ALL ABOUT YOU:
GIDEON, CHAPTER 8
WE ARE THE
LIVING NET OF THE WORD OF GOD
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28:10-13) And Jacob went out from
Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because
the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for
his pillows [a head-piece], and lay
down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a
ladder set up [erect, standing (up,
upright)] on the earth, and the top [the head] of it reached [to
touch] to heaven: and behold the
angels [messengers] of God ascending
and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD [Jehovah] stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of
Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest,
to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
1:51) And he [Jesus]
saith unto him [Nathanael], Verily,
verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and
[behold] the angels [messengers] of God
ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
THE WORD OF THE GOD WAS MADE FLESH
the Word [logos] was made flesh,
and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only
begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 3:2) Beloved, now are we the
sons [teknon] of God, and it doth
not yet appear [render apparent:
manifest] what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear,
we shall be like him; for we shall
see him as he is.
WE BECOME THAT WHICH WE EAT (Daniel chapter one)
12:8-11) And they shall eat the
flesh [of the Lamb] in that night, roast
with fire, and unleavened bread [true,
pure doctrine]; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of
it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head
with his legs, and with the purtenance [bowels,
inward parts] thereof. And ye shall
let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it
until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it;
with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand;
and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.
26:26-28) And as they were
eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to
the disciples, and said, Take, eat;
this is my body [i.e. flesh].
And he took the cup [of wine],
and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this
is my blood of the new testament,
which is shed for many for the remission [forgiveness]
(John 6:51) I am the
living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread,
he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world [kosmos].
THE WORD OF GOD IS A NET
28:7-13) But they also have erred
[(the idea of intoxication)] through
wine, and through strong drink [intensely
alcoholic] are out of the way [reel
or go astray, stagger, wander]; the priest and the prophet
have erred through strong drink,
they are swallowed up [devoured] of wine,
they are out of the way through strong
drink; they err in vision, they stumble in
[their own] judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and
filthiness, so that there is no place clean. Whom shall he teach
knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that
are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept;
line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For
with stammering lips and
another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said,
This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this
is the refreshing: yet they would
not hear. But the word of the
LORD was unto them precept upon
precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might
go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared [(netted)], and taken.
precept = Heb: commandment /// charge, (send with) commandment, send a
line = Heb: a cord (as connecting), espec. for measuring; fig. a rule
/// to bind together, i.e. collect:--gather (together).
stammering = Heb: a buffoon; also a foreigner /// to deride; by impl.
(as if imitating a foreigner) to speak unintelligibly:--have in derision,
laugh (to scorn), mock (on), stammering.
27:4,5) And thou shalt make for
it [the brazen altar of sacrifice] a
grate of network of brass [i.e.
judgment]; and upon the net [a net (as catching animals)] shalt thou make four brazen [brass]
rings in the four corners thereof. And thou shalt put it under the
compass [rim] of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst [middle] of the altar.
brass, brazen = Heb: copper; hence, something made of that metal, i.e.
coin, a fetter; fig. base (as compared with gold or silver):--brasen,
brass, chain, copper, fetter (of brass), filthiness.
FORMING THE LIVING NET OF THE WORD OF GOD
5:1-11) And it came to pass,
that, as the people pressed upon him to
hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret [harp-shaped (Galilee, Tiberias)], And saw two ships [i.e. the Old
Testament and the New Testament] standing by the lake: but the fishermen
were gone out of them, and were washing
their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's
[hearing], and prayed him that he
would thrust out a little from the
land [be (wax) old /// senility: old
age]. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now
when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep [profound,
mystery: deep (-ness, things), depth], and
let down your nets for a
draught [a catching (of fish)]. And
Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken
nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they [Peter
and Andrew] had this done, they enclosed [embraced in a common subjection to] a great multitude of fishes: and
their net brake. And they beckoned unto their
partners [participant, i.e. a
sharer; associate: fellow, partaker (i.e. James and John)], which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and
filled both the ships [With
what? How?], so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell
down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of
the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the
sons of Zebedee, which were partners
with Simon [and Andrew]. And Jesus
said unto Simon [hearing], Fear not;
from henceforth thou shalt catch men [“fishers
of men” Mat 4:19; Mark 1:17]. And when they had brought their ships to
land, they forsook all, and followed him.
(Isa 55:11) So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return
unto me void [empty], but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it
shall prosper [be profitable]
in the thing whereto I sent it.
the kingdom of heaven is like unto a
net, that was cast into the sea [of
humanity], and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full,
they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels [i.e.
the two ships, the Old Testament and the New Testament], but
cast the bad [rotten, worthless: corrupt] away
[Away from what?]. So shall it be at
the end of the world [aion]: the
angels shall come forth, and sever the
wicked from among [the
middle: the midst of] the just,
And shall cast them into the furnace of fire
[the brazen altar of sacrifice]: there shall be wailing and gnashing of
wicked = Gk: hurtful, i.e. evil (in effect or influence); fig.
calamitous; also ill, i.e. diseased; but espec. (mor.) culpable, i.e.
derelict, vicious, mischief, malice, guilt; the devil, sinners: bad, evil,
grievous, harm, lewd, malicious, wicked (-ness).
just = Gk: equitable (in character or act); by impl. innocent, holy:
just, meet, right (-eous).