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Understanding, Interpretation and Application of Scripture

FRIDAY

And finally, after God has prepared His man, revealed His will to the prepared man, recorded and preserved His revealed will, we come to the most important part – understanding, interpreting and applying God’s will in our life. There are many verses emphasizing the point that understanding God’s Word is the result of God making it understood to man (not man figuring it out on his own). David encouraged us to pray (ask God) for understanding and Paul is an example in action. The fancy word for God’s work in providing understanding for His Word is illumination which is a work of the Holy Spirit.

The Prayer

NAU Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.

NIV Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

KJV Psalm 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.


The Action

NAU Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might

NIV Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,

KJV Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,


INTERPRETATION

Interpretation is the fruit of study. There are two types of interpretation – allegorical and literal. Allegorical study teaches that there is a hidden meaning behind the words of Scripture that need to searched out. The allegorical method indicates that the words of Scripture are merely symbols. The preferred method of interpretation is literal, grammatical and historical which means that words have a definite, unhidden meaning that can be understood by putting them into their grammatical and historical setting.

APPLICATION

God can prepare the man, reveal, record and preserve His Word, and cause a man to understand His Word. But if the last component of our study is not being practiced then it is all for naught. Unless a man puts into action and applies the revealed will of God, all this has been a waste of time.

NAU James 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

NIV James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

KJV James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

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Preserving God’s Word

THURSDAY

 After God revealed and recorded His will through men and into written form, He next preserved the written form so that all ages could be exposed to His revealed will. He has been faithful to preserve and warn against tampering with His written will.

NAU Deuteronomy 10:5 “Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are, as the LORD commanded me.”

NIV Deuteronomy 10:5 Then I came back down the mountain and put the tablets in the ark I had made, as the LORD commanded me, and they are there now.

KJV Deuteronomy 10:5 And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.

 
NAU Romans 3:1
Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision ?  2 Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.

NIV Romans 3:1 What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2 Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.

KJV Romans 3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew ? or what profit is there of circumcision ? 2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

 
Read also Jeremiah 36: 20 –  32 to see how serious God is at preserving His Written Word.

 
But note also how serious God is about tampering with His written Word.

 
NAU Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6 Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.

NIV Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

KJV Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Revelation and Inspiration

WEDNESDAY

Once God has prepared the man, He reveals His thoughts to the man for communication to others.  Some examples of the modes of revelation from God through His men are direct speech, direct writing, dreams and visions.

Direct Speech

NAU Exodus 33:11 Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

 
NIV Exodus 33:11
The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.

 
KJV Exodus 33:11
And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

 
Direct Writing

NAU Exodus 31:18 When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.

 
NIV Exodus 31:18 When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.

 
KJV Exodus 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Dreams

NAU Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it.

 
NIV Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.

 
KJV Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. {had: Chaldee saw} {matters: or, words}

 
Visions

NAU Ezekiel 1:1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

 
NIV Ezekiel 1:1 In the {1 Or my} thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

 
KJV Ezekiel 1:1
Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. {captives: Heb. captivity}

Once God has revealed His will, He many times had it recorded in written form.  From verbal to written so that men through all ages would benefit from exact communication. This transferal process is known as inspiration. In the Greek language, to inspire means to BREATH OUT (not breath in as the English language implies). To say that God inspired the Scriptures is to say that God breathed out or sourced the Scriptures.  And please note, the verse says that the Scriptures (not the man) are inspired.

 
NAU 2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work

 
NIV 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 
KJV 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. {throughly…: or, perfected}

 
Notice what the inspired Scriptures do in verse 16 and why they do it in verse 17.

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: