Five of us left JBC this morning at 3:00 am for the airport where we boarded a plane for Los Angeles and then after a two hour layover we boarded another plane to Cabo San Lucas and then a three hour car ride to La Paz where I sit now in a motel writing this blog at 9:30 pm. Tomorrow morning we get up at 5:30 am, eat breakfast at 6:00 am and then leave to go fishing all day in the sea of Cortez which is on the East side of Baja. We will be fishing for Dorado, Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Pargo, Bonita, and a variety of bottom fish. My goal is to bring a hundred pounds of an assortment of frozen fish back with me on the airplane. I am thinking that will be an easy goal to meet from what I see on the videos of fishing in this place, but we will see. I have had similar goals in the past and caught nothing, that is fishing, and I love it, good days and bad.
In the Gospel of Luke Jesus asked Peter how fishing was, and he responded by saying, “ we fished all night, we fished hard, and caught nothing.” Jesus said, “go back out and try again,” they did and caught so many fish their nets began to tear. I don’t think that is a norm for fishing that I can claim for myself, even though I am a Pastor. It would be really cool if I could claim that blessing for myself, I really would be the greatest fisherman in the world.
I am going to start teaching a “Doctrine and Theology” class on October 18th from 9:15 to 10:15 am, between the two Sunday morning services at JBC. Last year I taught on the Trinity, Creation and Evolution, and on Hermeneutics. This year I am going to teach on Eschatology or prophecy because of the times we are living in. As you study the various theological topics you discover that there are a lot of different interpretations of the Bible and many different views. The main reason for the great variety is because of the poor job that people do in hermeneutics, that is in deciding what the author of any given book in the Bible meant when he wrote what he did. There are principles or rules of hermeneutics that must be followed if a proper understanding of a particular passage of scripture is to be arrived at. A basic rule is, “there is one, and only one interpretation of any given passage of the Bible, and it has to do with the people that the passage was originally written to.” We, you and I, make applications of the primary interpretation to our own life, but only after we discover the one, true interpretation. God told Adam and Eve that they could eat from any tree in the garden except one. So is there a tree in my life that I shouldn’t eat from? What is the application to our life from that event in the Bible. The application I have made is, “When God gives a clear command, don’t break it, otherwise there will be serious consequences both for yourself and possibly for many others in your life.”
I invite you to join me in my class as we talk about the Tribulation, the rapture, the second coming, the anti-Christ, the Kingdom, and a bunch more information about the coming days that you will find very interesting.