Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 18, 2018

Interpretation and Understanding

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Luke 24:27 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (NIV)

Acts 8:30 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. (NIV).

 Interpreting and understanding the scripture is necessary for our faith to grow and our recognizing the voice of God within us.  The disciples, on the road, were blessed to have Jesus walk with them and explain the scriptures.  The man in the chariot had Philip come and help him understand.  We have the Holy Spirit to teach and help us understand the scripture.  We must be carful about taking any scripture out of context.  That is why I always encourage you to read the entire section around my quote in the translation you understand best, not just the quote.  That is also why you need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding for where you are in the application of the scripture, what you read others write or what you hear others say.  What I and others write or say is from our perspective and where we are in our walk with God.  God may want you to understand and apply in yet a different way.  It is good to read and listen to others whose lives prove they are true believers and followers of God through Jesus but we are each individual and at different places in our lives.  What’s right for one person at one time doesn’t mean it’s right for someone else.  Not only should we be careful not to cause someone else to stumble, we need to guard against ourselves stumbling.  We should expose ourselves to the thinking of others but always take it to God for confirmation and application to our own lives.

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