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DRAWING: CONNECT THE DOTS

13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:)


Today we're going to look at drawing from a child's-eye view. We're going to play connect the dots. Are you familiar with this game? You remember, it's a game that comes in a book that children use during church service so they don't have to pay attention to the boring sermon. You know what I mean don't you? It's the game you wish you were playing instead of having to listen to the boring sermon. That's right. I knew you'd get it.

Simple versions of connect the dots are written with numbers by the dots so it's easy for the child to tell which dot connects with what dot. It's a lot easier this way because otherwise the picture that's supposed to be an elephant might end up looking more like a scribbled attempt at a complicated string drawing.

Have you ever seen a connect the dot game without numbers? Wouldn't that be something? Consider a connect the dot game with a thousand dots and no way to know which dot goes where. Can you imagine the number of strange pictures that might be drawn from such a thing? If someone was to give you a book of connect the dots as just described, what's the chances you would even attempt to play the game? What if you were given this book and you were told that in order for you to pass the test for the class you're taking and get your diploma you had to satisfactorily complete all the pictures in the book? What would you do? Well now, let's suppose someone gave you the book you need to complete, and all the dots had already been connected? Would you take the time to make sure all the dots were connected properly? You would? Amazing. Now tell me, where would you begin your investigation of the picture? I thought so. I would too. I'd just let the pictures stand as they are and hope the person who filled in the dots knew what they were doing so I could pass the test and not flunk when the class was through.

Now, let's say you were talking to one of your classmates and the subject of the connect the dots book came up in conversation. You take a look at their book, which also happens to be filled in when the book was handed to them, and you see their pictures are different than the ones in your book. What would you then do? One thing you might do is check the books of the other classmates and see what their pictures look like. Is that what you would do? Me too.

Oddly enough you see that almost all the books have different pictures from one another, yet all the students you ask about this situation tell you they feel confident their book, and their's alone is filled in the correctly. Now what would you do? How confident would you then be of your successfully passing the test?

For myself, if given the above scenario, I would want to ignore the situation and concentrate on other things, knowing the task of figuring out which dot goes where would be a mind-boggling job that only the most educated person with a degree in dot-connecting could possibly figure out. That's what I would want to do. Is that what you would want to do? I thought so.

Sometimes it isn't wise to do what we want to do, to take the easy way out. Sometimes it behooves us to tackle the impossible job set before us ourselves so at least if we end up being wrong we'll know (and can say) we gave it the old college try.

Where to begin? Where would we start to connect the dots? Maybe at the top of the page? Maybe we can pick a dot from the middle of the muddle? Or maybe we could just close our eyes and jab at a dot and start from there. But then what? What do we do once we have a beginning?

Of course you know I'm talking about the Bible. And you know what I've just described is precisely what we do with the Bible. We turn our understanding of the Bible and about God over to the pastor of whatever church we attend.

The idea of understanding a thousand page book covering thousands of years and written by God is mind blowing. Who can conceive of such a thing? And where do we start? And does the Old Testament and the laws have anything to do with us or not? And if they don't, which of course we don't know unless we understand them, then why bother reading them? If the books of the law are not applicable today; if the angry, strict God of the Old Testament is now a loving God who cannot see sin because of the death of Jesus; if the prophesies of the prophets of old have already been fulfilled: Then why bother reading the Old Testament? Why are we told to read it every year? Why include those dots in our connect the dots book at all?

Questions, questions. What we want are answers. But unless we ask the questions, we will never receive the answers. And if we ask the wrong questions, or the wrong person, then we can't be sure the answer we find will be the right answer. So, why even bother? Just believe what we're told and cross our fingers hoping for the best.

In this study we're looking at the Bible as if it's a child's game, albeit on a grownup level. Since this is just a game, a drawing class, let's tackle our dilemma in that light and just begin anywhere. What have we got to lose, except maybe our soul, and an eternity in a place we don't even want to think about?

The Bible begins with the creation, and the Garden of Eden. It was in that garden that the first man and woman made their first booboo and caused us to have to even consider the investigation of a thousand page riddle. So let's take a look at the Garden and see if there isn't something wherewith we can begin our search into the game of connect the dots:

9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:)

Even a book of games has need of a preamble. And wouldn't you know? God provided just such an introductory statement in His connect the dot book of instructions. Of course like any good connect the dot game, the preamble has been placed in the middle of the book rather than the beginning.

God gave us a set of instructions, so let's make sure we follow His instructions carefully in order to make sure we do just as good a job as possible when we connect the dots He's provided:

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

We've heard this passage read many times from the pulpit. And of course we know just what the verses are saying. I said We-know-just-what-these-verses-mean! Don't we? Did you hear me that time? Come on now, when the pastor read these verses, he did explain to you what they mean didn't he? No? He just read them and moved on as if he and everyone else knows exactly what they mean? How about that? That's what my pastor does too. Interesting. So then, since we all know what the words mean, let's take a closer look at the words and see if we all agree on their meaning:

Precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little. When I hear this read or referred to I get the picture that the one quoting the words is saying that they mean the Bible is easy to understand. All we have to do is take a little here, and a little there, and when we get through with this simple task, voila! There we have it. The truth all bundled up in a convenient and easy to understand package (the one handed you when entered the door of that church). For some reason this is not the picture I get when I read these words. It seems to me that someone has connected the wrong dots with the wrong line, and the wrong precept. When I read this passage I get the picture of a very complicated connect the dots game that can easily be misinterpreted. And you know what? I think the Author of the Book feels the same because of what He wrote later. See what you think:

But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Did you notice what happens when someone takes the wrong line and sticks it on the wrong precept? They gete taken. I know a lot of people are waiting around to get taken because that's what their pastor says the connect the dot game says will happen. As for me, I really don't want to be taken. I'd rather spend a while and trying to connect some of the dots correctly so I can see what kind of picture God is really drawing for us.

With this in mind let's take a look at some of the dots and see what we can draw out of them, shall we?

In the Garden of Eden there stands two trees. One tree provides eternal life. This is the tree we seek to eat the fruit of. It appears our first forefather and foremother did not care too much for this tree because they spent their time hanging around the no-no tree waiting for a stay apple to fall or some serpent to come by and tempt them to take a bite. Just like us. Have you ever stood too close to something you weren't supposed to touch hoping secretly in your heart someone would come by and accidently push you where you shouldn't go? Come on now, be honest. I do it, and I'll bet you do too. I suspect, since this tree had so much appeal to Adam and to us that we should begin our connect the dot game with the tree of evil. Let's take a look at the tree first:

TREE - H6086 - ates From H6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence wood (plural sticks): - + carpenter, gallows, helve, + pine, plank, staff, stalk, stick, stock, timber, tree, wood.

"I think I shall never see, a something, something, something as lovely as a tree." And what's the other one? Oh yes, "A tree, is a tree, is a tree." Did I get them right? Oh well, I never claimed to be a poet.

Did you notice that I've printed the meaning of tree as it is actually used in the Bible, the Hebrew in this case? Part of connecting the right dots, that is to say the right precepts with the right lines, comes from understanding what the words actually mean, not what some translator decided to tell us the word means. Also, as with any form of translation, some words do not translate well into other languages. The words either do not have an equivalent in the new language, or it takes many words to define what the one word of the original language is trying to express. In order to understand what is actually being said, we have to not only look at the word in question, but we have to look at the other times the word has been used in order to capture the true meaning.

When we see the word tree, we think of a tree, a bug bush they make houses and fences out of. But is there a chance that when the Bible talks about trees it means more than just firewood on the hoof? Let's see what we can learn about the tree:

13Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Gal 3:)

A person is cursed if they're hung from a tree. In our culture we picture hanging from a tree like what they do in the cowboy movies when they catch a horse thief.

29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. (Acts 5:)

Jesus was "Hanged on a tree." We see in the verse above that anyone who is hanged on a tree, in other words

a cross (in this case) is cursed. Jesus took our curse. Is this correct?

26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:)

Jesus carried His own cross to His crucifixion (John 19:16-18). And as Jesus did, we are to do also:

Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me. We're to take up our cross, our tree of cursedness, and follow Jesus. Where did Jesus go when He bore His cross? Where are we to go with our cross do you suppose?

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:)

This psalm has many different and varied dots within it. We see leaves, and rivers, and fruit, and water, and of course, we see the tree series of dots we're following. Before we continue with the tree line of dots. Let's take a look at the water line:

5Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. (Prov 20:)

We now have a new line of dots, that of council and understanding. And these are equated with water. And of course the Holy Spirit is associated with water. I think you can readily see that it would take an entire book to follow even this one line of dots. But doesn't the concept cause you to want to follow that line of dots and find out where it leads you? I can assure you, the dots will lead to a thousand other equally fascinating lines of dots that would take several lifetimes to explore. But the challenge and the effort is fully worth the effort, and what is learned from each divergent picture will greatly help in understanding other seemingly unsolvable connect the dot pictures.

You've heard of the simplicity of the Gospels I'm sure. And I have no doubt you accepted this comment without question. But I think if you give any serious consideration to this connect the dot drawing we're in pursuit of that you will not find the Gospels to be simple at all, except to the child who desires only to see a simple outline of the picture in his or her book of games.

Back to trees.

He shall be like a tree planted. David equates a tree with a person. A person is a tree? A tree is a person? Do you find that to be an interesting and a novel concept? I wonder if there's anything to the idea of a tree representing people:

23And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. (Mark 8:)

A blind man first sees men as trees. A small dot in our picture, but let's not leave any of the dots out just because they seem insignificant:

29And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. (Luke 21:)

Jesus told His disciples, and thereby us, to watch the trees. Could He have been referring just to trees as they begin to sprout their leaves? Here's another dot for you to consider: Do trees start growing their leaves in the Summer, or do they start in the Spring? Does this cause some more mysterious dots to become a bit clearer? Can you see how this connect the dots game is much like a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle? The more piece that are found to match properly, the clearer the picture, and the faster the pieces go together, and the more interest we have in finishing the puzzle. Pieces of the puzzle that seemingly do not belong to the puzzle we have to set aside, blocks of assembled pieces that do not yet fit the picture, begin to fall into place. A puzzle in a box, like the Words of God in a closed book, seems boring and uninteresting, until the book or the box is opened and applied.

24For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? (Rom 11:)

Paul here is equating the Church with the nation of Israel, and the two of them together as an olive tree. We have two new lines of dots that lead to an abundance of other dots. Another line of dots that can be drawn from this passage is that of the olive. Olive brings to mind the fact that the sacred oil used in candlesticks in the Tabernacle was made from refined olive oil. We are to be a lamp that is always shining. The Church is called a lampstand in Revelations. Lots of new dots to connect. Then we have the Mount of Olives where Jesus spent much of His precious time. The oil is a representation of the Holy Spirit which is to flow through us as it does in the candelabra of the Church. Jesus is the vine, which stands for the candlestick, and we are the branches from the vine, as are the branches that project and is a part of the candlestick. Dots, dots, and more dots!

7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jer 17:)

Again we have trees and fruit and leaves. This time it's Jeremiah that's making the comparison rather than King David.

12And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine. (Ezek 47:)

And now Ezekiel. Notice here that leaves are used for medicine. Don't forget this, it may be an important dot in the puzzle:

7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Rev 2:)

The overcomer will have access to the tree of life. Where is the tree of life? Didn't we learn in the very first book of the Bible that the tree of life is in the Garden of Eden? But isn't the Garden of Eden protected by Cherubims wielding flaming swords? And how does this fit with the Cherubims on the Mercy seat and on the curtains and the walls of the Temple and the Tabernacle? More and more dots.

17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (Rev 2:)

This passage of Scripture has a lot of mysterious dots, as do many verses in the Book of Revelation. What is the white stone? What is this about a new name? What and where is the Hidden Manna? And what is an overcomer?

In the book given to me I notice that the pre-drawn picture either leaves the "overcomer" dots out of the picture, or it makes a funny-looking long spike-like thingy trying to include it in the picture they want me to see. Does your book have these as well?

14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (Rev 22:)

Here we have the tree of life again, and for some reason there are dogs and wicked people around at this time. Does that sound right to you? They don't have access to the city or the tree of life, but there they are in eternity. These are some dots the theologians try to erase or pretend they means something else than they obviously mean because these dots don't line up with the picture they want to draw for us. But that's them. What are you going to do with these dots?

23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. (Rev 21:)

Now here are some interesting dots that I don't see in the pre-drawn picture in my book. Since even the kings of these saved people have to bring their honor into the city, obviously they are not living in, nor are they part of the city. Are they then a part of the saved "dogs" outside the city who are not allowed in? I don't know about you, but this is a line of dots that cry out to be connected successfully. Do you get that feeling?

27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (Luke 13:)

Can you imagine? There are going to be people "afar off" seeing Abraham. And these will be "workers of iniquity" apparently in the Kingdom, but not part of that Kingdom. And these people won't be very happy. Are they in hell? I don't get that picture, that's not the way my connect the dots picture lines up. Does your's?

1And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev 22:)

Dots, dots and more dots. Lots of interesting connections to be made here. Notice that we have nations here in eternity. Nations? Are these the "nations of the saved" we just read about? And why do they need healing? Isn't everything going to be wonderful in Heaven? In eternity? Aren't even the couch potato, ho-hum Christians going to have silver wings and a golden harp they play as they walk on golden streets and rest on a cloud?

Notice that the "tree" is on both sides the street and in the middle ("midst") of the street and the river. How can this be? What if the tree is people? Can a bunch of people accomplish what is described here? The Church is a bunch of people. The body of Christ is a bunch of people. The Bride is a bunch of people. Is it possible that the Tree of Life is a bunch of people? How about Heaven, could Heaven be a bunch of people? How are you going to connect these dots?

13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.(Mat 15:)

7Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Mat 7:)

Do you suppose Jesus is talking about wooden trees not bearing fruit and being cast into the fire? Or do you think He might mean people? What is the fire? What does Jesus mean by planted? Is He talking about the world of unsaved people of the world? Or is He referring to those people planted in the Church by the wicked one who planted the tares in the field? Do you think it might be important to make sure you find out which plant you are? And who planted you in the Church? As for me, I wouldn't want to trust the drawing someone else made of this picture. It might have been a corrupt tree or a tare that drew the picture they want me to see and to accept.

The tree line extends much farther than the few dots I've presented for you here in this lesson. My intent here is merely to show you that a simple word in the Bible can have far more meaning and implication than we have been led to believe. If you would like to investigate trees, and many other aspects concerning the events and the words expressed in the Garden of Eden episode then you might consider reading Types and Shadows - Fig Leaves. Be forewarned however, this is a very long study that takes you through many trails of dots and many concepts. It also demonstrates my system of reasoning and how I research a subject.

If you would like to further your education into the realm of connect the dots, I suggest you find yourself a good concordance such as the Strong's Exhaustive concordance (about 15 dollars from the local book store) and of course a good Bible. You might also download a program such as e-Sword which is an excellent reference tool, and it's free. There are other web pages available that offer excellent resources for your use as well.

I had intended to follow a portion of the line "Evil" in this drawing class, but as you can see, I have run out of time. If you would like to investigate the subject on your own, I believe you will find the effort well worth your while, and the picture you will have drawn will be much different than the one that came complete in your connect the dots book.

Early in this study I said there are many ways the dots have been connected by the various churches. All these pictures can not be correct. Someone has to be wrong. We have to consider the possibility that we are wrong to one degree or another. I believe that all doctrine is wrong, some seriously wrong, and some in a minor way. To explain my meaning I'll equate the doctrinal view of the Bible to a car we have chosen to buy. If that car we have placed our faith in has a minor flaw such a dented fender or badly worn seat covers, it will still get us where we want to go in spite of its flaw. If that car has bald tires that continually need repaired and inflated, the car will be a hindrance, and it will be a frustration, but will still reach its destination. However, if the car we have placed our trust in has faulty brakes, we may feel confident in our beautiful and comfortable car as long as we drive, but when we need to stop we may well find ourselves plunging headlong over a cliff to our doom.

Such is the case with the doctrines of the churches. Your "car" may seem to fit all your needs and appear perfectly sound. The salesman may have given you full assurance that you have made the right choice. The problem is, you won't know if you have faulty brakes until it's too late, that is, at the Judgement Seat of the Lord. It's all too likely that many of us will hear what the man who performed wonderful works was told in Matthew chapter 7.

It is not my intention to tell anyone what is the right church, or doctrine, or belief. I only want everyone to make sure they have done their own homework, connected their own dots, and that they have listened to the Lord and not someone who portrays themself as the one with all the answers. We will stand or fall according to our own decisions. We won't be able to point the finger at someone else for the way they connected the dots in our book of God's Word.

6Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. (2Cor 2:)

I said this before, but I want to make sure my purpose is clear, not only regarding this study, but for everything I write and present. It may seem as if I'm trying to establish some new doctrine, some new belief system. This is far from the fact It's not in what we believe doctrine-wise that's going to make the difference. Salvation comes, not from knowing all the rules, or even from knowing any of the rules, rather Salvation comes from running the race, and reaching the finish line. All the wrong paths we take, all the mistakes we make, are not what is important. What's vital is that we aim for the Mark, which is Truth (and God is Truth), and that we listen to, and follow His directions as best we can. Our ability to hear, and to follow, comes from experience. If we listen to the words of others, we are not listening to the voice of the Lord. And it is for this reason I drew up these drawing lessons: To encourage you, and maybe to assist you to some degree, to draw your own conclusions regarding what God desires of us.

Earlier we saw where our book of connect the dots, although identical in appearance, do not present the same prepared picture as do those held in the hands of other students of the Word. It has not been my intent in this study to provide yet another picture that can be made from the dots, but rather I want to show you how easy it is to make wrong connection, that is, connections not intended by the Author of the game. Some wrong images will very likely be of no consequence whatever. However there are other images that if drawn incorrectly and relied upon could well cause one to experience an eternity of regret.

Each of us is going to be held responsible for the picture we draw from the Word of God. The pre-drawn picture that is handed to us as we enter a church will not suffice when we stand before the Great White Throne. We are told to draw our own picture (Luke 21:36; 1Cor 2:1-7; Rom 14:10; 2Tim 2:15; Rev 20:13; Mat 16:27), and we will be held accountable for the decisions we make, in spite of what others have told us we should do or what God expects of us (Mat 12:37-37; 18;23; Luke 16:2; 20;35; 21:36; Rom 14:12).

Many of us are like the children in church who play with their connect the dot book. We like to merely draw a rough outline of what the picture might be and settle for what it seems to be. A big pumpkin head of a person with stick arms is fully satisfactory to the child. As adults we are to put away such childish notions and sink our teeth into the full-flavored meat of the Word, extracting from it what the Lord is wanting us to know.

It is now time to grade your connect the dot book. And as with all these drawing tests, you will be grading your own book, and the honor policy still stands. Consider your picture. What do you see? Is your picture just a childish outline of something vague and hardly recognizable? Are all the dots included in your drawing? Or are there many dots left out because they don't fit your picture, or because you just do not understand what the picture you drew (or that was given to you) is supposed to be? Or is it possible you don't like the picture you see when all the dots are connected and you'd rather go back to the pre-drawn picture that came with the book?

If you have only found an outline of a picture, what are you going to do with your outline? Are you going to let it stand as an outline and toss the book of connect the dots aside as something unimportant? Are you going to continue researching the Word to see how more fully you can complete the connect the dots picture? Have you developed an interest, and perhaps even a driving hunger for more connect the dots pictures?

If your picture contains many unapplied dots, or dots that obviously are connected wrongly, what are you going to do? Are you going to allow your picture to stand as it is? Or are you going to try and connect the dots that are left untouched, and reconnect the dots that are not connected correctly?

Your connect the dots book can be seen in two distinctly different ways. You can view your book as merely a child's toy that is something to set on a coffee table and that you occasionally take with you to church in order to impress your friends. Or you can regard your connect the dots book as a challenge that offers great rewards if taken seriously and an attempt is made to understand what it says, and to follow the instructions found within the book.

The connect the dot book you hold is either a child's toy, or it is the Word of the living God you supposedly serve. You're test for this course is to decide what the book means to you. What God means to you. And how sincere you were when you pledged your life to obeying God at your baptism.

Have you made your choice? Now you may grade your paper.



13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Eccles 12:)

10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Eph 6:)

14Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. 15Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. (2Tim 2:)

11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 12Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. (Acts 17:)

33O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? 35Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Rom 11:)

8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:)

9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:)

1And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? (1Cor 3:)

10Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. 11Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:)

1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3And this will we do, if God permit. (Heb 6:)

3Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. (Isaiah 66:)

10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2Thes 2:)

6He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:)

8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Col 2:)

23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. (Luke 13:)

12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Mat 7:)

16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. (Mat 20:)

13Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14For many are called, but few are chosen. (Mat 22:)

27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (Luke 13:)

24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1Cor 9:)


 

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