Category Archives: Hermeneutics

Scripture must govern our facts

I was recently reading Satan Cast Out by Frederick Leahy.  Though the book is about biblical demonology, these two quotations related to biblical interpretation stood out to me as of particular importance given the prevailing views in many denominations that science … Continue reading

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Reading the Bible within the Grand Story

 “If we ever tell a particular Bible story without putting it into the overall main Bible story (about Christ) we actually change the meaning of the particular event for us. It becomes a moralistic exhortation to ‘try harder’ rather than … Continue reading

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Jesus in the Temple Texts

Do you ever wonder why God included all those descriptions of the temple in the Old Testament?  Why it needed to be made of certain materials?  Why it had to have certain furniture?  Why the priests had to perform certain … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus? – Jacob waters his uncle’s sheep (Genesis 29:1-13)

What an amazing experience that Jacob has just lived through.  He has seen the heavens opened and heard the promise of God.  Now he finds himself in a foreign land looking for his uncle.  As he talks with the shepherds … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus? Jacob’s Ladder (Genesis 28:10-22)

After scheming the blessing, Jacob is sent away for his own safety, under the disguise of finding a wife.  But, one evening while resting, Jacob dreams about God. In this dream the angels are traveling between heaven and earth.  Furthermore, … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus? – Isaac and Abimelech (Genesis 26)

Isaac’s story parallels Abraham’s story in many respects in this chapter.  Just as Abraham and Abimelech have a discussion concerning the lie told about Sarah, so Isaac has one about he lie he tells of Rebekah.  But this story is … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus? – Jacob and Esau’s early years (Genesis 25)

At the beginning of Genesis 25 we are told about the final years of Abraham’s life.  His wife has died; he takes a new concubine and has a number of sons with her.  These sons are ultimately sent away from … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus – Getting a wife for Isaac (Genesis 24)

Getting a wife for the promised son is important.  It is so important, in fact, that the story is told 3 times in this chapter.  This is a story of God’s faithfulness and provision.  He goes ahead of the matchmaker … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus – The Death of Sarah (Genesis 23)

Death comes to everyone.  When it comes, will you have a place to lay your body?  The story of Sarah’s death is just such a story.  After 127 years on this earth Sarah’s body wore out.  She had lived long, … Continue reading

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Where’s Jesus? The Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22)

Kill your child for me! Such words are terrifying to consider as a parent, but Abraham heard these words from the mouth of God.  I have always been amazed at the details given in the story.  Abraham obeys immediately, “Early … Continue reading

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