To understand Scripture one has to understand the difference between a Greek translation and a Hebrew translation. To understand this of course one must understand that one thinks in a linear fashion and the other in far broader terms.

When discussing Scripture with a Greek or Greek/Roman mindset (which happens to be the entire western world) one will have constant disagreements about the absolute meaning of a piece of Scripture. That is because to a Greek/Roman mentality or Western mindset there is only one meaning to everything.

It is not this way with the Eastern mindset or with the Hebrew/Aramaic text. To understand this one should understand PARDES. Principals of PARDES can be applied to all Scripture.

P = PASHAT – this is the literal meaning of the text

R = REMEZ – Remez are the hints in the text that point to something deeper

D = DRASH – Drash is the added understanding that can be gleaned by a story, riddle or parable.

S = SOD – (pronounced like sewd – the go sound) Sod is the deepest level. This is the secret or underlying mystery revealed in the text.

A group of 3 Hebrew men can discuss a piece of Scripture and have 4 opinions – all right. This is because one can look at so many facets of a piece of Scripture and so many lessons can be gleaned from every piece. 3 Western men can discuss a piece of Scripture and disagree and leave and all start a new church because they could not agree.

You will know you have sifted and discerned Scripture correctly when there are no contradictions through out Scripture – when all is taken into account, where no teaching is done away with, when from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, one finds a consistent message and a continuing thread. Our Father has never changed His mind, had different rules for different people. Jews do not have one set of rules and Christians another. The Father and Messiah have and gave us the Torah (Instructions). This applies to all creaion.

The differences also extend to the many idioms used like “A land flowing with milk and honey”, does not mean a land with a lot of milk producing cows and bee hives. It means a fertile land.

To look upon ones nakedness is not to look at a naked woman it is to have sexual relations. When Noah was lying drunk, his son Ham came in and slept with his wife. Caanan was the product of the union. His father Noah was aware what happened and cursed the offspring and his descendants. So to understand the idioms is essential to understanding the script.

The Hebrew language also is very different. Every letter has a meaning. The letters can be mixed up and the new meaning will just throw more light on the word. An Excellent example is the way that the first book in the Bible got its Greek name Genesis, because the initial meaning of the Hebrew word Beresheet is “In the beginning”. So the Greek/western mindset translated it as Genesis – one single line – one single meaning.

But if you break it down more it includes the following meanings

Beth – build a house

Bar – for His Son

Baret – by making a covenant (first two letters and last two letters)

Reshet – for the sake of the beginning.

So, The Father started off by creating a house for the sake of His son by making a covenant. This Hebrew custom would take place when the Groom was building a house for His Bride. It was the only time they would build a house for a Son. So, from the beginning, this was all planned.

All that from a word that was translated as Genesis. I think I have made my point.

And for those that still think the Scriptures were written in Greek go to http://www.aramaicpeshitta.com or http://aramaicnttruth.org or http//www.raphaellataster.com and download the free book “Was the New Testament Really Written in Greek?”

When the Creator of the Universe set out, He had a plan. He executed the plan and nothing is a mistake. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Sift through this because much mud has been thrown in to deceive. Even the shepherds have helped throw in mud. That is why we are told we have One Rabbi, One Teacher and that is Messiah Yehushua.

More on the Name/s next time.

Shalom