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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Genesis 40:8

   Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God?” 

 Do not interpretations belong to God?  Scripture must be read prayerfully and interpreted with a humble spirit.  We must first admit to ourselves that we know nothing and only then can we be open to the teaching God through his word.  We must be sure we interpret with the Holy Spirit, the author or the Word.  But should it not be that Scripture interprets us?

The Word of God is not simply some ordinary object to be studied and picked apart.  It has all power and authority to direct our lives.  It is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.  It is his word and our guide.  It is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path.  It is the self revelation of God to the world.

And who can say they understand the word of God unless the Spirit himself reveals the truth in the words?  You can read the Bible and gain nothing from it because only spiritual minds understand spiritual truths.  Only God reveals himself to whom he wills and so all true interpretations belong to God.  Anything else is a distortion towards destruction.  God is inerrant in His Word and thus any addition or subtraction is an imperfection and sacrilege.  To wield the Word is a frightful thing, sharper than any sword and more impactful than any cannon.  Handle with care.

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