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(Mat 13:36)  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house [covering]: and his disciples [learners, pupils (i.e. students)] came unto him, saying, Declare unto us [through the idea of defining; to indicate, spec. to expound (Dict: to explain; interpret)] the parable of the tares of the field.


The Bible declares that God speaks to us “twice,” or in two ways (logos and rhema), although of the second way “man perceiveth it not” (Job 33:14). God speaks to us through the visible and through the invisible (Rom 1:20); to our soul (conscious) awareness and to our spirit (subconscious) awareness – the whole of whom we are.

1.       (Job 33:14-18)  For God speaketh once, yea twice [logos and rhema], yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

2.       (Rom 1:19,20)  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them [“in their inner consciousness” Ampl.]; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world [i.e. nature] are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made [by us], even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:


God speaks to us through visible material manifestation of “the word [logos] spoken by angels” (Heb 2:2; Job 33:23) which we consciously receive as the composite Bible (“made flesh” i.e. visible, by Jesus: John 1:14), and God speaks to us through invisible immaterial manifestation, again of angels (rhema), in our subconscious which we receive as dreams (Job 33:15). Please note that both these modes of communication are purposed by God to impact the willing hearer with understanding (Mat 13:23,51). Also, please note that God only speaks to us through His messengers, i.e. His angels, who are the message. The “word” of God (Heb 4:12 logos; Eph 6:17 rhema), which is “the sword of the Lord” (Judg 7:18,20 - Gideon) is a “tongue,” the tongue of the Lord. Through both the Bible (visible logos) and dreams (invisible rhema), God speaks to each receiving person in their own language, a language, a tongue which employs the recipient’s own culturally learned symbols and associations.

1.       (Acts 7:38)  This is he [Moses], that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina [Heb: Sinai], and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles [the living utterances of God] to give unto us:

2.       (Acts 7:53) [We] Who have received the law by the disposition [instrumentality] of angels, and have not kept it.

3.       (Gal 3:19)  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained[instituted, prescribed: appointed, commanded, given, (set in) order] by angels in the hand of a mediator [“Christ Jesus” 1 Tim 2:5].

4.       (Heb 2:2)  For if the word [logos] spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; [Deut 33:1-3; Acts 7:38,53; Gal 3:19]

5.       (John 1:14)  And the Word [logos “spoken by angels” Heb 2:2] was made flesh [in Jesus Christ], and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

6.       (Job 33:23,24)  If there be a messenger [Heb: mal’ak; an angel] with him, an interpreter, [with] one among a thousand [men], to show unto man his uprightness [“how to be upright and in right standing with God” Ampl.]: Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.

7.       (Mat 13:23)  But he that received seed [“The seed is the word (logos) of God.” Luke 8:11] into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

8.       (Mat 13:51,52)  Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed [taught] unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder [head of a family, master of the house], which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new [rhema - revelations] and old [logos - seed].

When we consider a “tongue” through the lens of the Bible, the spiritual emphasis is not on the speaking, but rather on the hearing, as in understanding – to which point the apostle Paul’s commentary is quite lengthy and specific (1 Cor 12,13,14). The correct discernment of what contemporary Christianity commonly labels as a biblical tongue is that of an utterance of God in a language that is intentionally incomprehensible to the unsaved (Mat 13:10-16 & 25:28-30), lest they “eat, and live for ever” (Gen 3:22,23). Incomprehensible, as a consequence of their own unsavedness. The tongue therefore reactively serves as “a sign” (1 Cor 14:22) or witness to that unbeliever pertaining to the imminent danger of his or her own eternal damnation. The “understanding” of the tongue which God desires to share with His children is intentionally “hidden manna” (Rev 2:17) within the sentence of covering words. Those hearers who remain unsaved, though perhaps not forever, are at present outside the kingdom, and to them the tongue of the Lord is heard as a foreign unknown language; they do not receive or understand the meaning of the utterance, nor is it intended or even possible that they should (1 Cor 2:14).

1.       (Mat 13:10-12)  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables [a “kind” of tongue]? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know [i.e. to receive] the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath [understanding], to him shall be given [more understanding], and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not [understanding], from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

2.       (Mat 25:28-30)  Take therefore the talent [money, i.e. silver v.27] from him [“who hid thy talent in the earth” v.25], and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath [understanding] shall be given [more understanding], and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not [understanding] shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant [i.e. stony ground hearer] into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

3.       (Mat 13:13-16)  Therefore speak I to them in parables [“kinds of tongues” 1 Cor 12:10]: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them [make whole]. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

4.       (Gen 3:22,23)  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

5.       (1 Cor 14:22)  Wherefore tongues are for a sign [miracle, token, wonder], not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying [inspired speaking] serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

6.       (Rev 2:17)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh [“ye have overcome the wicked one” 1 John 2:13,14] will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

7.       (1 Cor 2:14)  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [understand] them, because they are spiritually discerned.


May we note in the second chapter of Acts, that the twelve apostles were “standing up” (Acts 2:14) in distinction (separation) from the rest of the people in the house (if you had just been filled with the Holy Ghost, you would be standing up – and jumping too: Acts 3:8). Further, that the apostles were uttering words in the language of God. Many Jewish hearers and proselytes from different nations who entered into that house (covering) heard the apostles as if the apostles were speaking in the hearer’s own respective native language (Acts 2:6). The only hearers who were blessed with an understanding of the language of God were “Jews, devout men [“God-fearing” NIV; i.e. saved], out of every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5-12). Whereas the remaining hearers in that house (covering) were without an understanding of the language of God, and were therefore signified in Holy Scripture by the separating appellation of “Others.” “Others [i.e. unsaved] mocking said, These men are full of new wine” (Acts 2:13). “Others” than what? “Others” in clear contrast to the aforementioned “devout.”



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