Introduction to the New Series
“And They Walked with God”—Part 1
Hello, and welcome to our new series entitled, “And They Walked with God.” You can expect a series of vignettes that will feature a person or persons within their cultural and historical framework presented in Scripture. I will attempt to lift the Biblical principle out of the passage without disturbing the context of the character, and I will try not to superimpose a 21st Century meaning onto the original meaning of their story. In this way, I will not deconstruct, but rather construct using sound hermeneutical principles.
Once gleaned, to the best of our ability, the meaning should produce a kernel of eternal truth. It is that truth, and not the character’s situation, that can determine a 21st Century application. After all, God left us His Word to study and understand the truth as it applies to the culture we find ourselves. He did not expect us to adhere to early Middle Eastern or first century culture. If the cultures changed in the Bible, and they did vary greatly, our culture will surely have its differences as well.
Any person or character in the Bible is a representative of their time in history, their language, their culture, and their place (geography). Each individual representation is important; and we should not try to pick it apart to suit our needs. For example, in a recent book I read, the author tried to ascribe feelings and motives to a person that were unique to the 20th and 21st centuries. The author assumed that this character would naturally have the same assumptions and thoughts about their life that a person born in a Western culture over 2000 years later would have. This is wrong because one cannot assume that the same pressures that are presently on us are the same as a different time, culture, language and place. One cannot assume that the far removed character would come to the same conclusions without entertaining many other possibilities. Unfortunately, the premise of the author’s book is based on this assumption and others like it.
In this series, we will not attempt to make any assumptions that are not clearly drawn from the character’s context. To do so, would attempt to deconstruct, or even reconstruct, the original meaning for the expediency of the reader. An argument from silence is not sound.
We shall look at each person or persons, as far as we can, as if we were walking in their shoes. We will try to look through their eyes and experience what struggles and concerns they had within the constraints imposed upon them. In that way, we may get some insight into their stories and empathize with their emotions. We will see how they walked with God.
We will not go in any type of order per se, we will go “as the Spirit leads.” Your feedback is important! Let me know what you would like to see. Questions are always welcome. Please feel free to make any constructive comments that will help to enlighten or enhance the series. I am not interested in criticism that seeks to denigrate or demean, and will not post it. I hope you enjoy this series. Please feel free to share with others or post on your website as long as you keep the post in its entirety without changes and add the following blurb.