Biblicism Revisited

Biblicism Revisited 1

Illustration of Prophetic idiom

The OT prophets spoke of the glories of the messianic age in the ‘garb’ of ideas and concepts that were familiar to them.

This is like when you watch an old movie that is about the future (like 2010: The Year We Make Contact) and from our perspective it’s vision of the future looks a lot like the time the movie was made. It is a very 80s-ish understanding of the future (all the way down to the men wearing high shorts). They described the future that way because that’s how 80s people understood the future.

Similarly, the prophets spoke of the future messianic age in ways that people of their time and space would understand them. Yet, because the Spirit inspired them, their words were reliable guides for God’s people, and not deluded projections 

What It Means When the Bible Repeats Something

“The oral culture of Scripture, however, interpreted repetition in a different way. Important days in history were reenacted yearly. When you wanted to dramatize the importance of what you were saying, you repeated it. Only those things that were critical deserved repeating. The more it was repeated, the more important it was. So don’t think of Scripture’s repetition in terms of ‘Take your vitamins.’ Think of it in terms of ‘I love you.’ If spouses say it once a year, you wonder if they really mean it. But if they say it every day and back it up with their actions, their partners are blessed by their love.” -Ed Welch, Running Scared

How Not to Interpret the Bible

​An article (inadvertantly) illustrating the great value of hermeneutics.

7 Things The Bible Bans (But Everyone Does Anyhow)

Hermeneutics Necessary

Baloo cartoon in the 8/28/2000 National Review:

“One cartoon depicts Moses standing on top of God’s mountain, holding the two tablets of the Ten Commandments. The prophet is beaming. ‘Hey, these are great,’ he says enthusiastically. ‘From now on, nobody will have trouble distinguishing right from wrong.'” quoted from Phil Ryken, Written in Stone

BTW NOTE: obvious sarcasm.

It’s Like a Swiss Army Knife

“American consumers have a fascination with multi-use items. Consider the extraordinary success of the Swiss army knife. In addition to an ordinary knife blade, this handy gadget comes with a toothpick, a tweezer, a pair of scissors, a couple of screwdrivers, a file, a saw blade, and a corkscrew. The tool is a knife, but it is also much more: an indispensable tool to perform seemingly any task. Like an all-in-one tool, the law of God is a multi-use item. This important truth helps explain why the Bible talks about the law in so many different ways. God has more than one purpose for his law, and the important thing is to know how to use it.” -Phil Ryken, Written in Stone