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I. “GOD’S COMMUNICATION PROCESS”
You’ve heard the old quote: “what we have here is a failure to communicate.” And it is true in many respects. If we are unawares of the process whereby God uses to communicate Himself and His Will, and using particular words to do so, obviously we will not be able to grasp it. The same thing applies to today’s language barriers and the communications gap that exists between the older and the younger generations.
An example of this is an encounter that Dr. Radmacher had at a college in San Diego, CA some years ago. He was asked …by a man heading up one of the free colleges, if they could get together and “rap”/”wrap” for awhile that afternoon? And so they got together about 2pm, and after talking for awhile, Dr. Radmacher produced some ‘supporting material’ for a particular piece of Scripture. The man’s response was one often heard: “Well, there are many different interpretations of that.” Now, what he didn’t know was just how angry that kind of statement makes Dr. Radmacher! You can, literally, see blood pool in his face! Not much gets him angrier faster than for someone to say those very words, because it’s a LIE! There’s ONLY ONE interpretation, and that’s what the author intended when he/she was led by the Holy Spirit to write it!
And so Dr. Radmacher responds, “You know, when I came here today, you said you wanted to “rap”/”wrap”. But I don’t see any presents here to wrap, and I don’t see any wrapping paper, or tape, and I don’t have the foggiest idea how we’re gonna wrap without presents or the materials to wrap them with.”
As you can well imagine, the man looked at Dr. Radmacher as if he’d flipped his lid, and replied, “That’s not what I meant.”
And then Radmacher said, “Well, I’m sorry about that, but that happens to be MY interpretation of what you said when we first discussed getting together; and, after all, there are many different interpretations to what you said, and so, let’s wrap!”
Now quite flustered, the man said, “Well, we can’t even communicate!”
And Radmacher replies, “That’s EXACTLY right! Now you want me to understand what you MEANT by what you SAID, right?”
“Right,” the man agreed.
“Well,” began Radmacher, “Would you please be so kind as to extend to Paul and Isaiah the same courtesy, and let’s find out what they MEANT by what they SAID; and NOT attempt to MAKE them MEAN what we happen to want it to say, in order to fit what we believe? And to that end, let’s lay down a ‘ground-rule’ of honesty right at the beginning: let’s not try to twist theirs or other’s writings to make them fit what we happen to believe? Okay?”
We will now address the “Islands.” There are a number of things that are recall quite foundational to understanding the Bible, or for that matter, any book. And we are going to survey five (5) major areas — in light of this fact — that are foundational to comprehending God’s Word. Again, we pose the question: how do we get something from the mind of God into the hearts and minds of men so that a change in thinking and behavior is the result? And so we also ask ourselves: What was the process that Yahweh used in order to get His thinking into our lives? Following are the five islands and their representations in the “Communication Process”:
A. Revelation / Inspiration —
Relevant Scriptural References:
1. For General Revelation:
a. Ps. 19:1-6
b. Rom. 1:19-20
2. Special Revelation:
a. Ps. 19:7-10
b. Deut. 29:29
c. Lk. 24:27, 45,
a. 2 Tim. 3:16
b. 2 Pet. 1:20-21
In Deut. 29:29 we have this factual special revelation from Yahweh: “The secret things belong to Yahweh, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our progeny forever, in order that we may adhere to all the words of this law (proclamation).” Now the writer here is saying. very specifically that there are secret things that belong to Yahweh, but out of all the things that ARE known unto Yahweh, He has revealed some of if to us, and the term He uses to portray that teaching, in the Hebrew langauge, is “galah,” (#1540, Strong’s); meaning, literally, to “denude,” and figuratively to “reveal,” or “uncover,” “discover,” “open,” and “plainly publish / tell”. In this case the usage is not simply “to tell,” but “to tell someone something that was not known, and used in this sense, galah is applied to the revealing of secrets (e.g., Prov. 11:13. Though it is not a technical all term for divine revelation, the verb — in its transitive meaning here — and in consideration of the context, frequently conveys revelational meaning. We speak of this as the ‘Doctrine of Revelation.”
An expanded treatment of the revelation doctrine can be studied at 1Cor.2:1-15. It is here that we find, contextually, that Paul was seeking to answer a number of problems within the body of believers at Corinth. One of these problems was dealing with “revelation and wisdom”: where does real wisdom come from. This is the question of ‘scientia’ as contrasted, compared with and opposed to ‘sapientia.’ The first Latin term is dealing with ‘factual knowledge whereby one can scientifically prove things and come to comprehend anything so long as they are reasonably intelligent; however, the second term, ‘sapientia’, is on an entirely different level of appreciation, where one is profoundly intelligent, exhibiting great wisdom and sound judgment — they are wise from, not only a vast reservoir of knowledge, but personal experience, age, and exposure to ALL forms of “sitz ’em leben” (Ger. for “situations in life”). I cannot stress enough how incredibly serious THIS type of KNOWING is!!! Sapientia comes ONLY from the deepest of personal relationships with Yahweh, Yashua Messiah, and the Holy Ruwach of God!
(cont. in S.1.6, “aa”)
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