Job 38-40, Matthew 4
I listened to this pod cast about how we interpret the bible. It was talking about how a lot of times we read the bible in a really narcissistic way. He was talking about how the first thing we do when we read a passage is find out how it applies to ourselves and what it says about “me”. Or we read the bible just searching to feel better about ourselves. The preacher turned the tables while explaining Jesus’s time of fasting in the wilderness, when he was tempted three times. (What we just read) Most people look at this passage and think we are only supposed to learn to be steadfast and to conquer sin the way that Jesus did but this is not the first point that should be meditated on. The pastor drew the parallel between Adam and the way he was tempted and his response and then what Jesus being tempted and His response really tells us about what Christ has already done for us. When Adam was tempted he chose sin over Gods promises.. When Jesus was tempted He conquered sin FOR us. So in the same way that Adam’s actions were the symbol of sin overtaking the world.. Jesus’s conquering of sin was the symbol of what He was about to do on the cross. Many times this passage puts the pressure on people to “fight sin” by themselves and think that this passage is a call to fight sin like Jesus did… But in reality we CANT fight sin like Jesus did… Because we are not sinless/the Son of God. So the main point of the passage was to say that this story is about what JESUS already did for us not what we can do for ourselves. So next time sin comes knocking at our doorways we can remember that Sin has already been conquered and that God is the one who will help us fight sin… We can’t do it by ourselves. The last reminder the pastor gave was advise on the way we should approach the bible.. He said we should first read the passage and find out what God is saying about Himself and then carry on to see how we might be able to apply the passage to our lives with the purpose of bringing GLORY to GOD. Not ourselves. I thought it was a really good reminder
Thank you for this Kayce!
Thank you for sharing. Excellent points!
Wow that is such insight and it is so helpful !
I’m intrigued as to what animal the Behemoth actually is.
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