Off madly interpreting

One of the verified crazy and unlikely ways to rightly divide – correctly handle – the text of the Bible is that of using the existing divisions Old and New Testaments.  Conclusions of this sort are elementary and shortsighted.   If one thinks that the Messianic doctrine was plastered over every page of the Hebrew Bible we must understand how our Lord’s contemporaries so profoundly missed it and having seen his marvelous work and heard his gracious words. Let me suggest that occasions for the correct handling of the Bible’s message happen in the verse and the the sentence.

Exhibit A

Yahweh is my light and my salvation even when I am stumbling in fear.

Do our thoughts stop being ours when they range far from God’s? Do we suppose that we have God’s thoughts and ways?

Exhibit B

Psalms 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

Consider the following two landmarks.

  • God lives in unapproachable light and that is why the ancients presumed that one dies on seeing God. 
  • There was never a time when God was not Life, Salvation, Shield and Strength

Or maybe we want to believe in a God who changes?

Where’s the beef?

The secondhand feeding that has defined the last 150 years of Bible study is responsible for the deceptive clubs that pass as church in our times.  You’d be surprised at how difficult it is to translate the Messianic message into English, and preachers who do not relate to the language of the Old and Testament writers are asking you to believe their hjacked comments on the apostolic message. The “beef” is missing from a lot of pulpits and books because instead of eating from the apostles’ hand we settle for secondhand carnivorous nonsense.