What is interpretation? Do we all do it? Does that mean that when we do, “Our Interpretation” is only valid in our culture and time? On the other hand, can we read something like the Bible without interpreting it? Doesn’t it just say what it says?
To answer this question we need to consider some other important truths first. How important is it to know what the Bible says? If it is God’s Word to us, it is of utmost importance.
If it is that important to know, How did God communicate it to us? He communicated it to us through written language. So, how important is that written language? As important as the content that it carries within.
If the words and syntax are needed to get the message, then it is our duty to show due diligence in gaining an understanding of it. Certainly the Holy Spirit will help us in this, but we also bear a responsibility in it as God’s Word itself tells us.
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.
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.
And so, as Believers in Jesus Christ, we need to work at it. If we value what it says, we will have no problem in working to understand it. I have given some pretty detailed instruction on this in the past. On Wednesday I gave a short lesson on it. I encourage you listen and read and pray and THINK as you read God’s Word.
June 15, 2011 Interpreting Scripture
October 30, 2010 Interpreting Scripture (Men’s Bible Study, Longer)
May 5, 2007 Hermeneutics (Men’s Bible Study, Most Detalied)