Scripture is normally studied through an Exegesis. Which is….
- Who wrote the text, and who is the intended readership?
- What is the context of the text, i.e. how does it fit in the author’s larger thought process, purpose, or argument in the chapter and book where it resides?
- Is the choice of words, wording, or word order significant in this particular passage?
- Why was the text written (e.g. to correct, encourage, or explain, etc.)?
- When was the text written?
Does this mean there is no room for hidden text? Hidden meanings? Hidden messages? Shadows and pictures? No, the Bible shows plenty of other meanings that do not fit into an exegesis.
The perfect examples is Jesus parables, so that in seeing they will not see and in hearing they will not hear, it is only for those who have an ear to hear.
Luke 8:10. And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.
Matthew 13:13. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
These parables are an example of messages that are not found within a standard Exegesis. We only know there are hidden messages because Jesus said they were there hidden in the parable.
Jesus said you have to have His word in you to hear His word, you have to have ears to hear (not the physical act of hearing, or physical ears) and eyes to see (not physical eyes), Or you won’t understand.
The scripture states it is the Proverbs 25:2. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
There are also shadows, parallels and pictures that God has used to show other truths, examples are scriptures like this one….
1 Corinthians 10:2, And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
This scriptures was showing the parallels to being baptised in Christ. These things can not be found in an Exegesis; so while there is a massive place for an exegesis, it does not explain or show the whole meaning. The superficial reader who only sees the contextual face value may miss a deeper message.
With the Exegesis as a base to move forward we will explore some new life scriptures; not ignoring other messages that are not fully discovered by finding out the superficial context only.
To have ears to hear and a heart to see, its best to ask, seek and knock regarding such things. Remember the more consciously carnal you are the harder it is to see the spiritual truths hidden within. The key is being saturated with and filled with the Holy Spirit and then walking in the Spirit; as the carnal person receives nothing from God but is walking in opposition to Him. Romans 8:7. You get what you go after in God; as all things are yours in Christ. Go after it, draw on supernatural enabling with a whole heart and God will say; Here I am!