Biblical Interpretation

I’ve been up since 1:30 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. I had time to just lie and think. You may not believe this but I often think about spiritual things and this morning was no different.

I began to think of how so many believe so many different things about the bible. Specifically, I was thinking of how there are so many different interpretations of scripture, including mine.

Here are my thoughts.

First the books of the Bible were written by many different individuals at different times in history. Most were Hebrew so the writings usually reflect things from a Jewish perspective.
Although the writings span centuries and millennia, each writer has something in common with the others – an encounter with God!

Therefore it is written, all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17

To correctly gain the meaning behind each scripture you must interpret that meaning through the Holy Spirit.
Logic does not prevail in scriptural interpretation because it seems that sometimes God does not act logically.
I often think of the blind man that Jesus healed by spitting on the ground and making mud and spreading it on his eyes. I realize that saliva was often viewed as medicinal, but so many were healed with just His touch or a spoken word and logically He could have done the same to this man.

A worldly view cannot be used. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36
You’ll get in trouble every time with interpretation when you begin to apply the current social agenda to scriptural meaning. This is a common problem today. Society has its own rules and regulations that it deems as correct or politically correct.

Even the laws of physics are not reliable when you deal with the One that created those laws and has the ability to bend them.
The resurrection of the dead, talking donkeys, the sun standing still, and the ascension of Jesus are all examples of going against the laws of the universe (as man sees it).

Even our language reflects a misconception. We often ascribe God’s miracles as “supernatural”. However for Him it is an everyday thing – very natural.

Scripture must be interpreted spiritually, that is, through the Holy Spirit. Only then will you actually feel the presence of God in what He is saying. He will speak to you through His word. The more time you spend in His word the more He opens your eyes to His truth.
This will lead you away from “pick and choose” type interpretation because you see the Bible as a complete book where each section enhances the other sections.

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One thought on “Biblical Interpretation

  1. I have found over the years that many people want to interpret the Bible according to their denominational thinking, when in reality that can get us into a lot of trouble, I agree, asking the Holy Spirit to help us interpret different verses is very helpful.

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