BIBLICAL LANGUAGE

“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” – 2Timothy 3:16

LIGHT FOR NOW: Biblical language evokes rather than describes.

One of the fundamental tenets of Christianity is the belief in the inspiration of scripture. The author of 2Timothy writes “All scriptures is inspired by God”. The word translated as “inspired” literally means “God breathed”. And although the author of these words would have been speaking specifically about Hebrew Scriptures, believers have long recognized that inspired scriptures also include the New Testament. It may interest you to know that biblical language is not the same as English Language. The bible was written by inspired men who used solar and phallic frames to convey a message. Jesus, the very embodiment of inspiration would speak in parables.

Biblical language evokes rather than describes. It is telling of another world, another man and another age. In the book of Revelation, John sees Jerusalem become a woman, descending out of heaven adorned like a bride for her husband. And in the 5th chapter of Micah, we are told that Bethlehem is that woman out of which God comes. Listen to the words carefully, “You, O Bethlehem are so little to be among the thousands of Judah, yet from you will come forth for me, one who is to rule Israel, whose origin from of old, from ancient times. Therefore, he will give them up until that time when she who is in travail has brought forth”. Then we read in the Isaiah chapter 63, “O Lord, thou art our Father, our redeemer from of old is thy name?” Here we see the ancient of days as our Father and redeemer and like Bethlehem, God is in travail redeeming everything through his son, Christ Jesus. therefore, in order to avoid an erroneous interpretation of scriptures, one has to understand that bible language is not English language to fully grasp what message the authors of the bible were trying to convey and not mistake the vehicle for the instruction as the instruction itself, one would have to admit to the fact that the text of scripture came forth from these inspired men in response to what they believed about God and what God was doing. Their understanding of God and the world influenced the way they told their stories. However, in the New Testament writings or epistles, the authors’ experiences of Jesus influenced their reading of the Old Testament and their writing of the new. It would suffice to say that in order to fully understand scripture, one has to read scriptures through the lenses of Christ. The entirety of scripture is all about him, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39).

INSTRUCTION: Study carefully.

PRAYER: I pray that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened and that I can comprehend biblical language, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Bible language is not English language.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 5

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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