Dear BTCL Class,
Thank you for your work last Wednesday as we continued our trek through Bible Study Methods and Rules of Interpretation.
Our goals for the night were:-that we understand the process of moving from Observation to Interpretation and then to Application. -that we are able to move from the text of scripture to the application of truth to our lives.
We first looked at the assignment on page 61 – we affirmed once again that the character and nature of God are the same throughout Scripture – and that it is critical that we interpret Scripture in light of that. In other words, there is not a God of the Old Testament and a different God of the New Testament. He is “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8; Psalm 102:27, Isaiah 45:, 6, 18; Joel 2:27.)
We concluded that God was “loving” even though He commanded Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites. Because God is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), all loving and all good and His character does not change, this act did not make Him unloving.
We acknowledged that this is very difficult for us to fully comprehend and it is a truth that we wrestle with. However, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God …” (Deuteronomy 29:29.) We have to accept that we are not intended to know all there is to know of God’s actions.
We then completed the table assignment given on 10/28/2015. Here we concluded that the proper interpretation of Isaiah 53:3 “by His wounds we are healed” is that the healing provided through the atonement is ultimately for both our physical and spiritual healing. We saw in Matt. 8:14-17 it is physical/temporary, in 2 Peter 2:21-25 it is spiritual/permanent and in 1 Cor. 15:51-55 and Rev. 21:3-5 it is ultimately spiritual and physical/permanent.
Last Wednesday we also moved to the last step of the 3-step method; Application.
Application: Here we ask the question: “What shall I do, Lord”. We move from our head to our heart to our hands. Application is putting into practice the Biblical principles we have discovered in the Observation and Interpretation steps. These truths are to be applied in every area of relationship we have (Job, Family, Ourselves, etc.)
From the word of God, we are seeking the life change the Lord wants to accomplish in us and in the lives of the people to whom we minister.
As a table exercise, we looked at your interpretations from Jonah chapters 1-4. From our interpretation we stated timeless truths and made applications, “What shall I do” of these truths in our lives. Following the recognition of what we “shall do” we carry it out by stating “I will do …” Your applications were very good … now we pray that by the empowering ability given by the Holy Spirit, we will live these truths out in our lives.
Your assignment for Wednesday, November 11, 2015:
-Review the three-step method and have any questions you have ready for class-Read pages 82-111; you need not do the assignments since we will go over this in class on Wednesday.-Be sure and get us your choice for your biographical study; these presentations will begin on November 18, 2015. (Pages 83-91 are the steps to prepare your presentation; remember, you will have 8 minutes to present your character.)-use the questions on top of page 80 to work on application statements for your Jonah interpretation principles. Have one application statement for each chapter.
An example from Jonah chapter 1, could be: “Is there a specific action for me to take to stop disobeying the Lord’s word? Realizing that to disobey his word is to disobey him, I will, by his grace, ………………………….”
An, “I will statement”, is a statement of application. And, as we have repeatedly said, it is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can apply his word to our lives. (Col. 1:29)
We are grateful for each of you. See you Wednesday, Lord willing.