Unpacking Scriptures by Joy Pollard
Joy shared with us how she likes to find a Scripture that gives several different views for the same thought, and she likes to use a concordance to unpack the Scripture to get the most meaning out of it. So during this Bible study we looked at a few Scriptures and unpacked them. I am using my Strong’s Concordance which may differ slightly from Joy’s.
Psalm 19:7-9 KJV The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
The Law of the Lord is TORAH 8451 Entire, perfect, without blemish, complete, full perfect, sincerity, instruction, whole.
CONVERTING 7725 to turn back, hence away, not necessarily to turn back to a starting point. Retreat again, back, bring, render, answer, recompense, recover, deliver, put, withdraw, requite. The law is converting, it can break down and cause change breaking down the old stuff, digging down, cutting off branches that is sin. Building new things, circumcision of the heart. Rejoice at what has been broken down for it is idols, stuff we don’t need and does not serve His purpose for us.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
God is not asking for the moon, just our reasonable service. Often we lay ourselves down on the altar, but our problem is that we get up too quickly before the old is burnt off completely. The trick is that the pain nerves are on the periphery, and it hurts at the beginning, but the more we are on the altar the less it hurts, until God can say WELL DONE, good and faithful servant. God does not want us medium rare. We are rejoicing, not weeping for what is circumcised. Recall, recompense, recur, refresh, cause to return. Coming back to our first love.
SOUL –5315 soul, life, person, mind, heart, creature, body, himself, yourselves, dead, will, desire, man, beast, breath, soul, self, life, person, heart. Any breathing creature, heart desire, the mortal part of us.
TESTIMONY 5715- witness of the Lord, amen, sure, build up or support, foster as a parent our muse, rising up from faithful, trust, believe, to be permanent or quiet. When we have a surety, we have a quietness, absence of agitation, testimony of Lord as sure and we have a quietness, establish, to go to the right hand, be wise in mind, word or act. stir oneself, the ordinances of God, Ark of the Testimony, entire law of God. .
SIMPLE 6612 foolish, simple, simplicity, simple ones, silly, seducible,
As you can see by looking up the words that we are seeing little bites and starting to see the seasonings, overtones of flavors of the words used in this passage.
STATUTES 6490 appointed, mandate of God, precept, commandment, statute
RIGHT 3477 upright, righteous, straight, convenient. We don’t want to believe doing it God’s way is convenient. We think doing it God’s way is holy. God knows the end from the beginning. Our struggles come because we are knuckleheaded and willful.
REJOICING 8055 to brighten up, make blithe or glisten, merry hearted. Get happy because God’s love is really the easy, best way, always for your good, not hard.
HEART 3820 Heart, all feelings, will and emotions, and even the intellect, the center of anything, midst, understanding, wisdom, friendly, kindly, care,
COMMANDMENT 4687 the law, precept, ordinances, as commanded.
PURE 1249 beloved, pure, empty, clean, choice, clear
Joy pointed out that Bar Mitzvah, clean before the Lord, and after your Bar Mitzvah you are at the age of accountability and are responsible for keeping the law yourself. Before that your parents were responsible for you.
ENLIGHTENING 215 make luminous, light, shine, enlighten, break of day, fire, give, glorious, kindle, set on fire, shine, give a show. Set your eyes on fire.
EYES 5869 eye, fountain, sight, seem, color, a fountain springing up to eternal life, clean water, not brackish, luminous.
FEAR 3374 fear, exceedingly, dreadful, reverent fear,
CLEAN 2889 clean, physical, chemical, moral sense, every kind of clean, pure, fair.
ENDURING 5975 stand, abide, set, stay, still, appointed, endure, remain, withstand, waited, establish, abide. This is active, not a passive putting up with. Actively engaged with.
FOR EVER 5703 advance or perpetuity, everlasting, eternity, ever, evermore, remain, raise up, world without end.
JUDGMENTS 4941 verdict (favorable or unfavorable), sentence, decree, divine law, includes a participants right or privilege, lawful, ordinance, order, worthy, custom, discretion, act, place a suit, crime or property. Ordinance is a specific part of the law that is judged.
TRUE 571 stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness, right, faithfully, assured, establishment, verity.
RIGHTEOUS 6663 make right in a moral or forensic sense, justify, righteous, just, cleansed, clear ourselves, to be in the right.
ALTOGETHER – unite, all at once.
Isaiah 32:17 The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
WORK 4639 an action (good or bad), a transaction, activity, product, property, work, acts, doing, deed, labor, operation, active, a business you engage in continually.
RIGHTEOUSNESS 6666 rightness, virtue, justice, rectitude, prosperity, precept
PEACE 7965 safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace, no strife, favor, rest. We spend so much time in turmoil of our own making we forget to be in peace, we default at freak out.
EFFECT 5656 work of any kind, service, servile, bondage, act, serve, servitude, tillage, effect, labor, bondservant.
We think being in bondage is a bad thing, but Paul stated that he was a bondservant to Jesus. We can be in bondage to good. Labor, ministry, office, service.
QUIETNESS 8252 rest, quiet, quietness, still, appeaseth, idleness, settled, safety.
ASSURANCE 983 a place of refuge, safety, both the fact (security) and the feeling (trust), often with or without safety. You can be physically safe and not feel safe,
FOREVER – 5769 This is a different forever from the one in Psalm 19 – concealed, vanishing point, time out of mind (past or future), eternity, always, everlasting, perpetual, evermore, ancient, always, long
Psalm 119:165 KJV Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
GREAT 7227 abundant in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality, many great, much, captain, more, long, enough, multitude, mighty,
PEACE See meaning above.
LOVE 157 have affection for sexually or otherwise, like, love, friend. Passion for the law, direction, urgency
LAW – TORAH see above
NOTHING nothing, non entity, the donut, nothing
OFFEND 4383 a stumbling block, obstacle, enticement, an idol, scruple, offence, ruins, fall
We are in love with our offenses which we place over all other things.
1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
Our stubbornness is idolatry.
Rachel chose to bring her family’s idols with her. When we choose idols we choose impotent things that have no power. Isaiah 44 speaks about idols being carved in the image of man and the remainder of the wood is burned in fires to warm and cook with, yet man bows down to the image. Not much power in idols.
Joy started explaining how our spirit, soul and body deals with things.
Our spirit has a mind, will, and emotions as does our flesh.
Our flesh has a mind – (I think, therefore I am) a will and emotions.
We can’t get outside of our problem when we are in the flesh. We think, therefore we are, and we can’t get past that. We succumb to the will of the flesh – (I won’t, I insist). Our emotions flow much like a roller coaster in the flesh, and we need to get off the roller coaster, stand back and watch them. We don’t have to go for a ride on the emotional roller coaster. We can see where the roller coaster is going and not take the ride, not getting dizzy our puking.
The Spirit – the Holy Spirit is in us. We have the mind of the Holy Spirit in us (the mind of Christ) and we want to put on the mind of Christ. We have a will – NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, and we have the emotions of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23) the fruit of the spirit – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
The Holy Spirit in us produces fruit. What happens when we are saved is very much like a computer – we get NEW SOFTWARE. We don’t have to pay to have it uninstalled, we change the operating system – Joy called it SPIRIT HG 7.0. The Holy Ghost operating system which is the perfect operating system, and we need to uninstall the flesh. We REFORMAT – the old image out and put in the new.
PSALM 19 tells us that the statutes of the Lord are convenient. We know that the wages of sin is death, and to get away from those deadly wages, we need to have the new operating system fully employed. Know that the devil will never fire you, and when you leave the job under the wages of sin, you may still get old paychecks, for the devil has a delayed payment schedule, that is why we need to pray for a crop failure for those wages of sin.
The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The effect of righteousness is peace, and the effect of peace is quietness, assurance and joy. If we begin to lose our righteousness then we will know it for our joy and peace will go. If our peace is being disturbed we need to look at the state of our righteousness.
I hope that you can see how awesome it is to do a word study in scriptures, how it expands the meaning of the text, and I really love Joy’s description of the operating system Holy Ghost 7.0. I know, with His help, I am working toward total installation of that.
Have a blessed day.
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