The Thesis Statement in the Bible

Thesis

After studying the Bible for over 25 years I believe that if there is a thesis statement in the Bible it is in Isaiah 55

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God clearly contrasts his thoughts and ways with our thoughts and ways. The comparison is that God’s thoughts and ways (the heavens) are higher than man’s thoughts and ways (the earth).  This is a figure of speech emphasizing that His thoughts and ways are infinitely superior to our inferior thoughts and ways. This is the tension in the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. It’s also the tension in our Christian walk both corporately and individually.  We have an ever present decision, Do I obey God’s thoughts and ways or my own?  This thread runs throughout the Bible so I will take the time to point out this pattern.

  • The first utterance of the Serpent

The context begins when God commands  in Genesis 2.

16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

In Genesis 3:1 the Serpent has already been expelled from Heaven.

1Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

This reveals the true intent of Satan when he attacks the Words of God by questioning if that’s what he really meant. His sphere of interest is not the criminal, the social, political, or economic but the thoughts and ways of God. The tension in life has and always will be man’s thoughts and ways in opposition to God’s thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).  Watch for Satan’s influence in the pulpits and via Church leaders.

  • Jesus Christ first words

In Matthew 3 God declares that Jesus Christ is his beloved son.

16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending

like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Now we will explore how Satan attacks Jesus Christ

1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these        stones be made bread.

4But he answered and said , It is written , Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up , lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence , Satan: for it is written , Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve .

11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

The Devil questions the Word of God twice and then tempts Jesus with the glory of the world. Jesus Christ’s response all three times is “it is written”. He is not quoting the latest self-help books, the Koran, the great Philosophers, his favorite movie quote, or a prophetic word about the future. His response every time is to quote the Bible by rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  Notice that the Devil in the second temptation accurately quotes the Bible but it’s out of context. The passage in Genesis 3 and this passage in Matthew 4 speaks loudly about how the Devil attacks and how to respond. The Devil’s main target is the Word of God. The only way to respond to the Devil is with the rightly divided Word of God.  Do you see the significance of knowing the Word of God? If we do not know what the Word of God says and rely on our general thoughts on the Word of God then we are going to be tossed about like a cork on a wave.

  1. First Utterances
  • The first utterance of the Serpent

The context is set when God says in Genesis 2.

16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

In Genesis 3:1 the Serpent has already been expelled from Heaven.

1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

This reveals the true intent of Satan when he attacks the Words of God by questioning if that’s what he really meant. His sphere of interest is not the criminal, the social, political, or economic but the thoughts and ways of God. The tension in life has and always will be man’s thoughts and ways in opposition to God’s thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8-9).  Watch for Satan’s influence in the pulpits and via Church leaders.

  • Jesus Christ first words

In Matthew 3 God declares that Jesus Christ is his beloved son.

 

16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending

like a dove, and lighting upon him:

17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Now we will see how Satan attacks Jesus Christ

1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred .

3And when the tempter came to him, he said , If thou be the Son of God, command that these        stones be made bread.

4But he answered and said , It is written , Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give hisangels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up , lest at any time thou dashthy foot against a stone.

7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence , Satan: for it is written , Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve .

11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

The Devil questions the Word of God twice and then tempts Jesus with the glory of the world. Jesus Christ’s response all three times is “it is written”. He is not quoting the latest self-help books, the Koran, the great Philosophers, his favorite movie quote, or a prophetic word about the future. His response every time is to quote the Bible by rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  Notice that the Devil in the second temptation accurately quotes the Bible but it’s out of context. The passage in Genesis 3 and this passage in Matthew 4 speaks loudly about how the Devil attacks and how to respond. The Devil’s main target is the Word of God. The only way to respond to the Devil is with the rightly divided Word of God.  Do you see the significance of knowing the Word of God? If we do not know what the Word of God says and rely on our general thoughts on the Word of God then we are going to be tossed about like a cork on a wave.

These are just a few of the many examples in the bible.

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