May 15

Posted on May 15, 2017

Do you take the Bible literally? The answer, of course, is “Yes and No.” A good answer this question: We take the Bible in its plain and obvious sense, unless otherwise indicated. It may be better to say we take a literary approach to the Word of God. Like any great literature, there are different ways of expressing ideas. Robert Little writes: “Parts of the Bible are obviously written in symbolic language, for example, Ezekiel’s vision of the cherubim. The book of Revelation is declared to be communicated in symbolic language (1:1), and it contains much that must be taken in this way. An example is the description of Christ in 1:12-20. To take such passages literally would only discredit the Bible. Yet there is much in the Bible which we believe is to be taken literally. A rule has been suggested that when the plain sense makes common sense, we should seek no other sense.” It is helpful to pray, “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation” (Ps 25:5).

Today’s Reading: Job 4-6 Memorize: Matthew 11:25-26