How To Safeguard Yourself From Giving The Wrong Interpretation Of A Particular Verse Or Verses.

 

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Eisegesis-Putting your own or bias interpretation into the text of Scripture, making it say what you want it to say.

Exegesis-Extracting the plain meaning of any verse in Scripture without any preconceived notion. Allowing Scripture to give you it’s own meaning through context and other Scripture references.


Remember these rules to safeguard yourself from any errors in Biblical interpretation, which these are rules that I instituted for myself. Before you even open up the Bible always pray by asking the Lord to give you understanding through the Holy Spirit. All wisdom comes from God alone and is given to those who ask.

James 1:5

5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.


1. Define a word in its context since words have more than one meaning, how the author is describing that word and you will get the correct meaning of it.

2. The meaning of a verse always gets defined in its context either in the verse above or the verse below it and also it’s very important to read the whole chapter in reference to the verse to get the full scope of the verse you are trying to understand.

3. Use other references in scripture (scripture interprets scripture) in connection with the theme that you are studying which will give you more clarity and define symbols that are used in some of the verses.

If you always keep these 3 points in mind you will be safe in not giving your own interpretation but you will relate the message of the Bible plainly and understandable.

Taking A Poll-Never Heard A New Testament Book Explained Verse By Verse, Now You Can Choose

I’m going to do a study, verse by verse on a particular Book(s) in the New Testament. I want to do a poll and see which Book believers would like to see the exposition in. Your participation is appreciated.

THE POLL IS CLOSED

I will be doing the Book of Revelation. Thank you for all of those who participated.

Why Did Jesus Call The Canaanite Woman A Dog?

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Matthew 15:22-28

22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came and kept crying out, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly tormented by a demon.”
23 Yet He did not say a word to her. So His disciples approached Him and urged Him, “Send her away because she cries out after us.”
24 He replied, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
25 But she came, knelt before Him, and said, “Lord, help me!”
26 He answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to their dogs.”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table!”
28 Then Jesus replied to her, “Woman, your faith is great. Let it be done for you as you want.” And from that moment her daughter was cured.

Why would Jesus call this woman a dog? The word dog that Jesus used wasn’t of a nasty dog which scavenges garbage in His time. The Greek word for dog in verse 26 is kunarion which means a little dog, a house dog or a puppy. Strong’s#2952

Jesus wasn’t insulting her but was trying to do two things.

  1. Before you feed your pet, you make sure that your children have eaten first. God entrusted the Jewish people with the Word of God (the bread), to be a light unto the world. Jesus came first to those who had a personal relationship with God then to the rest of the world. By Jesus going to His own first and feeding them the bread of life, in turn, He commissioned the twelve to go into all the nations and make disciples by feeding them the Word of God.
  2. She knew (as we saw in her persistence) that God promises in His Word that those who genuinely seek Him will be found by Him as seen in Jeremiah 29:13 which says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jesus was trying to show those around Him that her faith was great but He had to deny her request at the moment so that the genuineness of her faith may result in glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:7).

The reason she got helped was because she first went to Jesus. Whatever you are going through, cry out to the Lord even though it might seem to you like He doesn’t hear you, don’t give up. He doesn’t answer you immediately so that your faith may grow for your benefit and for His glory and yes, He always hears your prayers. Everything Jesus does is good, if we keep this in mind we will always trust Him and not lose heart.

Did Jesus Rebuke Peter Or Satan?

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Matthew 16:21-23

21 From then on Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to You!”
23 But He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s.”

We know that when Jesus said “Get behind Me, Satan!, He was referring to Peter. The word Satan in Greek means adversary which is to be against someone so Peter at the time was against God’s will, in the sense of trying to stop Jesus from being killed, not knowing the implication if Jesus wouldn’t have died on the cross. In the Book of John, we see that the fallen angel Satan did want Jesus to die as seen in John 13:18,21,24-27 which says, “18 I’m not speaking about all of you; I know those I have chosen. But the Scripture must be fulfilled: The one who eats My bread has raised his heel against Me. 21 When Jesus had said this, He was troubled in His spirit and testified, “I assure you: One of you will betray Me!”
24 Simon Peter motioned to him to find out who it was He was talking about. 25 So he leaned back against Jesus and asked Him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus replied, “He’s the one I give the piece of bread to after I have dipped it.” When He had dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son. 27 After Judas ate the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Therefore Jesus told him, “What you’re doing, do quickly.”

When Jesus said “What you’re doing, do quickly”, He was not only talking to Judas but to Satan the fallen angel since he entered Judas to use him to betray Jesus and put Him to death.

As Christians, if we are ignorant of God’s Word and are trying to follow Jesus without knowing what’s inside the Book, we can be found to be going against the very Word that we claim to follow as Peter did when he rebuked Jesus and tried to stop Him from going to the cross.


Don’t be misinformed, READ THE BIBLE!

The Ark Of God VS Dagon, The god Of The Philistines

 

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The Ark, containing God’s Word vs Dagon, the idol of Satan’s deception….God’s Word WON!

 

1 Samuel 5:1-5

After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. 2 Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. 3 When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! They took Dagon and put him back in his place. 4 But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained. 5 That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon’s temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.

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The Ark of the covenant was placed in the temple of Dagon by the Philistines. The Ark of God contained the Ten Commandments which are the Word of God, so you had facing each other the Word of God, the Truth and Dagon an idol, the lie from Satan. God’s Word defeated the lie (Dagon) by putting its face to the ground. Once again Dagon was stood up to face God’s Word (the Ark).

Here you see, as an illustration, the Light vs. darkness or the Truth vs. the lie. The second time God’s Word completely destroyed the lie by chopping it up into pieces. When we are reading scripture and live according to it, we will have the Full Armor of God on (Ephesians 6:10-18) and will destroy any lie that Satan hurls at us.

We see the strength of God’s Word in the Book of Matthew 7:24-25 which says, 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

Satan can never defeat the Word of God, that’s why it is vital that we live by it so that we may be prepared in the day of battle.