Many have come to understand that the Bible is written in terms unique to the people (largely Jewish) and culture of its day. Consequently, our 21st Century western mindset makes it difficult or maybe even impossible for us to decipher or fully comprehend all of these ancient passages. Some might ask why the scriptures were written in a vernacular that makes current day understanding so challenging. After all, these sacred writings are intended for the instruction of mankind in all generations. Right? Isn’t the correct interpretation of these sacred texts essential to our eternal destiny? These are important questions if the Bible is an instruction manual for all ages.
If, however, one sees the biblical texts as primarily, at least, directed at the original recipients of these writings, then their having been recorded in the unique language and against the cultural background of that day, makes perfect sense. A detailed 21st century verse by verse understanding would not be critical.
We gain much by studying the scriptures today, because in them we find the evidence of God’s love for us. However, a “jot and tittle” scrutiny of the Bible is not nearly so important as getting the big picture, namely that God loves and God cannot fail in demonstrating that love. As the Psalmist says repeatedly, “His mercy (loving kindness) endures forever”. That is the essence of the biblical message. All else, to paraphrase the comment of an old Jewish rabbi, is commentary.