What is a cruciform hermeneutic? A hermeneutic is the lens through which we interpret and apply Scripture. And cruciform means something is shaped like the cross. So, what would it look like to let the cross of Jesus be the lens through which we interpret and apply Scripture? That is the question Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss in this Bible study.
In order to explain the cruciform hermeneutic, Wes and Travis first discuss Matthew 12:1-8. They discuss how the Pharisees in the time of Jesus had a poor hermeneutic. Their poor hermeneutic caused them to condemn the guiltless. They condemned the apostles for picking grain and eventually condemned Jesus to be crucified.
Next, Wes and Travis discuss two passages from the prophets that should have formed the Jewish hermeneutic, Hosea 6:4-6 and Micah 6:6-8. Unfortunately, the Pharisees did not correctly integrate the principles of these passages into their hermeneutic. This is why, although they read the Scriptures, they did not really know the Scriptures.
Finally, Wes and Travis discuss what Hebrews 1:1-3 can teach us about how to understand the entirety of Scripture. If Jesus really is the “exact imprint of God’s nature,” how should we read the Old Testament? Specifically, how should we read the parts of the Old Testament where God seems harsh or even strikes people dead? The Bible Study Podcast will be taking a break for a couple of months.