From time to time I will quote from books that may raise eyebrows, scowls and even consternation by some: Books like the Book of Jasher, the books of Enoch, The Apocrypha, The Lost Books of The Bible, The Forgotten Books of Eden, The Testament of Job, Baruch, The Odes of Solomon and others. Do I think they are all on par with the Bible? No, but some of them definitely are! MEN decided which books to include, and which books not to include in the 66 books they approved of. The number 66 lets us know that man (which the number 6 symbolizes) did the choosing, not God. 2 is the number that represents “witness,” so here we see the two sixes as man’s witness which I do not hesitate to say is insufficient. I have no idea of why the Book of Jasher was left out, or the books of Enoch as they are specifically mentioned in the Bible in 2 Samuel 1: 18, Joshua 10: 13, 2 Peter 2: 4, Jude 1: 6, Jude 1:6, 14-15
I am more than a book promoter today, as some of these books have been eaten by me and are a part of me…. The abundance of life pouring out of me is partially due to them. Ones written by the apostles Barnabas and Clement are included in the Lost Books of The Bible, and oh my! The treasures in them are invaluable! Barnabas gives great revelation and understanding of what the food laws mean spiritually, and Barnabas records the words of Jesus and more. Why oh why were they omitted?!? Hear it! They were APOSTLES, yet for some reason men chose to leave them out. Yes, it was of God, just like what Joseph’s brothers did to him was God’s will. I believe they have been left out because these books were hidden for God’s people who hunger for more .… for those who have developed their discernment to discern good and evil as some of the books, like us, are a mixture, and some of them are not of God. Much discernment is needed!
The Apostle Paul quoted pagan philosophers, which conveys the fact that all truth is God’s truth no matter who said it. We have the witness of the Holy Spirit, even the anointing of God, that lets us know what is of Him.
I don’t believe that ALL the books in the Lost Books of the Bible are of God, but some most definitely are. I need to relay that some of the books in the Forgotten Books of Eden that I have quoted are a mixture like ‘The Book of Adam and Eve” that I quoted from in yesterday’s post. It has rich, true words in it and those are to be valued, but the other words that we do not bear witness to, we dismiss. ALL of us still have errors in our thinking and in our words. Am I not going to acknowledge what is of God in you because you got something wrong? Absolutely not! I believe the Apostle Paul said: “Follow me as I follow Christ” because he knew he could get something wrong. We all can.
Thank God that some of the translators included the Apocrypha in a few Bibles because some of the books contained in it, but not all, are gems. I highly recommend your reading the Book of Ecclesiasticus…. It is not the Book of Ecclesiastes, but is more like Proverbs and has a wealth of wisdom in it.
Some people are called “Bookworms,” but I call myself a “Butterfly Book” because I’ve been transformed by the “Living Word.” And some of the words I’ve digested have come from “no-no” books that were exactly what I needed. We can’t afford to reject the truth. Hey! Hey! We must listen to the Spirit! Get acquainted with God’s voice! Ask for discernment! Study to show ourselves approved, and before we know it, we’ll no longer be caterpillars. We’ll all be “Butterfly Books,” joined as one….
even the “Book of Life”!