UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE TODAY.

Most people think of the bible, God’s word as one book, but it is in actual fact a collection of books written by different scribes under the Holy Spirit’s direction.

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 The present format of the “King James” version contains 66 books in all. 27 books of the “new testament and 39 books from the “old testament”. It is thought over the years that disputes were made to determine which books should be included and which books omitted. But, we need to remember that the author of God’s word would make sure that we should have what is needed to help us until the return of his son Jesus. The bible has been divided up into two sections, the “old testament” and the “new testament”.

The Jews knew of the book of “Enoch” and even quoted from it (Jude v14-16) although written by Enoch this book is not included in the bible today. He was said to be the 7th generation from Adam (Genesis 5v18-25) as these quotes show.

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 Genesis 5:18-24 [18] Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begot Enoch. [19] After he begot Enoch, Jared lived eight hundred years, and had sons and daughters. [20] So all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years; and he died. [21] Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. [22] After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. [23] So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. [24] And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Although he was a righteous man and walked with God he still lived on the earth and went on to have more sons and daughters.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Jude 1:14-15 [14] Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, [15] to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

We first learn of Enoch in Genesis 5 but it leaves us with questions. Hebrews 11 has the answers and Jude quotes Enoch! How did Jude come to know the words of Enoch? They are not in the Bible as we know it today. The answer of course is, The Book of Enoch has been omitted. A book which is actually quoted by Jude and others in the New Testament must have been widely known to the Jews. What is the Book of Enoch and where did it come from?

Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah. The Book of Enoch chapter 68:1 “And after that my great-grandfather Enoch gave me all the secrets in the book and in the parables which had been given to him, and he put them together for me in the words of the book of the parables.” This shows that Noah was familiar with Enoch’s words.

The Book of Enoch was extant (still existing) centuries before the birth of Christ and yet is considered by many to be more Christian in its theology than Jewish. It was considered scripture by many early Christians. The earliest literature of the so-called “Church Fathers” is filled with references to this mysterious book. The early second century “Epistle of Barnabus” makes much use of the Book of Enoch. Second and Third Century “Church Fathers” like Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origin and Clement of Alexandria all make use of the Book of Enoch. Tertullian (160-230 C.E) even called the Book of Enoch “Holy Scripture”. The Ethiopic Church even added the Book of Enoch to its official canon. It was widely known and read the first three centuries after Christ. This and many other books became discredited after the Council of Laodicea. And being under ban of the authorities, afterwards it gradually passed out of circulation. (end of quote)

The Old Testament covers the “old covenant between Moses as the mediator for Israel which covers the laws of Moses and “the new testament covers the new covenant between the new mediator Jesus and his people Christians” and by putting FAITH in him they may have eternal life.sacrifice 2So, today we are under the NEW COVENANT between our mediator Jesus Christ and his father and those putting faith in him, and we are not under the laws of Moses. This new covenant consists of both Jews and gentiles. (John 10v16, Eph 2v11-22) A completely new group of people just as Jesus taught the Jews when he told them, “I have other sheep which are not of this fold (Jews) those too I must bring and they will be one flock under one shepherd”. Jesus here was referring to the gentiles becoming one flock with those Jews who put faith in him.

Luke 16v16 says, “the law and the prophets were until John: since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone enters it violently”. So, before the coming of our Lord Jesus the laws of Moses and the prophets were used but, now John the Baptist was sent as a forerunner to our lord and he preached a forgiveness of sins through baptism. And it is the good news about the kingdom through Jesus that is our salvation today.

We have been told that it was MOSES who wrote the first five books of the bible. This covers the creation of the earth and the earth’s heavens, the creation of the animals and the creation of our first human parents, Adam and Eve and the forming of God’s people through Abraham, the ISRAELITE’S.

The name “Israel” came about because Abraham’s son was called Isaac and his grandson was called Jacob and God changed his name to “Israel” hence; the 12 sons of Jacob became the 12 sons of Israel.

Abraham was promised by God that his seed would be blessed and they would inherit the land flowing with milk and honey. (Genesis 12v1-4)

 Abraham’s great grandson Joseph, the beloved son of  his father Jacob one of the 12 sons was taken to Egypt after being abandoned by his jealous brothers for his constant dreams and he was used by God to help and free the families of Israel when a great famine struck the land and the families went down to Egypt to buy food. His father was told his son had been killed.josephBut, in actual fact, the brothers of Joseph put him in a well and when some travellers from the East, descendants of Ishmael came by, the brothers sold Joseph and he was taken as a slave to egypt.  

Joseph became a prominent figure in Egypt and provided food for his family and after many years of slavery in Egypt, the time was right to help them. It was at this time that Moses was also born and used by God to go to God’s people to free them from slavery.joseph 1 But pharaoh proved difficult and because he would not let the Israelites go free God caused ten plagues to wreak havoc upon the Egyptians before he finally drove the Israelite’s out of the area.nativity 9They travelled across the “red sea” where the sea opened up onto dry land for them to cross, but they still did not appreciate the wonderful divine help they were receiving from their God.

 Eventually after travelling many miles they came to the land they had been promised. 12 spies, one representing each of the tribes, were sent into the promised land for 40 days to spy out the land and 10 came back with a report that giants were living there and they would not be able to take the city. This proves again that the Jews knew about Enoch’s book of prophecy, and they were familiar with the “nephilim” the children of the “sons of God. (Genesis chapter 6) They had forgotten completely how their God took them out of Egypt and across the sea to safety. So as a punishment they were to stay in the wilderness for 40 years, a day for a year, 40 days spied out the land and 40 years they were punished. (Numbers 14v34)moses 1But the two loyal faithful spies who came with a glowing report of the land were blessed and they eventually went into the land.spy out During all those years they moaned and caused problems for Moses, even wishing they were back in Egypt as slaves and eventually Moses snapped and lost control and he ended up losing his right to go into the promised land himself. This came about because he lost his temper with the people who were complaining about the water being bitter and he struck the rock to produce sweet water without giving the praise to God. It was a moment of anger and stress on his part. (Numbers 20v4-14, Deut 32v48-32, 3v23-28)mosesHe was taken up into the mountain where he was able to look out upon the land where he died and a dispute arose over his body by Satan and Michael ever since. (Jude 1v9)

moses from afar The first 5 books of Moses cover a great deal of the history and the setting up of God’s people Israel and is important to our history.

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