“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” Genesis 1:1-5
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: Men who wrote God’s word wrote them using man’s words and thus, an understanding of man’s word is vital in explaining God’s word.
In our previous study, we deduced that the bible in our hands is God’s word communicated in human language. Hence, bible interpretation becomes easy when human language is understood. Therefore, in bible learning and subsequent bible teaching, the student or teacher of the scriptures must not ignore the language of the bible (Hebrew and Greek in which the English translation was translated/derived from) if he must rightly divide a text of the scripture. The bible student or teacher must not ignore any details including the tenses used (whether it is past tense, present tense or future tense).
For instance, wouldn’t it be saddening to hear a professor of English go to a church, and in this church the pastor now picks a text of scripture which reads “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son” (Colossians 1:13). After the pastor is done reading this text, he now looks at the professor who is born again and says to him “that is why you need deliverance”. And the professor now bows to that submission that he needs deliverance and the pastor now begins to do all kinds of things on him in the name of deliverance. Now, the question is, where did this professor (who is born again) keep his brains while coming to church? Did he leave his brains at home and come to church empty? If so, that he left his brains at home, then what was the essence of him devoting years of study of English and finally becoming a professor? Actually, if that professor (who is born again) came with his brains to that church and with an understanding that he did not spend years to study English for granted, he would have seen from that text that the deliverance is in the past tense, “who hath delivered” not “who will deliver”. The professor would not have allowed a pastor who doesn’t understand tenses to brain wash him who understands tenses. Sad enough, this is what happens to a lot of people; they spend years of study in school, but they leave those brains at home and go to church to be brainwashed by a pastor who doesn’t even understand the grammatical construction of words in scripture.
Don’t think because it is God’s words, any pastor can interpret it the way he likes, no! Truth is, the bible can never mean today what it never meant when it was first written. And thus, interpreting a text of scripture must not be subjected to hearsays, nuances and idiosyncrasies, it is delving into the intent of the author to say what the author is saying when he wrote what he wrote. Never leave your brains at home while going to a church; hence, you will be a victim of another gospel. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Refuse to be a victim of another gospel.
PRAYER: I grow in the revelation knowledge of your word like never before.
QUOTE: An attempt to interpret the scriptures based on hearsays is an attempt to innovate into the scriptures.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3