, AMPC, BRG, DRA, GNV, JUB, and MEV have perpetuated this heresy! The scribes and Pharisees were expert bible students, but look what Jesus said of them: “You diligently search/study (f) the scriptures (g) because you suppose (h) that in them you will lay hold of zoe genuine-life everlasting, but instead it is they that bear witness of Me, yet you refuse to COME TO ME that you may have zoe genuine-life” (c). In fact, their “tables” for rolling out their scrolls to compare and study them had become a “snare, trap, and stumbling block” and God had cursed their efforts with a “retribution – bend backs forever” – see New Covenant Ways – BT17! Smart people can really get stuck (d)! <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 2:15, b) 2 Timothy 3:7, c) John 5:39-40, d) Romans 11:7-10 quoting Isaiah 28:13, cf. Romans 11:7-10; 1 Corinthians 3:19; Job 5:13, e) 1 Corinthians 1:20, f) ereunao: diligently search, inquire, seek, examine, or investigate to know, g) the bible of their day, h) dokeo: have the opinion of, seem to think, suppose what seems to be, make a subjective mental estimate, which directly reflects the personal values of the person making this a subjective judgment call. In other words, it may not be the truth at all!
Little children manthano learn directly from their parents what is best for them. This is “the promise” of the New Covenant that we have seen – that God is no longer delegating or trusting human teachers to get it right. He is assuming all responsibility to directly teach His children by “writing His torah/nomos instruction directly on the tablets of their heart.” We have seen that He does this as revelation (a) by the means of the “Holy Spirit of The Truth” (b) who “guides us into ALL The Truth” (c) so that we “have absolutely in fact no need that any man teach us” (d). Are we trusting human teachers more that our Heavenly Father and His Spirit? Is it because we can see the former but not the latter? <Notes> a) Ephesians 1:17, b) John 14:17, 15:26; 1 John 4:6, 5:6, c) John 16:13, d) 1 John 2:20, 27.
“Seeing” is how “little children” disciples manthano learn directly from their heavenly Father by the means of the Holy Spirit. It’s like any intimate, love relationship – you need to spend regular, quality time just being together, optanomai gazing in awe with wide-open eyes into each other’s eyes (a). It’s this katoptrizo “manner of gazing with wide-open eyes as a reflection in a mirror the glory of Christ that metamorphically transforms us from one level of glory to another, which comes from the Spirit who is the Lord” (b) – not reading Moses because “whenever Moses is read, to this very day, a veil lies over their hearts and/coupled their minds are hardened” (c). That’s why Jesus and Paul linked gregoreo vigilant-watching with proseuche conversational-prayer (d) just as the OT often associates the two (e), even to “seer” prophets (f). <Notes> a) Matthew 5:8; John 16:22; Romans 15:21; Acts 13:31; 1 John 3:2, b) 2 Corinthians 3:18, c) 2 Corinthians 3:14-15, d) Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Colossians 4:2, e) Psalms 130:6; Isaiah 52:8, f) Isaiah 56:10; Ezekiel 33:7; Hosea 9:8.
This is certainly part of the eido mental ‘seeing’ to perceive/know “with eyes of your hearts enlightened” (a) that God promises to be the way ALL His children will experientially, relationally yada/ginosko know Him to replace being taught by men – and that this time it will be from “the least to the greatest” (b). Jesus links eido ‘seeing’ with their eyes and akouo hearing/listening to noeo concluding-with-the-heart-to-understand-that-results in healing after repentance (c). <Notes> a) Ephesians 1:18; Hebrews 6:4, 10:32; cf. Matthew 13:15; John 12:40; Acts 28:27, b) Jeremiah 31:33-34 cited in Hebrews 8:11 and 10:16; 1 Corinthians 2:2, c) John 12:40 and Matthew 13:14-15 citing Isaiah 6:10; noeo: applying mental effort needed to reach ‘bottom-line’ conclusion, especially moral reasoning for which we are accountable on Judgment Day.
Eido ‘seeing’ is the essence of prophetic horasis visions (a) and dreams that is the “promise” for “the last days” (b), which is like our aphorao “routine observing/perceiving-knowing/discerning by looking away from all else to fix our gaze upon” Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our trusting-relying-faith who [also] set before himself joy to endure the cross” (c). For more about discernment – see New Covenant Ways – BT16. The Lord sent Paul specifically for the reason of “opening people’s eyes that they may turn from darkness to light . . . that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those having been sanctified by trusting-relying-faith in Christ” (d). John couples horao “observing/perceiving-knowing/discerning” and experiential, relational ginosko knowing of Jesus together as the only way to not routinely keep on sinning, despite your claims (e). <Notes> a) Horasis comes from the verb horao – see below, b) Joel 2:28-29 cited in Acts 2:17-19, 33, 38-39, c) Hebrews 12:2, d) Acts 26:18, e) 1 John 3:6.
Horasis comes from the verb horao that means generally to observe with the eyes, implying attention, concern, or heed, sometimes being acquainted through experience, but often emphasizing a mentally ‘seeing’ to perceive or comprehend with a discerning or ‘weighing-in’ mind (a). Some things that the NT disciples blepo physically saw, many OT prophesied about them via revelation could only long to eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know (b), having only searched/carefully-inquired-about them (c), having only been horao observed/perceived-known/discerned’ by the forefathers (d), like Abraham wanting to horao observe/perceive-know/discern Christ’s coming and he did eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know it (e). Compare this to optanomai: gaze in awe with wide-open eyes upon (f) or katoptrizo that is kataptron mirror + a derivative of optanomai together meaning to gaze in awe with wide-open eyes as in a mirror (g). <Notes> a) Revelation 4:3, 9:17; Matthew 9:30; Luke 24:31; Matthew 20:33; Mark 8:25; Jeremiah 6:16; Numbers 12:6; Job 7:14, 20:8, 33:15; Daniel 1:17, 2:28, 4:5, 9, 7:1, b) Luke 10:24, c) 1 Peter 1:10-12, d) Hebrews 11:13, e) John 8:56, f) Matthew 5:8; John 16:22; Romans 15:21; Acts 13:31; 1 John 3:2, g) only used in 1 Corinthians 3:18.
The secret to enduring “momentary affliction” is to “skopeo attentively observe with scrutiny not to the things that are physically seen but to the things that are physically unseen, for what can be physically seen is temporary but what cannot be physically seen is eternal” (a). Jesus said, “The one who is routinely theoreo beholding Me with particular interest actually is ongoingly theoreo beholding the [One] who having sent Me” (b). That’s why he “counsels us to buy . . . salve to anoint our eyes so that we may see (c). He doesn’t counsel us to buy a bible to read it! <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, b) John 12:45, cf. John 6:2, 14:19, 16:16; Luke 24:37; theoreo where we get “theater,” gazing or concentrating on for the purpose of analyzing, contemplating, or discriminating, c) Revelations 3:18.
Paul says “we manthano learn (a) Christ by having indeed akouo heard and/coupled having been didasko taught in/by/with Him as [singular] Truth is presently/ongoing existing/defined in/by/with the [one] Jesus” (b). Jesus said that the Prophets wrote, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who akouo hears/listens and/coupled manthano learns from the Father comes to Me” (c). Then Christ’s invitation is: “Take My yoke [harness of instruction] upon you and/coupled manthano learn from Me because I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (d). Paul explains the benefits of Body-of-Christ prophecy: “You can ALL prophesy one after another, so that all can manthano learn and be encouraged” (e). Why are we so quick to convert “learning from Jesus by listening to Him teach us” to “learning about Jesus by reading ancient writings about Him?” The former can be easily done by the uneducated and little children, but the latter requires “wise and understanding” teachers! <Notes> a) manthano is the learning of a mathetes disciple, learning key facts from experience often with the implication of reflection, b) Ephesians 4:20-21, c) John 6:45, d) Matthew 11:29, e) 1 Corinthians 14:31.
Paul told his evangelist-in-training Timothy to “noeo mentally reason to reach the conclusion I speak to you for the reason [for such a request] is the Lord will give you sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding in ALL things” (a). When Jesus did miracles or even taught He wondered why His disciples didn’t have this noeo reasoning to reach His desired conclusions (b). Paul’s hope was that Christians would thus noeo understand his insights into the mystery of Christ from his letters (c). Paul criticizes teachers of the Law because they really don’t noeo draw the right conclusions from it (d). It takes trusting-relying-faith to noeo draw the right conclusions about what we read in the bible because we just don’t have all the information to validate it (e), but God is able is able to go far beyond what we ask or even noeo reason (f). Paul says mankind will be without excuse on the Judgement Day because the invisible attributes of God, like His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly visible through creation that people should have noeo drawn the right conclusion and worshipped God instead of creation itself (f). We already saw how Jesus links eido ‘seeing’ with their eyes and akouo hearing/listening to noeo concluding with the heart an understanding that could result in healing after repentance (h). So God gives us information through our eyes and ears to sunesis ‘connect the dots’ and noeo draw the right conclusions and holds us accountable to this, even resulting in repentance, though some things we will just have to trust God about until more information comes in. Even “the least among you” are capable of this. <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 2:7, b) Matthew 15:17 [Mark 7:18], 16:9, 11 [Mark 8:17], cf. Matthew 24:15 [Mark 13:14], c) Ephesians 3:4, d) 1 Timothy 1:7, e) Hebrews 11:3, f) Ephesians 3:20, g) Romans 1:20, h) John 12:40 and Matthew 13:14-15 citing Isaiah 6:10.
Akouo “listening to understand/know” (a) directly from the Father is something that little children can certainly do! We already saw Jesus take eido ‘seeing’ with their eyes to mentally understand/know and/coupled akouo hearing/listening to understand/know and then link these both to noeo concluding with the heart an understanding that could result in healing after repentance (b). John had revelation when he eido ‘saw’ and/coupled akouo heard an eagle flying while speaking (c). Jesus takes akouo hearing/listening to His voice and links this to His own experiential, relational ginosko knowing of His sheep (d). John says those that experientially, relationally ginosko God akouo listen to us [the apostles] (e). In his revelation of Christ, John says “blessed are those ginosko knowing again [by reading] and/coupled akouo listening to the logos messages of this prophecy” (f). The secrets of the kingdom were revealed to Christ’s disciples to experientially, relationally ginosko know, to Christ’s teknion deeply-loved little children (g) or teknon willfully-dependent-children (h), not to the masses who hung around for the free food or entertainment, and not to the “wise and understanding” critics because although they ALL akouo heard they evidently didn’t have sunesis ‘connect-to-dots’ understanding (i), which brings us to the next point.
<Notes> a) akouo is where we get the word acoustics. Sound received by the ear has to still be mentally processed, which goes back to mental picture seeing, this eido knowledge. That’s why prophetic rhema words are “seen” as horasis visions and dreams even if they are akouo heard per Acts 2:17-29 citing Joel 2:28-29, b) John 12:40 and Matthew 13:14-15 citing Isaiah 6:10, cf. Jeremiah 5:21, c) Revelation 8:13, d) John 10:27, cf. John 17:3. e) 1 John 4:6, f) Revelation 1:3, g) John 13:33; 1 John 2:1, 12, 28, 3:7, 18, 4:4, 5:21; Galatians 4:19, h) teknon: a child living in willing dependence and unprovoked obedience per Ephesians 6:1, 4, Colossians 3:20-21, and 1 Peter 1:14 because of effective household management per 1 Timothy 3:4, 12 and Titus 1:6 as elders and deacons should be doing, with gentleness as a nursing mother would give per 1 Thessalonians 2:7, even giving good gifts to them: Matthews 7:11, even the Holy Spirit: Luke 11:13. Such children draw guidance, care, and nurture from their parents. They are disciples of Christ: Mark 10:24; children of God: John 1:12, 11:52, 1 John 3:2, 10, 5:2, Romans 8:17, 21, Philippians 2:15; Dearly unconditionally-loved by God: Ephesians 5:1, 1 John 3:1; True children of Sarah and Abraham: 1 Peter 3:6, Romans 9:7; children of the promise: Romans 9:8; Galatians 4:28 31; Of the light instead of the darkness we once were, being children of wrath: Ephesians 2:3, 5:8; The Spirit, not a bible verse, tells us that we are: Romans 8:16; i) Luke 8:10, 10:21; Matthew 11:25.
“Seeing and hearing” will do us absolutely no good, unless the Lord helps us get sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding in order to noeo draw the correct conclusions to experientially, relationally ginosko know the truth. It all has to come together for the “seed to sprout!” It’s really quite a miracle! As a gardener I can tell you that a combination of a lot of things go into growing a healthy plant! The number of plants Home Depot and Lowes has seen me return speak volumes! Paul explains: The “wisdom of this age or of its rulers is doomed to pass away . . . but we impart a mysterious and hidden wisdom of God . . . but none of the rulers of this age experientially, relationally ginosko knew this . . . these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. . . . We have not received the [blinding] spirit of this world, but the Spirit who is from God in order that we might eido mentally ‘see’ to understand/know the things freely given us by God and/so we impart these in logos message absolutely in fact not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit . . . The natural man does not accept/welcome the things of the Spirit of God for they are folly to him and/coupled he is not able to experientially, relationally ginosko know them because they are Spirit-kind-of discerned” (a). That’s why Jesus says that the Father keeps the hidden things of the kingdom hidden for the “wise and sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding ones” but reveals them to little children, His disciples (b). Job understood this: “But it is the Spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ to understand” (c). Jesus was the One that Isaiah prophesied about: “The Spirit of Yahweh shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of sophia wisdom and sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of gnosis informational-knowledge [of God] and the reverential awe of Yahweh” (d). That’s exactly why Paul never stops proseuche conversationally-praying for Christians: “asking that you may be pleroo filled to completion with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of His will in/by/with all Spirit-kind-of sophia wisdom and/coupled sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding to walk worthily of the Lord” (e). Can you see why it is vital that we are Spirit-baptized more and more? Can you see why “Blessed are the beggarly poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom” (f)? This leads us to our next topic. <Notes> a) 1 Corinthian 2:6-14, b) Luke 10:21, Matthew 11:25; 1 Corinthians 1:19-25 citing Isaiah 29:14; 2 Corinthians 3:14; Job 5:12-13, c) Job 32:8, d) Isaiah 11:2, e) Colossians 1:9-10, f) Matthew 5:3.
As Christian musicians, why are we continuing to show partiality to the educated greats, firsts, and rulers over the uneducated and little children by expecting the knowledge of God to still be disseminated the same way it was under the old covenant, even when we are supposed to be in a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant? Maybe because many Christians have been misled by the King James Bible and others based on its falsely translated 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself an approved workman of God” when more accurate translations have shown that it has absolutely NOTHING to do with reading or analyzing gnosis-informational-knowledge but about being speedily prompt, earnest, diligent, or zealous! In fact, Isaiah, Jesus, and Paul all criticize the bible students of their times for completely missing the point of scripture to reveal Jesus, and that such a “study approach” actually has trapped them into not experientially, relationally ginosko knowing God, leaving them only with “puffed-up head” and a curse of “bend-backs forever.” Are we also stuck in this failed old covenant of a hierarchy of top-down authoritative teaching?
As Christian musicians, are we ignorant of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant way that God directly teaches His people NOW, the way He reveals the secret, hidden things of the kingdom to little children but keeps them hidden from the “wise and understanding” bible students? Are we requiring the uneducated to become educated from the bible and/or its teachers in order to “so learn Christ” just like the Jews learned Moses? Isn’t this showing favoritism to the educated? Don’t we trust God when He said that He has done away with gramma writings to communicate His instruction, NOW instead writing it directly on our hearts by the Spirit? If so, why are we still relying on the collection of these writings called graphe scripture? Isn’t that like re-reading and studying old car loan contracts that were paid off long ago? Isn’t that crazy? Don’t we trust the Father to teach and guide/counsel His children into ALL of The Truth personally, when that was His promise by the Spirit so we “have absolutely no need for any man teach us?” Doesn’t it show a lack of trusting-relying-faith in God when we rely on the bible for most truth and believe that only the fanatical “mystics” or charismatic “kooks” think they actually hear/see from God?
As Christian musicians, are we talking about “a trusting relationship with God” but then promoting “a trusting relationship with the bible?” Are we ignorant of the many specific Greek words the New Covenant uses to describe how especially the uneducated, little children, and other “least among you” learn from God before the so-called “greats, first, and top leaders?” Are we putting the same “traps, snares, and stumbling blocks” before people that the Jews had? The NT words talk about mentally ‘seeing’ in order to know by having the eyes of our heart enlightened, gazing with wide-open eyes at or fixing our gaze upon Jesus to transform us so we won’t habitually sin, beholding with particular interest Christ, attentively observing with scrutiny invisible-to-the-physical-eye kingdom realities – not visible bible pages or anything else on this planet – to be able to endure our momentary affliction, thus needing to be vigilantly-watching in conversational-prayer, and particularly to zealously desire more than any of the other Spirit’s grace-gifts the prophetic visions and dreams that is NOW God’s form of communication to us. What is holding us back?
As Christian musicians, are we clear that akouo hearing/listening to understand/know the prophetic rhema words of Christ “that alone are Spirit and zoe genuine-life” such that all else “is unprofitable flesh,” still requires eido mental ‘seeing’ to process it – a picture is a 1000 words? To be “taught by God” is to “be yoked/harnessed to Christ in order to directly learn from Him. This is not a burden of commandments at all – the New Covenant only has 1 compound commandment in 2 parts! Christ’s instruction is “easy and light as a feather to carry!” Prophecy is how we teach one another as we all weigh in together on what is said, as well as “teaching and admonishing one another thru psalms, hymns, and Spirit-kind-of songs.” Are we clear on what the NT really teaches about these things?
As Christian musicians, are we clear that the world’s sophia wisdom and sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ logical, rational understanding, absolutely includes all religious study, even the Jewish religion? It’s all called the “flesh” part of man’s identity, that Jesus and Paul says “profits nothing, is weak, feeble, useless, and counts for nothing.” Zechariah 4:6 calls all the external resources and internal abilities of men, particularly the religious men of the old covenant, “might and power” that God was going to replace in the New Covenant with “by My Spirit.” That’s why Jesus and Paul said God was going to keep kingdom realities and the things of the Spirit hidden from the so-called “wise and understanding ones” but reveal them to little children by GIVING them His own sophia wisdom and sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding, which I have to say is often times not logical or rational, and certainly not based on reading, comprehension, analysis, or study! The world’s approach can be misleading, causing them to be “the blind leading the blind,” by drawing the wrong conclusions! Only the Spirit of God can reveal the truth and it requires absolutely NO READING or STUDY. In fact, God teaches the “least before the greatest” – the uneducated before the educated. That’s how He can hold everybody accountable on the Judgment Day – He has not made the world’s way to “wisdom and understanding” through reading and study a prerequisite at all! In fact, it’s a “trap, snare, and stumbling block” to bible students! The only way to the Father is through Jesus per John 14:6 by hearing Christ’s voice and following Him per John 10:2 and this ginosko experiential relationship alone is genuine-life everlasting per John 17:3.
Finally, as Christian musicians, are we clearly pointing others to “seeing and hearing” prophetically by the Spirit of God “opening our eyes and ears” to hearing Christ’s voice and “being beggarly poor in Spirit so that we will be blessed with the kingdom” as Jesus promised in the beatitudes? Are we leading people to “routinely ask for the good grace-gift of the Holy Spirit” to actually realize “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” as Jesus taught us to pray? Like Paul, are we “unceasingly praying for the Spirit’s sophia wisdom and sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ understanding so that we can be filled to completion with the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of His will to walk worthily of the Lord?” Can you see that absolutely none of this requires reading or study, but asking, seeking, and knocking for the door to be opened for us? The “least among us” will be first to get it because they are not “trapped, snared, or stumbling” like the so-called “greats and firsts” are! What we need is the Spirit to give us discernment, which is the next topic!