Sierra has been reading Winnie the Pooh books to the kids. I've forgotten how funny they can be, especially the language from the 1920's like, "Oh bother", "many happy returns of the day" (which Sterling wrote on Nana's birthday card) and "tut, tut it looks like rain." They get a real kick out of that. When you read "Winnie the Pooh & Some Bees" what should you try to get out of the story? Is it instructions on how to make honey? Or just a story of how Pooh gathers & loves honey?
I went to Mark Hamilton's class on interpreting the bible at ACU's Summit earlier this week & he had some very thought provoking things to say. He talked about the different ways in which the bible was written; laws, stories, poems, parables, etc. and how we try to carry out each one of those different types. Laws are easy to understand what to do, but how do you do a story? He showed a picture of a car stereo manual & said one problem is when we read other texts like this manual. Put disk A into slot B & push button C. For example, if you read the stories in the book of Acts as a manual, then examples get put into commands. What if you don't have disk A, slot B is too small & there is no button C? He said if you want to memorize all of Paul's stops on his missionary journeys, that's OK, but the main message of the book of Acts is that they went out & spread the gospel & we should also.
He also talked about how experience plays a big role in how we interpret the bible. If you've already installed a car stereo you're probably not going to read the manual because you think you already know what to do. Same with scripture. Sometimes we don't read with a fresh mind because we've already read that verse & we know from our previous experiences what we think it means. I pray for an open mind while reading the ancient words so the Spirit can reveal things to me that I was too stubborn to see before.