Decoding the Word

Introduction

People who read the same Bible come away with different messages than others. However, a handful who study the Word accept the powerful intent of it. Where the Bible says God is indeed one individual over one hundred times, they find a few dubious scriptures they purport that Jesus had a prior life as a god. Where the Bible says God gave us the seventh day to rest, they like Sunday instead. Examples of people choosing scriptures that suit their preconceived notions abound. Why do people refuse to listen to God? Or rather, why cannot people hear what God is really saying? The answer is simple; they do not know, have not learned or will not learn God’s Language for whatever reason.

To understand God’s Word we must ask this question first.

Where and how do we get language?

God created the brain or mind for communication both internally by the neurological system controlling bodily functions and externally by the various languages the mind is capable of using from speaking in language to music and dance. We learn language from our parents who talk to us and teach us to speak.

Once a person understands language, he develops his own personal language by which he speaks to himself mostly silently by thinking but occasionally talking to himself. This language exists and evolves but is hardly ever shared. A person adds to his personal language by experience and learning. What is left unsaid may be more important than what is said as far as one’s personal language or ideolect is concerned.

From a person’s ideolect, a person communicates to others, i.e., a person’s language, apart from its hidden side, must be communicable to another. The earliest group a person communicates with is the family. Each family has its distinct language, mostly unknown to others. At the same time, the language of the family comes from the language of the neighborhood, locality and nation or nations speaking the same language.

As time goes by a person can become fluent in all manner of languages from family to nation, from slang to platform speech and from human to godly.

Potential of All Language

While every language has its predispositions due to its location, every language has the potential for complete expression. For example, the Eskimo language has no word for snow, as strange as that may seem. It, however, has half a dozen or more words for different kinds of snow like a word for soft snow, hard snow and driving snow. In English, we need to use adjectives to replicate their words for snow. Nonetheless, each language has its predispositions, which most speakers naturally fall into. Therefore, while Hebrew may be the language with the greatest predisposition toward expressing God’s Word naturally, all languages can express His Word with some or great effort. Yahweh may express God’s Nature best of all, but we can still use different English Words to express the same content. We can understand that Yahweh means the self existent One who is, has no beginning or end, is eternal. All right it takes some work to get the translation right, but it can be done. Let us go back to the beginning.

Where did language first come from? God gave it to Adam.

Thus, language was godly to start with and is the only way to know God. However, sin caused godly language to become defiled and corrupted.

When the serpent or demon began its deception of godly language, it became difficult for people to know Yahweh. Know Him or not, the laws embodied in the creation could not be done away by some sophisticated twisting of the Truth. People like Noah could decode the language of the creation which revealed Yahweh.

Over the centuries and little by little, more people associated themselves with the language of God from the creation and from people like Noah. It is comparable to a person immigrating to an other nation with a different language and learns the new language. If a person comes young enough and has language talent, the new language becomes the person’s basic language and his original language his second language. I know of some who immigrated as mid teenagers who made English their first language and spoke it without accent. Well, all speakers of English have accents, Cockney, London, midwest, California (valley speech) or Bronx, these accents are those of the English language not an Italian or French accent. Some people can be bilingual or trilingual who can easily switch their thinking and speaking from one language to another.

Thus, a person can learn God’s language and become fluent in it with or without accent, and the person can make it his predominant language.

God gives people the parameters of the good life, the fulfilling life. He gives people ten rules of attitude and conduct as a race of people made in His image. He tells us it is not our heritage or blood, our parents or friends, our neighborhood or locality or our country that makes us who we are. He tells us our true heritage is being made in His image. His language is our potential language, but only when we are ready to become associated with Him and His.

The first thing we must learn or relearn is who the One and only God really is.

Ex. 20:4 ¶ “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
Ex. 20:5 “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,
Ex. 20:6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Deut. 4:16 so that you do not act corruptly and make a graven image for yourselves in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female,

2Pet. 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

Matt. 15:6 he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
Mark 7:13 thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.”

All language has the potential to be godly again.

As a person grows from a toddler to a child and so forth, his language grows and changes. A person’s vocabulary grows as he learns new words, some good and some not so good. As a person matures, his grammar becomes more complex and intricate; simple declarative sentences become riddled with phrases, dependent and independent clauses, infinitives (not split, hopefully) and participles (not dangling). Each time a person’s language grows, the older and lower languages become dependent on the higher language. While a person never forgets (well almost never) his earliest language though his earliest memories probably vanish, his higher language controls his thoughts. In linguistics, we say the highest language in the brain or mind rules all other languages.

For example, an actor is called upon to play a child. Since he likely does not remember his childhood language to well, he might go to the park and watch and listen to children to reeducate or learn anew childhood speak and actions. It is hoped that his learning child speak does not become a major ideolect in his older life because he learns it when he is older.

Furthermore, as a person becomes involved in various positions in life, he learns the jargon of that perspective. People compartmentalize their various languages. To his sporty friends, speaks sports jargon; to his musical friends, he speaks Mozart.

Someone observed that soldiers seem to have the same kind of vocabulary and grammar without a similar accent, most likely. Their training, association with other soldiers, back ground attitude toward defending their families and country and pride in their profession permeates their verbal and body language. The same maybe true of other professions and endeavors where most seem to be “cut from the same cloth.”

Rom. 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Eph. 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Col. 1:9 ¶ For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Phil. 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,

Eph. 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
Eph. 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

2Pet. 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
2Pet. 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
2Pet. 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

Behavior and Language

Behavior is ruled by a person’s strongest and deepest language. What a person really believes shows up in his behavior. The soldier throws himself on the grenade to save his comrades. He gives up his life because his most profound language is heroic. The airplane crashed into the Potomac River. One man dived into the icy waters and swam to the sinking plane to rescue many passengers. He made one last trip to save a person crying for help and standing on a wing. Our hero never made it and someone else rescued the person on the wing. His language, not in any military or law enforcement position, was hero.

Jesus, who having not ever sinned and, thus, would not die, allowed himself to be crucified and to perish for others sins to save them from death. He died giving life. His language was savior. What is your language?

1John 2:3 ¶ By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1John 2:4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

1John 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

1John 3:24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

1John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

1John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.

1John 3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

2Pet. 1:5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
2Pet. 1:6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,
2Pet. 1:7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
2Pet. 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Pet. 1:9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

Lie to Me

The people who are immersed in God’s Language, who speak it and live it, know God. Furthermore, they recognize the people do not know God because of their language and behavior do not reflect God’s Language. They even know when deceived people have mistranslated His Word or even slipped in a scripture or two to promote their agenda.

People know when someone is misrepresenting a person, like a John Smith, who they know quite well. They might say that John Smith said something so out of character as to be ridiculous. They might even say they have it in writing, look at the handwriting. However, handwriting or not, John Smith could not say that because it is out of character and against all else he has ever said.

To know God is to know His Code, His Word, His way of thinking and doing things. If the someone says God is three people, we challenge it because we know Him; He is one person. If someone writes God had Mary, as a virgin, impregnated outside of wedlock, we would not believe what was written because we know Him and He would never break one of His Commandments. Therefore, God’s real Language would never contain anything like a virgin birth.

Gen. 2:19 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.

Communication Accommodation
Theory


“The Communication Accommodation Theory (CAT), developed by Howard Giles, professor of communication, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks to explain the cognitive reasons for code-switching, and other changes in speech, as a person seeks either to emphasize or to minimize the social differences between him - or herself and the other person(s) in conversation. Prof. Giles posits that when speakers seek approval in a social situation they are likely to converge their speech with that of the other person speaking. This can include, but is not limited to, the language of choice, accent, dialect, and para-linguistic features used in the conversation. In contrast to convergence, speakers might also engage in divergent speech, with which an individual person emphasizes the social distance between him - or herself and other speakers by using speech with linguistic features characteristic of his or her own group.”


Know God

Like our heroes above, loving people to the point of death demonstrated their highest language. Their code of honor and love permeated their language and, thus, their lives. The few live in God’s image to the benefit of mankind. It is as if they grew up in God’s neighborhood that exemplified love. In that neighborhood, people do and talk love.

1John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Creation Is Complete

Nothing is missing, nothing was left out, there is nothing new under the sun. From the completion of the creation, God’s language of love gave people the knowledge and ability to behave in His image. Look at the stars; they prove we can trust God’s lovingkindness.

Each Sabbath, we are reminded of the creation and the Creator as we also rest on His sanctified day. We are guided by God’s Code of love.

Gen. 2:1 ¶ Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts.
Gen. 2:2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
Gen. 2:3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

Creation Was Good

God’s creation from His Word or Command brought all good things into the world to give life and life more abundantly.

Gen. 1:12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

Gen. 1:25 God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

What Is Love?

Do you believe God? Do you see His love in the creation and His Word? Have you learned God’s Language. Do you speak God’s Language from the heart? Do you act on God’s Language like heroes do?

Ex. 34:6 Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;
Ex. 34:7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

Deut. 4:31 “For the LORD your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.

Conclusion

God’s creation calls out to all people. God’s Word cries out to people. A small number of people look at the creation, and they suddenly become cognizant of God’s Language. They exclaim that this is what they have been looking for all their lives. Then these people endeavor to make God’s Language their language, make God’s way their way. As God’s Language is converted to their language, then they communicate with God. They take hold of God’s Kingdom and live life as His very own adopted sons and daughters.

The Code being broken, believers, thereafter, will always live with and for God.

Amen.

Gil Kovacs, Pastor
Sabbath Christian Church

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