Lifting the Shades
Note: the key words in
this article are “learn” and “knowledge”.
knowledge shall be the stability of thy times….” (Isaiah 33:6).
After saying, ‘GO
AND LEARN what this means:’ Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6, “I will have
mercy and not sacrifice and THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD more than burnt offerings.”
Matthew does not record the last part of this verse: an explanation is that
often a rabbi did not need to quote a full verse because his students knew
the passage by heart.
The light of the Bible
has been shining thousands of years upon the earth. In our day the light is
becoming more and more brilliant to those who study it.
A holocaust survivor’s
view of the Bible: “Ultimately, as technology develops and selfish
individual control of power resources continues to increase, a catastrophe
that likely will destroy mankind is unavoidable. Only the love and fear of
the one God of the Bible offers hope for mankind to become conscious of the
sanctify of life and survive.” (Zev Kedem)
A part of the
excavations at Tamar showing a portion of the Roman Bath.
in Israel: let us consider some important facts in Psalm 102:13-22.
“You shall arise, and have mercy upon Zion; for
the time to
favor her, yea. the set time is come.” If not our time, when? The
following verse strongly suggests it is for the now generation:
V. 14, “For
Thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favor the dust thereof.”
Another translation says, “and love her dust.”
Since 1948 when Israel
became a State, archeology – especially Biblical archaeology – has exploded
and risen to heights never known before. Volunteers clamor to come and dig
in the dust! They do not hesitate to get their hands dirty.
What is the God-given
reason for this interest?
V. 15-16, “So the
nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy
glory. When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.”
His glory can be defined as caring love. Think awhile on that! What makes
“glory” glorious? For glory to shine, there must be caring LOVE. This
definition of His glory is attested in the following verse:
V. 17, “He will
regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.”
V. 18, “This shall
be written for the generations to come; and the people which shall be
created shall praise the LORD.” This certainly includes us by His great
grace. Have we thanked Him lately for His Word and that we live in a time
of great fulfillment of His promises?
His caring love is also
depicted in the following:
V. 19 –21, “For
He hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven did the
LORD behold the earth; [Why? Three reasons here:] To hear the
groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
to declare the name of the LORD in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem.”
A final “when” is a
challenge for our day.
V. 22, “When the
peoples are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD.”
So we see in the above
passages the clear purpose of His “arising and beholding”. We see, also,
that mankind has a part in bringing about the deliverance and restoration.
Over and again, as in the above verse 22, we are admonished to join together
with our brother Judah to DO what we can to help. The Apostle Paul hit the
nail on the head in Romans 15:27, when he said, “For if the Gentiles
have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to
minister unto them in carnal [material] things.” Instead of
“Gentiles”, read “believers from the nations” – not pagan any more because
the Word of God has reached us through Judah who has preserved it though the
The palm trees Bible
Light friends paid for will line the entrance to Biblical Tamar Park, a plot
of some 50 acres. The present need is to construct the building in which the
learning will take place. Bible Light friends – and/or Christians from any
where – will not do it all. What is great about it, is that Jews and
Christians are working together to build the museum complex, and make Tamar
again “The City of Palm trees.” In fact plans for the museum is to resemble
the top of a palm tree when viewed from the air. Visitors will be able to
walk around in the circular building and view the archaelogical finds
depicting the many eras covering thousands of years to the present time and
a glimpse of the future. Our focus in Bible Light is the Library/Learning
Center. There are many ways to help – large and small.
My desire is to see
“Judah and Joseph”, from everywhere and anywhere, come together to learn
from each other. To bless each other, to build and to plant and to help
reach and teach all nations of the world the eternal proven truths from the
Manual that God gave to go with the man He created.
expect Biblical Tamar to be a great tourist attraction. In my opinion, the
Learning Center will be the chief reason, because the Word does not return
void (Isa. 55:11). Scholars who know the original language of the Bible can
have a base at Tamar. A good share of the battle between good and evil is
caused by man’s additions (editions!) and deletions in transltaions of God’s
Word. Ignorance is not bliss!
Upper rooms of Solomon's
Porch as this part of the Temple appeard in Jesus' time according to modern
(Picture taken at Model City by Terry Distin.)
The purpose of Bible
Light publications is to encourage individual study in order to understand
more fully the meaning of this great Book we call the Bible. The
Library/Learning Center is not another missionary project in Israel to
convert Jews to Christianity, nor Christians to Judaism. The need is to
study the Bible together in love and understanding.
So often taught in the
Bible is the importance of publishing. We need that tool for learning. To
publish means to make known. Jeremiah was good at it, “Make ye mention to
the nations. Behold, publish….” (Jeremiah 4:16). And listen to Jeremiah
in 31:7, “For this saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and
shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye and say, O LORD,
save thy people....” – save those still scattered and persecuted among
This may be the best
quote from Jeremiah on the subject: “Declare ye among the nations, and
publish, and set up a standard; publish, conceal not….” (50:2), make it
known. Lift up the shades and let light in.
What more encouragement
do we need to go with the Lord in His plan to make His knowledge fill all
the earth as the waters cover the sea? Isaiah 11:9 and Habakkuk 2:14.
You – like I – are
probably not financially rich, but I can give whatever “widow’s mite” and
strength He gives me to help bring His Kingdom of caring love to this sick