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Rightly Dividing The Word

January 10, 2006

I couldn’t find the simple, pure, {true} version of how to see dispensations/ ages in the bible. This one is way more complicated than the one I grew up with. The one that I learned. It went like this:

Patriarchal Age — Mosaical Age — Prophetical Age — New Testament Age

That meant that God spoke in the first age to the heads of families (Men) directly and then things changed and he spoke through Moses (I guess Joshua falls in here) and then God spoke through Prophets and then He spoke through the written word (New Testament).

Well I would say that there IS something wrong with this view. Several somethings.

Just as the last poster, this is a modern construct. A attempt to understand things in a rational (after all God’s is rational) way. This is an attempt to see the system, look under the hood and understand how it all fits together.

Before I get into what I see as the problems of this model, All you Bible Bowl champions give your examples of exceptions to this model, where God spoke in other ways (wrong ways) during particular times.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2006 3:57 pm

    I’m not playing this time.

  2. January 10, 2006 4:26 pm

    You know I’m smiling, right?

  3. January 10, 2006 7:29 pm

    Dispensations–that brings back memories.

  4. January 10, 2006 9:29 pm

    He was prophetic (out-of-sequence) a whole lot during the first two ages, not to mention the fourth. That whole eschatology/Revelation thing; you know.

    He continued to issue directives, if not laws, through the prophets – even a few through His Son – long past the Mosaic age.

    All four gospels take place before what most would call the “New Testament Age” because the covenant was not cut until Christ lent His body and blood to it (or so we were taught).

    Frankly, if God says something’s going to happen, it’s pretty much the same as if it has already happened. Eternity – like Narnia – seems to operate in a central non-standard time zone.

  5. January 11, 2006 8:29 am

    Exceptions to the model?

    (1) God spoke to both men and women all along, throughout the Bible, in DREAMS.

    (For example, Joseph in prison in Egypt. See also I Kings 3, where God appeared to and spoke to young King Solomon through a “dream” in which He told Solomon He would give him whatever he asked, and he asked for wisdom. There are many others if you get a concordance and look up “dreams.”)

    (2) God spoke all along to both men and women through his ANGELS.

    (Both Joseph & Mary, for example.)

    (3) God used ANIMALS on occasion.

    (Remember Balaam’s talking donkey?)

    (4) God spoke through His Son – JESUS CHRIST in numerous ways.

    (5) God spoke and still speaks to us through His HOLY SPIRIT.

    (There are numerous examples of this given by Jesus concerning what was to come and then in Acts and the letters of the New Testament.)

    (6) God spoke through MIRACULOUS happenings and events.

    There are probably other ways, but I’ll have to think a little bit more about it.

    Interesting post. I’m looking forward to more discussion on it.

  6. January 12, 2006 10:23 pm

    The only thing I remember from Bible Bowl is that the kids from Henderson, TN always kicked our Paris, TN butts.

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