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Figures of speech “Bless your heart” - we don't mean bless only the muscle that pumps your blood, we mean bless "all that is you." “God bless the hands.

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3 Figures of speech “Bless your heart” - we don't mean bless only the muscle that pumps your blood, we mean bless "all that is you." “God bless the hands that prepared the food” = God bless the whole person “I like your wheels” = I like your (whole) car ISA 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. SYNECDOCHE "A whole can put for the part. "A part may be put for the whole. "Time might be put for part of a time. "The singular can be put for the plural. "And the plural can be put for the singular.

4 COL 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: (all the world = very far and wide) LUK 21:38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him. LUK 23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. JOH 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? GEN 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. Q: Did the ark rest on one of the mountains of Ararat, or did it rest on all of them at the same time? GEN 21:7 (Sarah asked) "Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age." Q: How many children did Sarah have? Only one child. In certain contexts, however, one might use a synecdoche and speak of one child (as did Sarah) by using the word “children”.

5 Ellipsis – words left out Matthew 11:18, "For John came neither eating nor drinking." Being human, John had to eat and drink. (John did not socialize with others in dining.) Hyperbole – exaggeration 2 Samuel 1:23, "Saul and Jonathan…they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions."

6 EXO 40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. sight is “ayin” (eye), a word that is used either literally or figuratively; fig. as in saying "an eye for an eye". (Like the single verse of Matt.28:19, it needs other Scriptures to throw light.) Two other Hebrew words that denote SIGHT / SIGHTING OR VIEWING WITH THE EYES are: “mar'eh” - view (the act of seeing); also an appearance (the thing seen), whether (real) a shape (espec. if handsome, comeliness; often plur. the looks), or (mental) a vision “ra'ah” - to see, literally or figuratively. (in numerous applications, direct and implied, trans., intrans. and causat.)

7 Now look at these two verses: GEN 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight (mar'eh), and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. GEN 18:3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight (ra'ah), pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Can you see how the word in each is different and how it is used?

8 Another thing. Moses was the author of the book and he wrote it as he remembered the events. He included Aaron as if Aaron heard God's voice when God spoke to Moses. Eg: EXO 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. EXO 12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,..... If Aaron and Moses both heard the same words of God as God spoke all those commandments, then God had two prophets that He spoke to to do a work. But we know that He only used ONE, not two. He chose Moses and Aaron was Moses' spokesman. So, did Aaron really hear God's voice? (Note: Compare the record of the experience of those who were with Paul on the road to Damascus when Christ appeared to him.) In the NT, Paul included Silas and Timothy as APOSTLES when he wrote 1st Thessalonians. See vv.1:1 and 2:6. Yet, we know that Timothy was an Evangelist. (I use “we” when others are on missionary trip with me.)

9 Further points: to consider how “ayin” (sight) is used. LEV 10:19 And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD; and such things have befallen me: and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight (ayin) of the LORD? LEV 10:19 And Aaron speaketh unto Moses, 'Lo, to-day they have brought near their sin-offering and their burnt-offering before Jehovah; and {things} like these meet me, yet I have eaten a sin-offering to-day; is it good in the eyes of Jehovah?' (YLT version) The following event, Moses performed, clearly could not be seen by ALL THE 4-6 MILLION PEOPLE: NUM 20:25-27: Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there. And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. NUM 27:19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight (ayin).

10 Therefore, the verse in question ( EXO 40:38 …in the sight of all the house of Israel,… ) is generalized, words written as a figure of speech. Remember the Bible uses SYNECDOCHE. “We have ALL seen the glory (shekinah) of the Lord.” “We ALL believe Branham's message.” I mentioned a couple of times in the past when I taught on the Tabernacle of Moses – that when it was set up, the glory of the Lord (cloud) came into it. Moses saw it. And no doubt there would be others who also saw it. Like there were those who have seen the pillar of fire during Bro. Branham's ministry. In the film, after ministering the healing grace of God, Bro. Branham, tired and about to leave the platform, said: "Mine, it's real milky out there; anything can happen." He was referring to the pillar of cloud, and I believe many people felt the presence of God very strongly and perhaps, some might have even seen the pillar of cloud. Likewise, some of the people of Israel did see the fire and the cloud but not ALL per se. Some interpreters: Fire to keep them warm at night. Cloud to shade them from the heat of the sun. Others: Prose, ordinary language of the time.

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