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Interpreting the Word

June 24, 2016
Pastor Jason Henrichson
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Interpreting the Word
June 21, 2016

Our flesh and our souls can be so carnal and worldly that we listen to words with our ears, we read words with our eyes but we automatically interpret those words with the flesh, the material and the physical instead of the spiritual.
As we read the Word we need to train ourselves and get into the habit of assuming that God is speaking of the spiritual before we assume He is speaking of the physical.
In fact, the best way to interpret scripture is to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and read those precious words through spiritual eyes.
In Matthew chapter six we are told that God already knows we have physical needs and He knows how to take care of them. In fact, we are also told that God takes care of the birds and the flowers quite well and we are worth much more to Him than they.
We put way too much thought, conversation, focus, concern and energy into what God takes care of so easily.
In fact, we actually put way too much thought conversation, focus, concern and energy into what God has already taken care of.
Isaiah 61:1-7 is a snapshot of what the future Messiah would accomplish for mankind and what life would be like (or should be like) for the baptized in the Holy Spirit Christian.
This scripture was spoken by Isaiah but it was prophetic and it was actually the future Messiah speaking through Isaiah.
As we read this scripture we need to interpret in the spiritual instead of the physical.
In Luke 4:16-21 Jesus began His ministry by reading Isaiah 61:1-7 and proclaiming its fulfillment.
So let’s take a look at what it says and do some review of what Jesus did while He was here as a Man…
He would proclaim good news to the poor. Jesus did proclaim good news to the poor. He was not teaching a wealth seminar to those who had no money.
He was preaching good news to those who desired to be free from the guilt of sin but did not have the means to acquire it. These people were spiritually poor, not financially poor.
Psalm 34:18 says that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit and Psalm 51:17 says that God does not despise a broken and contrite heart.
Jesus began to proclaim to the captives that they are now free from Satan, sin, from the world, from the flesh, from fear, from death and hell. In so doing, He did not set free physical slaves; He set free spiritual slaves.
He also released from darkness the prisoner from serving out the punishment for sin by taking their punishment upon Himself. He did not release prisoners from their cells; He instead released spiritual prisoners.
Jesus had come to preach and teach a gospel of forgiveness, grace and mercy to an audience who was broken before God with repentant hearts because they had heeded the preaching of John the Baptist.
When our spiritual condition is taken care of then our physical condition will follow suit. In Matthew chapter eight people were healed physically as Jesus cast out the demons. In Matthew chapter nine a lame man was able to walk as his sins were forgiven. Matthew 6:33 very plainly teaches us that when we put God's kingdom and righteousness first then our material and physical needs will be met.
How do you interpret words like “poor”, “brokenhearted”, “slave”, “meek” or “hungry”? Remember to train yourself and get into the habit of assuming that God is speaking of the spiritual before assuming He is speaking of the physical.

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