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Bulletin Article 1/20/2019
Definitions


Interpreting what you are reading from scripture is not always easy in some very simple ways. It usually starts with the definitions of words. Sometimes it is very basic words.

Example: what does the word few mean? Try: "we only have a few chocolate chip cookies left" compared to "I'll take out the trash in a few."

We can put it in a Biblical context: "and only a few find it."

It helps to have the whole context:

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."  Matthew 7:12,14.

(Luke 13:24 - 27 gives more context.)

Why did Jesus say it this way? Do we hear the teaching and see the whole population of the world compared to the Christians we know about? Do we hear the word and see it very personally, wondering if "I am in the few?" Do you see it as a negative teaching, designed to warn or even scare? Or maybe it is just an attention getter, directing our thoughts a certain way.

Sometimes I wonder if we really listen to hear when we get into the Bible. It takes some care and thinking (even meditation??) but it is always worth the trouble if we truly hear God through his word.

Rex