Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Context! Context!

As the three rules of real estate are Location! Location! Location!, so the three rules of biblical exegesis are Context! Context! Context! The devil did not pay attention to this rule in the second temptation (Matt 4:5ff), the third if you follow Luke's order (Lk 4:9ff). He quoted Psalm 91:11 & 12: "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." He should have kept reading, for the very next verse says: "You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent." If he had kept reading, he may have realized that this Psalm speaks about the fulfilment of Genesis 3:15, that Christ will crush the head of the serpent. Oops!