The Covert Bible, part III:
Following are several examples.
I would not hesitate to say that there are probably hundreds more that would be beneficial as powerful teaching tools.
"Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place; and I did not know it." (17) And he was afraid, and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
How many have glossed over these two verses and not seen the covert meaning?
It is the "House of GOD", and not the 'houses of GOD' that is the "Gate of Heaven".
There is only one GOD who dwells in only one house, not multiple
See Psalms 127:1...as a refresher...
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel."
Ah, the famous prophesy of Isaiah, "Behold a virgin shall conceive".
The problem here is that in a few bibles the translation reads, "a young woman shall conceive".
The covert message that is evident with that translation is that Isaiah's prophesy becomes no prophesy at all since 'young women' conceive all of the time.
Not only that but a translation which reads "a young woman shall conceive" (the type), loses meaning with its antitype of Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 2:1-7, the story of the virgin birth of Jesus the Christ..
"Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat."
There is a covert meaning to that verse that probably most people do not see.
Notice that there was more than one boat for Jesus to board but He
chose Simon's. Why?
Could it be that Simon Peter held the primacy among the other Apostles?
It certainly adds to the fact that it was Simon Peter who was chosen to be the visible head of the Church which Jesus Christ founded (Matthew 16:18-19, John 21:15-19).
Could it be that the boat was to hold an important symbolic message to proper understanding of Holy Scripture?
We remember Noah's Ark, where the only people who were saved were those who were aboard it when the flood came (Hebrews 11:7, 1Peter 3:20, 2Peter: 2:5).
Notice that Jesus first sat down in the boat and then He taught from it.
Part of the interior of Catholic Churches is called the 'Nave'. It is the place of worship in the Church.
The word 'Nave' comes from the Latin word 'Navi' which means 'ship'. From the Latin word 'Naves' we get the plural word 'ships'.
Mark 4:36, "et dimittentes turbam adsumunt eum ita ut erat in navi et aliae naves erant cum illo."
Mark 4:36, "And sending away the multitude, they take him even as he was in the ship: and there were other ships with him."
As Christ taught from the boat of Saint Peter, so does the Catholic Church teach the Gospel to the whole world
from the nave of the successor of Saint Peter.
"In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God: and the Word was God."
This is an extremely important verse since covertly it refutes three heresies.
1. The Word was there from the beginning. GOD is more than one person.
2. The Word was with GOD. The Word is a distinct person.
3. The Word was GOD. There is only one GOD.
And Jesus said to her, "O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come."
Some interesting covert meaning is hidden in that one verse.
When Jesus called His mother "woman", He has acknowledged that He is the second Adam (1Corinthians 15:45),
because it brings to mind the first words of Adam when he called Eve "woman".
Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
John 2:4 also implies that His mother is the second Eve.
After all, we have the first Adam and the New Adam.
And we have the first Eve, so the context demands that there must be the New Eve.
"His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
The covert meaning to that verse is that Mary started Jesus in His ministry by saying. "Do whatever He tells you."
The miracle of Jesus changing water into wine at Cana did start
"This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him."
In the previous example of John 2:4, Jesus said, "My hour has not yet come."
Yet He aquiesed to His mother and performed His first miracle for all to see.
GOD obeyed His mother, a mere human creature.
One last note regarding John 2:5;
The words spoken by Mary in John 2:5 are the last words that she spoke in Holy Scripture.
However, her last words are words that we all should live by,
as they are the gist of the message of the New Testament to "Do whatever HE tells you."
"Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (20) The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?"
John 2:20 is one of those verses which at first glance seems irrelevant. However, covertly it is extremely relevant.
Sometimes we must go outside of the Bible in order to understand just what it is teaching us.
Josephus,* a Jewish historian of the time, wrote
that Herod started rebuilding the temple in the 18th year of his
(Josephus, Antiquities, 15.11.1.) It was in 37 B.C. that Herod began his reign so his 18th year would be in 20 B.C.
when he atarted rebuilding the temple.
Now add 46 years to that date and it comes to 26 A.D. when Jesus started his ministry.
Remember also that when you go from B.C. to A.D. there is no year
You go from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D..
* Flavius Josephus 37-101 A.D. was a Jew and a Jewish historian. He
wrote many books about Jewish history from their very beginnings until the
destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.. His writings are valued by scholars, as
some of what he wrote is the only source for some of the events. He also
dated the events which very few writers in the early times did.
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me."
"But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest (2) and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem."
"but when some were stubborn and disbelieved, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them, taking the disciples with him, and argued daily in the hall of Tyrannus."
"About that time there arose no little stir concerning the Way."
"But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the law or written in the prophets,"
Acts 24:22, "But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case."
Jesus called Himself "the Way" in John 14:6.
The covert message in these verses is
that His Christian movement, at first, was called "the Way".
when they shall persecute you in this city, flee into another."
"But Peter continued knocking; and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. (17) But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, "Tell this to James and to the brethren." Then he departed and went to another place."
There is a covert and conjecture mixture in those verses.
It would be helpful to keep the following verse in mind:
The Book of Romans - all,
"St. Paul had not been at Rome when he wrote this epistle, which was in the year fifty-seven or fifty-eight..."
(Haydock* Introduction to Romans).
*Haydock Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859.
Also the Confraternity Catholic Bible intro to Romans lists the same dates and sets the place of writing in Corinth.
So the covert message here is that if the Church which Jesus Christ founded was not already established in Rome, then why did St. Paul write an epistle to the Romans at all?
He gave us a hint of who founded the Church in Rome in the following verses:
" By the virtue of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Ghost, so that from Jerusalem round about, as far as unto Illyricum, I have replenished the gospel of Christ. (20) And I have so preached this gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man a foundation."
St. Paul admited that at this time he had not preached the Gospel any farther than Illyricum which is present day Dalmatia.
So obviously he was not to be found preaching in Rome by this time, but he hinted that another man laid a foundation that is no doubt in Rome, since here he is writing to the Romans. St. Peter was already in Rome as genuine historical writings show.
At the time of the writing of the Book of Romans, the Church in Rome
was under great persecution and had to practice underground in the
catacombs. Consequently, St. Paul would dare not reveal St. Peter's name for
fear of jeopardizing his safety.
As it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; (11) no one understands, no one seeks for God. (12) All have turned aside, together they have gone wrong; no one does good, not even one."
Overtly these verses seem to say that none of us are righteous. Some teach that this is true.
However, the covert meaning of these verses is quite different.
The key to the correct understanding of these verses is in the first few words, "As it is written".
Paul is quoting Psalms 14:1-3, and Psalms 14 clearly refers to the righteous and the corrupt.
"To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good. (2) The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any that act wisely, that seek after God. (3) They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does good, no, not one."
Paul is talking about the corrupt, not all mankind.
Trivia for Psalms 14:1: "The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
Did you know that the people mentioned in that verse have their own holiday?
That is easy. It's April first.
One lifetime is not long enough for any human
person to digest everything
written overtly or extracted covertly from the one book that we call the Bible.