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Message: A Matter of Interpretation
We are always interpreting.
Guys are interpreting what girls say and do to see if there is a connection.
"She touched my. arm, that was weird, why'd she do that?"
Girls are doing the same
"Is he looking at me? Why is he looking at me? What does this mean?"
We are always interpreting what our parents say, mostly so we can find a loop hole. "They said to clean my room, but they did not say clean under my bed. They meant, only the visible parts right?"
Forget about text "What did they mean by that face?"
Marriage is no different.
"What did they mean by that?"
"What was that face for?"
In Honduras : We'll work through an interpreter. The interpreter takes what we say and turns it into something the people of Honduras can understand.
The interpreter could take our words and say something different.
We say: "You dress is pretty"
He says: "You look like a hobo"
But why? Why would an interpreter do that? He wouldn't, because we are there to help and to serve and he wants us to succeed.
How do we interpret our life?
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21
Human being are always trying t interpret God through our own mindset, yet there is no way we, as humans, can perceive God. We need and interpreter. Jesus physically interpreted who God was from abstract to concrete, The Holy Spirit continues to do that in our lives today.
The Holy Spirit interprets the truth
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16;13
Just like our interpreter in Honduras won't mislead us or the the people we are tying to communicate with, the Holy Spirit will not misinterpret God to us.
Interpreting is nothing new.
Josepha and Daniel interpreted Dreams
God gives the gift of interpreting tongues to the Body of Christ? Why? So there will be no confusion. I Corinthians 14:27,28
Neither does God want us to be confused in trying o interpret this life without a translator. What and who are those translators?
1. The Word of God
When we hear about tragedy, terror attacks, and ask, "Why do people do these things?" the Bible interprets the condition of man for us.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
The Word also interprets the question. "What is the answer to a wicker heart?"
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4
2. The Holy Spirit
As I said earlier, the Holy Spirt interprets life and leads us into all truth. The Holy Sprit reveals what is secret and interprets what is confusing.
If we do not have these two things interpreting life for us , we rare left t our own humanity. The question we then have to ask is' "by what authority do I have the right to interpret my own life?"
We did not make ourselves therefore we are not often our own best judge. Yes we can make simple judgements Candy Good/Murder Bad but, where did that even come from? Good and Bad or Good and Evil have already been defined in God's word.
I am your youth leader, which means I spend a lot of time interpreting your actions and behaviors to the adults in this church. I speak culture and I speak God (through the Holy Spirit). You could say I am bi-lingual.
Because adult do only speak one thing: God, Scripture, tradition, religion, etc. the often do not understand cultural context. That means if its loud it must be bad, If you're dressed differently you must be up to know good, etc. Do you feel me on that?
I also spend time intperpeltting adults action to you. Why are my parent like this? Why does the church view things this way? etc. etc.
Just like adults cannot say "It's loud therefore it must be evil or bad"; you cannot say, "They are stupid for not liking my loud music". Interpretation matter because it leads to truth and understanding.
Each side needs and interpreter if real communication is going to happen awn we are going to grow to gather as a church.
My friend Mark Beasly shared this on his FB
Retweeted Paul David Tripp (@PaulTripp):
Don't allow your experience to define God for you, but rather let God's revelation of himself in his Word interpret your experiences.
So, ask yourself. What have you been using to interpret the life around you or even your own life? If you only speak culture, you'll only arrive at carnal, human, fleshly answers.
If you have the Holy Spirit and the word of God, you have interpreters to reveal who God is and make send of life often confusing experience(s)