Friday, April 17, 2020

4 Gospels in 4 Weeks - Day 3 Notes

 
Greeting Gospel Guys and Gals:

I hope you enjoyed the first two days of our reading. Have you ever read the Gospels in this way? It is important to attempt and divorce your own preconceived notions from the text, and let the Scriptures speak for themselves. Read with new eyes. Try to understand it from the author's perspective.

For instance, what did the disciples think the Messiah looked like? Was it some peaceful Saint who loved on people and fed them? Was it a great prophet and healer? Was it a military King who would destroy the oppressors? Was it a suffering servant?

It is important that we see things clearly, through the eyes of the author, and the eyes of their audience. Remember, although we can read these books and understand them and benefit from them, they were not written to us. These are historical documents that were written in a particular time, in a geographical place, to a specific people. Like any other piece of literature, we must understand the cultural context to truly understand what the author intended to communicate.

One thing that I hope you have noticed, is that I intend for you to do some digging. Some things are not obvious, such as today's discussion about saliva and Jesus' favorite foods. I am hoping (and expecting) that you will do a little digging on your own. Google things you do not understand. Look things up in concordances or Bible commentaries (such as John MacArthur or R.C. Sproul). Dig. Investigate. These are the most important documents that you will ever read!


I would like to do our first Zoom on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:00. Please respond to this and let me know if you are able to be a part of that. We will have some discussions and also some Q&A's.

Thanks for being a part of this study. I hope it blesses you.



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