Layers of Meaning in Scripture Posted on September 23, 2016 by Elizabeth To hear my blog post read aloud, just click the play button. If you’re reading this in an email, you may have to click here to hear the post on my site. http://madesacred.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Layers-of-Meaning-in-Scripture.mp3 I am often astonished at the beauty of Scripture. Not only astonished at the beauty of individual books or passages, although that happens too. What often takes me aback is the elegance of how the entire Bible fits seamlessly together, flowing in and out of itself like a river flowing into the sea. The Old Testament points toward the New Testament, while the New Testament points back to the Old as well as forward into the future. There are layers of meaning to everything – the personal inside the theological inside the historical – and every layer is truth. Everything that Jesus said and did points back to what God did for Israel and forward to what He was going to do for all the nations. Exquisite. Look at the Crucifixion. It was certainly historical and political. It happened to one man in one place on earth at one particular time, a man caught between two powers struggling for supremacy. It was theological. When Jesus died, He took upon Himself the sins of the world to atone for them once and for all. It was personal. Jesus paying the penalty for your own sins is about as personal as it can get. Look at the meeting between Jesus and the disciples after the resurrection. The one after the disciples had been out fishing and Jesus called them to shore for breakfast. Jesus spoke to Peter and told him, If you love Me, then feed My sheep. That is a very personal calling. A calling which is nestled inside of the layer of Jesus as the Passover Lamb and all of the theological meanings implied therein. The theological meanings that are nestled inside the first Passover and Israel overthrowing Egypt in their escape through the Red Sea and all the historical and political pieces of those events. Personal meaning burrowed inside theological meaning burrowed inside historical meaning. You see? Go look for it. Find it everywhere and be astonished. See the Word as beautiful.