The Bible, Page 1, Part 4

Continuing to work through my Great Uncle’s little black binder, we are moving to the 4th out of 5 parts related to page 1, which he titled The Bible.

The first 3 entries for this part (and by part I mean blog entry, he didn’t have these divided into parts) is 2 Peter 1:20 which he labeled as “private interpretation”.

Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.

2 Peter 1:20

I’m going to continue his notation through the next verse for 2 reasons.  First, I believe it should be paired with his entry, but the second is just simply related to timing of this post.

Verse 21 reads:

For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

This certainly paints a more complete picture than just having verse 20, and ultimately it is clarifying for us that while the prophets were human beings the words they spoke/wrote were not of their own will but of God’s.   Pretty straight forward.

I want to digress for a second, because of the timing of this passage.  Ideally, I wanted to post on a regular schedule.  However, being in the midst of preparing for a major conference, my focus has been divided.  Yet, in that I see how God works things out for all of our good in the revelation of His Word.

This morning, my church finished it’s series on happiness.  Now you might find it odd that we would go to the book of Revelation to conclude the series, but that is right where we landed.  Before the Pastor even got into the heart of the message, there was some prefacing that set up the direction we were going.

The entirety of the Scripture we were referencing that day was Revelation 19:6-10 and 21:1-6.

As we set forward to read the Scriptures, verse by verse, before breaking it down… this caught my attention:

Revelation 19:10 (last sentence):

It is the essence of prophecy to give a clear witness of Jesus Christ.

The beauty of the Word and how it continually and consistently supports itself.  Amen!

I’m guessing my GU’s notation about “private interpretation” was just a reference point, since the Scripture is pretty clear that it is not a private interpretation but the direct Word of God.

Next, we have an entry about rejection:

For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.

1 Samuel 15:23

I’m guessing I don’t need to put any additional thoughts to that.

Finally, for this portion, we will end on Psalm 2:7.  My GU had no side notations on this one, it reads:

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:  He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.

Some commentaries suggest that this is a referencing the Sonship of Jesus.  Others that this is an adoption reference, our adoption into the family of Christ.   When I read the full chapter of Psalm 2, I’m going with the former.  I believe verse 12 supports that this is a verse about the Sonship of Jesus.

Next post will be part 5, and the last look into the Scriptures related to the Bible category of page 1 in the binder.  Then we will move to the next category, page 2, titled Trinity.

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