I agree. It STILL does apply . . . in 2014 A.D. Like those in Israel, we just have to keep in mind he has hopeful Plans for ALL his children. Encouragement (exceedingly-encouraged attitude) is the 9th Pillar of Christian Assurance (post). Greg
Answer: To correctly interpret this verse (or any part of the Bible for that matter), we need to address the following questions:
First, what did the text mean to the original audience? We need to discover the meaning “God intended” when the Scripture was originally written. We do not create the meaning of the text, so we need to find the meaning that is already there.
Second, what are the differences between the biblical audience and us? We are separated by differences in culture, customs, language, situation, time, and covenant. We must recognize these differences. To overlook them would cause us to grossly misinterpret the text.
Third, what is the theological principle in the text? While the specifics of the passage only apply to the…
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