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.’)
- The Christian Rapture when does it occur (propheticseasons.wordpress.com)
- The Olivet Discourse and the Book of Revelation (thesimplewomansdaybook.com)
- Passion Week (D) Tuesday – Jesus and The Olivet Discourse (rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com)
- Faith Child – Unbelief (ptl2010.com)