Read Hebrews 5:11-14 … Oops! The universal code for “Well, I didn’t mean to do that!” How many of us haven’t had to say an “oops” every now and then, or maybe even something that might be described as more … colorful? We make mistakes. We drop the ball. We stand with a ripped grocery … Continue reading Understand What Thou Readest?
Read Psalm 80:8-19; John 15:1-6 … There are some figures of speech that most would be able to understand simply because of their long-term use in (at least) the English language. “I wouldn’t go out today, it’s raining cats and dogs.” “She will always be the apple of my eye.” “Have you seen what that … Continue reading Figures of Speech
Read Mark 12:18-27 … So … Little Johnny comes home from school one day and announces to his mother, “Today I learned what’s in every book in every library in the world!” To which his mother replied, “That’s amazing sweetie! Tell me, what’s in every book in every library in the world?” Little Johnny, beaming, … Continue reading Words Matter
Read Hebrews 10:1-10 … Different disciplines have different words for the same concept. In mathematics the thought might be expressed using the term trajectory. In the field of music, the idea is motif. In literature the term theme. In each case, and surely in other disciplines too, what is being described is an identifiable recurring … Continue reading Themes in the Scriptures
Read John 5:38-40 … As with real estate the important consideration is location, location, location; when reading the Scriptures, the important consideration is context, context, context. It has been a proverbial saying of many when thinking about what the Scriptures are trying to get across that a verse without context is a pretext to a … Continue reading Context, Context, Context
Read Matthew 7:24-27 & John 20:24-29 … Previously we discussed the three primary periods of time into which the Scriptures are broken: Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian. Into what era one is born determines to which section of God’s word one appeals for authority. Briefly during that discussion, it was also noted that there are different … Continue reading Wisdom and Narrative
Read 2 Timothy 2:14-15 … How we find authority, or to what reasons we appeal to establish authority for our actions from the Scriptures makes a difference. The more a person learns about how to understand the Bible, the more even the simplest decisions can take on a consideration of multiple factors. Of course, the … Continue reading Rightly Dividing the Word