Proper reading and interpretation of Scripture is absolutely vital to your walk as a Christian. Keeping things in proper context using exegesis (and *not* eisegesis) is absolutely essential to understanding God's Word correctly. To me, to read it in any other way is absolutely *wrong*.
Some of you may not be familiar with the words exegesis and eisegesis. I will explain them to you. Exegesis is reading through Scripture in context while using "careful, objective analysis". It's studying the text and coming to conclusions *based* on the text. Eisegesis is dangerous ~ letting Scripture be subject to whatever interpretation someone wants to give it. The text gets interpreted according to what the reader *thinks* it should say rather than what it actually says.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
~2 Timothy 2:15 (emphasis, mine)
I like how GotQuestions.org explains it:
The process of Exegesis involves:
The process of Eisegesis involves:
I can't even begin to count the number of times people have misused Scripture. Can you even imagine something more dangerous? Some people may read this post and just figure "This isn't all that important to me right now"...but to be honest, I can't imagine anything **more** important! To misuse God's Word is absolutely blasphemous in my opinion....what could be worse? Not only does it bring many people to believe they are promised things by God that they aren't...or that they should be wealthy or in perfect health...but when these things *don't* come to pass, it causes people to stumble in their faith as well as hurt their witness of the gospel.
If you go HERE you can read an example of the reading of scripture with Eisegesis and Exegesis...and how different the outcomes are. It's so very important for you to understand the weight of this! THIS article from Ligonier explains why it is so important.
One of the most often misused Scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 (For I know the plans I have for you, declares the , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.). Is that a promise for us? Have you read the Scripture that surrounds that promise? If not, I encourage you to! We twist that Scripture to fit us....but it was a promise for Israel at a certain place and a certain time. For many of you...that may be a surprise as this may be a verse you have leaned on. Watch THIS 5 minute video by Voddie Baucham that explains it for you. I promise...you will be glad you did. It's a beautiful thing to understand Scripture properly. It brings such joy to my heart. There is also THIS 5 minute video by Jefferson Bethke who explains it well (and the follow up video he did to it: Part 2)!
My beloved sisters in Christ...I want to encourage you to seek the truth in Scripture. Read the Word, pray for discernment, and always, always, always read the Scriptures in proper context. It makes you want to study more, dig deeper and grow your faith and relationship with Christ. As Christians, we should constantly be desiring to grow in wisdom and the truth of His Word. This is how we cast our eyes upon Him...and with a constant focus on Him, His truth is lived out in us.
It is true that we are all at different seasons of our faith. It is my desire to help my friends begin to move from milk to meat. I still have soooo much to learn and so much growing to do...but what I have learned over the years, I desire to share. If you have questions, please ask. I will do my best to answer them (and if I don't know, I will talk to my husband or my pastor to find the answer for you!).
I hope this post has helped you understand how vital the proper interpretation of Scripture is. I pray I have explained these topics well...and if I haven't...I hope I have at least introduced them to you. Then you can look up, study and work to understand them on your own.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for letting me share what's on my heart!
"We confess that the Bible is God’s Word, but unless we read and interpret it properly, our confess ion is a mere formality. Sound biblical exegesis is essential if we hope to know and act upon biblical truth."