Why is the Bible a book of impression?

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Speaker 1

All right, so Adriana is asking, why is the Bible a book of impression?

Speaker 2

So I’m not even quite sure exactly where this has come from. And Tina, maybe you have an idea, but but I’m trying to look up.

Speaker 1

The definition of impression, just to get something to jump from or start with.

Speaker 2

Yeah, I mean, I would like to know more about what is meant by impressions. Maybe it means like, book of inspiration.

Speaker 1

I guess when I think of impressions, I think inspirations or almost like symbols. I guess that’s more what I think of as far as when I think of the Bible. And it is such a symbolic book. There’s so many different concepts and ideas that God seeks to teach us eternal truth through symbols, like parables, like the sanctuary that’s all physical things that tell us about spiritual things. So I guess to me that’s more what I understand being the question being asked. I don’t know, do you have a different idea?

Speaker 2

Another idea is, yeah, maybe. Why does it the Bible just come out and say, here’s pure, plain truth and the most plain language ever? And I know a lot of people grapple with this. Why is the Bible seemingly so hard? Why do you have to really steady and dig deep into it? But we’re learning about communication and selling and these sorts of things. And if you give away something, just make it too easy, you give it outright, people will just hear it and move on. You really got to have a certain level of intrigue. There a little bit of mystery. I mean, we talked about, like, why are people so attracted to esoteric religions? God, I think, is the same way. He understands we need to go on a journey. We want to go in a discovery process where we continue digging deeper and deeper and learning more and more and more. So Goddamn has purposely designed the Bible for that way you can study your entire life, never stop reading it, and continue to learn more amazing things. And you’ll just get more and more beautiful. You just see more and more of these webs of how everything interacts.

Speaker 2

I think that’s one reason, I think, why God did what he did.

Speaker 1

Definitely. And I’m looking at there are several definitions of the word impression. One is an idea or feeling or opinion about someone or something especially formed without conscious thought or the basis of basically just kind of a sense you get of it. But the other that I think maybe is what I was saying earlier. It says a graphic or pictorial representation of someone or something. So like a depiction or just as far as the Bible book of all these impressions, as far as pictorial ideas, like, you look at the prophecies in Daniel, it talks about these beasts and they represent nations and kind of the idea of that. And you look at Revelation and there’s all sorts of things. There’s all sorts of animals and just things that are very symbolic in nature. And I think that God did that for a reason, especially kind of like his parables. Like all the parables of Jesus are like the kingdom of God is like a sower that sowed seed, all these things, because I think God wants us to really give His Word thought. Kind of like you’re saying it’s not super straightforward. God’s truth isn’t always 100% just like this, is it?

Speaker 1

It’s wrapped up in a symbol or in a parable. And I think that God did that so that the people that really want to know his truth will take the time to understand it.

Speaker 2

Just pause right there, because I think you nailed it. That is exactly it.

Speaker 1

Well, praise God. I know you said verse before that spiritual things are spiritually discerned. And I think that that’s really what it comes down to, is taking the time to be a spiritual person by being having a relationship with God so that you can understand his truth. And I think that so many people, they read the Bible and they just get these weird ideas or they come up with strange thoughts or things. And I think it’s only when we have connection to God and the Holy Spirit that we’re able to be led into all truth. And I think that, again, that’s why it’s so important that we have the Holy Spirit, because, like, God says that the Spirit will lead us into all truth. Because without his help, we’re not going to be able to understand the deep truths of God that we see in His Word.

Speaker 2

Yeah, the Bible is, in a sense, it’s kind of like an encrypted book and you got to use the Holy Spirit as a key to decrypt it for you. And it’s not that God really wants to keep the truth from us, but I think something I’ve thought about a lot is, why would God do that? And there is a concept in the Bible where you’re held to your standard of knowledge how much you know. And the more you know, the more is expected of you. And so maybe if God made the truth too easy for everybody, everybody is going to be judged at a really high standard. Maybe it’s out of mercy, God’s doing this so that I don’t know. That’s one theory. Maybe it’s bad.

Speaker 1

And that makes sense, too, because you think about when Jesus talks about us being or I think Paul says we’re newborn babes. We desire the sincere milk of the truth or milk of the Word, and then we move on to eating solid food and meat and that sort of a thing. And I think that’s true God’s Word because at face value, a lot of the truths are very simple. God created the world. There are these beautiful stories, and we need to learn how to love God and praise Him like we see in the Book of Psalms, we see these beautiful stories of basically salvation through Jesus in the New Testament and doing good, that’s what we are called to do. But then we start reading these harder things like the Book of Revelation, and it’s like, oh wow, I don’t get this. I remember when I first read Revelation, chapter twelve, talking about Michael the Ark Angel battling this red dragon. And I was like, what on earth? I really did not understand it. But as I continued to read the Bible over and over all the Bible, I started to see, I never forget the day I read Revelation Twelve.

Speaker 1

And it says that the dragon took down a third of the stars with its tail. And I said, Wait a minute, I saw something about a tale before. And I went and looked in the Book of Isaiah, chapter Nine, verse 15, and it says, the elder and honorable, he is the head, but the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tale. And in the Book of Revelation Twelve, it does say that red dragon is the devil and Satan. I said, Wait, the devil takes out God’s people through lies? And I was like, this makes sense. And I was like, wow. I started seeing that I need to know more of the Bible so that I understand it better. And so I think that God put these impressions or these symbols for us to dive deeper into His Word and.

Speaker 2

Look at the joy and excitement you got from that discovery. And I think that’s why the Bible story talked about the Word is kind of like treasure digging. Because when you reach these conclusions like, oh, that’s amazing, he wants to tell everybody about what you just discovered.

Speaker 1

Yeah, absolutely. And it makes your relationship with God so much more real and meaningful. It’s such a beautiful thing. Like my relationship with my husband is beautiful, but it gets deeper with time. And there’s so many things that with time that I’ve picked up and learned about Him that now it’s like, because I know Him so well, there are certain things that I’m able to navigate in our relationship so much differently and so much better just because I know Him on a deeper level and I love Him on a deeper level. And I think that’s how it’s supposed to be with God, because God’s all about relationship. And I think that if we’re not connected to Him, if we just have the superficial knowledge of God, it’s like, okay, well, God just wants to do this and this. There’s not much to that. But God, he’s so beautiful and just such a relational God that he wants to connect with us in a deeper and more meaningful way. And I think that’s why he does that. And I think too, like we’re saying, I think that when those who desire to know God take the time to spend in his word, getting to know Him more, it kind of reveals the character of the person seeking after God and that God sees, like, hey, this person is serious about me.

Speaker 1

They didn’t just read the Bible for face value. They kept reading, they kept searching because they wanted to know God and says that as we draw near to Him, he will draw near to us. And so I think that’s just kind of my take on that as well.

Speaker 2

Amen. Wow. I think we unpacked that pretty well. Love to hear the audience thoughts. If you have comments, ideas of why is the Bible book of impressions such a great discussion topic?

Speaker 1

For sure. Olivia says amen. So thank you, Olivia.

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