I hope you like the photograph. It could be sunrise, or it could be sunset. Which is it?
Impossible to tell without more information. Where is it? What coastline or lake is in the frame? Was it looking east or west? Who took the photo, and why? Only the photographer can tell us that (unless by some amazing chance you have been at the same place, the same time, and with the same weather conditions).
When reading the Bible we can find ourselves in a similar dilemma. What does it mean? Who was or is the target audience? What kind of literature is it from? Who wrote it, when, and where- and why. Understanding and correctly interpreting the words is a serious responsibility and a worthwhile task.
This Sunday is the pivot between two years: one we have lived, one we await. I am preaching in our church in…
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