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Have you ever read the Bible and felt like you relate with this person’s story so much that it seems surreal? If so you are not alone.
Did You Know That The Holy Bible Is Really About… You?
The Bible was not written as a history book for archaeologists to uncover the burial grounds and remains of fallen patriarchs, but the Bible is written in such a way that it tells a much larger story, our story. If you can believe that you relate to a particular biblical character can you believe that you can to every Biblical character Period? Let’s take a look at a passage of Scripture in Galatians 4:22 “for it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants”. Did you get that? The Apostle Paul actually tells us that the scriptures are and allegory! An allegory is defined as a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political meaning. The Bible is pure allegory, a powerful story that journeys through the psyche and spiritual journey of every individual who becomes born again. These characters are archetypes and they represent a part of us yet these concepts are only spiritually discerned. You must be illuminated with the white light of the Holy Spirit to understand such concepts.This is repeated throughout the Scriptures, largely in the book of Corinthians. The Scriptures testify that the carnal mind cannot understand the things of the spirit for they are to be spiritually discerned. I remember the first time the Holy Spirit spoke to me on this matter as a young Christian and it was concerning the children of Israel which are a type and shadow of ones relationship with God. While reading about their exodus out of the land of Egypt i.e. the land of bondage (which is our former life and bondage to sin), we see the Israelites cry and murmur about the delicacies that they enjoyed in Egypt, their friendships they had and all of the other momentary thrills that bondage had to offer. Even so I found myself at that moment daydreaming or reliving my former ways. This idea goes into very much detail as we analyze the life and trials of the Biblical Israelites as contrasted with our own thoughts and emotions. This idea is also reiterated in John chapter 5 when Jesus stands in the middle of the synagogue while teaching and as they read the Old Testament Jesus says “the scriptures that we are reading testify about me, but you do not come to me for life”. It took a long time for me to understand and grasp the fact that the statement Jesus gives us is relevant for us as well. Not only does the Old Testament scripture testify of Jesus and his life but they also testify of the life of the believer as well. This does not diminish the effectiveness and power of the gospel or the validity of the Bible itself, but shows us that the power lies not in the existence of these Old Testament figures, but the power lies in understanding the stories, which are not literal. This understanding should strengthen your faith in God who knows all and is in all.
As we read these stories we can be sure that they represent a reflection of ourselves.
The Bible tells us in the book of James chapter 1:23 that “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like”. As we read or hear the word of God it reveals our hearts desires whether good or bad. This understanding also gives you the revelation of why the stories of the Israelites attacking and pillaging other nations in the Bible had some type of justification throughout these bloody stories. They were not literal people. If we look up the Hebrew words for the names of the other nations, armies and kings etc. we find that they represent a deeper meaning. They figures represent different obstacles and hurdles which are oftentimes sins and addictions in our own lives that keep stealing our time, joy, all of our resources and even tempting the God of our salvation.
You can be sure that in between Egypt and your promised land (destiny) lies a golden calf, giants and many other Biblical obstacles.
If we can understand the ways that the Israelites overcame these other nations and situations it is in fact the same way we must overcome them in our lives as well. The word Israelite simply means child of God and are we not indeed the sons and daughters of the Most High? You will notice in many of the stories that Yahweh commanded the Israelites to not let any enemy survive including the women and children, many times God commanded the Israelites to kill them all and burn all of their possessions. Why would God command them to do such things? Because if they let them live, if they let them escape they would have to deal with the same enemies / strongholds again in the future. There must remain no traces of idolatry, no exaltation of foreign gods nor any other activity, addiction or thought pattern that exalts itself higher than the knowledge of God. If we are to be successful in our Christian walk we must we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. But fret not for these trials and tests are perfectly and precisely calculated and planned for each of our lives by the sovereign hand of God. Romans 5:3 reads “we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us”.
We will continue to battle these adversaries in our hearts and minds until we fully overcome them.
This is also the reason when Jesus speaks of unclean spirits and demonic strongholds when leaving a person goes out to find seven other spirits worse than itself and then they come back to that home which is your temple, the body, and if they find that the home remained unswept /uncleaned then those other demon spirits greater than the one before take up residence in that same space. Jesus also goes on to say that the state of the human is now much worse than before. So with that being said we must give our all to God we must not have a plan B, there can be no “what if this faith thing does not work out, what if my personal desires are more fulfilling than the call of God on my life”. Once we are freed from a stronghold, once we have the upper hand over our enemy we must not give another foothold to the evil one or our state will be likewise. I have personally seen this in ministry and in my personal struggles as well.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12