How to Study the Bible: The Importance of Context (Isaiah 43:18-19)

How to Study the Bible: The Importance of Context (Isaiah 43:18-19)
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    why in the world would God tell the people of Israel to stop commemorating
    the Exodus well the answer is in verse 19
    hey there welcome to equipt I'm Mario Escobedo your host this channel is all
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    we're gonna look at Isaiah chapter 43 verses 18 and 19 but before we do that I
    want to share a resource with you there's a link to it in the description
    of this video this is a book that I was made aware of many many years ago when I
    was in Bible School and it's how to read the Bible for all it's worth currently
    in its fourth edition by Gordon fee and Douglas Stewart fantastic resource for a
    tool I mean just for learning principles on how to study the Bible fee and
    Stewart they go a chapter by chapter just giving fantastic advice and
    principles on how to study the Bible I recommend this book if you haven't had a
    chance to read it or get your hands on it I recommend you do so again there are
    links in the description of this video where you can do that one of the things
    that fee and Stewart talked about quite a bit is the importance of reading a
    passage of scripture in its literary context how important that is because
    when we do that we unleash the power of a verse but we also were doing it
    responsibly we're doing biblical scholarship biblical study responsibly
    and I want to go to Isaiah chapter 43 verses 18 and 19 to see to see this in
    action to see a practical application of reading a verse in its context to see
    how the power of that verse is unleashed all right so I'm gonna be reading the
    ESV because I prefer this translation for this particular verse verses 18 and
    19 of Isaiah chapter 43 let me highlight that here says like this remember not
    the former things nor consider the things of old behold I'm doing a new
    thing now it springs forth don't you perceive it I'll make a way in the
    wilderness and rivers in the desert now those are beautiful verses both of those
    verses are really nice and typically when we've heard them talked about it's
    all about hate looking towards the future what God has
    you forget your past God has forgiven your past the past is in the past don't
    worry about that it's it's been forgiven it's been forgotten and and all of that
    is true all of that is beautiful but in it in its context isaiah 43:18 and 19
    really isn't talking about that it's not really talking about forgetting all the
    bad things you've done in the past let's look at the context to see the power and
    the beauty of these two verses look at verses 16 and 17 and this is this is
    what these verses say I'm having a little trouble highlighting here but
    this is what these verses say thus says the Lord who makes a way in the sea a
    path in the mighty Waters who brings forth chariot and horse army and warrior
    they lie down they cannot rise they're extinguished quenched like a wick right
    now in these two verses 16 and 17 what God is talking about here is the Exodus
    event when God liberated the people of Israel from Egypt brought them to the
    Red Sea parted the waters of the waters of the Red Sea they crossed on dry land
    Pharaohs army tried to chase them or pursue them and then the waters came
    back over them and drowned them that's what verses 16 and 17 are talking
    about and then we jump into verse 18 where it says now forget the former
    things or do not remember not the former things and and it's a it's important how
    the a ESV translate verse translates verse 18 it says remember not now this
    is the original language over here and what's remember not on the English side
    it's highlighted over here in grey on the Hebrew side all to screw now this is
    important to understand this and again this I'm just gonna do a brief little
    bit of Hebrew here this word tisca room means remember but it can also mean
    let's look at some some other alternatives here remember reflect on
    commemorate that's another another word that it can mean I prefer the ESV in
    this case because look at how the NIV translate this translators verse forget
    the former things in my opinion that's not a good translation that's not what
    this Hebrew word Altis karu means it means what we have here highlighted
    remember reflect on commemorate so that as sin
    what God is telling the people of Israel is stop commemorating remember not the
    former things but Altis guru stop commemorating stop focusing on stop
    reflecting on stop remembering the former things now again if we isolate
    this verse from its context we could just be talking about any old thing that
    happened in the past our annual thing in the old former thing but when we look at
    this verse in its context we realize that there is a very specific former
    thing that God is telling the people of Israel to stop remembering and it's what
    we just read in verses 16 and 17 what God described in 16 and 17 is the exodus
    event and so what God is telling the people of Israel when he says remember
    not the former things he's speaking very specifically because this is what the
    context informs us he's speaking very specifically about the exodus event he's
    telling the people of Israel stop commemorating stop reflecting on stop
    remembering the exodus event for the people of Israel the Exodus event was
    huge why in the world would God tell the people of Israel to stop commemorating
    the Exodus well the answer is in verse 19 right we already read the answer in
    verse 19 he says oh look I'm doing a new thing that it springs forth don't you
    perceive it I'm gonna make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert the
    reason God is telling the people of Israel to stop commemorating the Exodus
    is because he wants him to behold to perceive and to see the new thing that
    he's doing and because they were so busy commemorating the Exodus they couldn't
    see the new thing that God was doing they were so bent on reflecting on the
    Exodus and what God did for their ancestors in the past that they couldn't
    see that God wanted to do something for them in their present and and I think it
    was something like this I'm gonna interpret a little bit here that for the
    people of Israel in the time of Isaiah under this prophecy that they were
    saying man the height of God's power was the Exodus when he split the waters of
    the Red Sea I mean that God cannot top that I mean
    that is as high and as powerful as God can be and so they commemorate at that
    event to the point that they couldn't see that God was trying to tell them
    forget that because I'm doing something new something that might even rival or
    surpass what I did with your ancestors at the exodus event and for that reason
    you need to stop remembering commemorating reflecting on the exodus
    event so that you can perceive and understand the new thing that I'm doing
    now I don't want to sermon eyes I want to go back to the point that we're
    making here the beauty and the power of verses 18 and 19 are Unleashed when we
    read them and understand them in their context because all of a sudden stop
    remembering or remember not the former things doesn't only talk about the bad
    things in our past or just any general thing that happened formerly now it's
    talking even about God's miraculous interventions and even then God tells us
    forget that don't don't focus on that anymore
    don't commemorate that anymore because I'm doing something new now if I were to
    take this to the point of sharing this all right application I would tell the
    people look you need to focus on what God wants to do now yeah there are some
    bad things in the past that can keep you from moving forward and experiencing the
    new things God has for you but guess what
    sometimes we focus on the good things that God did in our past and that keeps
    us from moving forward as well because we say God could never heal me again
    like he did back then God could mat that time God provided for me and for my
    family I just don't know that God could do that
    again that was a one-time thing you're letting the good things of the past that
    God did for you keep you from perceiving and seeing the good things and the
    better things that God wants to do for you now now we only come to that
    interpretation and application when we read verses 18 and 19 in their context
    when we don't yank them out of their context and isolate them and say he's
    talking about the bad sins of the past forget about that because he's forgiven
    you no no he's even talking about the good
    stuff don't let that stuff hold you back but we only come to that interpretation
    or that concludes when we responsibly read verses 18 and
    19 in their context that's when the beauty that's when the power of these
    verses and any verse in Scripture really shined through when we read them in
    their context so that that's that's the whole thrust of this particular teaching
    of this video read any portion of scripture in its context because that's
    really where the power that impact the beauty of any verse even John 3:16 any
    verse the most familiar verses their beauty their power in their impact we
    find them in their context so take that and understand that it takes some work
    you know we need to work at that but when we look at the context of a verse
    we unleash the beauty the power and the impact of any verse in Scripture and
    again I'll refer you again to this resource how do we the Bible for all
    it's worth there's a link in the description where you can pick up that
    either as a Kindle version or as a paperback version fantastic advice and
    principles on how to study the Bible and again I would I would tell you take the
    time to read any passage of scripture in its context if you haven't done so yet
    and if you felt that this was adding value to you into your ministry consider
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    it for now god bless see you next time
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