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June 25, 2017: Reading the Bible With Jesus the Rabbi (part 1)

April 27, 2017

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Text: Matthew 5:17-18

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

For June 25, 2017 I'll talk about the following.

Here I'll talk about how we read with Rabbi Jesus.

The phrase, "Reading the Bible with Jesus" keeps coming to me, and this morning it was even repeated through the Spirit to me as I awoke. Maybe also I keep getting the phrase "Reading the Bible with Jesus" because of The Jesus Bible Jacob is reading (Jennifer Harsha also said she has a copy). This idea of reading with Jesus is also very consistent with what I'm reading in N.T. Wright's Scripture and the Authority of God.

Here's the basic thought, and I spoke about this when doing Leviticus:

Jesus wanted to teach his disciples how to read, interpret, and live the Word of God. As followers of Jesus, we read the whole Bible, and Jesus teaching, life, interpretation of the law and prophets helps us know how to read texts like the Pentateuch.

So for example, September '17 - Easter (April 1, 2018) we'll read and live in Genesis and Exodus and get help from Matthew for how Jesus interacted with the law and these narratives of Pentateuch.

So, as we prepare our 4-years through the Bible, the guiding principle is this:

We will attempt to read Bible texts the way Jesus read them. For example, when we look at Genesis, we will ask, "How did Jesus read Genesis?"

We will look at the Gospels for hints at how Jesus read "the law" and "the prophets." 

Some resources include the following:

  • N.T. Wright, Scripture and the Authority of God
  • The Jesus Bible