The Bible, God’s written Word, changes lives. Its message of salvation makes the most profound change, of course, but Scripture can also change the way we treat others. It can provide a firm foundation for society with its clear teachings on institutions such as marriage, family, and the church.
But what happens when what the Bible clearly says – as understood for centuries by learned believers and scholars alike – is rejected? Those who reject its teachings try to change the Word.
Two Greek words can help explain this: eisegesis and exegesis. Eisegesis is the process of reading into a passage something that is not there – inserting meaning that flows from a personal agenda. By contrast, exegesis means drawing from the passage the clearly intended meaning, using context, other Scripture passages on the same topic, and legitimate tools of understanding such as Bible commentaries.
Instead of trying to change God’s Word to fit our own ideas, let’s allow the Word to change us. As we read His Word and obey it, the Holy Spirit will transform us into the kind of people God wants us to be.
Don’t change the Word – let it change you. – Dave Branon
The Lord has given man His Word,
His will He has made known;
Let man not try to change that Word
With words that are his own. – D. J. De Haan
The Bible – eternal truth and never-fading beauty.
- May 24, Vol. 12A, Our Daily Bread