I have just finished reading Eugene Peterson’s book; “Eat this Book” In the reading of this book there were times I was really encouraged, there were a few times I was a little bored and there were a few times I felt the knife of the Lord cutting away the dead flesh of my heart as I was rebuked.
One of the areas of faith that I was encouraged the most; was in how I went about reading the Bible. For Peterson, the Bible isn’t a book that we are to know; rather the Bible is a book we are supposed to live.
How often do we hear people talk about the hypocrisy of Christians and the Church? We read, hear and perhaps even see Christians willing to talk the talk… but perhaps not so readily being willing to walk the walk?
I know there are many who like the Message Bible. There are many who don’t. And there are many who have never read it, nor intend to do so for various reasons; some of those reasons being based on its heretical paraphrase nature.
I have been spending time the last few weeks working through the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew. In regards to the topic of paraphrases; it struck me from Matthew 7 :12…
So in every thing, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets.
Jesus himself was and is the master of the paraphrase and that is exactly what the Sermon on the Mount is; its a paraphrase of the Old Testament.