Learnings in Psalm Chapter 23 by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 28, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

And I love the way in God’s tapestry He conveys something and it flows right through like that scarlet cord going out the window, it flows right through the book, the beginning concept of the shepherd tending of a flock. The other thing that’s hidden in there, which is another message, is that it says, “Cain was a tiller of the ground. No. Cain, it says he was and obed; he was a slave of the ground. You go, you who are Genesis fans you can go pick at that later on because that’s a direct implication of the child of the curse versus the child following in at least the vocation that the Lord looked upon favorably there’s an innuendo there. But I point this out to show you the same word is being used Abel is a shepherd. And we know if it’s just a cursory, superficial look we know that Jacob and Rachel, she was a shepherdess. Is says plainly she was a shepherdess.

And we could talk about Joseph and we could talk about Moses and we could talk about David and it goes all the way through the stream of almost every person in the Bible you’ll encounter something that is having to do with shepherding the sheep the flock, et cetera. But I began to look at just this word and the use of this word and found some interesting things that I think will help color in. As I said going through the Bible you encounter the translations to be lacking and the Hebrew or Greek depending on what we’re doing helps to color it in. Turn to Genesis 48, I believe it’s verse 15. Now the King James to me this translation is just not good. And why? It covers up something that is just woven as I said through the Bible. If you read this passage this is Jacob’s final words as he’s going to bless Joseph, “And he blessed Joseph, and the said God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day.” No. The God, let me find it in here, the God, “the God the Shepherding One.” Not “who fed me.” I’ll right it for you on the board.

You’ll see the letters, it has a definite article, “who shepherded me,” the definite article right here, “who shepherded me all, the one shepherding me all my life.” So the imagery of God is a shepherd is there it’s just as I said in translation many things get lost and we try and figure out how we got to that corner. Having said that I followed the imagery in the concept of shepherding and of course when you get into the New Testament, and you may go back to Psalm 23, when you get into the New Testament you know that in John 10 Jesus says of Himself, “I am the good shepherd.”

And I really truly began from the Old Testament to the New to see through and through it wasn’t just poetic. God was really trying to tell us something. Now sheep require of almost all of the livestock type animals, require the most care. And there’re certain things that are just germane to that species. They are silly, they are-I mean you to put food in an area. Unless you are leading them and going before them to show them where the food is, a lot of times they’ll just stay in one area and the ones that do wander off; I remember Dr. Scott telling a story about the imaginary fence.

God of the Forefornt by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 21, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Me‛ownah Elohi, ‘God,’ notice when we normally read, we read Elohiym, this is Elohi, there’s no ‘m,’ there’s no plural, it’s the singular. Elohi qedem, ‘God of the front,’ you may have your Bible already noted the ‘God of the forefront.’

Pastor Melissa Scott discuss the word Zerowath, if you remember in Isaiah 53 we read “to whom the arm of the LORD is revealed,” zerowa, from the word oze which has a military use and connotation. ‘The arm of force,’ so the Septuagint wasn’t too far off in using ischun in its translation ‘strong arm,’ ‘strength.’

“Underneath bottomless,” ōlam which is being translated ‘bottomless,’ ‘endless.’ How far is bottomless? I have no idea, but you’ll know when you’re falling…it’s going to be far down. To me it also means however far I fall, He’s going to be there. I remember the first time I heard my husband speak on this passage and the first time I heard it I said “You know,” forgive me, “but it reminds me of Superman.” Remember how Superman managed to always be around and had a place to change? He always knew where Lois Lane was and every time she found herself in a bind he would catch her. I know that’s a comic book hero, but the God we serve is real and He really does see us right where we’re at.

Refuge from God by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 14, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Pastor Melissa Scott explains “The eternal God is thy refuge,” there’s another translation that reads ‘as your dwelling place,’ “and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee.” There are two words being used differently: ‘dwell’ and ‘refuge.’

The Greek Septuagint reads kai skepasei se Theou arche, ‘the God,’ genitive, ‘of the beginning,’ kai hupo ischun, ‘underneath,’ and I love what the Greek does, ‘underneath thestrong,’ brachionon, ‘underneath the strong arms everlasting.’ I like that, ‘strong arms  everlasting.’ I didn’t do that, the Septuagint did it, kai ekbalei; ek, meaning ‘out,’ balei, ‘to throw out;’ apo prosopou, ‘from your face.’ God’s got you covered

When we get to the Hebrew, the first word reads me‛ownah. Your King James translates it ‘refuge.’ I want to point out the difference between ‘refuge,’ me‛ownah; the word toward the end of the verse, vayashakan, being translated ‘to dwell;’ and vayamishkan, which

translates ‘to tabernacle.’

A Beginning Bible Study Taught by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 11, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Pastor Melissa Scott is going back behind Romans 5 – of history and time, God makes this perfect alignment. There are no accidents with God. God sends forth His Son,His only begotten Son. At the right intersection of time, God brings forth His Son and there is the first problem for any person who does not read the Bible: the virgin birth. I believe the virgin birth, but I also read the Bible properly and the Bible tells me that after the birth of Jesus, Joseph “knew” his wife. When we get to doctrine, we have to be careful we read this scripture correctly and we make right interpretations, that which is necessary to know. We need to wrap our logical minds around the first miracle: this virgin birth. If that happened, the rest of the story is easy to believe because if that really happened, then I can accept everything else.

Now, I’m not going to do a defense of the Resurrection or a defense of Jesus, I’m going to operate tonight under the assumption that we all accept that Christianity starts with a miracle. If you can’t get over that hurdle, you aren’t going anywhere. It starts with a miracle. Trust me, if you hang around long enough here you’ll hear me talk on every subject. If it’s in the Bible, I’ll take the time to ask the questions and answer the things no one wants to talk about because we shouldn’t be ashamed to investigate and explore this whole book. But let’s go back to this crossroads of history. God had to send His Son, who took a tent of human flesh, so we could behold Him, we could see Him, we could know Him. And He walked the face of the earth with one goal, one mindset, one view when He spoke. He spoke of everything, things eternal, of our heavenly Father, He spoke of all these things, not just with certainty, and not just with absoluteness, but He spoke with authority as one who had inside knowledge (maybe the way I would describe my living room with every detail, because I have been there myself). He spoke of His death and the necessity of laying down His life, so that you and I might live.

There was a whole series of sacrifices that had to be offered in the Old Testament book of Leviticus. Can you imagine, if God hadn’t sent His Son, we’d still be slaying bullocks, can you imagine that? Thank you for sending your Son, the perfect and last sacrifice! We end up with the final solution. You see, after you read about His death, there’s nothing that won’t bring you back to that first place in Genesis, making us see the reality of our condition – and why we need God.