I would like to show you something phenomenal, Pattern Analysis. It is an analytical tool that you can use to discern the emphatic voice of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Pattern Analysis should encourage you and excite today’s church to find His special manna through structured themes.
Have you ever noticed how repetitive the Bible can be? I suggest that when the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible, He used various repetitive patterns to help us find what is most important. These patterns are organized into structured themes composed of one or more literary devices. Literary devices are known by names such as chiasm, alternation, and parallel symmetry. A list is a linear arrangement of items about a topic. The fun is in the identification of these literary devices, seeing how they interplay with one another, and then discovering their emphatic portions.
I am a mathematician that has studied this scholarly approach which has been slowly identified over the last several hundred years. In recent years, these literary devices have started to gain popularity outside the walls of academia. I believe it is time to break forth this wisdom so that we can all hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us individually and corporately.
It is so intriguing! I find these structured themes throughout the Bible. One structured theme ends and another begins. Within a structured theme, substructures can add even more detail and emphasis. The narrative books of the Bible, the poetic and prophetic portions, the parables, the epistles, everything seems to fit into this pattern analysis approach.
The problem is that our reading eye was trained to approach the Bible linearly, from top to bottom—we never learned how to read the Bible in this manner.
Pattern Analysis instructs you how to identify these structured themes and then guide you where to find the emphasis. I suggest it is that emphasis which is the basis for His rhema word to develop in our spirits. What is emphatic to one may not be emphatic to another, for that is how the richness of His word, the logos, develops into our received rhema. Make sense?
The first book in this series, Pattern Analysis Handbook: A Compact Guide, became available for scholars to comment and review in July 2017. It contains a description and example of forty literary devices as well as instructions on locating the emphatic voice. Hopefully published in 2017, it is intended as a companion to the various forthcoming workbooks.
The second title is How to Hear the Emphatic Voice of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Using the same techniques as the Pattern Analysis Handbook, this second manuscript focuses on hearing that voice through the text. A draft copy was written in 2016—major portions should be re-written before it is sent out for review.
I suggest that the best teacher of Pattern Analysis is a workbook that allows the inquisitor to analyze a portion or all of a Bible book. The analysis for workbooks such as Hebrews Untangled, Matthew Untangled, and Proverbs Untangled has been drafted but more work needs to be done. Many other books are possible; all should work well with the Pattern Analysis Handbook. These workbooks should start appearing in 2018.
An output of Pattern Analysis is a colorful and dynamic presentation of the Bible. Try opening these three links and then moving your mouse over the scriptures. Possibly this type of presentation could be incorporated into an ePub series:
- Matthew 18:21-35: a lesson about forgiveness (5 emphatic locations)
- Acts 3:1-11: at gate Beautiful, a lame man walked and leapt (4 emphatic portions)
- Isaiah 44:9-23: the problem with what we make and worship (again, 5 emphases)
I believe that Pattern Analysis exposes the footprint of the Holy Spirit as He inspired the Bible. These literary devices prevail through the entire text. My analysis has not yet found any verse that does not conform to this approach. Just as the signature of most people does not change from year to year, so we see in Pattern Analysis the same Holy Spirit signature (or footprint if you will). So, does it make sense that His emphasis should also be placed in that same signature?