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The whole Bible is about Yeshua! Therefore we should always ask, “What does this text tell us about Him?”


The Bible is a historical document. Therefore, always ask, “What did the author want the original readers to understand by this statement?


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When we read Scripture, we are reading a historical document written at specific times and places long ago. Yes, it does speak to today, but sound interpretation requires that we first think about what the text was doing in its original setting. What did the original ( human ) author want his original readers to understand?


This approach will help us avoid bizarre errors in interpretation, such as the classic story about the man who prayed for guidance and then opened his Bible and stuck his finger on Matthew 27:5, where it says that Judas “went and hanged himself.” Not seeing much benefit in that, he prayed again, then turned over to another gospel and blindly stuck his finger on another verse, only to read Luke 10:37, “You go, and do likewise.” Surely the original authors did not intend for people to take that kind of guidance from either statement!


The original Hebrews and Greeks authors wanted the original readers to respond in some way. Therefore always ask, “What application did the original author want the readers to make to their lives?”


Just as we want readers to respond in the way to what we write, so the original authors of Scripture had a purpose in what they wrote. They wanted to get a response from the readers. they wanted the readers to believe that certain things were true about Yeshua, they wanted them to obey God’s Son, to fear judgment if they disobeyed, or take courage against their enemies, or treat their neighbors with love, justice and kindness, and so forth. the authors wanted the readers to praise Yeshua for His excellent character and His wonderful deeds. they wanted the readers to avoid the mistakes of people in the past or look forward to a Messiah who was to come.


If we ask, “What application did the original ( human ) authors want the original readers to make to their lives?” that will be an excellent first step in avoiding wrong applications and finding proper applications to our lives today as well.


It is not hard to see that the original authors wanted the original readers to make an application to their lives as well. They should be like David and trust in the Lord to protect them, and to work through the “weapons” and abilities God gives them, and to give them victory in the trials of life. As for application to our lives today, we too should trust in the Lord to protect us and work through the tools and abilities that God has given us and hope that he will give us victory in the tasks he calls us to. But there are some differences: in the New Testament, our “weapons” in the ministry of the gospel are the spiritual weapons of the Word of God and prayer ( See 2 Cor. 10:3–4 ).


Related to this question is another: When we read about historical events in the Bible, we should also ask, what was God showing the original readers through this event? Why did he want it recorded for subsequent generations?




So this text, like the rest of the Bible, has an emphasis on God and His, Holy and perfect excellent character and His wonderful works. A similar emphasis can be found throughout Scripture, and we will do well not to miss it.


The center of the whole Bible is Jesus Christ. The entire Old Testament leads up to Him and points to Him, and the entire New Testament flows from Yeshua. Therefore, we should always ask, “What does this text tell us about the greatness of Christ?”


After Jesus’ resurrection, He taught His disciples more fully how the whole Old Testament points to Him. We read, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” ( Luke 24:27 ). In this verse, “Moses” means the first five books of the Bible, Genesis to Deuteronomy, and “all the Prophets” most likely refers to the rest of the Bible, the “early” prophets who wrote the historical literature and the “later” writing prophets, who wrote the prophetic books and wrote or assembled the wisdom literature as well. Luke seems to be telling us that Jesus saw “things concerning himself” in “all the Scriptures,” that is, in the entire Old Testament.


God is someday going to choose someone yet greater than David, someone who is true “a man after his own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14), and this coming one will be King of Israel forever ( See 2 Sam. 7:12–16;) ( John 12:13).


God is going to anoint and protect and empower this coming Messiah, and He will defeat the most powerful enemy of God’s people, that is, Satan himself. This was predicted as far back as Genesis 3:15 ( See the partial fulfillment in Rom. 16:20 ) and began to be fulfilled when Jesus came and bound “the strong man” and began to “plunder his house” (Matt. 12:29). This prediction found its culmination in the cross, where God “disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” ( Col. 2:15; ) ( See Heb. 2:14–15 ), and it will be more completely fulfilled when Satan is cast into the lake of fire at the final judgment ( Rev. 20:10 ).


Just as Goliath was not able to stand before David, so no earthly power will be able to stand against the coming Messiah. He will come in the strength and power of the Lord and will defeat all His enemies and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords ( See Rev. 17:14; 19:16 ).


King David’s zeal for God’s honor reminds us that there is a Messiah coming who will be zealous to defend God’s honor. He will trust in God even to the point of laying down his own life. After he is obedient unto death, God will highly exalt him ( See Phil. 2:8–11 ).


Just as God brought His chosen people into a time of great peace and harmony after King David defeated Goliath, so after the coming Messiah defeats All His enemies, God will empower Him to bring His Church into a time of great harmony, peace, and blessing under the leadership of Jesus Christ, their eternal king ( See Rev. 11:15–17 ).


Although Jesus in His first coming fulfilled many of these expectations, there will be a yet greater fulfillment at his second coming.


Now it may not be possible to develop all of these points and all of these parallels in any one message. But the Old Testament is filled with many examples of righteous leaders who in their good conduct foreshadowed the greater Messiah yet to come. And, by contrast, the many shortcomings and failures of the leaders (such as Abraham, Moses, and David, all of whom sinned) remind us that Abraham is not the Messiah to come, nor is Moses, nor is David. Someone greater than these is yet to come.


All history can be divided into several major “ages” or “epochs” in salvation history. Therefore, we should read every passage of the Bible with a salvation history timeline in our minds and constantly remember where every passage fits on the timeline.


The Bible’s perspective on the history of the world is different from the perspective of secular historians of the world. The Bible’s focus is not military history or political history or economic history. The Bible’s focus is not on the history of science or the history of art or the history of the development of various cultures. Rather, the Bible’s emphasis is on “Yeshua history,” that is, the study of how God Himself was relating to mankind at various periods in history.


So it is good to begin to read the Bible with at least a rudimentary timeline in mind and then to seek to grow in understanding of how God related to his people in a somewhat unique way in each period on that timeline.


Now, on that timeline, the old covenant, or the Mosaic covenant, begins with Moses and continues until the death of Christ. Then the new covenant age begins, and the Holy Spirit is poured out in a new fullness and new power that is appropriate to the new covenant on the day of Pentecost ( Acts 2 ).


Such a timeline provides a great help in keeping many interpretation questions in the right perspective. Why don’t we follow the dietary laws given in the Old Testament? Why can we eat ham and bacon, contrary to Leviticus 11:7, which says “the pig” is one of the unclean animals that should not be eaten? It is because we are no longer under the Mosaic covenant or the old covenant, and so we do not need to be subject to those dietary laws that were particular to that covenant.


But what shall we say then about Genesis 9:6, “whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image”? Many have argued (and I think rightly) that this provides a fundamental basis for the human government to inflict punishments up to and including capital punishment on people who do evil. But is this applicable today, or is it just part of the Old Testament that we no longer need to follow?


I think it is applicable today because it is not part of the Mosaic covenant that was given on Mount Sinai in Exodus 20. These commands to Noah in Genesis 9 are commands that seem to apply to the entire human race that descended from Noah and his wife and children. When this salvation history timeline is in my mind, it helps me to understand that this command is not part of the temporary provisions that were only for the Jewish people in the time of the Mosaic covenant.


But what about the moral commands in the New Testament? What about, “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor” ( Eph. 4:25 )? Is this a command that we need to follow today, or is it just something that was written 2000 years ago that belongs to another place and another time? Here the salvation- history timeline shows me that the “Church grace age” began in A.D. 30 when the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost, and the “Church age grace” continues until the time Christ returns.


This means that we are at the same point in salvation history as were the people in the early church. In terms of the way God acts with people over time, we are closer to Paul’s readers in Ephesus in the first century than they were to the Jewish people in Jesus’ ministry just a few years earlier, because those people were still under the old covenant. There fore, these moral commands such as Ephesians 4:25 should be seen as applying directly to us and requiring our obedience as well.


Themes: Because the Bible is a unity ( it has one divine Author though many human authors ), there are many themes that develop and grow from Genesis to Revelation. Therefore, for each significant element in any text, it is helpful to ask, (a) Where did this theme start in the Bible? (b) How did this theme develop through the Bible? and (c) Where is this theme going to end in the Bible?


There are actually hundreds of themes that flow through the tapestry of biblical history like threads that appear again and again. It is rewarding to trace these themes from Genesis to Revelation and see how they develop, and I have found that when this perspective on a text is included in a Bible study, it encourages people’s hearts because they can see repeatedly how the entire Bible fits together and forms a consistent pattern in which God has been working through all history to bring about his plans for his glory and for the good of his people.


In fact, the Old Testament historical narrative foreshadowed a time when the wealth of the nations would be brought to the king of Israel who reigns in Jerusalem, as happened during the glorious period of Solomon’s kingdom ( See 2 Chron. 9:22–23 ). And now when the Magi come to bring their gifts to Jesus, they are simply the first of the leaders of the nations who will ultimately come and bow before Jesus, who will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. They foreshadow all the rulers of the world bowing before their true King.


In the future, this theme of the wealth of the nations flowing to Jerusalem in the worship of God will be fulfilled in the New Jerusalem, for we read, “By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it” ( Rev. 21:24 ). All the glory and wealth of the earth will be devoted to the worship of the King, and when the Wise Men open their treasures and present them to Jesus, it is a foreshadowing of that continual offering in the Jerusalem that is to come.


These Wise Men are also Gentiles, not from Israel but from another nation. But God had predicted as early as Genesis 12 that in Abraham ( and, by implication, in his descendants), “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen.12:3). There are various historical events that anticipated this throughout the history of the Old Testament, as when Gentiles such as Rahab and Ruth became part of God’s people. But when we come to the New Testament, these “wise men from the east” ( Matt. 2:1 ) are the first of a long stream of Gentiles who will become part of God’s people and worship the Lord Jesus Christ.


This theme finds further development when Jesus commands His disciples to “make disciples of all nations” ( Matt. 28:19 ), and to be His witnesses “in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” ( Acts 1:8 ). It finds further development when the Gentiles who were not God’s people, who were “alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenant of promise,” who had “no hope” and were “without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12), have become part of the church and become “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” ( Eph. 2:19 ).


But the visit of the ( Gentiles Wise Men to baby Jesus finds even greater fulfillment in the age to come when John’s vision shows that around God’s throne is “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb . . . crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” ( Rev. 7:9–10 ). All nations will join in the worship of Jesus Christ, and the “wise men from the east” are the forerunners of that wonderful theme in Scripture.


If we keep this “biblical picture” of developing themes in mind in our interpretation, it will help our people understand the Bible not as a series of isolated verses, but as a unified whole that develops as an outworking of God’s eternal and wise plans and Gentiles and Jewish Believers are made one in Jesus Christ and Jews under Christ are free from the Old Testaments Covenants and Moses Laws. Yeshua Gentiles Churches are Not commanded to obey or keep the Old Testament or its laws or covenants or law service and giving. Period and Amen.


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