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How to Eat the Meat and Throw Away the Bones

The last time you and I talked, the discussion centered around how to select a book that is scripturally sound. I ended our conversation by also stating that you should also take the time to Google the author to find out the background of the individual. At that time, I dropped a phrase at the end–truth twister. Did you catch it? I will be expanding on that phrase in this conversation.

In summary, I talked about the importance of the use of proper scripture to support the presentation of information. When discussing a topic, the information should come from the Bible itself. I am not going against the use of  biblical commentaries and biblical dictionaries. These can be very helpful in our study of the Word of God. There are precautions that the believer should take in using some of the commentaries in circulation today. At a later date, I will bring this to your attention.

Meat, if you are a meat-eater, can be enjoyable and good for you. The meat must be removed from the bone because the bone is not edible.  In fact, even a small bone can choke you. Thanksgiving is coming up this month. On Thanksgiving Day, after the blessing, the man will stand at the head of the table and carve the great turkey. When it is all said and done, nothing will be left but the bones. The skin and meat are gone, and everybody is stuffed! Keep that image in your mind as I discuss it from a spiritual perspective.

Let’s look at some New Testament verses that talk about “doctrine” that is of man–not God.  This is the “bone” that has to be tossed.  Note what Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 16:12:

Matthew 16:11 (KJV)
11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Matthew 16:12 (KJV)
12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
I am using these two translations to begin our discussion on how an individual can use scripture to support their own interpretation of a topic.  One of the first things that false teaching does is it brings about instability. Paul tells us that we are to be unmoveable, and always abounding in the Word of God. This cannot happen if the message that is being presented is coming from a truth twister.  Note what the following verse says:

Ephesians 4:14 (KJV)
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Ephesians 4:14 (YLT)
14 that we may no more be babes, tossed and borne about by every wind of the teaching, in the sleight of men, in craftiness, unto the artifice of leading astray,

2 Peter 3:16 (KJV)

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
2 Peter 3:16 (NASB)
16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Notice that the NSASB in this case uses the word “distort” when speaking of the untaught and unstable person. This same problem is apparent in their study of the rest of the Scriptures. Their lack of understanding leads to their destruction and to those who present their misunderstandings. Truth twisters. It is their purpose to lay in wait for those who are not knowledgeable in the Word of God to give them their own “interpretation” of a verse or doctrine. No wonder there are so many opinions on what one passage of scripture is saying. Everybody has their own interpretation. Let me remind you of a verse located in 2 Peter 1:16-20.

2 Peter 1:16-20 (KJV)
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

When the Word of God is distorted, it is not fit to eat. This is the bones. I hope you are following what I am trying to present to you here. In order to grow physically, we are given a well-balanced diet of meat and vegetables along with a starch. Of course we also have a dessert and fruit. This how we are to eat spiritually. We have to eat a well-balanced diet of spiritual food in order to grow strong in the Lord. That means a daily diet of the Word of God. The real  unwatered down Word of God. That is why you must know what the Word of God says for yourself. When you are reading a book or a post or hear someone quote a scripture, you should recognize whether the individual has said it right. Granted, we as humans are subject to mistakes, but not to the point of making a scripture say or not say what is written in the Bible. Even when you are being taught something new, you have to listen closely. Take notes and pray. When you get alone, go over your notes and ask the Holy Spirit to help you to not only understand the lesson but also to retain the lesson. Commit the Word to your heart and mind. Then you can eat the meat and throw away the bones. You will automatically know the difference because the Spirit of God will raise the red flag in your spirit when something is wrong. You won’t be able to swallow the “leaven.”












The Disciples in the World

John 17:13-21 The Disciples in the World


Key Words

You                   seven times

Your                 two times

Father              one time

World                nine times

Them                six times

They                 six times

Their                 two times

Themselves      two times


From Greek to English Translation

Sanctify: To make holy. Purify. Consecrate.

Word: Something said (includes the thought). By implication, it is a topic (subject of disclosure).

Believe: To have faith. To commit (to trust). Put in trust with.


Note: The version used in this lesson and subsequent lessons is the NASB.




In this portion of scripture, Jesus speaks of two groups: 1) the world; 2) the believers. Jesus is talking to the Father concerning the fact that He is about to leave His disciples. He is focused on the fact that He wants them to have an intimate relationship with Him and the Father. He wants them to experience unity among themselves.

Scriptural Analysis

The world hates them because they are not of the world, They hated Jesus. In Luke 6:22, Jesus tells His followers that they are blessed when the world hates them. The reason for their hatred toward them is that they have chosen to follow Jesus. Because of this, the world has excluded them. (Holman Christian Standard Bible) They will also insult and slander their name calling them as evil. In John 16:2, which says people will think they are doing the kingdom’s work when they arrest them. Note 1 Peter 4:14, which says that if a believer is ridiculed for Jesus’ name, the individual is blessed. For the spirit of glory and of God rests upon them. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Jesus does not want the Father to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3. God the Father sent Jesus into the world. Likewise, Jesus is sending His followers out into the world as well.

Jesus continues His prayer to the Father by stating that He desires that they be one as He and the Father are one. He wants them to be unified in faith and belief.

Notice the word “now,” which means that Jesus is changing the subject. Jesus is changing the subject in His conversation with the Father. He is speaking these things into the world. He wants their joy to be full or complete. This is the kind of joy that every believer receives. He speaks to the world because His believers are a part of the world. Jesus states that He has spoken the words that the Father has given Him.


The world hates them because they are not of the world, They hated Jesus. In Luke 6:22, Jesus tells His followers that they are blessed when the world hates them. The reason for their hatred toward them is that they have chosen to follow Jesus. Because of this, the world has excluded them. (Holman Christian Standard Bible) They will also insult and slander their name calling them as evil. In John 16:2, which says people will think they are doing the kingdom’s work when they arrest them. Note 1 Peter 4:14, which says that if a believer is ridiculed for Jesus’ name, the individual is blessed. For the spirit of glory and of God rests upon them. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)


Jesus does not want the Father to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3. God the Father sent Jesus into the world to teach the gospel truth. Likewise, Jesus is sending His followers out into the world as well.


Jesus continues His prayer to the Father by stating that He desires that they be one as He and the Father are one. He wants them to be unified in faith and belief.


Spiritual Contributors of Depression

It has been discussed that there are physical, emotional, and mental reasons for depression. There are also spiritual reasons for a despairing heart. Disobedience and guilt provide enough fertile seed to turn any white cloud into a dark storm. A person cannot harbor the guilt of displeasing God and still experience the full joy of His salvation. A person also cannot withstand the schemes and attacks of the enemy against one’s mind without knowing and appropriating the Bible into one’s life. Disobedience and guilt are inseparable. Unless you apply the remedy of confession and repentance, (this means a change of mind and direction). In this respect, an individual may find depression sweeping over one’s soul and spirit. The individual suffers like the disobedient Israelites…


“You will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the LORD will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart.” Deut. 28:65



Can Sin be One of the Sources of Depression

This question does not have a yes or no answer. Some believe it is always a yes. The more accurate answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no.


1.                 Depression is not a result of sin when…your heart grieves over normal losses. The Bible says…“(There is) a time to weep…a time to mourn.” Ecclesiastes 3:4. Your body experiences natural deterioration due to the passing of years. Your body chemistry can change and be compromised. The Bible says,


“Outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16


2. Depression can be a result of sin when…You are depressed over the consequences of your sinful actions, and you do not attempt to change. You do not take the necessary steps for healing (seeking biblical counseling, memorizing Scriptures, reading Christian materials, getting medical help when appropriate). You hold on to self-pity, anger, and bitterness when you have been wronged, instead of choosing to forgive.


“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4:17


You use your depression to manipulate others. You continually choose to blame God and others for your unhappiness. You are depressed because you choose to let others control you instead of choosing to obey Christ and allow Him to be in control of you.


The Betrayal of Jesus Part Two

John 13:25-27

John leaned in order to ask Jesus who was the betrayer. Can you imagine the response the disciples would have had if they knew it was Judas Iscariot? There would have been a killing if they found out who the betrayer was. Giving the morsel (sop) to Judas was an uncaught sign of recognition to John. Some commentators say it was the Lord’s final extension of grace to Judas. If this is so, Judas deliberately rejected the extension of mercy to him. Giving Judas a morsel of bread was a sign of friendship. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states that it is ironic that Jesus’ act of friendship to Judas signals Judas’ betrayal of friendship.


After this, Satan enters into Judas. (v. 2). This is one of the most terrible expressions in the Scriptures. Judas became Satan’s tool against Jesus. Jesus tells Judas to do the act quickly. This may speak to the time of God’s proper timing.


John 13:28-30

No one grasped the meaning of Jesus’ action and words to Judas. Nobody caught what was being said and done. They assumed that he, the group’s treasurer, was going to purchase food for the Passover feast. They could have also thought that he was going to give some money to the poor. He had deceived the disciples, but not Jesus. It can be said that since it was night time, Judas was leaving the Light to go into darkness. This would be a symbolic significance. Note John 8:12; 12:35, 46. The darkness of sin. John 3:19.

Final Responses



There is deep irony in John’s recognition in of Caiaphas’ words. Caiaphas points to the last sacrificial Lamb in a prophecy he did not even know he makes. Caiaphas, along with the other religious leaders, wanted Jesus to die. God used his words to serve as reference to Jesus’ substitionary atonement. Jesus’ death would abolish the old sacrificial system. He would fulfill all its types and shadows. The author of Hebrews bears witness to this fact. Jesus’ death was for the entire world not just for the Jews. His death and resurrection would bring about a new body as noted in Eph. 2:14-18; 3.6. The Sanhedrin would decide Jesus’ death.




At this time, Jesus withdraws Himself from Bethany to a village that is about fifteen miles or so to a place called Ephraim. It is a place for rest. It was close to the wilderness of Judea. It was a place for a possible escape.




Jewish pilgrims, on their way to Jerusalem for the feast, looked for Jesus. In John 2:13-25, He attended the national festivals. He publicly taught in the temple area. There was a question as to whether He would follow this same pattern. The large crowds kept looking for Him. The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads as follows:


“The religious authorities gave orders for anyone to report if he found out where Jesus was so they could arrest Him.”


Lazarus Rise!

John 11:38-39 (KJV)

(38) “Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. (39) Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”

Jesus was disturbed emotionally. Such showing of emotion told of His great love for these three people. Jesus came to the tomb. Tombs were made of limestone. People made caves in the side of a wall of rock. Once the person’s body was placed in the tomb, a stone was placed over the entrance. Jesus told them to move the stone. Such action would result in defilement. Obedience was demanded if Jesus’ miracle was to be revealed. The crowd, having heard Jesus’ words, looked on and listened. Mary was weeping, and Martha objected saying that her brother had been dead four days.


John 11:40-42 (KJV)

(40)”Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? (41) Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. (42) And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”


If Martha believed His Word concerning Him being the resurrection and the Life, then all would be well. She had to trust Him, and God would be glorified. The sisters’ faith had shown. They gave their permission to move the stone.


Tension mounted. What would Jesus do now that the stone had been removed? Jesus thanked His Father for granting His request. The Father’s will is being manifested in His love and power. Jesus gave a public prayer of thanksgiving. Jesus did not want to be honored as a Wonder-Worker. He wanted them to know He was the Father’s obedient Son. The granting of the Jesus’ prayer would give clear evidence to the people that He had been sent by the Father. (Note Elijah’s prayer in I Kings 18:37.


Jesus spoke three words: Lazarus come out! It should be noted that if Jesus had not called Lazarus’ name, all the dead would have come forth. Immediately, the dead man came out. He was wrapped in strips of linen. Jesus gives a directive to the people. Remove his grave clothes. This enabled Lazarus to move on his own. This was evidence that he was alive.


The Bible Knowledge Commentary makes the following statement concerning this miracle:

“This event is a marvelous picture of God’s Son bringing life to people. He will do this physically at the Rapture for church saints. I Thess. 4:16, and at His return for Old Testament saints Daniel 12:2, and the Tribulation saints (Rev. 20:4, 6).”


Today Jesus speaks and calls the spiritually dead to spiritual life. Many people are dead in trespasses and sins. They have the opportunity to believe and come to life by the power of God. http://ref.ly/Ep2.1-10



The Importance of Getting An Understanding

Do I understand what I read from the Bible? I don’t always immediately understand. I have to re-read it, and then ponder it. Then I read it again to see if I understand it. Sometimes, it takes time to understand it. The Word of God is quick and powerful, and it is living. When I re-read it, there is more to it than I what saw the first time I read it. That’s why we need to be patient in reading the Word of God.


Take time to hear the Voice of God through His Written Word. There is much to learn if we slow down. An example of this from my life is taking the time to read the verses slowly. We gain insight and understanding when and only when we seek to hear the Voice of God.

Jesus the Real Manna


This passage is known as a regular Jewish Midrash (Jewish commentary or exposition on Scripture. The forms varied considerably but often included reading a text in the light of other texts, with careful attention to all nuances of details supposedly filled with divine significance. Because such methods of reading Scripture were common, early Christians could employ them in relating their message to other ancient Jewish Bible readers.) It is also known as homily. See Exodus 16:15 and Psalm 78:24. Jesus quotes this in John 6:31. As a teacher, Jesus paraphrases, explains and expounds in a manner that is characteristic of ancient Jewish teachers. Even though He does this, His hearers fail to understand Him. Ancient teachers had a habit of making their lectures hard to understand. This would sort out genuine followers from the masses.

Jesus had escaped the crowd when He found out they wanted to make Him their king. At this time, they had not changed their mind. They attempted to lay hands on Him, but His hour had not come. Jesus still had more ministering to do before His hour of crucifixion. Like other ancient writers, John was free to paraphrase his material in his own words. Here the crowd cites Scripture as if they are rabbis in a debate. See http://ref.ly/Ex16.4 and http://ref.ly/Ps78.24. John uses both Hebrew and Greek versions of these texts.

The theme of this passage is “I Am the Bread of Life.”

The crowd sought to manipulate Jesus by having Him repeat the loaves and fishes. They had been taught by the rabbis that when Messiah would come, He would repeat what Moses had done by giving the manna. They could see that Jesus was the Messiah. It was only natural that they should look for Jesus to repeat what Moses had done. They expected Jesus to repeat it six times like Moses had repeated this same thing six times in one week for the entire forty years of wandering. (Midrash Mekilta on http://ref.ly/Ex16.25) “For whom has the manna been prepared? For the righteous in the age that is coming” (Midrash Tanchuma Beshallach 21:66). The first redeemer provided manna. The last redeemer (Jesus Christ) will bring down manna (Midrash Rabba on http://ref.ly/Ec1.9 [emphasis mine]

There is no doubt that this crowd had heard these sayings, and they were on their minds. When studying this passage, it would seem as though they were less desirous of the coming of the messianic age. Their aim was to manipulate Jesus into becoming what they wanted at that time. They were not looking for a spiritual leader with a spiritual kingdom. Jesus told them that He was God’s gift to men. God desired men to believe in Him. Their response was different from what was expected. They would not believe unless a sign was done. They sought more signs even though Jesus had healed people and fed the five thousand. They were after physical signs, and not spiritual signs.

Jesus had to correct their thinking. Moses did not give the manna. God did. The manna received by the Israelites was not the true bread sent from the true Heaven. It was earthly bread from the visible sky. It was temporary. The manna that Jesus is talking about is everlasting. They did not understand this. Jesus pointed to Himself as being that Heavenly manna. He is the only bread that can satisfy the real hunger of the human soul.