Our goal as we study the text is to discover the author’s intended meaning of the text and how to apply it to our people

  1. We must first accept that the entire Bible is the Word of God.
    1. It is written by God to communicate one primary message
    2. It is not just literature
    3. It was not just the opinion of the writer
    4. It has one meaning not to be understood as meaning one thing to you and another to me
    5. Would the original recipients have understood it like you are saying it now
      1. Would Moses even understand what you are preaching from “his text”
      2. Or would he have thought you were disconnected from the passage
  2. Context is obviously one of our first considerations
    1. Context starts with a good grasp of the entire message of the Bible
      1. Without understanding the passage you are about to preach in light of the entire Scripture you will easily end up in the wrong place
      2. All Scripture is interpreted in light of all Scripture
    2. The author who originally wrote the passage had a message he was trying to communicate
  3. The law that is so misused and misunderstood today was only a schoolmaster to get us to Jesus and grace
    1. When He told them to build the ark of the covenant He had the law put in it
    2. Then He put mercy seat over the ark of the covenant and said that He would speak to them from there

      Exodus 25:22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.