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Dispensational Truth

God does not change in His person, principles, or promises (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8), but He certainly does change in His dealings with man. If you don’t understand that, the Bible will be a confusing book to you. We cannot possibly obey everything in the Bible. 
Consider the basic issue of what we are to eat: 1. Adam (Gen. 1:29) = no meat 2. Noah (about 1500 years later, Gen. 9:3-4) = meat without blood 3. Moses (about 1000 years later, Lev. 11:46-47) = clean meats 4. Paul (over 1500 years later, 1 Tim. 4:1-5) = nothing is to be refused
We must distinguish moral truth and dispensational truth. There are moral principles that never change. For example, murder is wrong in every dispensation. The sabbath day is an example of dispensational truth. God gave Israel sabbaths to observe, not the Body of Christ (Col. 2:16). Paul reaffirmed 9 of the 10 commandments (Rom. 13:8-10).
All scripture is profitable for us (2 Tim. 3:16) but we will not gain the profit that God has for us in His word unless we …

Paradise

The word "paradise" appears just three times in the Bible, and in each reference we find it in a different location.
1. Time Past (Lk. 23:43) - In the heart of the earth (Matt. 12:40) 
2. But Now (2 Cor. 12:4) - Above the earth in the third heaven 
3. Ages to Come (Rev. 2:7) - On the earth 

Understandest Thou What Thou Readest?

That was the question that Phillip asked the Ethiopian eunuch as he sat in his chariot reading from the book of Isaiah (see Acts 8:26-40). The eunuch responded, "How can I, except some man should guide me?" He didn't know if the prophecy in Isaiah 53 was about the prophet himself, or some other man. He didn't have the spiritual understanding to see it was about Christ because he was yet to receive the Holy Spirit. He needed a spiritual man to show him Christ in the scriptures. 
It is not my point in this post to expound the passage. I realize that it concerns the kingdom program of Israel. By the way, what was the eunuch reading that would make him ask about water baptism (v.36)? I believe the answer is found in Isaiah 52:15. I just want to draw an application in regard to understanding the Bible.
There are many people who read the Bible but do not understand it. How important is it to have understanding? It is a "wellspring of life unto him that hath it" …