One of my favorite studies, is Hebrew. I’m very much on the left side of the Bell Curve with it, but I love it non-the-less. It started when I began to see that as I read my Bible, I assumed that what I was reading, (and consequently understanding,) was actually what God intended for me to get out of His word. Then, almost by accident, I was looking up a word in the Strong’s Concordance, (which is a kind of dictionary for the Hebrew and Greek words in the Bible), and I saw that the word didn’t exactly mean what I thought it did.
So, I thought that maybe there were a lot of other words that I really didn’t have a handle on either. That’s how I got interested in Hebrew.
There is much more to this, but basically, that’s how my interest began.
So, first I began to look at Paleo-Hebrew, or “ancient” Hebrew. I learned that they drew pictures to represent letters, just like Egyptian hieroglyphics. This pictures eventually “evolved” into letters, some of which actually ended up as the English letters we use today, (but that’s another teaching I suppose). Anyway, my interest was peaked.
I found a very interesting and enlightening website, created by a fellow named Jeff Benner:
He really helped me begin my journey, well worth visiting!
Why was this so interesting to me? Because, of this scripture, Philippians 2:5:
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”
Your mind is for thinking. What this verse says to me, is “Think like Jesus.”
How do we do this? I think first we have to understand how and why we think like we do now, with some critical analysis. Not, just take it for granted that we are thinking about EVERYTHING correctly. By “everything,” I mean; the way make choices, the reasons we say what we say, the relationship we have with God, and Jesus…the list is as eternal as Heaven I think!
So now what?
This book, “Let This Mind Be In You,” by Bradford Scott, is also a great starting point. It is a comprehensive comparison of the Eastern mind of Jesus’ day, (Hebrew) and the Western mind of today (Greek). It offers historical and sensible explanations of, “How we got here, and why we think like we do.”
Then it shows the contrast between the two, and this will allow you to “examine yourself.” You can then begin to see how you think compares to how the Hebrew mind sees things.
Will this transform you immediately? Sadly no…but it is a fantastic place to begin your transformation, your metamorphosis…really.
One more thing. My pastor, Brother Winston Baker at the First Assembly Church here in beautiful Moultrie, GA, has always taught us that every truth in God’s Word, will always have at least a “second witness,” to authenticate it.
Consider Romans 12:2:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.