But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jeremiah 31:33 (KJV)
Write it in their hearts – Comparative exploration would have us look at these words very differently than we do today. In John H. Walton’s book, he defines comparative study as: Continue reading “Written on the Heart”
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 15:24 (KJV)
Lost sheep of the house of Israel – This is what it’s all about. If we don’t understand this, then we don’t understand why Yeshua was sent. Despite the claims of anyone else, Yeshua Himself states that He was only sent for the lost sheep of the house of Israel. No one else. Continue reading “What It’s All About”
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Genesis 11:9 (KJV)
Language – According to Lera Boroditsky, a cognitive scientist, she states there are over 7,000 languages spoken worldwide. Why is this important? Language is a driving factor in how you think. Without speaking the same language as those who authored the Bible, we’re likely not going to think the same way they did. Lera explains this disconnect based on how different cultures use language. Continue reading “Language Influences Your Thought”
“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
Matthew 15:2 (NIV)
Before they eat – There’s a lot going on here that non-Jews may not realize. In fact there’s a lot going on which the NIV completely misses and therefor misinterprets. It all has to do with the Jewish halacha (Talmudic law) of washing hands before/after eating a meal that involved bread. Continue reading “Washing Hands”
And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the Lord thy God […]
Deuteronomy 16:10 (KJV)
Weeks – This holy day that recently passed is called the Feast of Weeks. It’s not called Spirit Day even though Christians recognize it as the day the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles and believers. It’s not called Torah Day even though Jews recognize it as the day God gave the Torah to Israel. But the Feast of Weeks is a unique blend of both of these events, and when reviewing the weeks up to this day we find an interesting association to both the Spirit and the Torah. Continue reading “Two Omers are Better than One”
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Genesis 1:5 (KJV)
Light/Day – God called the light (‘or) Day (yom). How does this work exactly? Let’s look at the semantics of what’s going on here. God called the “light,” which is ‘or in Hebrew, a name, “day” or yom. But the thing already has a name, it’s called “light.” So why does God bother to name something that already has a name? Continue reading “Existence Without Purpose Does Not Exist”
Thou shalt not steal.
Exodus 20:15 (KJV)
Don’t steal – That’s pretty straight forward right? Just don’t steal. Unfortunately there’s a number of other factors involved with this commandment; socioeconomic status, peer influence, self-perception, psychology, etc. Just take a look at this video from Dan Ariely. Continue reading “The 8th Commandment”
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Exodus 34:14 (KJV)
Jealous – Isn’t this an odd character trait of YHVH? Jealousy is such a negative attribute isn’t it? The word qanna which means “jealous” is only used 5 times in the Old Testament and is only ever used when referring to God. So why is it necessary for God to state that He is jealous? Continue reading “The Jealous God”
Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
Matthew 26:65 (KJV)
Rent his clothes – Caiaphas, the high priest, was so furious that he rent, or tore, his clothing. What’s the big deal? Why does the story tell us that he ripped his own clothing? Because this is the defining moment. Continue reading “When did Yeshua become the High Priest?”
When interpreting Scripture, these are the 6 factors that I endeavor to keep in focus at all times. Unlike personal, private, spiritual enlightening which can only truly effect the person who experienced such an event, this method is obtainable by everyone. It is a guideline that can be shared by all which ultimately leads to the same result — an historically accurate, culturally dependent, true interpretation. Continue reading “6 Factors for Interpreting Scripture”