Here’s one example of how the English translation of the Bible has allowed some to horribly misinterpret certain passages. In Exodus 15:26 it says, if you obey my commands, “I will put none of these diseases upon you…” This leaves us with the assumption that God WILL put diseases upon us if we disobey. First of all, we’re not in that covenant with God. But more importantly, that presentation completely misrepresents His true and unchanging nature.
If you read it in the Hebrew, it takes a slightly different perspective, which happens to make a huge difference. Dr. Robert Young, the author of Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible says in his book, Hints and Helps to Bible Interpretation, that this scripture more accurately reads:
“I will permit to be put upon thee none of these diseases which I permitted to be brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”
THAT represents His unchanging nature! He is the Lord God our healer all the time, just as Jesus presented through His life, teaching, and example of ministry.
If you do not view scriptures in the Old Covenant through the lens of Christ, you will misinterpret them.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for eighteen years, and is the proud father of two boys.