By: Tim Sader
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. (2 Peter 1:20)
Last week we talked about how suddenly we can ruin our lives without God. Also we discussed how suddenly God can move to turn it all around if we trust and obey Him. Many times we interpret scripture or take it out of context to back up our own desires. In a blog titled Traps and Pitfalls, Common Mistakes in Bible Interpretation at agapegeek.com they discuss common mistakes we make when interpreting scripture. It listed that there are no private interpretations; the bible interprets itself. The bible is not in chronological order, no jumping to conclusions or making wrong assumptions and not using man’s definitions instead of Gods in Bible words. Often we want to make “a” truth “the” truth, think we know everything about the topic or we take it out of context. This happens by taking unrelated scriptures and using them to support each other. While riding with my wife one of our aides said now I know why the bible says when you get married you should get the hell away from your parents (Matthew 19:5-6). My wife laughed and said that isn’t what it says. Paraphrasing and using poor slang to explain it in away some people might interpret it that way. Some people can’t wait to get on their own and some want to escape the past. This conversation made me think of how we interpret scripture. My friend Bobby was talking about what people mean when they don’t want to be judged. People don’t want is to be condemned by others. Like the woman accused of adultery when Jesus said let those without sin cast the first stone. He asked the woman, who condemns you now? No one was left so Jesus said He didn’t condemn her either. He didn’t just let her get away without knowing she was wrong though because He tells her to go and sin no more (John 8:7-11). Unless we are sinless we cannot condemn others of sin, we have a judge; His name is Jesus.
One way I’ve seen how people interpret scripture is to support their less than godly life style. The first miracle in Jesus ministry was turning water into wine at a wedding (John 2:8-9). Many people who enjoy drinking alcohol to celebrate interpret this that it’s ok to be ridiculously drunk if it’s just to celebrate something. At the last supper Jesus says he will not drink from the fruit of the vine again until He drinks it in the kingdom of God (Mark 14:25). Also to support drinking people like to bring up the fact that even Jesus drank wine. Yes he did these things but was Jesus a drunk? Of course not or He wouldn’t be the sinless Son of God. Another one I hear is; if God is good why would he destroy cities like Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:29). The Lord loves the just and will never forsake His faithful ones. Wrong doers however will be completely destroyed even their offspring will perish (Psalm 37:28). God does allow destruction to come to the wicked but they bring it upon themselves when they choose to be rebellious to the word of the Lord. On Facebook I asked my friends what the most poorly interpreted scriptures are. My friend Roger listed two scriptures. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).” People get hung up on prosperity teachings; they think God should give them everything and no matter what we do it’s ok because God gives us hope and a future. Next one was; the Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Sometimes we make the mistake thinking we have all the time we need to repent because He doesn’t want us to perish without repentance but we don’t know Gods timing. We must understand no scripture is based on man’s interpretation; it’s not in human will but through humans the word of God was made known by the Holy Spirit. God’s word gives its own explanation we cannot possibly put into words a better interpretation then what was given by Him.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16