Posted: Saturday, August 24
1 CORINTHIANS 15:29-58
Verse of the day
“No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord.”
I love being right. I think we’ve all felt the satisfaction of participating in a long discussion with someone, and being proven right at the end of the discussion. It can be even more satisfying when as Christians, we get to have God’s word on our side of the debate. It’s like the secret weapon that our opponent can’t speak against because of the Bible’s infallibility. However, even though the Bible may be infallible, we are not. Have you ever been in a discussion with someone and they quote a scripture at you that supports their case, but doesn’t actually make sense? I’ve definitely found myself ready to talk about something, or write a devotional and then I’ll try to quickly search for a scripture that supports the point I’m trying to make… and that is just such a dangerous way of going about it.
There are two greek words I came across in studying recently that perfectly illustrate this. “Eisegesis” is reading into the Bible what you want it to say. Eisegesis starts with the thoughts of humans and ends with the words of humans. “Exegesis” is reading out of a biblical text what the author meant. Exegesis starts with the Word of God and brings out its meaning. What this is saying is that when interpreting what scripture is saying, we can accept that everything it says is true, but that we need to look at what the author is meaning to say to find the correct interpretation… not what a literal section of scripture says that might support our opinion.
God orchestrated scripture in the perfect way to show the truths he wants to share with us. Even thought we might be able to take a segment out of context to support our thoughts, that cannot compare to the wisdom in His plan for how scripture is supposed to be understood. When we begin to read scripture with the question of what was God trying to say through the author, and what was their original intention in the writing, we begin to grasp a greater understanding of God’s heart and nature, which takes us out of our human wisdom or understanding, and transforms us into Heavenly understanding.