June 11th, 2012

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Scripture exegesis (what does the Bible say) - hermeneutics (what does the Bible say to me?)
It's at the point of transition from exegesis to hermeneutics that I get caught.

primary sources - secondary sources
I tend to be hesitant to refer to secondary sources, except as a framework.

Is this why I enjoy reference manuals more than commentaries? Is this why I enjoy reading Scripture but find it hard to counsel others?

How can we discern true teaching from false teaching? I suppose we must be like the Bereans who "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so." (Acts 17:11) We must also "ask of God [for wisdom]" (James 1:5) and pray for our Bible teachers and elders (1 Timothy 5:17).
Jonah 2 v6, jonah

Why is death an enemy?

Why is death an enemy? Because "...death cannot praise You..." Isaiah 38:18

"The last enemy that will be destroyed is death." 1 Corinthians 15:26
"He will swallow up death forever..." Isaiah 25:8

"What profit is there in my blood,
When I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?
Will it declare Your truth?" Psalm 30:9

The profit in my blood - the profit of my life - is that I can praise the God of heaven. "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." Romans 11:36

"The dead do not praise the Lord,
Nor any who go down into silence.
But we will bless the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore.
Praise the Lord!" Psalm 115:17-18

"Hear, O kings! Give ear, O princes!
I, even I, will sing to the Lord;
I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel." Judges 5:3

But even in life, I can be as though dead. "And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses..." Colossians 2:13 "I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah...I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people...For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:31-34

"O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise." Psalm 51:15

Like Nehemiah, Guard the Sabbath

Nehemiah 13:17-22

"Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, 'What evil thing is this that you do, by which you profane the Sabbath day?...I commanded the gates to be shut, and charged that they must not be opened till after the Sabbath. Then I posted some of my servants at the gates, so that no burdens would be brought in on the Sabbath day. Now the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice. Then I warned them, and said to them, 'Why do you spend the night around the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you!' From that time on they came no more on the Sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should go and guard the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day."

I need to talk to my heart like Nehemiah talks to the merchants. Oh my soul, if you do so again, I will lay hands on you! :P
hidden with Christ

We have such a High Priest

"Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man." Hebrews 8:1-2