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"We don't interpret the Bible" (2)

You did understand I was speaking of a Schwinn Jaguar bicycle right?

My point is that regardless of how you understood the word, you were interpreting it. If you assumed I was speaking of a car, then you probably weren’t even conscious of your interpretation. But to assume is still to interpret. So we do interpret the Bible because interpretation is part of the communicative process.

So where does this leave us?
Does this mean that anything goes (i.e., that one interpretation is a good as another?).
 
Jesus didn't think so.
 
Although it's true of all of the gospels, it seems that Matthew seems especially intent on presenting Jesus as the interpreter of Scripture.  A good portion of the Sermon on the Mount consists of Jesus correctly interpreting the Torah against the backdrop of popular erroneous understandings of His time.  You can see this especially in the places where He leads with "You have heard it said," or something similar (see 5:21,27,31 . . .).  
 
But most of Jesus taught that interpreting the Scripture is a relational act.  
 
When the Pharisees tested Him in regard to the greatest command of the Scripture, they were asking Jesus for His interpretation, His sense of understanding in regard to the Torah.  The answer He gave, "Love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind," (22:37), was a relational one.  He was saying that what God wanted was not just a part of us, but all of us.  He doesn't want us for just a certain day of the week, but all of the time.  He wants relationship with us.  Applying that to how we understand Scripture, doesn't it make sense that we should approach Scripture the same way we approach God --- to understand in a relational way (i.e., with all of our heart, soul, and mind)? 
 
Have you ever tried to carry on a conversation with a toddler?  It can be challenging, can't it?  Little ones are quite sure they have something to say and and they are determined that you understand it, but often that's not enough to complete the communication loop.  What is critical is a parent (especially a mother).  She can explain every sentence that you're clueless about because she knows her child.  I'm not suggesting that we are able to know God the way a mother knows her child, but I am saying we can know Him and that is the context for understanding His word.  
 
 
 
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