The Director's Bible - 003

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The hidden mystery

The Director's Bible is a mystery which has been hidden from the beginning. (Eph 3.9) A mystery is not much of a mystery if it is easily seen and easy to solve. God hid it successfully from the beginning until the time of the cross, when he revealed it to the world through Jesus . (Ro 16.25, Col 1.26)

God hid the mystery because if God's enemies knew the plan of the cross, they never would have put him to death.

Paul suggests that the mystery contains the wisdom of God, and that the preaching of the gospel should include the revelation of the mystery. (Ro 16.25) Solomon says that a wise man seeks to understand proverbs and the riddles of the wise. (Pr 1.5, 6) It would appear that the gospel message was hidden in proverbs and riddles from the beginning. The hard thing about interpreting riddles is that it is impossible to interpret them if you attempt to understand them literally.

Mustard seed

For example, one well-known riddle is not recognized as a riddle, and so theologians attempt to interpret it literally. Consequently, they find that they must defend what they think to be nonfactual literal statements.

Mt 13.31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Mt 13.32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

You will find many discussions between skeptics and religionists about the fact that the mustard seed is not the least of the seeds, or the smallest of the seeds. They also argue that it does not grow into a tree. It is called a parable. (Mr 4.33) Although they recognize it as a parable, they do not understand that God has hidden a riddle in the parable:

Ps 78:2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings [riddles] of old:

Riddle solved

The riddle is solved by using the scriptural symbols consistently wherever they are used and recognizing childish riddles and puns. Children are called the 'seed'. Of all men born of woman, Jesus was the least of them (Lu 9:48, Mr 10:44) even serving all men by his death. The herb was given to man to eat. (Ge 1:29) The greatest herb, or the greatest thing to eat, is the body of Christ. (Mt 26.26) And the great tree is the cross upon which Christ bore our sin and died in our place. Christ is the seed, the herb and the tree. It is a riddle. We know that it is a riddle, not only because we know the answer to it, but because the mustard seed is not the smallest seed known to them. He said something that was not literalistically true in order to key the hearers into understanding that it was a riddle.

Scoffers say that the Bible can't be true because Jesus didn't even know that the mustard seed wasn't the smallest seed. He knew.

Many of the riddles are preserved through translation so that they can be solved in English. But many more are hidden in the words and even letters of the Hebrew language. The New Testament contains the teachings of the apostles, and though it is written in Greek, most of them taught in Hebrew. Some of the riddles must be translated back into Hebrew from the Greek to be understood. One example of this is the letter gimel, which is the same word in Hebrew as camel. The letter represents a rich man chasing a poor man just as the rich man chased after Jesus, the poor man... but we are getting ahead of ourselves. It is prudent to examine how Hebrew letters form words.

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