INTRODUCTORY ARTICLE for OUR EXTENDED STUDY in 2019:
KING DAVID IN HISTORY AND PROPHECY,
A KEY DISTINCTION THAT APPLIES TO ALL OUR BIBLE DISCUSSIONS
From the Author’s Preface to The Message of Acts by John Stott, the distinction relates to:
… the difference between didactic and narrative parts of Scripture, and… the importance of allowing the didactic to control our interpretation of the narrative. … of course ‘all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable’ (2 Tim. 3:16). Moreover, what happened to others in former times has been recorded for our instruction (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11). The question, however, is how are we going to interpret these narrative passages? For some of them are not self-interpreting, and contain within themselves few if any clues as to what we are intended to learn from them. Are they necessarily normative? Is the behavior or experience recorded in them meant to be copied? Or perhaps avoided?
– Pastor Mark