We had a good turnout for our monthly Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study called Donuts & Doctrine. Our subject this month (and probably for the next few months) was interpreting Scripture. Some people may say, “I don’t interpret Scripture, I just read it.” Sorry, but that is a cop out. You cannot read it without interpretation. To assume that you are smart enough not to have to learn about historical and grammatical contexts is very arrogant. God chose to communicate to us through human language and culture, but it was not 21st century American culture or language that He did it through. We can assume a lot about our own culture, time and language because it is where we are grounded. But God’s Word is too important to make these same assumptions about. It was written 2,000 – 3,500 years ago, in different foreign cultures and in different languages.
That does not make in impossible to understand, but it does make it so that we need to apply ourselves to the task.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
If this was a necessary command to Timothy, a pastor who lived at the time of the Apostle Paul, how much more do we need to heed this command? It is a very serious matter and one that needs special attention by all who would understand God’s Word aright.
2 Peter 3:15-16 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation–as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
I urge you to consider the necessity of of following Scriptures own commands that we strive after a right interpretation of itself. I also encourage you to check out the audio of our study time and find some of the tools and principles that will guide us in making right interpretations and then right applications of what we have discerned.
Audio of the lesson can be heard by clicking on the link below.