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To help us get more out of reading the Prophetic books in the O.T., by understanding what they are about and how they can speak to us.
Peter J. Gentry How to Read and Understand the Biblical Prophets
An agreement between two parties making binding, official, and permanent a relationship of faithful, loyal love, obedience, and trust. Not a business contract or marketplace agreement. Gentry p.15
…reading and studying the Bible may not be straightforward for readers with a modern and Western background in culture and language.
The biblical texts in origin are ancient and Eastern—they come from a different culture and a different time.
The normal pattern of Hebrew literature is to consider topics in a recursive manner, which means that a topic is progressively repeated. Such an approach seems monotonous to those who do not know and understand how these texts communicate. Gentry p.16
Isaiah 5 – Structure
Relating to Us
The New Covenant is not the same as the Old
The law is written on our hearts and we have the Spirit of God within us in a new way
Yet terrible things can happen in the name of Christianity
This brings disrepute on the name of God
Be a light!
Love: “I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17:23
Compassion: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Mat 5:7
Rest in the strength of Jesus: ” Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Mat 11:28