Have you read a verse and not been sure how to take it? Every wonder of something you are studying should be taken figuratively or literally? Some passages are pretty clear. Others are not. Listen in to this 15 minute episode for a few tips to help you move toward a better interpretation (and thus, application) of these tricky passages.
Keep in mind the genre (type of writing) and the context. This goes back to our three “A”s.
Author: Who is writing?
Audience: Who are they writing to?
Aim: Why are they writing it?
When reading prophetic Scripture, know that there are Godly, educated, (way) wise(er than us) scholars who differ on their interpretations … so if you are unsure if a certain passage is literally or figuratively speaking of what is to come, you are probably not going to be able to figure it out either.
When it comes to moral issues and daily practice issues, cultural and contextual clues must be considered.
When you encounter a teaching that is also taught frequently and clearly in other places in Scripture, then we can apply the Bible literally to our lives.
If something is taught sparingly and is unclear, we ought to look at the PRINCIPLE behind the command, instead of the SPECIFICS of the actions.
Go to your pastor (or small group leader) if you have questions. He will LOVE it!
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Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
The IVP Bible Background Commentary – If you do think something is figurative instead of literal, this resource will help you see the meaning of the words through the eyes of the original audience by spelling out the cultural significance.
A solid study Bible will also help with some of these tricky passages. Our favs are:
http://katieorr.me/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/pexels-photo-7.jpg7501125Katiehttp://katieorr.me/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/header-work.pngKatie2017-08-07 05:15:202017-08-13 19:15:08How do I know when to take the Bible literally?