Day 2 of class was our first day to rotate to another group
of students – I (David) rotated to those taught by Randy yesterday, Randy to Paul’s
prior students and Paul to those I taught Day 1. I had a great group of students today, most
of whom I knew from the January 2014 classes.
Today our first session covered Lesson 3- “What is the Bible? The Doctrine of
Scripture and Biblical Interpretation.”
The class participation was excellent. The questions, comments and
dialogue made the subject quite interesting.
It started with the first passage, 2Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is
breathed by God and profitable….” The
question was asked, “To what scripture was Paul referring?” It was a very interesting discussion – in
particular we reviewed that Timothy was raised Jewish, knew the scriptures and
had access to them. Thus they realized
Paul was referring to the scriptures they both knew – Genesis to Malachi.
Everyone was quite excited until the TLI lesson author confronted us with
David’s 23rd psalm. It was
interesting to watch how they worked through this. I gave a little input, but it just did not
click for them. Learning to interpret
scripture is just that way – here a little, there a little. The example of Jeremiah, “and the word of God
came to Jeremiah saying…” helped get things moving again. The conclusion was Jeremiah wrote what he
heard from God, while David wrote what it meant to him. Both authors were inspired by God himself,
personally. We were off to a great start
and completed Lesson 3.
After lunch we dove into Lesson 4, “Critical Questions to
Consider in Biblical Interpretation.” Maybe it was lunch, the heat or the
subject matter, but we became bogged down.
Possibly they expected the lesson to be invigorating and fly by like
Lesson 3. Things opened up as we
discussed the example of Daniel. This
was a good lesson, but the details and learning curve required strict
attention. Our discussion on Daniel and
other similar verses, carried us to the finish line. The lesson was a little
tough on us, but PTL!
For Lesson 5&6 tomorrow, I am trusting the Father for a
continued move of the Holy Spirit! Without His revelation, our learning curve
is much steeper. Continue to pray for