TREES – I See Men as Trees Walking – ALGUM/ALMUG TREE

By Kathy L McFarland

(TY200 – Lesson 11)

7/3/2024

The Mysteries of Trees – Algum/Almug Tree

Mark 8:22–26 (KJV 1900)

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And 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. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

TY200 – INTERPRETATION CONFIDENCE CHART

  1. Typology known as fully God’s Truth concerning trees walking as recorded in Mark 8:22-26 (Those specifically, typologically identified in Scripture)
  1. Trees in Scripture identify the different Spiritual Lives that are lived on this Earth
  • Different parts of the trees walking with Christ are fully represented in Scripture as God’s Truth
    • Tree – Spiritual Lives of forgiven followers walking with the Lord Jesus Christ and producing powerful fruits of His.
    • Root – The foundation of a tree from firstfruit that is secured by a lump of clay that can grow and produce living works of fruit
    • Leaves – The preparation that LORD God makes for the coming events of living works.
    • FruitLiving works of the LORD God, done through followers (Branch) of the Lord Jesus Christ (Vine) at the guidance of the Holy Spirit with the spiritual life of a walking tree.
    • Seed – Word of God.
  • The fruit of righteousness is a Tree of Life.
  1.  Typology Known Confidently(Those represented in Scripture with enough frequency, sufficiency, and accuracy to reveal their typological meanings with full Truth of God unchallenged and supported by the Holy Spirit’s teachings)
  1. Almond TreeThe believer, as an almond tree, is a Christian leader, chosen by God, that watches over the works of Christians guided by the Lord, and the people he serves.
  • Algum/Almug TreeThe Spiritual Life works that honors the LORD God and guides Believers to come closer to Him toward the beauty of His Holiness through the Lord Jesus Christ. Musical worship and high praise are often expressed through these types of Christian works.
  1. Typology Known Probably (Knowledge of Scripture, God’s Way, Logic and common sense in the typological meaning can NOT be confirmed fully with the Word of God and the moving of the Holy Spirit)
  1. Typology NOT Known (Can NOT make even simple assumptions of the typological meaning because there is NOT enough frequency, sufficiency, or accuracy recorded in Scripture, and the Holy Spirit is NOT teaching deeper meaning)

Algum – 454 אַלְגּוּמִּים (ʾǎl·gûm·mîm): n.[masc.]; ≡ Str 418; TWOT 89b—LN 3.2–3.12 a species of valued tree, transliterated as algumwood, traditionally sandal-wood but some suggest a species of Juniper, see also 523 (2Ch 2:7[EB 8]; 9:10, 11+)[1]

2 Chronicles 9:9–11 (KJV 1900)

And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. 11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king’s palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.

Teachings of Kathy L McFarland

Please first note the definition as it is translated into Hebrew. The transliterated noun shows that Hebrew Scripture calls this tree either Almug or Almugwood, while English speakers know it as Algum. Transliteration is what happens to a word in one language that does not correspond to another language perfectly and must use different or different-ordered letters.

We will be studying both Algum and Almug because of this translation difficulty.

Worksheet #1

1. Why do we study two different words, “Almug” and “Algum” for this specific tree?

a. The noun is transliterated

b. The noun is added later in translation

c. English words mean less than Hebrew

d. All the above

2. What does the Hebrew word אַלְגּוּמִּים (ʾǎl·gûm·mîm) definition for this tree?

a. Species of hard wood

b. Species of white wood

c. Species of valued tree

d. Species of ancient tree

3. What is the transliterated word for גּוּמּים אַלְגּוּמִּים (ʾǎl·gûm·mîm)?

a. Algum

b. Almug

c. Almug or Almugwood

d. Algum or Algumwood

4. What species of tree is probably its type as represented by Scripture? (Will be more than one answer)

a. Cedar

b. Pine

c. Sandalwood

d. Juniper

e. All the above

5. What famous woman met with the King in 2 Chronicles 9:9-11?

a. Ruth

b. Sheba

c. Delilah

d. Rebekah

6. What famous King is spoken about in 2 Chronicles 9:9-11?

a. Solomon

b. David

c. Pontius

d. Zechariah

7. What were the gifts brought to King Solomon by Queen Sheba directly?

a. One hundred and twenty talents of gold

b. Spices of great abundance

c. Precious stones

d. All the above

8. What was the nature of spices Queen Sheba given to King Solomon?

(More than one answer)

a. They were not known by Solomon before then

b. They were the same spices of Israel

c. They were unimportant because they represented natural life

d. They were valued as gifts from the LORD God to provide sustenance for Natural Life (Remember the teachings hints on the previous lesson about spices?)

9. What gifts were brought by servants separate from what Queen Sheba brought directly?

a. Gold

b. Algum Trees

c. Precious Stones

d. All the above

2 Chronicles 3:3 (KJV 1900)

Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits…

2 Chronicles 3:6 (KJV 1900)

…And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim.

1 Corinthians 3:11–17 (KJV 1900)

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Revelation 21:10–11 (KJV 1900)

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Precious Stones, Silver, and Gold

Teachings of Kathy L McFarland

Solomon built the House of God. No longer confined to a large tent structure as a Tabernacle, Solomon built the Temple to contain the essence of the LORD God in the Ark of the Covenant, in the Holiest of Holy rooms. Precious Stones were used to add beauty to the structure.

Later, we learn that Christian works are tried by fire on their day of examination; those that did great works for the LORD God upon the Foundation of Christ would show either Gold, Silver, or Precious Stones for a reward. Those works that suffer loss would reveal Wood, Hay or Stubble (but their salvation would NOT be touched.)

We also learn the Holy Spirit of God dwells in each believer that has been baptized by the Holy Spirit Baptism, and that Holy Spirit dwells inside a temple of God and that temple is inside a believer. Guess where the gold, silver, and precious stones are exactly inside a Believer?!?

That’s right folks; those precious stones, gold, and silver are used to make beautiful the temple of God, inside a Follower of Christ doing great works for Him. It is the Holy Spirit that guides all works of a Christian to the highest levels, and it is the temple inside each believer that these different brilliant rewards are placed, awaiting the testing of fire. Isn’t that cool when Scripture comes together so perfectly?

Much later in Scripture, we learn that the Holy Jerusalem will have the glory of God inside her.

Her light will shine through a precious stone that it is made with, clear as crystal! Thanks be to God for sharing the beauty of His rewards and decorations for His Temple.

Worksheet #2

10. Who built the House of God?

a. David

b. Moses

c. Abraham

d. Solomon

11. When the House of God was completed, what Holiest of Holy things of God was contained within?

(More than one answer)

a. The Ark of the Covenant

b. The actual Presence of the LORD God

c. Nothing

d. None of the above

12. What is the room named that contains the Ark of the Covenant in the House of God?

a. Holiest of Holies

b. Priest room

c. Tabernacle

d. Sacrificial tent

13. What is tested by fire for Christians during Christ’s judgment?

a. Faith

b. Praise

c. Worship

d. Works

14. Whose works are tested by fire?

a. Works done through Christian

b. Works directed by the Holy Spirit

c. Spiritual works led by the Spirit through the Christian

d. All the above

15. What houses the Holy Spirit inside every Believer?

a. A Temple of God

b. An active blood system

c. The Holiest of Holies

d. None of the above

16. Where are the rewards for works placed in every Believer before the trying of fire?

a. Inside the Holy Spirit

b. Inside the Temple of God inside the Believer

c. The entire body of the Believer

d. None of the above

17. Who guides spiritual works of the LORD God to the highest level inside a Believer?

a. Believer in faith

b. Believer in doing works

c. Holy Spirit

d. None of the above

18. What will the precious New Jerusalem be built with?

a. Gold

b. Silver

c. Precious Stones

d. Wood

19. What will the nature of the Precious Stones have in New Jerusalem construction?

a. Holy

b. Clear as crystal

c. Every color of the rainbow

d. None of the above

Herbs

Genesis 1:29–31 (KJV 1900)

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

We have NOT yet studied Herbs, yet they are an important symbol that touches the same Scriptures often that our Trees touch. Simply put my eager students, Herbs support Natural Life and Trees are the Spiritual Life of man. Just remember that small part about Herbs as we move on.  We will be studying herbs  in much greater detail in the next series  of lessons.

Worksheet #3

20. When did the LORD God give the herbs and trees?

a. In the beginning of creation

b. In the arrival of Christ upon Earth

c. After Christ’s Resurrection

d. Will arrive with the New Earth and New Jerusalem

21. What purpose are herbs made?

a. Natural Life Meat

b. Spiritual Life Meat

c. There is no hidden, deep meaning

d. Eternal Life Meat

22. What purpose are trees made?

a. Natural Life Meat

b. Spiritual Life Meat

c. There is no hidden, deep meaning

d. Eternal Life Meat

2 Chronicles 9:9–11 (KJV 1900)

And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. 11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king’s palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.

Gold, Spices, and Precious Stones vs. Gold, Algum Trees, and Precious Stones

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

Notice how Queen Sheba’s gifts bring the best herbs ever known to Solomon as a gift to him and his wisdom. It was a special gift to enhance his Natural Life and show favor by Sheba.

The presence of these herbs suggest that it was Natural Life treasures that was given by Sheba.

Notice how the servants of Huram and Solomon brought Gold from Ophir, Algum Trees, and Precious Stones. The presence of Algum Trees suggest that it was Spiritual Life treasure given by the servants.

Both were the greatest of gifts. But we can be certain that with the inclusion of the type of trees brought by the servants as Algums, that Algum Trees are definitely a Spiritual Life level that honors God.

Why did the servants of Huram (Hiram) and Solomon bring Spiritual Life gifts?

King Hiram of Tyre provided materials to David for building his palace and to Solomon for building His temple. Tyre is famous for their giant Cedar Trees, and they figured predominately in the buildings. But, this time, during Queen Sheba’s giftings to discover Solomon’s wisdoms, King Hiram continues to send King Solomon Spiritual Life supplies worthy of the House of God that Solomon was building.

King Solomon used the gifted Algum Trees, to build terraces to the house of the LORD God, and to his palace, harps and psalteries for his singers. The text slightly suggests that Solomon gifted some of these special items made from Algum Trees to Queen Sheba since she had not brought those materials (2 Chronicles 9:12)

Terraces – 5019 לּהָסִ מְ) mesilꞏlā(h)): n.fem.; ≡ Str 4546; TWOT 1506d—1. LN 1.99–1.105 main  road, highway, i.e., an open-country thoroughfare used much, that is relatively wide and  maintained (Nu 20:19); 2. LN 7.26–7.53 raised structure, i.e., an unknown raised construction made of wood which has many differing translations (2Ch 9:11+) (NASB, RSV, NRSV, NJB, NIV) steps, (NAB) stairs (Tanakh) ramps; (NEB, REB) stands; (NKJV) walkways; (WBC) gateway; (KJV)  terraces, see also 5026; 3. LN 41.1–41.24 conduct in life, formally, highway, i.e., the way one

lives life as a figurative extension of traveling down a highway (Pr 16:17; Isa 59:7); 4. LN 1.26– 1.33 star course, i.e., a normal path which is routinely followed, as pertaining to a heavenly  body (Jdg 5:20); 5. LN 15.101–15.106 pilgrimage, religious trek, formally, highway, i.e., the act. of religious, often processional, travel to a holy place or site (Ps 84:6[EB 5])[2]

Terraces

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

Note the tremendous amount of symbology contained within the word “Terrace” as applied to its meaning in Hebrews. You can be assured that every bit of the deeper meaning of Terrace is applied to the House of God that Solomon was building. He chose the Algum Tree to make the Terraces, because that was the steps that led into the House of God.

Figuratively, steps that lead to the house of God, made from Algum Trees, represent the steps of the journey of a Spiritual Life leading toward the LORD God.

Let’s just glance at another figurative meaning that is suggested by the  Hebrew word of a harp:

Harp –  5575 II. בלֶנֵ) nēꞏḇěl): n.masc.; ≡ Str 5035; TWOT 1284a, 1284b—LN 6.83–6.95 stringed instrument, lyre, harp, kithara, i.e., a musical instrument consisting of a strong frame, taut strings of animal or plant material, plucked to make melodic sounds, usually of a portable size (1Sa 10:5; 2Sa 6:5; 1Ki 10:12; 1Ch 13:8; 15:16, 20, 28; 16:5; 25:1, 6; 2Ch 5:12; 9:11; 20:28; 29:25; Ne 12:27; Ps 33:2; 57:9[EB 8]; 71:22; 81:3[EB 2]; 92:4[EB 3]; 108:3[EB 2]; 144:9; 150:3; Isa 5:12; 14:11; Am 5:23; 6:5+)4[3]

Psalteries for Singers 5574 I. בלֶנֵ) nēꞏḇěl): n.masc.; ≡ Str 5035; TWOT 1284a—1. LN 6.118–6.151 leather vessel,  i.e., a container made of animal skin (as a sheep), tied at the legs, with the neck as the spout to hold liquid (1Sa 1:24; 10:3; 25:18; 2Sa 16:1; Jer 13:12+); 2. LN 6.118–6.151 earthen vessel, jar, jug, pot, i.e., a container made of clay used to hold liquid (Job 38:37; Isa 22:24; 30:14; Jer 48:12; La 4:2+)

We have our famous one Hebrew word that means two different things. Or does it? You must wait for advanced lessons to find the depth of this combination!

Worksheet #4

23. What are the gifts of Queen Sheba to King Solomon?

a. Gold

b. Spices

c. Algum Trees

d. Precious Stones

24. What are the gifts of Queen Sheba to King Solomon?

a. Gold

b. Spices

c. Algum Trees

d. Precious Stones

25. What do the Herb gifts represent that are given by the Queen?

a. Natural Life

b. Spiritual Life

c. Eternal Life

d. None of the above

26. What do the Tree gifts represent that are given by the King of Tyre?

a. Natural Life

b. Spiritual Life

c. Eternal Life

d. None of the above

27. What type of tree did King Solomon use to build his Terraces to the House of God?

a. Algum/Almug Tree

b. Cedar Tree

c. Pine Tree

d. None of the above.

28. What does a Terrace symbolize in original Hebrew?

a. A Spiritual Journey

b. A Natural Journey

c. An Eternal Journey

d. All the above

Almug/Algum Tree – A Spiritual Life level that honors the LORD God and guides Believers to come closer to the beauty of His Holiness through the Lord Jesus Christ. Musical worship and high praise are often expressed through these type of Believers.


[1] Swanson, James. 1997. In Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament), electronic ed. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[2]  Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

#2 – BI100_2 – What is a sin?

Foundation of Jesus Christ

#2 Lecture BI100-2 – What is sin?

By Kathy L. McFarland

September 21, 2022

Lesson 2

What is a sin?

Sin is the disobedience to the LORD God’s Laws and is unrighteous, unjust, immoral, and wrong.  The five types of sin, transgression, unrighteousness, omission of known duty, faithlessness, and foolish acts constitute a sin against the LORD God. This chapter encourages you to have faith that the LORD God has convicted you of your sins, and dissuades you from looking for new sins, or focusing on the old ones. You will learn to focus on what the LORD God is placing in your heart concerning sin and change what you can as fast as you can and have confidence that those deeper sins that seem impossible to remove at this point, will become easier to overcome as your walk with Jesus becomes steady.

John 3:4

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

22. Sin is the disobedience to the LORD God ‘s Laws.

1 John 5:17

All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

23. Sin is unrighteous. It is unjust, immoral, and wrong.

24. There are different degrees of sin. Not all sin is unforgivable and punished by death.

James 4:17

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

25. A person that knows to do good works and does not do them is sinning.

26. A sin for one person may not be a sin for another person.

Romans 14:22-23

Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

27. Faith is between each individual and God. The LORD God decides how much faith you will have, and he will transform you by the renewing of your mind so that you know what is good, acceptable and the perfect will of God. Conversely, the LORD God will reveal to each individual what their sins are.

28. A sin is committed if a person believes a certain truth, then doubts that truth and acts on his doubt.

29. If a person’s faith allows him to act, and he does that act in faith, he will be happy.

30. If a person’s faith allows him to act, yet he condemns with guilt, doubt, punishment, or fear on the act, he will be unhappy.

31. If it is not of faith, it is a sin.

Proverbs 24:9

The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

32. It is a sin to plan or think wickedly or recklessly.

Review

There are five types of sin. These types of sin are:

1. Transgression                  (22)   Disobedience to the LORD God’s Law

2. Unrighteousness             (23, 24) Unjust, immoral, and wrong

3. Omission of known duty (25, 26) Failing to do good works

4. Faithless                          (27-31)   Failing to act on faithful conviction

5. Foolish acts                    (32)    Wicked or reckless planning

When we first started Becker Bible Studies, we passed out a list of sins assembled and classified from the Ten Commandments. Similar lists of sin are popular with many of the major religions in teaching their students the definition of sin. Through the years, we discovered that this list of classified sins created many problems that failed to address the LORD God’s complete and true Will regarding sin. No man or church can conclusively construct a list of sins. Man’s relationship with God develops new requirements, thus, new possibilities for deeper interpretations of God’s laws. Furthermore, because of the all-encompassing nature of the LORD God, man might be unaware of sins that are truly sins to the LORD God. Just because a sin has not yet been convicted by the LORD God on a person’s heart, does not make it any less of a sin.

Another problem with attempting to list sin is the “actual” vs. “intent” interpretation. As we walk with Jesus, we learn how to understand the laws of the LORD God through His Will rather than man’s rigid, confusing, or self-serving interpretations. For example, theft may be classified as a sin on a list as a violation of the Eighth Commandment that says “Thou shalt not steal”. (Ex 20:15) While the letter of the law states that theft is a sin, the intent of the law by the LORD God is so much different. We all know deep inside ourselves that there is a difference between a person who would take possessions of others for self-gain vs. a person who takes a loaf of bread to feed a hungry family. That knowledge of difference in this example is placed in the hearts of His people by the LORD God.

The LORD God gives His people the ability to seek justice, interpret grayness and recognize sin. He gives us this knowledge through Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus spoke of the intent of the LORD God many times as the Pharisee and Sadducees tried to trap Him with the letter of the law. He taught His disciples to choose the LORD God’s Will over man’s interpretation, and to have faith in their convictions.

The list of sin handouts is no more. The LORD God’s people must be obedient to His law and avoid anything that is unjust, immoral, or wrong. They should know that when the LORD God expects a good work from them, they should do it. God’s people should never fail to act on a faithful conviction of the heart. Lastly, sinful thoughts are just as bad as sinful actions, and people of God should avoid them.

Have faith that the LORD God has convicted you of your sins and you know what they are. Don’t go looking for new sins, and don’t go looking for old sins. Focus on what the LORD God is placing in your heart concerning sin and change what you can as fast as you can. Those deeper sins that seem impossible to remove at this point, will become easier to overcome as your walk with Jesus becomes steady.

#2 Foundation B100-2 Test

35. What is sin? 1John 3:4 (22)

A. Evil

B. Satan’s trickery

C. Disobedience to the LORD GOD’s Laws

D. All the above

36. What characteristic makes “sin” always a sin? 1 John 3:4 (23)

A. Worldly lusts and desires

B. Unrighteousness

C. Satan

D. Lucifer

37. How do different sins compare to each other? 1John 3:4 (23)

A. All sins are equal in wrongness

B. There are different degrees of sin.

C. Original sin is actually the only sin known to mankind

D. Purposeful sins and innocent sins are no different from each other.

38. What statement is true concerning the consequences of sin? 1John 3:4 (23)

A. Sin is unforgivable and punished by death.

B. Sin is unforgivable, but not always punished by death.

C. Not all sin is unforgivable and punished by death.

D. Not all sin is unforgivable, but all sin is punished by death.

39. Which actions are considered punishable sins by the LORD GOD? James 4:17 (25) (26), Romans 14:23-23 (27) (28) (31), Proverbs 24:9 (32) (More than one answer)

A. If a person that knows to do good works and does not do them.

B. If a sin for one person is done by another who was unaware of the sin.

C. If a faithful action is done that was previously revealed by the LORD GOD to the person as a sin.

D. If a faithful action is done that was not previously revealed by the LORD GOD to the person as a sin.

E. If a person believes a certain truth, then doubts that truth and acts on his doubt.

F. If it is an action not of faith.

G. If a person plans an action wickedly

H. If a person plans an action recklessly

40. Match the five types of sin with their meanings.

A. Transgression                         a. Wicked or reckless planning

B. Unrighteousness                    b. Failing to do good works in LORD GOD’s Will

C. Omission of known duty         c. Failing to act on faithful conviction of heart

D. Faithless                                 d. Disobedience to the LORD GOD’s Law

E. Foolish thinking                       e. Unjust, immoral and wrong

41. How does knowledge of sin correspond to a person’s faith? Romans 14:22-23 (27) Rom 12:1-3 (27) (More than one answer)

A. Faith comes as a result of worship and praise to the LORD God and prevents sin.

B. The more righteous person always has more faith and less sin

C. Faith is between each individual and God. He will reveal to each individual what their sins are.

D. Good works results in good faith and less sin.

E. Faith comes from a desirous soul and sin from a corrupt heart.

F. The LORD GOD decides how much faith you will have, and the knowledge of your sins.

G. Faith grows without pause and sin stops abruptly.

42. What results if a person’s faith allows him to act, and he does that act in faith? Romans 14:22-23 (29)

A. He will be happy.

B. He will be sinning.

C. He will be judged.

D. He will be sad.

43. What results if a person’s faith allows him to act, yet he puts restriction, guilt, doubt, punishment or fear on the act? Romans 14:22-23 (30)

A. He will be happy.

B. He will be sinning.

C. He will be judged.

D. He will be sad.

#1 – BI100_1 – The Foundation of Jesus Christ

Course Description

This course covers the journey from Salvation to Baptism to Death to Resurrection to the New Heaven and New Earth. It is a simple walk from one spiritual principle to another, but it is a complex trek that covers four important theological concepts of Soteriology (Salvation), (Bibliology (Bible), Christology (Christ), Eschatology (Last Things).

Underlying Principles

When this course is completed successfully, the student will have a strong and deep understanding of the concepts of the principles of Salvation, Baptism, Death, Resurrection, New Heaven, and New Earth. Unlike most Seminary courses, these principles are taught together to make the student fully aware of how it all ties together. Once these principles are deeply understood, more specific teachings will come from this journey later in their future studies.

  1. Prerequisites
    1. This is the first class of Becker Professional Theology Academy.
    1. Acceptance to the Academy is the only prerequisite.
  1. Measurable Learning Outcomes Upon Successful Completion
    1. Identify the principles of Salvation, Baptism, Death, Resurrection, New Heaven, and New Earth
    1. Apply these principles to their precise interpretation of biblical text
    1. Analyze possible false teachings that they are aware
    1. Implement general program ideas for Altar Calls, Street Salvation, Family Worship, Water Baptism, Holy Spirit Baptism, and Burial
    1. Evaluate current programs in their communities to help structure God’s Truths into their religious practices.
  1. Course Requirements and Assignments
    1. Worksheets – There will be five worksheets to be completed throughout the course. The student is required to complete each worksheet online for grading.
    1. Discussion Board Forums – There will be five discussion boards throughout the course.  The first one is ungraded and is a meet-and-greet to acquaint each other with their classmates.  The other 4 will be graded.  The best scores will come to those students that interact well with the subject matter and each other’s ideas, while maintaining a friendly discussion of differences.
  1. Course Grading and Policies
    1. Points
      1. Worksheets (8 at 100 pts each)                                            800
      1. Discussion Board Forums (8 at 25 pts each)                       200

TOTAL        1000

  • Scale

A=900-1000 B=800-899 C=700-799 D=600-699 F=599 and below

  • Late Assignment Policy
    • This is an 8-week module course.
    • Students will be given only 8 weeks to complete their course in their timing. 
    • The Final Test must be taken before the course closes.
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All assignments for this course may use the parenthetical citation style with the latest edition of the Turbian style manual (A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations) as the desired style.

  • Extra Credit – There will be no extra credit.


Foundation of Jesus Christ

Lecture BI100-1

By Kathy L. McFarland

                                                    September 21, 2022

Lesson 1

What is the foundation of Jesus Christ?

A foundation is prepared base on which structure rests. It is the beginning or first principle of a system of truth. A person who comes to the Lord Jesus Christ, and hears and does what he says, builds a foundation on a rock. When trouble comes, that person’s life cannot be shaken. The person who lays his foundation on the rock, must first dig deeply into the things of God which are normally hidden and above man’s scrutiny. This study lays a solid foundation of Jesus Christ in a Christian, using the six principles of the doctrine of Christ as written in Hebrews 6:1-3 in the Word of God.

A foundation is a natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.

It is the beginning or first principle of a system of truth.

Luke 6:46-49

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

1. A person who comes to Lord Jesus, and hears and does what he says, builds a foundation on a rock. When trouble comes, that person’s life cannot be shaken.

2. That person who lays his foundation on the rock must first dig deeply into the things of God which is normally hidden and above man’s scrutiny.

3. A person who comes to Lord Jesus, and hears what he says, but does not do it, builds a foundation upon the earth. When trouble comes, that person’s life is greatly ruined.

4. The typology for “house” is the dwelling place of the soul.

5. The typology for “earth” is the affairs, interests, and pursuits of natural life.

6. The typology for “rock” is a person’s spiritual life in Christ. (This typology speaks of the Rock as spoken of in 1 Cor 10:4)

7. Therefore, if a person looks for the deep things of God, and maintains a spiritual life in Christ, then his life will not be disturbed when trouble comes. If a person maintains a life concerned with the affairs, interests, and pursuits of natural life, then that person’s life will be ruined when trouble comes.

8. A person who digs deep into the things of God, hears, and does what Jesus says is saved. A person who hears but does not do what Jesus says is destroyed.

Romans 13:19-21

Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

9. Paul’s ministry was as a master builder of foundations. He was responsible for building foundations of those who had never heard of Christ and teaching them so they could perceive and understand the signs, wonders, and power of the Spirit of God through the gospel of Christ. He was careful not to confuse new converts by building on the foundation of another teacher and taught only those whose foundation could be laid completely by him.

Becker Bible Studies presents “The Foundation of Jesus Christ” in the same spirit that Paul did in his ministry. We have no desire to finish a foundation that is half built by another teacher. We offer Foundation of Jesus Christ with hopes that all students participating in this study start a solid foundation with the six principles of the doctrine of Christ. We recognize that many students will come with some knowledge concerning foundation principles, however, it is important for all students to have the solid foundation that is presented in this study. Without the solid foundation of the principles of the doctrine of Christ, a student’s growth cannot be perfected.

Hebrews 6:1-3

Therefore 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, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.

10. The doctrine of Christ is used for the laying of foundation. This doctrine of Christ contains six principles that must be taught to all Christians.

These six principles of the Doctrine of Christ for foundation building are:

1. Sins (Dead Works)

2. Faith

3. Water Baptism

4. Holy Spirit Baptism (Laying on of hands)

5. Resurrection

6. Judgment

11. Once the foundation of the doctrine of Christ is laid, a student should go on to learning new things of the LORD God according to His Grace and Will. No student can grow to perfection, by repeatedly learning the six principles of the doctrine of Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:10-15

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

12. A foundation is laid so that it can be built upon.

13. A foundation cannot be laid unless it is on the doctrine of Jesus Christ.

14. A house is built upon a foundation only by works.

15. Works are acts performed in obedience to the law of God. They include righteous deeds, growth, creation and building in spiritual life.

16. A foundation is laid so a Christian may do works that glorify the LORD God. If a Christian’s works survive the revealing by fire, they will receive a reward from the LORD God. If a Christian’s works are burned by fire, they will suffer loss. However, a Christian’s salvation is NEVER in jeopardy, and the faithful will be saved. (We will be studying this in the next chapter “Sin”).

17. Because a “house” is the “dwelling place of the soul”, then a person’s works, from the doctrine of Christ, is the place where the soul dwells. In other words, You are rewarded or suffer loss for what you do! WORKS!

18. Because the “foundation” is made by the doctrine of Christ, then a person’s faith, is the place where the works begin. In other words, You are saved for what you believe! FAITH!

19. The six foundation principles of the Doctrine of Christ are vital for both a person’s faith and works. Faith and works, without the foundation of Christ, will not survive.

Luke 14:25-33

And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If 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. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

20. A person must consider the cost of being a disciple (student) to Jesus, before the laying of the foundation. If a student is not willing to give up everything he has, bear his cross, and follow Jesus, he cannot be a disciple of Christ. If a person does not consider the cost before beginning, and stops the foundation building before it is finished, he becomes vulnerable to deceit or ridicule and being led into false belief.

21. The typology for “cross” is exposure to death, i.e., self-denial. Jesus only wants a foundation building student if that person is willing to deny himself and forsake (separate from) everything he holds dear.

We have seen so many people over the years who have started a foundation building with Christ and stopped suddenly when they realized that Jesus required them to follow Him completely and give up their will and embrace the LORD God’s Will. We have seen these same people, over and over and over, being led into false beliefs because their unfinished foundation was taken advantage of by the enemy darkness. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!! Know and accept the cost of following Jesus before you commit to the building of your foundation. When you are willing to love the LORD God with your complete heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37) and follow Jesus and forsake all others by hearing and doing what He says, then and only then, allow the foundation of Jesus Christ to be laid in your life.

Foundation BI100-1 Test

1. What is a “foundation”? (Def)

A. A base on which some structure rests.

B. The first principles of a system of truth.

C. A natural or prepared ground for building upon.

D. All the above

2. How does a person build a spiritual foundation on a rock? Luke 6:46-49 (1) (More than one answer)

A. Attend worship services regularly

B. Come to the Lord Jesus

C. Hear the Lord Jesus

D. Do as the Lord Jesus says

E. Volunteer your time and effort to help the suffering

F. Tithe and participate fully in the expansion of the Church

G. Acquire new responsibilities in Church management

H. Teach Sunday School

I. Share your spiritual testimony with others

3. Who does the rock represent in the parable “The House Built on a Rock” in Luke 6:46-49? Luke 6:46-49 (1)

A. LORD GOD

B. Jesus Christ

C. Holy Spirit

D. Christian

E. Church

4. What happens when a person builds a solid foundation on a rock, and then trouble comes? Luke 6:46-49 (1)

A. That person’s life is shaken but not destroyed.

B. That person’s life cannot be shaken.

C. That person’s life is destroyed.

D. That person cannot have a life any longer.

5. What must a person dig deeply into before laying the foundation on the rock? Luke 6:46-49 (2)

A. The spiritual needs and desires contained within a person’s soul.

B. The doctrine and practices of a church most compatible with a person’s belief.

C. The things of God which are normally hidden and above man’s scrutiny.

D. All the above.

6. How does a person accomplish this deep digging before foundation laying? Luke 6:46-49 (2)

A. Examine your inner self thoroughly, and identify areas that need improvement, encouragement, change or reward.

B. Familiarize yourself with church practices and belief, then visit several churches to find the one that makes you feel the most comfortable.

C. Prayerfully read and study the Word (Holy Bible) and do what it says.

D. All the above.

7. How does a person mistakenly build a foundation “upon” the earth, rather than “digging deeply” into the earth? Luke 6:46-49 (3)

A. When a person refuses to come to the Lord Jesus (Word), but rather tries to build the foundation with his own effort.

B. When a person comes to the Lord Jesus (Word) but is unable to hear and understand what His Word says.

C. When a person comes to the Lord Jesus (Word), hears, and understands what His Word says, but refuses to do His Word.

D. When a person is not spiritually ready to walk the required path.

E. When a person cannot find a church that fits their needs.

8. What happens when a person builds a foundation upon the earth, and then trouble comes? Luke 6:46-49 (3)

A. The person’s life is greatly ruined.

B. The person’s life is shaken

C. The person’s life is changed through greater understanding.

D. The person’s life is renewed through faith.

9. Match the word with the typology listed. Luke 6:46-49 (5, 6, 7)

A. house                           a. affairs, interests, and pursuits of natural life

B. earth                            b. a base foundation of a person’s spiritual life in Christ

C. rock                             c. dwelling place of the soul

10. How does a person ensure that his life will not be disturbed when trouble comes? Luke 6:46-49 (7) (More than one answer)

A. Looking for the deep things of God.

B. Maintaining a spiritual life in Christ.

C. Maintaining a life concerned with the affairs, interests, and pursuits of natural life.

D. Building a spiritual life on the top of natural life affairs, interests, and pursuits.

11. What results if a person maintains a life concerned with the affairs, interests, and pursuits of natural life? Luke 6:46-49 (7)

A. His life becomes a powerful witness and testimony for the LORD GOD.

B. His life will be ruined when trouble comes.

C. His spiritual works will help the poor, sick, hungry, destitute, and feeble of the world.

D. His maintenance of natural life will allow God to bless him exceedingly as promised.

12. What specifically results when a person digs deeply into the things of God, and hears and does what Jesus says? Luke 6:46-49 (8)

A. The person’s life is forgiven.

B. The person’s life is sanctified.

C. The person’s life is consecrated.

D. The person’s life is saved.

13. What specifically results when a person hears but does not do what Jesus says? Luke 6:46-49 (8)

A. The person’s life is cursed.

B. The person’s life is destroyed.

C. The person’s life is punished.

D. The person’s life is condemned to hell.

14. What was the focus of Paul’s ministry? Romans 15:19-21 (9)

A. He was responsible for building on the foundation of students who had already learned of Christ.

B. He was responsible for building foundations of those who had never heard of Christ.

C. He shared responsibility for building the foundations of new converts with his brothers in Christ.

D. He was responsible for developing the most suitable foundation for each person, taking into consideration their spiritual growth at the time.

15. What did Paul teach the converts? Romans 15:19-21 (9)

A. The signs of the Spirit of God.

B. The wonders of the Spirit of God.

C. The power of the Spirit of God.

D. The gospel of Christ.

E. All the above

16. What doctrine is used for the laying of a solid spiritual foundation? Hebrews 6:1-3 (10)

A. The doctrine of Consecration

B. The doctrine of Holy Assembly

C. The doctrine of Christ

D. The doctrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

E. The doctrine of Inheritance and Reward

F. The doctrine of Sabbath Keeping

G. The doctrine of Separation

H. The doctrine of Saints

I. The doctrine of Angels

J. The doctrine of the Church

K. The doctrine of Tradition

L. The doctrine of Worship

M. The doctrine of Law

17. What are the six principles contained within this doctrine for the laying of a solid spiritual foundation? Hebrews 6:1-3 (10)

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2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

18. What should happen next for a student after the six principles of this doctrine have been learned and a solid foundation laid? Hebrews 6:1-3 (11)

A. The student should review the six principles taught during foundation building often, and continually focus on each principle through study.

B. The student should return to the natural life fully refreshed and restored to a happier spiritual state.

C. The student should go on to learning new things of the LORD GOD according to His Grace and Will.

D. The student should grow to perfection by practicing the six principles over and over and over.

19. Why is a foundation laid? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (12)

A. So that it can be built upon.

B. So it can be sat on with confidence of salvation.

C. So it can be observed by others as holy.

D. So it can be used to further a person’s natural potential.

20. How is the house (dwelling place of the soul) built upon a foundation. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (14)

A. Faith

B. Works

C. Worship

D. Prayer

21. What are “works”? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (15)

A. Acts performed in obedience to the law of God.

B. Acts of contrition and sacrifice

C. Acts of contemplation and separation

D. Acts of tithing and service

22. What types of acts are included as works? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (15)

A. Righteous deeds.

B. Spiritual growth.

C. Creation.

D. All the above.

23. What is the end purpose for the laying of a foundation in Christ? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (16)

A. So a Christian can do works that glorify the LORD God.

B. So a Christian can go to heaven.

C. So a Christian can receive glory.

D. So a Christian can better the world.

24. How are a Christian’s works judged by the LORD God? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (16) (More than one answer)

A. If the works survive the revealing by fire, the Christian will receive a reward from the LORD GOD.

B. If the works are burned by the revealing by fire, the Christian will suffer loss.

C. The results of the works are not important. If a Christian tries to do good works, the LORD GOD rewards the effort.

D. If a Christian’s works are burned by the revealing by fire, his salvation is in jeopardy.

E. Even if a Faithful Christian’s works are burned by the revealing by fire, his salvation is not in jeopardy.

25. What criteria does the LORD God use to reward a person or cause a person to suffer loss? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (17)

A. Works

B. Faith

C. Holiness

D. Favor

26. “Work” is the thing that a person ___________? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (17)

A. Does

B. Believes

C. Loves

D. Wants

27. What criteria does the LORD God use to save a person? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (18)

A. Works

B. Faith

C. Holiness

D. Favor

28. “Faith” is the thing that a person ____________? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (18)

A. Does

B. Believes

C. Loves

D. Wants

29. What happens to faith and works, without the foundation of Christ? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (19)

A. Faith and works will not survive.

B. Faith and works will not be rewarded.

C. Faith and works will suffer loss.

D. Faith and works will endure.

30. What is another name for “disciple”? Luke 14:25-33 (20)

A. Preacher

B. Holy man

C. Student

D. Teacher

31. What is vital for a person to consider before laying the foundation and becoming a disciple of Christ? Luke 14:25-33 (20)

A. A person should consider his past sins and his worth of becoming a disciple.

B. A person should consider his affiliation with his church, and the doctrine he has learned from his youth.

C. A person should consider the cost of giving up everything he has, bearing his cross and following Jesus.

D. A person should never have to consider coming to Jesus.

32. What results if a person does not properly consider, and stops the foundation building before it is finished? Luke 14:25-33 (20)

A. The person becomes vulnerable to deceit.

B. The person becomes vulnerable to ridicule.

C. The person becomes vulnerable to being led into false belief.

D. All the above.

33. What is the typology for “cross”? Luke 14:25-33 (20)

A. Exposure to death

B. Self-denial

C. Worship

D. Glory

E. Both A & B

F. Both C & D

34. What type of foundation building student does Jesus want? Luke 14:25-33 (20) (More than one answer)

A. A person that is willing to deny himself

B. A person that is willing to separate from everything he holds dear.

C. A person that is sin free and holy.

D. A person that has received instruction and acceptance from a true doctrine church.

Discussion Board #1 – Building Your House Strong!

Building your House Strong!

by Kathy L. McFarland – Monday, 24 October 2022, 11:57 AM

Number of replies: 0

Luke 6:46–49 

46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Young Christians and mature Christians share the same destinies; one day trouble will come, it always does.  The Foundation of Christ helps you build your house on a firm, deep, solid foundation to prevent it from being ruined.  My job as your Bible Teacher is to help you build that foundation so solid, that when trouble does come, your house can remain standing.  Your Pastor’s job is to keep your focus and your praise on the LORD God, Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirt, so your walk with them can be sure and steady. Together we hope to make you some of the strongest Christians to confront these coming End Times.

As a young Christian, please share with each other how a tumultuous episode in your life could have been made much better had your house been built on the foundation of Christ.

As a mature Christian, please share with each other how your house built upon the deep foundation of Christ has survived a tumultuous episode in your life.   

After you have written your discussion board in a separate discussion topic, go back and read your fellow students. Consider their discussions and reply with the love of Christ on your heart.

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