10/5/2022 - AUTHORity of the Word
I’ve been thinking about the difference between a historical biography and an autobiography written by the historical figure. In the former an author is telling the story with eyes looking backward, interpreting events through present day lenses, attributing motives through present day morality and ethics. But an autobiography reveals the mind and heart of that person in the context of their times. We may critique their actions but their own words, even if skewed in their favor, move them from a 2D academic sketch to a 3D living being. That’s one of the reasons the phrase “Bible-Study” has no appeal to so many Christians. When we “unpack the scriptures” seeking every nuance, it can easily become a mere academic endeavor, a 2D sketch of God. Remember this: the Bible is autobiographical, (2 Timothy 3:16) - All Scripture is God-breathed. So as you read and study the Bible the author Himself is present. So in answer to our present day, the Bible offers real-time solutions because the author is present in each written Word.
Psalm 119:151-152Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true. Long
ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.
P.S. As a preacher I spend hours in academic study into the context, language, nuances of scripture always aware I’m speaking out of the overflow of the God-breathed living Word.