Tongues of The Spirit.Part Two
Post date: 03-Dec-2012 23:24:15
Now we might all interpret the bible in differing ways
We might interpret the book of Genesis in different ways
We realise that everyone might see a picture but all may
see something different in that same picture !
All of us can interpret our own language and some have the ability to speak in other tongues and to
interpret other tongues (Those tongues that were given by the Holy Spirit at Babel)
Some may be full time Interpreters
Some may have the ability to teach and with this ability obviously you must have the "knowledge"
Some may have the ability to "prophesy" and you might call a Prophet "someone who teaches the
Word of God"
So we see that these giftings all exist in every day life and are not assigned to the "Church" alone
But going to the Old Testament we look to the interpretation of tongues in Daniel 5
Here we see the writing on the wall (not in a Church) by the finger and none of the
enchanters or astrologers could intepret this language
Yet Daniel who was given the gift could interpret this writing and so spoke and prophesied and
at the same time taught the people
And we see that gifts are not necessarily individual but work alongside each other
A tongue can also be a prophesy yet teach and edify yet bring healing and deliverance to some
In Daniel 5 we see the gift of interpretation being used
Tongues and the interpretation of are a [b]"SIGN" or "SIGNPOST"[/b] for unbelievers
Whereas Prophesy is a [b]"SIGN" or "Signpost"[/b] for Believers 1 Corinthians 14:22
In this I may give an interpretation of something that speaks to "non believers" yet at the same time God can speak to "believers" being that the word given is prophetic, yet at the same time bring healing / warning / of the path ahead
Do not believe that a tongue / language is only for non believers in fact it has many purposes and manifold applications (once interpreted)
A tongue does not have to be "interpreted" as we see below depending on "where it is given and applied"
And so with this gift of tongues we Speak to God and not to men in 1 Corinthians 14:2.
We Proclaim the Wonderful works of God in Acts 2:11
We magnify God in Acts 10:46
We Edify Ourselves and so build ourselves up 1 Corinthians 14:4
We Give thanks to our Heavenly Father in 1 Corinthians 14:17
We proclaim that Jesus is Lord in 1 Corinthians 12:3
Now we keep coming back to "Signs" and we look for the "signposts" on our journey
And we see in this study that tongues are a sign for non believers but "once" interpreted are
also a sign for believers (being that a tongue can point to a future event)
And we know that "by their fruit will shall know them" Mark 16:17 the miraculous pointing to
God and being a signpost
[quote]For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there."[/quote]
Isaiah 28:9 "Who is it he is trying to teach?
Teaching as I have implied in the study is the use of the "tongue"
So too God teaches through foreign lips and strange tongues Isaiah 28:11
God here is speaking of "His People" the Jewish nation : read 1 Corinthians 14:21-22
So here God speaks through the "tongues" I refrain from calling it "gift of tongues"
as God is the giver of Isaiah 28:11
Yes God Himself speaking in tongues
Now lets aim the arrow at us Hebrews 2:3
[quote]in Genesis 1:28 we read "Go out, be fruitful, subdue and fill the earth"
As we know later in the gospels God also said "go into all the earth and preach the gospel" Mark 16:15[/quote]
And we echo the above once more by turning to Matthew 4:18-22 and Mark 1:16-20[/quote]
But I just want to do this to once again put up a "signpost"
And here in these stories we see the fishermen who are striving to make a business, to support
their families and relatives
I imagine these would not have been the only fishermen on the shore that day, yet Jesus goes
to these individuals
[quote]Luke 4:24-25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut
for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah
was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there
were many in Israel with leprosyg in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was
cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”[/quote]
Now firstly look at Matthew 4:18-22 and Mark 1:16-20, both accounts are the calling of these disciples, to
"come follow me"
So we see in the above that the fishermen were casting their nets, but when we come to Luke 5:4-11
They had already been fishing all night and had caught nothing and they were washing their nets
So we see that rather than being parallel account of the same event , in fact here were the fishermen
once more going back to their bussiness
So Luke 5:4-11 is their second chance, this was the second time to put down what they knew and owned
,to put aside what they were doing and to follow Jesus Read Matthew 19:21 (the rich young ruler) who
would not "put down"
But I want to emphasis here the importance of this symbolic catch
As Peter obeyed and cast out the net we see the signs as the nets become full of fish
and the two boats are overflowing
1. This Points to Jesus who Is God
2, Able to command the sea's and even to accumulate fish in an area or even to multiply them as He
3. The significance of this "signpost" pointing to the future Church
in Genesis 1:28 we read "Go out, be fruitful, subdue and fill the earth"
As we know later in the gospels God also said "go into all the earth and preach the gospel" Mark 16:15
Here we see Peter and the others fishing all night without a catch when they went back to their own
But once Peter Obeyed and cast out his net the fish were multiplied
This is yet another signpost pointing to the multiplication of Gods children
As numerous as the sand on the shore and the stars in the sky
the feeding of the four thousand in Mark 8:1-9 and the feeding of the five thousand in Matthew 14:13-21
Displays the same
And so as peter and the other disciples were dispersed and went out into all the earth so the firstborn
brings many sons to glory
And so Peter and the others with him had a second chance
And through strange tongue God spoke
And through parables God spoke Mark 4:12
[quote]Isaiah 28:10 KJV
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:[/quote]
And again we see metaphors being used / pictures with more than one meaning as with the blind and the lame, the deaf and the mute read Isaiah 6:9
Ever seeing , ever hearing, ever walking, ever speaking, yet never entering in
But God is a God of second chances
One step at a time
And so lets finish this study called "Tongues of the Spirit"
By going to Acts 2:2 Here the commotion and great noise seemed to come down from heaven
and tongues of fire Acts 2:3 came down upon their heads
Here we have a symbol (Sign) of the Gospel filling the whole world
Go out into all the earth Genesis and go into all the earth and preach the gospel Genesis 1:28 Mark 16:15
Here we have the equipping of the saints
Isaiah 5:24 James 3:6 this is what the Jews called, "a tongue of fire"
Acts 2:4 Acts 2:11 Here the the babel could be heard by all around Acts 2:6
And many heard their own language as if being transported back to the "tower of babel" as
one language and understanding
I finish with
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line,
line upon line; here a little, and there a little:[/quote]
Line upon Line as children are taught , being spoonfed and weaned
A parable here a word there, a picture here, a story there a story here
Word upon word and word upon word,
The tongue of God being taught by the "Great Teacher"