Scripture in the Brit Chadashah

By Wes Myhre

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15

Reading through the Bible especially in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), I often skim over the word scripture not giving it a second thought; however, I have learned never to glide past words; to never ease my way through Bible reading; to always question everything I hear from pastors and commentators; and to take every one of my thoughts captive.  I first test everything through these three simple steps of Biblical hermeneutics lifted from the pages of the bible:

  1. God is never changing: was, is, and will be.
  2. God will reveal a matter to His prophets.
  3. It takes two or three witnesses to establish a matter.

So then, the process works like this- does it change God?  If so, it is discarded.  If not, I move on to – was it revealed by a prophet?  If not, it is discarded.  If so, I move on to – is there at least two witnesses to establish the matter; here, not just two bible verses but two actual witnesses in human form.  If not, it is discarded.  If so, I move on.

By using these three general filters, many falsehoods fall by the way side; some of which I have firmly held in my belief system for several years, and they are hard to let go.  But let go of them I have done and will do in the future when other beliefs of mine do not line up biblically.

Moving on, there exits further criteria to examine and that is to look at, in-part, time and place of the document as well as the specific audience to whom the author addressed.  Remember (i)t is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter (Proverbs 25:2).  This meticulous audit of historical records will certainly frame the author’s intent in the light of the specific period’s societal norms, legal edicts, and other spiritual stressors influencing the conceptual, connotative, social, emotive, collective, and / or thematic meaning of the document.

When analyzing the literary content of Biblical passages, we need to critically read with sensitivity the context and ask certain questions of the passage.  In conducting this forensic examination we need to consider the following areas:

  • What exactly is the document (epistle/letter, genealogical, historical narrative, law/statutory, parable, poetry, prophecy, and proverbial/wisdom literature)?
  • Are you dealing with the original or with a copy? If it is a copy, how remote is it from the original (e.g translated into how many languages prior)?  How might deviations from the original affect your interpretation?
  • When was the text writen?
  • Is there any reason to believe it is not genuine or not exactly what it appears to be?
  • Who is the author, and what stake does the author have in the matters discussed?
  • Where, why, and under what circumstances did the author write the document?
  • How might the circumstances (e.g., fear of censorship, the desire to curry favor or evade blame) have influenced the content, style, or tone of the document or its translation?
  • How has manuscript been preserved? In a public archive? In a private collection? Can you learn anything from the way it has been preserved? For example, has it been treated as important or as a minor scrap of paper?
  • What exactly does the text say? Does it imply something different?
  • If the document represents more than one viewpoint, have you carefully distinguished between the author’s viewpoint and those other points of view the author presents only to criticize or refute?
  • In what ways are you, the historian, reading the text differently than the intended audience would have read it (assuming that future historians were not the intended audience)?
  • What does the document leave out that you might have expected it to discuss?
  • What does the document assume that the reader already knows about the subject (e.g., who are Bene ha Elohim, what is Sheol,  what is a sabbaton)?
  • What additional information might help you better interpret the document?
  • Do you know (or are you able to infer) the effects or influences, if any, of the document?
  • What does the document tell you about the period you are studying?
  • If your document is part of an edited collection, why do you suppose the editor chose it? How might the editing have changed the way you perceive the document? For example, have parts been omitted? Has it been translated? (If so, when, by whom, and in what style?) Has the editor placed the document in a suggestive context among other documents, or in some other way led you to a particular interpretation?

Through Torah, Yeshua (Jesus) provides a thorough spiritual cleansing of the heart, mind, and soul in which we can examine our doctrine.  For and in-depth study go to this link The Leaven of Heaven.  YWHY and Yeshua have always intended for us to question our own man made traditions, which we will scrutinize in the next chapter of this blog.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.   2 Timothy 3:16-17

Now then, let us look where the Brit Chadashah uses the word scripture and then let us examine what it references; and finally, we will consider 2 Timothy 3:16 once more.  But first we need to set aside what we believe is included in the meaning scripture during that time.  Has what is included in scripture changed? Has the meaning of scripture evolved?

Like me, I would say most of you have a preconceived idea scripture means every word on the pages between the cover of your Bible, excluding added commentary.  But wait, ask yourself  what did Rabbi Shaul (the Apostle Paul) consider scripture, or how about Peter, James, John, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, what was their conception of scripture?  Are the footnotes found in the later documents considered scripture?

First let us examine what word or words were translated into scripture.

Kathab כָּתָב kâthâb, kaw-thawb’; from H3789;  (Hebrew 3789)- a writing, document, edict; register, enrolment, roll; mode of writing, character, letter; letter, document, a writing; a written edict; of royal enactment; of divine authority.  The KJV translates Strongs H3791 in the following manner: writing (14x), register (2x), scripture (1x).

Graphe (Greek 1124) γραφή graphḗ, graf-ay’; from G1125; a document, i.e. holy Writ (or its contents or a statement in it):- a writing, thing written; the Scripture, used to denote either the book itself, or its contents; a certain portion or section of the Holy Scripture. The KJV translates Strongs G1124 in the following manner: scripture (51x).

So using software of the King James Bible let us locate where the word scripture is used in the Brit Chadashah.  (In order to conserve space on this document, I will show the verses using the word scripture in bold, and the verses the word scripture refers to, I will only italicize.

Mark 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:

Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

Mark 15:28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Luke 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Luke 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

Luke 4:18 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Isaiah 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD

John 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

Psalm 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Psalm 22:13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

Psalm 22:14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalm 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

Psalm 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Isaiah 58:11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Ezekiel 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

Ezekiel 47:12  And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

Zechariah 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

John 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Jeremiah 31:22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.

Genesis 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Hebrews 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

2 Samuel 7:12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

Psalm 89:35-36 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.  His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.

Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

John 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

Psalm 82:1 A Psalm of Asaph.]] God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

Psalm 82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

 Psalm 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

 Psalm 82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 82:5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

 Psalm 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

 Psalm 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

 Psalm 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

John 13:18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

Psalm 41:19 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. (All Psalm 41)

Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

Acts 1:17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

Acts 1:19  And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

John 19:24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

Psalm 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

Psalm 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

John 19: 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

Psalm 34:20  He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

John 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

Psalm 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

John 20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Hosea 6:1 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Hosea 6:2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. (All Psalm 41)

Acts 1:17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.

Acts 1:19  And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.

Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.

Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Acts 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

Acts 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

Acts 8:34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Isaiah 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

Isaiah 54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

Romans 11:2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

1 Kings 19:13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

1 Kings 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

1 Kings 19:15 And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

1 Kings 19:16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.

1 Kings 19:17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

Galatians 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

Genesis 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Genesis 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

Genesis 27:29 Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

Psalm 72:17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

Galatians 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin,  that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

1 Kings 8:46 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Galatians 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Genesis 21:10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

1 Timothy 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Deuteronomy 25:4  Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Exodus 24:12 And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

Exodus 31:18  And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Exodus 32:16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

Exodus 34:1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

James 2:8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Genesis 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

2 Chronicles 20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

1 Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

This is not an exhausted list.

Remember: The New Testament is in the Old concealed, the Old is in the New revealed.

Isaiah is referred to 419 times in 23 New Testament books

Psalms- 414 times in 23 New Testament books

Genesis- 260 times in 21 New Testament books

Exodus- 250 times in 19 New Testament books

Deuteronomy- 208 times in 21 New Testament books

Ezekiel- 141 times in 15 New Testament books

Daniel- 133 times in 17 New Testament books

Jeremiah- 125 times in 17 New Testament books

Leviticus- 107 times in 15 New Testament books

Numbers- 73 times in 4 New Testament books

See more at: New2torah

So as you noticed two verses are left without Old Testament scripture:

James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Even though in this day and age of 2016 we consider the Tanakh (Old Testament) and Brit Chadashah (New Testament) all scripture, we need to understand what the people during the first century believed was scripture; such as the Bereans.

[AN ASIDE: Tanakh is an acronym of the first Hebrew letter of each of the Masoretic Text’s three traditional subdivisions:  1)Torah (“Teaching”, also known as the Five Books of Moses), 2)Nevi’im (“Prophets”) and 3)Ketuvim (“Writings”)—hence TaNaKh.]

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11

What did they search daily to verify the truth of what Rabbi Shaul (the Apostle Paul) was saying? Remember if anyone spoke lies of YWHY’s Word, aka a false or pagen prophet, the person was to be killed.

If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,  And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;  Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.  And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the Lord thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.  Deuteronomy 13:1-5

And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. 1 Kings 18:40

But there was, is, and will always be a standard from which to judge who is a false/pagen/lying prophet.  This was provided to Moses, which was written by the hand of God.

And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. Exodus 31:18

And the Lord delivered unto me two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the Lord spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assemblyDeuteronomy 9:10

We know those standards, guidelines, book of instructions, or the law, as the Torah.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.   2 Timothy 3:16-17

So what has been revealed to your through Biblical passages as to what the definition the disciples used for the word scripture?

Also, how does reading the following verses change using what you have learned so far?

James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

So now, ponder this question, has God’s instructions changed?

Start analyzing by using:

  1. God is never changing: was, is, and will be.
  2. God will reveal a matter to His prophets.
  3. It takes two or three witnesses to establish a matter.

Keep steadily in prayer to YWHY, ceasing not.

 

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