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March 07, 2007

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Steve,

What a great post! I was convicted on this one. I do see where I do that in my own studying of God's word. Thank you for the great reminder that all of God's Word must be taken in context, even the "bad" ones.

I am currently teaching a class called Practical Bible Studying Techniques and I may have to bring this issue to the light. I have seen this abuse but my eyes were not open to it till now.

Blessings to you!

Chris

Chris
May the Lord bless you for your transparency, and humility to respond as you did. Steve's post is an excellent example of godly correction, and yours, that of a godly response.

Steve:
Sometimes, even the context cannot explain things. e.g.why David is praying that evil would befall his enemies. We must realize that, at times, even the Old Testament greats did not think with the New Testament mind (a renewed mind and a born again spirit. So it was considered acceptable to pray the way David prayed at times - rather than praying for his enemies' well-being and prosperity. As a lay person, I am amazed that common sense seems to be left out of scriptural interpretation. Psalms, as well as Proverbs, is quoted and misinterpreted regularly because of the lack of understanding of this fact: many O.T. prophets and great men were under an Old Covenant and therefore did not have the understanding and insight that we as New Testament believers have.

"O.T. prophets and great men were under an Old Covenant and therefore did not have the understanding and insight that we as New Testament believers have."

How did you come to this conclusion?

Wouldn't this contradict 2 Timothy 3:16?

For the record, I wish I had *half* the "understanding and insight" of any number of "O.T. prophets and great men (who) were under an Old Covenant." :)

verdad, you are not alone in your conclusions here; C.S. Lewis also believed that the imprecatory Psalms show a bad heart in the person writing them.

But I'm not sure that's clear and certain (although I can't rule it out).

God himself told us not to take vengeance, but He did so not on the grounds that such actions are wrong, but on grounds that He would be the one to take the actions. God created the passions, including anger and jealousy, and He endorses them -- although (like the rest of man) he warns that they do not lead to righteousness apart from His work.

So I think it's plausible that the imprecatory Psalms are not bad role models... Although I do so with caution, as context is more important than the general rule I imply here.

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