Well done.<quoted text>I truly do appreciate your input, WasteWater. Just maybe, you'll encourage others to, maybe, not agree with my assertions, but examine the scriptures more thoroughly and either, examine, or re-examine, what they've learned, at least.
Personally, I believe that a one of the issues is that people tend to overlook some key necessities. One that I feel is most vital is speaker-audience relevance. Another is intention. And another is context according to content. Case in point, John 3:16 is one of the most popular verses in the whole bible. But, are people interpreting the verse correctly?
"For God so loved the WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (HINT: Remember my emphases.)
To understand this verse, we have to begin a few verses back. As we read John 3, we read that our anointed Savior's discussion with Nicodemus. Verses 14 and 15 has our anointed Savior saying, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." Our anointed Savior was referring to history, recorded in Numbers 21. In Numbers 21, it's recorded that Israel began to speak against "God". Because of this and as it's written, "..Yahoweh sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died." The people repented. To alleviate the problem and as it's written, Father said, "Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live." Moses obeyed. Verse 9 says, "And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."
Now, who was afflicted according to Numbers 21? Again, "..and much people of Israel died."
So, who was our anointed Savior referring to when he mentioned the account at Numbers 21?
Would I be wrong for reiterating John 3:14-15 to read as such?
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness [for Israel], even so must the Son of man be lifted up [for Israel]: That WHOSOEVER [of Israel that] believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."
Does not Acts 5:30-31 agree? This says, "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.... for to give repentance TO ISRAEL, and forgiveness of sins." Is it not written, "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save HIS PEOPLE from their sins (Matt 1:20-21)"? Do these not coincide with my assertions, as odd as they may seem? But, where's the confusion?
The confusion, at John 3:16, is in the term "world". Because the term "world" is present, people automatically apply the most broadest definition possible. But, is this accurate? Consider the following, please and if you will.
Isaiah 45:17 says, "But ISRAEL shall be saved in Yahoweh with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded WORLD without end.
Did not Father call Israel a "world"?
And what of the term "whosoever"?
Joel 2:32 says, "And it shall come to pass, that WHOSOEVER shall call on the name of Yahoweh shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahoweh hath said, and in the remnant whom Yahoweh shall call."
Now, are my assertions that erroneous? I'd appreciate your input, WasteWater.
Until next time...
Are you familiar with inverted parallel sturcture (chiasm)? John is written this way. It is a teaching story. Many of the Psalms share this structure also.