I didn’t realize that this was a word but “hermeneutics” means the process or act of interpreting the Bible accurately. Try using that in a sentence today 🙂
Reason I bring it up is because of yesterday’s post and this quote from Donald Whitney.
“Correctly handling the Word of God does not permit making the text say what we want. To understand the Bible accurately we must do whatever is necessary to discover the single, God inspired meaning of every verse before us. The text of the Bible mean what God inspired it to mean, not ‘what it means to me'”.
Very very valid point here. It’s not what I can turn it into, it’s what it actually says and means. There are volumes of volumes of research in countless libraries trying to decipher and interpret the Bible in different ways. That’s a topic for another discussion.
The method described in Whitney’s book is advocating prayer in and around the Bible. Prayer from the text in the Bible. The primary activity is prayer. Not the actual reading of the Bible. Does that make sense?
The different verses that we read will prompt each of us to pray for very different things. It’s a very non-literal interpretation of the actual verse because the words might trigger different thoughts in each of our minds.
That’s the idea.
Not to interpret the Bible from the reading as you pray but to pray the Bible as you read.
I think this will take some practice but definitely something that is worth exploring. Do you agree?