Summary: A lesson in Hermeneutics relating to Ecclesiastes and other texts.
TYPE OF STATEMENTS IN THE BIBLE PART 3
IV. STATEMENTS IN WHICH SOMETHING IS EXPRESSED IN ABSOLUTE TERMS BUT IS MEANT TO BE UNDERSTOOD IN RELATIVE TERMS
(1 Sam 15:22 NIV) But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
(1 Sam 15:23 NIV) For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king."
(Psa 51:16 NIV) You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
(Psa 51:17 NIV) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
(Hosea 6:6 NIV) For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
(1 Cor 1:17 NIV) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel??not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
(John 15:16 NIV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit??fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
(Deu 5:2 NIV) The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb.
(Deu 5:3 NIV) It was not with our fathers that the LORD made this covenant, but with us, with all of us who are alive here today.
(Jer 7:22 NIV) For when I brought your forefathers out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices,
(Jer 7:23 NIV) but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you.
(1 Cor 9:9 NIV) For it is written in the Law of Moses: "Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." Is it about oxen that God is concerned?
(1 Cor 9:10 NIV) Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because when the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest.
(Phil 2:4 NIV) Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
(1 John 3:18 NIV) Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
(1 Pet 3:3 NIV) Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.
(1 Pet 3:4 NIV) Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
(Luke 14:26 NIV) "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters??yes, even his own life??he cannot be my disciple.
(Eph 5:25 NIV) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Conclusion from above two passages:
A person must so love Jesus Christ that, when his love for other human beings is compared to his love for Christ, his love for other human beings will seem like hate.
(Rom 9:13 NIV) Just as it is written: "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."
(Exo 16:2 NIV) In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
(Exo 16:8 NIV) Moses also said, "You will know that it was the LORD when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the LORD."
(2 Sam 12:7 NIV) Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ’I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.
(2 Sam 12:8 NIV) I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.
(2 Sam 12:9 NIV) Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.