Having grown up in the church, I have heard many arguments about how to read the Bible. There are arguments that show that a person should be reading the Bible as a whole and seeing the "big picture" of who God is according to the Bible. There are those who would argue that the Bible is a collection of narratives and history that can be individually dissected to give us a an application of truth and how we should be living. Personally, I believe the Bible should be looked at both ways. Looking at the Bible as a whole shows us who God is and how He has been drawing us back to Him through the ages. Looking at parts of the Bible and reading through the history also gives us points of application to our daily lives. If we do not learn both ways from the Bible, I fear the reader/believer is missing a part of the story.
Since I have studied music, I would liken it to music theory. When a musician is learning a piece of music, they need to look at it and interpret it in several ways. First the musician must decipher the notes and rests - the technical aspect of the piece. If they are unable to do this, they will not play the music accurately. The musician must also consider the composer and the genre of the music so they will understand how the music was intended to be played (ie, aggressive, with embellishments, etc...). The musician must also consider the tempo, dynamics (loud or soft), and many other musical ideas. The musician must also consider the idea of the entire piece as a whole in order to convey the idea to the listener. Once all the pieces are put together, the piece will be played musically as a whole yet technically accurate.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I would like to focus on 2 Peter, which looks at both the story of God and man, and the application of living as Christ called us to live. With that in mind, please look up 2 Peter 1:1-11. I am not writing much of my thoughts on this section of scripture today because I want you to consider a few questions:
- What does this section of scripture say about God?
- What does this section of scripture tell you about how you should live?
Please pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you the truth of what God is saying in this scripture. Tomorrow, I will begin to share my thoughts on 2 Peter.