READ: Joshua 1:1-18
- With all the emphasis upon God’s Word in this text, it is always important to realize that these words were given to Israel, not to us. We are not embarking on a journey into the Promised Land (Israel). We are not under the direction of Joshua and we are not obligated to the laws of Moses which would eventually be gathered, recalled and collected into what we call the Pentateuch.
- We read the Old Testament for theological principles and life applications that are appropriate to us, as God’s people. We aren’t Israel (the nation), but we are God’s people (the church). We don’t follow Joshua, but we do follow God’s leaders. We are not moving to a new physical location in the Middle East, but we are seeking to faithfully follow God’s leadership as a congregation into a broken and hurting world.
- The art of reading the Bible is one that takes willingness to learn basic rules of interpretation (hermeneutics). One goal of the preaching team at Madison Park is to model those rules in the way we approach the Scriptures in our sermons. Our goal is to help you learn to see how a text applies to our situation when it was written to someone else. The text can’t mean today what it didn’t mean then. But, it can apply to us in our new season of being God’s people in a changing world.
- How do you describe your comfort level in reading and understanding the Bible?
- What basic rules have you learned from listening to the preaching at Madison Park?
- What do you need, to be better equipped, for effective Bible reading?
Thank God for His Word. Commit to faithfully following God’s Word as you understand it. Pray for wisdom to come from the reading of Scripture.