Hermeneutics Study


A new study was started on November 1, 2020 on the topic of "Hermeneutics".  The goal for this study is to teach how we should come to the proper interpretation of scripture so we may rightly divide the word of God.  The Greek word for Hermeneutics has the Greek god "Hermes" in it and reflects what they believed about him in myth, which was that Hermes functioned as the emissary and messenger of the gods and was often presented as the son of Zeus and Maia, the Pleiad. He is able to move quickly and freely between the worlds of the mortal and the divine, aided by his winged sandals and winged helmet.  This study doesn't care about the myth but does strive to understand the Greek "Διερμηνεύω: “to Interpret”.  Follow along as we present the technique on how to intepret the scriptures so you will be approved unto God.



The lesson on November 1, 2020 was part 1 of the "Hermeneutics" study.  In this opening lesson, Wayne provides us some insights into the word and how the Greeks believed some of the myth of Hermes in that he could quickly deliver the message between the gods having winged sandals.  We were introduced to where the Greek word shows up in scripture.  There were three Greek words used to describe interpret and we convered some of the scriptures where it was used. We also used this with the two disciples on the way to Emmaus.  With proper interpretation we receive the proper understanding of scripture just like it was shown in Luke 24:45-47 KJV "45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."  The scripture reading was from Acts 8:27-31 KJV

Hermeneutics - Part 1
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The lesson on November 8, 2020 was part 2 of the "Hermeneutics" study. In this lesson we learn about figures of speech used in the Bible. Wayne refers to the book "Figures of Speech Used in the Bible" by E.W. Bullinger.  In this book and also in the appendices of the Companion Bible, it explains that figures of speech are used to make speech interesting and they are used true to literary.  The Greeks studied figures of speech even before Christianity and used the term "schmema" to describe the form or shape of the words.  The Romans also studied it and used the word "figura" to describe the same thing.  Finally they are used throughout the bible and if not perceived can result in false notions and be used to bolster incorrect doctrine.  Wayne used the rest of the lesson to show us examples of where they are used in scripture.  He warned that if they are not interpreted correctly, you will create doctrine that is improper and not rightly divided. The scripture reading was from 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

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The lesson on November 15, 2020 was part 3 of the "Hermeneutics" study and focused on using a Lexicon in your studies.  A lexicon compares usage of words to help determine it's meanings.  A lexicon does not define words for every particular context but gives categorical summaries which are helpful in looking for directions of study and possibilities.  Wayne used this lesson to show examples of the synonymous words for "other" and "another".  In the Greek, allos = another of the same kind (denoting numerical distinction).  Heteros = another of a different kind (usually denoting generic distinction.  The example we started with was from Galatians 1:6,7 KJV.  "6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ."  Wayne taught us how to handle the proper interpretation in this and every case.  The most important factor in deciding what a word means is its context.  We learned of several examples where using a Lexicon would suggest it means one interpretation but the context shows it supports the other meaning. The scripture reading was from 2 Samuel 7:8 KJV

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The lesson on November 22, 2020 was part 4 of the "Hermenuetics" study.  The focus this week was on Parables and how it is important to understand why Jesus used them and for what purpose they served.  Wayne spent the first ten minutes of this lesson to remind us of the problem we have in America when we have two parties not identifying the real problem, which is a spiritual problem with America.  Until we fix that, we will not solve our national problems.  We then looked at the word "Parable" and was reminded of the Greek "παραβολή" words that mean "throwing along side".   Parables were used when Jesus was teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven and showing Old Testament prophecy being literally fulfilled by Jesus. We looked at Isaiah 35:5 being fulfilled in Matthew 11:4 KJV.  Wayne reminded us of when the disciples asked why he was speaking to them in parables in Matthew 13:10-13 KJV.  Jesus responded "11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."  The scripture reading was from Jeremiah 33:24-26 KJV

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The lesson on November 29, 2020 was part 5 of the "Hermeneutics" study.  This weeks focus was on Typology.  The typology in scripture are examples for us to learn.  There are many types in the testimony of Jesus Christ whereas it says in John 5:39 KJV "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."  We see in all of the Old Testament (The Law = Torah; The Prophets = Nebiim; The Psalms = Kethubim) that Jesus is seen in types and shadows. In the New Testament we see other examples: Hebrews 4:11 Israel an example of unbelief; Hebrews 8:4,5; 9:24; 10:1 Tabernacle – example and shadow of heavenly things; Hebrews 7:3,15-17: Melchizedeck; John 3: 14-15: Brazen serpent; and 1 Corinthians 10:14 Spiritual rock.  The scripture reading was from Acts 8:17-24 KJV

Hermeneutics - Part 5
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