Grace for Your Day February 28

Hermeneutics can be defined as “the science of interpreting the Bible correctly.” It is the discipline of studying the grammar, culture, and history of each verse in order to understand how it fits into its proper context. Since there is so much confusion today in the church, it is a very important skill for Christians to learn because it helps them to withstand doctrinal error and aberrant theology.

One key to interpreting the Bible correctly is to understand how it all goes back to Christ because He is the centerpiece of everything. Over and over again in the Scriptures, Jesus said things like this:
  • Did you never read in the Scriptures, “The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief corner stone” (Matthew 21:42)? 
  • It is written in the prophets, “And they shall be taught of God.” Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes through Me (John 6:45). 
  • Has it not been written in your Law, “I said, ‘You are gods?’” . . . If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works (John 10:34, 37-38). 

The reason He did that is to show the people of Israel how the Old Testament pointed to Him. They needed to study it in light of what He had come to do as their Messiah because that is the only way that it makes sense. This is the same thing that the Author of Hebrews says in Hebrews 1:8:
But of the Son, He says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions.”  

This is a quotation from Psalm 45 which talks about the time when Jesus will come back to rule the earth. The Author quotes 7 similar passages in Hebrews 1 to demonstrate that, when Jesus does that, He will reign over everything with righteousness because He will put a stop to every crooked politician. He will bring an end to all of those who corrupt justice instead of leading their people fairly.

The passage also says that He will hate lawlessness which means that He will punish every sin. He will not allow wickedness to occur anymore on the earth because He will only seek to do the things that honor the Lord but the point is that this passage is all about Him. We need to interpret it in light of what Jesus has come to do which is what we are going to talk about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

This Sunday, we will talk about how “Jesus is Greater than the Nations.” So far in our study of Hebrews 1, we have seen how Jesus is greater than the prophets and greater the angels but now we will take it one step further and find out how He is greater than kings. This should encourage us as we have all been frustrated with our politicians lately and how they are leading the world today. It has been hard to see them make decisions that promote evil instead of good but this passage will show us that those travesties will not go on forever. A time is coming when Jesus will make it right and that is where our hope is found.

Please join us as we talk about that together. Our Worship Service begins at 9:30. – Jeremy Cagle  

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