Revelation is usually presented as a packaged interpretation. Rarely is the method used for coming up with the interpretation described. But that is exactly what happens in this series. We work through the method we should use and then we apply that method to interpreting the central portion of Revelation.
In John 4, the nobleman whose son was dying came to Jesus with his problem. But he discovered he had brought another problem along as well because he had determined to either believe or reject Jesus based on whether or not Jesus would give him what he wanted.
I’m working my way verse-by-verse through the book of Hosea at https://www.facebook.com/jeffscogginsbooks. You’re invited to follow along if you like. Just “like” the page and you will be notified of each post. Also, if you want to ask any Bible-related questions, post them in the same spot and I’ll be happy to take a stab at answering.
I used to think I did not have a testimony but I had no dramatic story of leaving behind a terrible life and coming to God. But eventually I realized that I do have a testimony. Everyone does. It’s just a matter of recognizing what God has done in your life. This is my story.
When God came looking for Adam and Eve in the garden, they met him with excuses and even blame. But in the course of their conversation the real situation became clear. The result was that God declared that from that point on God’s people and Satan, the serpent, would be at war.
After Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, they realized they were naked, literally and spiritually. So they attempted to make clothes from leaves, but failed. So they hid from God. God knew where they were, but he allowed them to hide from him and searched for them. Why? The answer says something profound about God.
Two points: God is calling you. Just you. And he probably is not asking you to do something big and dramatic. He’s probably asking you to do something relatively small. But that small thing, when we obey, has spectacular results.