Preparation of the Man

MONDAY

 
After a brief (two week and 1 day) break, I am now ready to return to writing. I was ministering in Eastern Europe in a place where internet connection was not as good as I would have liked to continue ‘blogging’! But now I am back and ready to go.

 
I taught on the subject of Eastern/Russian Orthodox Church History and Theology. One of the areas of discussion was the role of the Bible in the church. With Protestants, it should be major. With the Orthodox, liturgy takes precedence. I wish had more time to develop this for you rather than this quick summary.

 
However, when discussing the role of the Bible in the life of the Christian, one question that inevitably arises is ‘How did we get the Bible’. So, this week we will look at how the Bible was produced. There were seven steps:

 
Preparation/Revelation/Inspiration/Preservation/Illumination/Interpretation/Application. 

 
We will begin with Preparation.

 
2 Timothy 3:16 says that ALL scripture is sourced (the meaning of the Greek word inspired) from God. But the Scripture did not go directly from the ‘mouth’ of God to the pages of a book. There was an intermediary – a man! So, the beginning of Bible production is God’s preparation of a man through whom God’s thoughts will be revealed.

 
NAU Jeremiah 1:4
Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

 
NIV Jeremiah 1:4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew {5 Or chose} you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

 
KJV Jeremiah 1:4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. {ordained: Heb. gave}

 

 
NAU Galatians 1:15
But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased  16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles

 
NIV Galatians 1:15 But when God, who set me apart from birth {15 Or from my mother’s womb} and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles,

 
KJV Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

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2 Responses to “Preparation of the Man”


  1. 1 Bud Reed January 30, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Welcome home, Hal.
    Hope your trip was rewarding!

  2. 2 John Fontaine February 6, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Glad your back also, need answers _:


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