Don’t Fear the Reaper, Mrs. Robinson

When Simon and Garfunkel penned the words, “we’d like to know a little bit about you for our files…,” a host of interpretations presented themselves as to what these authors were referring to. Search it for yourself… it’s interesting.

Blue Oyster Cult’s “…seasons don’t fear the reaper” likewise brought about another rash of opinions regarding the band’s intention. As a matter of fact, there are websites totally devoted to finding author’s meanings in their songs. Once again… look it up, you’ll be amused to say the least.

While speculation is challenging and sometimes fun, odds are pretty good that the authors themselves had something particular in mind when they penned their words. So what would be the most accurate means of determining their message? Possibly… ask them? For those who like fancy language, we would call this authorial intent (I’m sure that made your day brighter).

Could we make the same claim about the Bible? Getting really good at repeating myself… check it out. There are a gazillion different interpretations regarding a mass number of passages, and especially when approaching texts like the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew.

This chapter is known as the Olivet Discourse, a time when Jesus shared with His disciples some very difficult thoughts regarding the Temple, trials and tribulation, and His return. There are a multitude of viewpoints stemming from this chapter alone.

When the disciples asked the question, ‘when?,’ what exactly was going through their minds? What did they want to know? Did Jesus give them an answer they could expect to see in their lifetimes? Was He passing along information that would not see fulfillment until thousands of years later?

Can we know these things? After all, we can’t very well go ask the New Testament authors what they meant… can we?

Many would say rightly that the author of all Scripture is the Holy Spirit. Him… we should be able to ask. Right? He is available, isn’t He?

(Lord willing, more to follow. Until then, ‘Joltin Joe has left and gone away.’) 

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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14 Responses to Don’t Fear the Reaper, Mrs. Robinson

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  2. Scott Sholar says:

    Thanks for sharing, and God bless you.

  3. wdednh says:

    Reblogged this on YOU DECIDE.

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  5. granbee says:

    Following your wonderful advice and seeking these truths through listening to that still,small voice of the Holy Spirit, M and T!

  6. jelillie says:

    When all is said and done there are things we have to admit we don’t understand from the word of God. That said the central doctrines of the story are pretty clear and not open to interpretation at all. Man sinned. God sent His Son. The son died as a sacrifice for sin. We have the option of accepting the sacrifice as covering for our sin or rejecting it and paying the penalty ourselves. As long as we’ve got those truths the other things will get sorted out when we get to Heaven! I think everyone will be scratching their heads at some point and saying “So I totally got that wrong!”

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  8. We cannot doubt there are disputed passages in Scripture, with the two mentioned by Clark near the top of the list. Neither can we doubt the inspiration and infallibility of the Scriptures. These passages were meant to be there and 2 Timothy 3:16 holds true.

    Since we cannot doubt the Scriptures, it means we have to doubt some interpretations offered by man. Since man also offers highly objectional interpretations of such things as the virgin birth, and since God has proven Himself to be totally reliable in ALL things, I know Who I will choose to believe.

    I know what I believe about those disputed verses, and while I remain open to sensible, God-honouring alternative thoughts, I am satisfied.

    • mtsweat says:

      Amen, good friend! Let God be true… I agree with your resolution. We must come to a knowledge of what we believe, but be open to sensible, God honoring thoughts. Said well! Thanks and God bless.

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  10. Clark Bunch says:

    An obscure reference in 1 Peter still has Christians arguing over whether Christ “descended into hell” after the crucifixion. The flood story mentions the sons and God and the daughters of man. There are a couple of passages that make life hard for Bible teachers that could be left out without changing the gist of the story, you know. And explaining they’re “subject to interpretation” opens a whole other can of worms. Once you go down that road everything becomes subject to interpretation and some would claim the Bible could be saying absolutely anything. There is plenty in scripture that bears the weight of careful scrutiny because it is repeated in more than one place by more than one author. In many cases the Bible verifies itself.

    Also, I will now have “Don’t Fear the Reaper” stuck in my head all day. Thanks for that 😉

    • mtsweat says:

      Great comments Clark. Crickets seem to be chirping around here! Maybe the S & G or BOC intro was a bit much. I guess my concern regarding disputed passages like this one is whether we quit trying to know the truth because it can’t be known… or is there just too many opinions, and therefore we abandon trying. Will future generations do the same thing regarding the virgin birth, the resurrection of Christ, or maybe the fact that Jesus is the only Way? It seems, if God chose to give us these words, we should diligently seek to understand them. Thanks friend, and God bless.

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