The Smartest Farmers Ever!

Someone once asked the famous NBA star Charles Barkley how he managed to get so many rebounds. His reply was simple, “I just go get the ball”. The same principle comes to mind in engineering with the KISS method. No, that has nothing to do with the rock band. It is an acronym that stands for “keep it simple, stupid” and is employed when technicians or engineers take the long hard road to fixing something rather than just flipping the switch or taking the simple path.

There is a tendency when studying or discussing the WORD to delve much deeper into things than necessary.  While our Sunday keeping brothers and sisters would have us believe that the Toray is “the most complicated and impossible to follow” part of the bible, it’s important to remember it was given to uneducated people who were just liberated from slavery. The Hebrews and the mixed multitude who heard the 10 Commandments spoken from the voice of God at Mount Sinai weren’t degreed theologians by a long shot. They were farmers, ranchers, tent makers, blacksmiths, etc. They heard and interpreted the 10 Commandments and then the law when Moses became the mediator very plainly. Consequently, we should accept the words just as they were written – at face value.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-3

The plain meaning here is that we are to come to the Father and His Son innocently, without preconceived notions, and take the Bible at face value. This is what those who heard the voice of God did at Sinai. We can tell they were taking the 10 Commandments seriously and at face value because they cried out “stop it, we can’t bear any more!” when the commandment against coveting was spoken. They heard that booming voice and those words and they just accepted them plainly.

This is the same with the people whom Yeshua chose as His disciples. He predominantly did not pick from the educated class. In fact, those were the folks He had to strongest words. Paul was the only once chosen from the clergy and he had to be taken really low before he would repent and accept the Messiah.

Today, when we simply read the bible and do what it says, we begin to part with the rest of Christianity. The bible says to keep the 7th day holy, we do that, and then we’re told that we don’t have to because of a confusing set of interpretations. The bible says not to eat pork or shellfish, we do that, and then we’re told we don’t have to because of another set of confusing interpretations. Paul writes that we are to keep the feast, but then we are told we don’t have to because of yet another confusing set of interpretations. But these things meant what they said when they were written and they were written to people far less educated than ourselves. Unless, of course, they were the smartest farmers ever!

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