A study on how to interpret the Bible
DEFINITION: What is The Bible?
The Bible in short is the word of God. It was in the first place the spoken word then written down for our good as well as for generations to come. Therefore it is rightfully called the written word. The written word is all about the Living Word who is Jesus Christ Himself. Both the Old and the New Testaments are centred on the Person of Jesus. While the Old Testament anticipates for the Messiah to come, the New Testament records the activities of the Messiah who came and what transpired after He was gone to heaven. Here are two examples to confirm; “and beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself… then Philip opened his mouth and beginning at this scripture preached Jesus to him.” Luke 24: 27; Acts 8: 35. It records the activities of God on how He has and is working to redeem mankind. Therefore, it is no legend nor fairy tale.
First thing we must know is that; ‘no prophesy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.’ 2 Peter 1: 20, 21. It was written by men and women who were eye witnesses of God’s presence and especially in the New Testament by men who actually saw Jesus and heard God pronounce; “Behold! This is My Son in Whom I am well pleased.” (See 2 Peter 1: 16- 17 for a testimony of this).
In principle, the Bible consists of sixty six books (66) in two testaments called the Old Testament and the later called the New Testament. The Old Testament contains thirty nine (39) books while the New Testament contains twenty seven (27). It was written by 40 different authors over a period of 1600 years. The first book ever written was the Book of Job believed to be written by Moses and the last is the book of Revelation by John Zebedee or John the Revelator (John the Beloved). From the time the last book of the Old Testament was written to the time the first book of the New Testament was written, we have a lapse of 400 years.
The bible is the word of God given for our guide lighting up the path as we traverse the highway to heaven (Ps. 119:105). In short, it is the manual that provides guidelines for human conduct directing all to a better heavenly kingdom. We are encouraged to read it, eat and drink from it for our daily sustenance and it is through the written word that we are introduced to the Living word. The acronym for BIBLE is; Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. I guess with the assistance of the Holy Spirit who is the sole Teacher who has and will always be at the fore front, the bible will become what it really should be to us, the lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths, a manual on how to go about and truly a book of Basic Instructions Before we Leave this planet Earth. That’s what it should be!
I pray that this session if ever is in response to that far cry and it is my wish above all that the Sweet Holy Spirit will hover over us and fill us with an interest and revival in the deep things of God as we have never expereinced before. and so together we journey our Lord and us.
Hapy Reading and God bless!
Pastor Zuzai Hizoke is the General Secretary & Communications Director for Eastern Highlands Simbu Mission