In this article we are continuing to examine lists in the Bible. More particularly, we are considering how best to interpret these lists. The previous two articles in this series are:
This time let’s take a look at The Lord’s Prayer as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. (Luke also gives an account in Luke 11:2-4). This prayer serves as a model given by the Lord to his disciples when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray.
This article and ones that spin off of this one are not the kind that I prefer to write. I love writing about the truths of who God is, how he reveals himself in his word, the gospel, and living out the these wonderful truths.
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During my days of hotel management, hotel guests often asked for my recommendation for local points of interest. These points could be things to do, attractions to see or places to eat. Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online for those on the Christian journey.
The most popular list in all of the Bible is undoubtedly The Ten Commandments. It is the original Top Ten list. So popular is this list that one might have difficulty recalling the list without picturing Charlton Heston in his theatrical role as Moses. The issue before us is one of interpreting this list.
Most people use lists. We use them to aid us in grocery shopping, to accomplish our daily tasks, and to work on projects. David Letterman made a name for himself on late night television by including a ten point list during each of his shows.
The Bible also uses lists to recount details, to catalogue bits of information, and to instruct us. Particularly with the instruction type of lists in the Bible, we discover a literary device that is often employed. By understanding this device, our learning and application of listed instructions will certainly be enhanced.