In which the daisies have concentric circles…

by Craig on July 14, 2011

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And so…

After a one-day diversion from the daisy field for some sleep deprived, and semi-delirious thoughts on humility – I get back to picking daisies from the Bible.

If you’re new to this study of biblical daisies,
in order for any of this to make sense,
you’ll need to read this first.

You’ll heart the “biblical daisies”!!

So…

all the rest of the daisies in the Bible will come from the letters – the “epistles”.

And taking verses from the “letters” requires special attention to context.

Here’s the deal…

Context is like ripples…

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all those concentric circles…

To make sure nothing gets taken out of context – which is something we all do – me too – every daisy that I pick from the letters is going to have four concentric circles of context…

There’s the context of the letter itself within the Bible

and what was written about just prior to the section that includes the daisy…

and what’s about to be written…

and finally, the context of the section that includes the daisy.

It’s so easy to take stuff out of context, and when we do, we can make the Bible say whatever we want. That’s a dreadful thing to do. Satan does that! So I want to be oh so careful.

And so…

The concentric circles of context for this daisy.

The big context: Paul is writing a letter to the church at Rome. He planned on visiting them. This letter was kind of a sum up of his doctrine, so that when he got there his words would precede him.

The smaller context: Paul just finished writing about God’s judgment on both those who don’t believe, and those who are counted among the church (us).

The upcoming context: How we are “justified” by faith apart from the law of Moses.

The immediate context: about how the law of Moses fits into God’s judgment.

And here’s the daisy verse, Romans 2:15 (with 14 thrown in for context):

For when the Gentiles who do not have the law [of Moses] by nature observe the prescriptions of the law [of Moses], they are a law for themselves even though they do not have the law [of Moses]. They show that the demands of the law [of Moses] are written in their hearts…

It’s a disguised yellow daisy in my translation (NAB). It’s disguised in the NIV and ISV too. But it’s a yellow daisy.

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It’s the Greek word…

ἔργον

pronounced like “air gone” – emphasis on the first syllable.
It’s the word for “works”…
in this case, the “works” of the law of Moses.

There will be a lot of yellow daisies in the bouquet picked from the “letters” part of the New Testament.

I think tomorrow I better stop and consider that…

and maybe consider why the translations “disguised” the word “works”…

and also explain why I added words to the biblical text…

did you notice I did that?

I better do some ‘splainin about that tomorrow too…

please come back.

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Cora July 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I love the ripples — the concentric circles. And four makes it easy to remember. You know, I sigh whenever anyone starts digging into Romans. I’ve been in church all my life, gone to Bible Studies, etc., but NOT ONCE has anyone tackled Romans. As a teenager, I memorized chapters of it for contests and prizes. Is there a “Romans for Dummies” out there???? This will be a first in my life — daisy picking my way through Romans. I did get the connection of the “law” being “works” or yellow daisies. I think by the time we are done with this, we will all have our daisies lined up like ducks in a row. Thank you for this, Craig!

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Craig July 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

there’s kind of a fifth ripple too – that’s taking a passage in light of all of Scripture. And if one is Catholic – there’s a sixth ripple – church tradition. I haven’t checked yet – but I suspect there are a lot of daisies in Paul’s writing – and the majority of them will be yellow – which is a far different ration than the Gospels and Acts – interesting. No? It will be an interesting way to look at the writing of Paul. God bless you Cora!

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Debbie July 16, 2011 at 2:19 am

Thank you for being so careful with this, for Him and for us. :)

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Craig July 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

thank you Debbie – just thank you – and God bless. And then another 10 min. I’ll be praying for you.Yay!! ƪ(◠‿◠)╯

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A. August 1, 2011 at 11:15 am

Craig, because I am so weary, in my spirit, mostly, I am all the more amazed that you show up each and every day, except your much deserved weekends off, to share with us and to work so hard on our behalf. so i am praying for you for strength and mind for your tasks. praying Father will continue to watch over you and bless you as we know He will and already does.

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