How to Read the Bible – Part 2 – Student notes 2
Step 5 – What’s the ______ point of the story or paragraph? In Matthew 9:1-8, Jesus heals a paralyzed man. He also says He’s God, as only God can forgive sins.
Step 6 – how is it _________ to the previous and the next paragraph? Or does the next paragraph start a new thought?
A) Why does Matthew 9:9-13 insert this story in the middle of physical healing stories, especially since He dealt with several apostles callings earlier? Because this was a ________ _____________. Jewish taxmen were social outcasts. This is not just a disciple getting his calling from Jesus. Jesus is calling ______________ to Him, even the outcasts.
B) Why does Matthew insert Matthew 8:18-22 in the middle of healing stories? Matthew 8:1 says large crowds followed Him after His teachings in chapters 5-7 (the Sermon on the Mount). He started healing people. It is natural after a great teaching and a supernatural display of power that people would be excited about following Him. He reminded them that it wasn’t all power and glory. That following Him would _______ them, that it would disrupt their life, that it should be the most ______________ thing in their life (even more important than their family). Why does Matthew place much more emphasis on following Jesus and its cost than the other apostles? Matthew is writing to a mostly Jewish audience (as his gospel has more fulfilled Messianic prophecies than the other 3) and since the Jews rejected Him, Jewish believers would be more prone to pressures not to follow Him. This is why Matthew is warning people that there is a ________ to follow Jesus.
C) Matthew 9:27-34 is a healing paragraph. Matthew 9:35-10:42 is a new thought which stresses evangelism. So, Verses 9:27-34 isn’t directly related to Verses 9:35-10:42.
There is an indirect relationship in that after a display of power comes a call to follow Him (evangelism).
Step 7 – The Three Step Interpretive Method:
1…Original meaning – this helps you to understand a passage in its first century context. What did it mean to the people who originally heard it? That is what our class, “How to Read the Bible” is all about. It’s how to understand a passage in its historical, literary and cultural context.
2…Bridging the gap – this focuses on ______________ principles while recognizing that there are things that are different between the 1st century and the 21st century.
3…21st Century Significance – how to take the truths you learned about in the 1st century and __________ them in the 21st century. How do the truths spoken in a past time and a different culture apply to our similar yet different culture of today? In Colossians, verses such as C2V4 & 8, C2V6, C3V8-10, C3V15-17 & 23-24 and C4V5-6
An example of the above is Mark 6:11, “And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
Most people think this only means that is someone doesn’t accept what you say, to just leave them. It’s their problem. You’ve done your duty.