We’re starting over. But not really.
John 4 includes a straightforward account of Jesus’s interactions with a Samaritan woman as they stand at a well. But we can read it in so many wrong ways. Peter and Kevin discuss how to read and understand it so that the focus is on Jesus, not on the woman or social issues.
Scripture uses understandable words and it is one whole, not a series of unrelated parts. That’s what the second and third principles for hermeneutics teach.
There are three basic principles to keep in mind when interpreting Scripture. Surprise, surprise – the first is the Christological principle! Good thing we already did our series on Christology to set the stage for this!
How we read and understand the Bible is about more than the Bible. It’s about life itself. With this episode, Peter and Kevin start a new series on hermeneutics, or, how we interpret things.
When Jesus taught who he was based on the Scriptures, what did he mean? What was he using? Isn’t it the New Testament alone that tells of him?
When Jesus draws near to Jerusalem the week before his crucifixion, he isn’t just approaching a city. He’s drawing near to our salvation.
Just like Zacchaeus, we try to climb up to see God. And we’re often more creative than just climbing a tree.
What matters most about death for the Christian is that resurrection follows. Resurrected as Christ was resurrected.
The discussion of who Jesus is drives everything we do, including how we read Scripture. And the first thing to keep in mind is this: Jesus is God’s activity to save mankind. That’s where we start. Even “in the beginning…”