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Eat This Book #2: Incarnate (2015-1018)

. 3 min read

Call
to Worship, Psalm 29
Children, Numbers 22
Message,
John 1.1-14
Last
week, Scripture as “word of God”
      Qualitative difference re Jesus as the
Word
      Can be misused
      Meditate & obey
      “growl, moan … with pleasure”
Steve:
“brilliant”
John
1.14
      “the Word became flesh and lived among us”
      Perfect marriage of Message and Messenger
      Complete union of God and Human, without
diminishing either
      “Incarnate”, in flesh
1
Timothy 3:16  the mystery of our religion
is great: He was revealed in flesh, vindicated in spirit, seen by angels,
proclaimed among Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.
Metaphor
for nature of Scripture as “word of God”
      God’s book, and a human book
            “Men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke
from God”
                        2 Peter 1.21
            Inspiration
– how the book came to us from God, through people
“The
word of Christ”
Romans 10:17  So faith comes from
what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
Colossians 3:16  Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly

Human fingerprints
            Writing style, 3 different
languages, grammatical errors
            Science that reflects the
limitations of the time
            Same event reported differently (1
or 2 blind men healed)
Defending
the text from its human fingerprints
“in
the original autographs”
      Which don’t exist
      Text reconstruction:
            OT at well over 99% accuracy
            NT at well over 99.9%
“in
faith and practice”
      But are significant areas of disagreement
among disciples
Spending
energy defending the book instead of celebrating
      Gideon story, “Jerub-baal”, “Let Baal
contend with him” (Judges 6)
The
miracle
      God uses imperfect people to do something
like this
            (how about that donkey!)
      God’s desire to communicate with you and
me (Oxyrhynchus, koine)
      God’s invitation (inherent in the
inspiration of the text) for us to interpret, study, learn
Only
possible because it is both God’s book and a human book
      Not dictation (though some of the stories
include dictation)
      Dictation leads to dictatorship
Dynamic
text:
      “Translatable genius” (Sanneh)
Interpretation – how we read and
understand God’s book
      “Quadrilateral”
      Scripture, tradition, experience,
reason/imagination
Implications:
            Jesus the
interpretive key, begin with the gospels
            Incarnate
the Scripture in our own lives
                        Obedience,
formation, narrative
            Incarnate
the Scripture in and through “body of Christ” (community)
                        “and lived among us”
                        Bri:
“I can have a new life”
Invitation:
            Get into the book
                        Handout with guidance
            Get into a group
                        Lectio
                        Other options
Resources:
Eugene
Peterson, Eat This Book.

Lamin
Sanneh, Whose Religion Is Christianity?