Remember the game we played as children called “find the difference” between two things?
That is what I get to do all day in my work of solving computer or network problems.
I have to find the difference between what they have now (a “problem”) and compare it to what they had before (the problem was present). If I can remove the difference (what changed) then the issue will be resolved and person very happy! Their computer or network has been “restored back to the truth”. That’s how I see my work… as “fighting the forces of evil”. 🙂
Maybe we can use this skill to study God’s original words he gave us and tell us when he is speaking about the same thing or something different?
I will show you some original words he gave us and you tell me if they are the same or different.
Here is the first set. Simply compare 1a to 1b.
What do you think about set 1? Are they the same or different?
Now, let’s look at Set 2 and compare 2a to 2b.
Are 2a and 2b the same or different?
These are different as well, aren’t they?
Finally, what about Set 3?
This one is a “trick question”. They are the same, aren’t they?
Now, of course, you probably have guessed these are original Hebrew words from scripture that God gave us. I am not a language expert to be able to tell you exactly what they mean…
Do we really need to know EXACTLY what they mean in order to tell if they are different?
Any of us can tell if they are the same or different, can’t we? Even a child can do that.
So, ponder this.
How accurate and precise is God? 90%? 95%? or 100% every time?
How much of a difference does there have to be in something he refers to in order for it to be something unique and different for God? (Please ponder that for a bit. That point is very important to see the ideas here.)
God is always 100% accurate and 100% precise isn’t he? If any variation exists in anything he has to reveal it to us, right? Or he would be lying and he can not lie. Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:2 He also can’t hide the truth or that would be deception, wouldn’t it?
Please ponder those points. They are very powerful when trying to understand what he is truly saying to us in his written word.
Can’t we conclude the following?
Logical deduction: If there is the slightest bit of variation in his words, we have to assume he is speaking of two different things.
Is it possible that we can learn a lot by simply looking at his original words and spotting differences between them?
Sounds simplistic, doesn’t it?
What if the truth actually is simple and not sophisticated?
So, what are these words we have been comparing for differences? Let’s see.
Look at Genesis 1:27. This is a powerful verse when God creates man.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them Gen 1:27
Is it just me or does this look like man has two parts one called “him” and one part called “them” (which is “male and female”)?
Let’s plug in the original words.
Hmmm, interesting isn’t it?
Do you see the difference in these two original Hebrew words God himself gave us?
Is it possible that spiritual man has 3 parts?
One called “him” created in “God’s own image” and one called “them” not created in God’s own image but created as both “male and female”? (Please don’t confuse this with an individual person. This is a gigantic spiritual man.)
Ponder that a while and see what you hear.
For the second set, let’s look at Genesis 2:20. This is another very famous verse where Adam is “naming the animals”.
The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him Gen 2:20
Are “the man” and “Adam” the same person?
Here is the same verse with the original words plugged in.
They are different, aren’t they?
Could “The man” be different from “Adam”? Could the “Adam” in Genesis 2:20 be an actual, specific “named’ man whereas “the man” is general classification for mankind? Could this specific “Adam” here which is Strong’s 121 be the actual “Son of God” like Luke 3:38 says?
Let’s look at the last set. This one is a little different. Please pay attention to the words I underlined and bolded. We all know the first verse.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth Genesis 1:1
and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all. You are the head of gold Dan 2:38
Here are the same verses with our original words.
The words of Jesus in Matt 13:38 come to mind on the last set.
and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one Matt 13:38
Do you see a connection here?
Is it possible that man has misunderstood God’s original words to us?
God bless and may he give us understanding to see the truth.