Mini Memorial Day Missive

John 7:19-24

“‘Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law? Why do you seek to kill Me?’ The multitude answered, ‘You have a demon! Who seeks to kill You?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘I did one deed, and you all marvel. On this account Moses has given you circumcision (not because it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a man. If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath that the Law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath? Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.'”

Context is king, author’s aspirations to his audience are apex, genre is the general, expository exegesis of examples enlightens and dividing rightly the word of truth either confirms or cancels our preconceived notions and presuppositions. We call this the CAGED method of Biblical hermeneutics. We want to let the Scripture interpret Scripture and not pastors who have embellished their own thoughts onto the Scripture or ripped verses out of context.

Today is Memorial Day in the United States and Jesus was speaking during a memorial day in Israel, the Feast of Booths. He was speaking to a large group of people who neither understood the Law of Moses nor followed it.

Jesus asked the people at the memorial feast, “Did not Moses give you the Law, and yet none of you carries out the Law?” He also said, “on the Sabbath you circumcise a man. If a man receives circumcision on the Sabbath that the Law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made an entire man well on the Sabbath?”

The context was that the people were gathered to commemorate how the Lord had their ancestors live in tents and temporary shelters while they wandered the wilderness. And as the people present went through the motions of the feast, Jesus confronts them about their understanding of their history, their culture and their Law. Jesus is also confronting their understanding of him and who he was and what he was doing.

The people were dogmatic, determined, unmovable, stubborn, stuck, unreachable, unteachable and completely set in their ways; which they thought were God’s ways. The problem was that God had come to tabernacle with them and he was saying otherwise.

One thing I have learned from my studies of Scripture is that God set up many memorials for his people to remember what he had done. From Passover to the stones in Gilgal and from circumcision to sacrifices, from the Feast of Booths to the Sabbath day itself, God gave reminders of history, but they didn’t learn from their history.

Here is the greatest memorial that they misinterpreted and misunderstood, misused and misplaced; the Scriptures themselves. Fast forward to our times and not a lot has changed. We don’t know their history or ours. The prophecy pundits point to the future at the expense of the present while ignoring the past. The secular activist do the same. Inflation, shortages and chaos all lead to one thing and this one thing has happened over and over and over again in the history of the world yet no rapture rescue has ever occurred.

War is as old as prostitution and on Memorial Day we remember those who gave their lives for idiots to have the freedom to act like idiots and cause more war.

Look at what leads to war historically and look at our times– idiots acting like idiots and not reading history.

Context is king and history repeats itself whenever people burn books rather than read them. Even a bad book keeps an idiot off the streets. But as Christians, we have the ultimate book but like people in the days of Jesus we don’t read it and certainly don’t keep it in context, attempt to ascertain the author’s aspirations to his audience, jive with the genre, explore examples or rightly divide the word of truth. Don’t let prophecy pundits tell you what the Bible says, read it for yourself using the CAGED method of Biblical hermeneutics.

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