November 2022
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In this month's newsletter you will find:

  • Four Presuppositions
  • Geerhardus Vos
  • Starvation Dieting
  • A Donkey, an Elephant, and a Lamb
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From the Pastor's Study

Hello Saints,

This month we will continue to examine what it takes to properly understand the Word of God. After all, if we cannot properly understand God’s Word, we certainly won’t be able to properly apply God’s Word to our lives. Last month we dealt with preunderstanding. Many times, preunderstanding is confused with or substituted for presuppositions. Our preunderstanding might change as we read the text and then shape our thinking, and our understanding, to conform to what the text is teaching. Our presuppositions should not change once they have been correctly established.

No one approaches any topic with total objectivity. That is simply not possible. When we approach the Scriptures we are coming to them with some presuppositions. Those presuppositions are either true or false. Once we have established true presuppositions, they should not change.

This month I want to very briefly examine the four major presuppositions that we must have in order to approach the Scriptures rightly.
  1. The Bible is the very Word of God. We must come to the Scriptures believing that the words that we are reading are the very Words of God. God used and worked through men to write it, however, Scripture is nonetheless the very Word of God.
  2. The Bible is trustworthy and true.
  3. God has entered into human history (that He creates and controls); thus the supernatural does occur.
  4. The Bible is not contradictory; it is unified, yet diverse. God is obviously bigger than us, therefore His Word is not always easy to understand. There is mystery and tension found in the Word of God.1

These are four presuppositions that we must grasp on to as we enter into our study of the Scriptures. We cannot correctly understand God’s Word apart from these presuppositions. When we study the Word of God, we are seeking much more than just a list of facts and head knowledge. We are seeking to hear from the God of all creation and conform our lives into what He is calling us to be. We want our objectivity to be immersed in the right presuppositions. When we objectively cling on to the correct presuppositions, it prevents our preunderstandings, our culture, our familiarity, and/or our laziness from getting in the way of what God intends for us to learn and know from the text.

So as you regularly dive into the Word of God, make sure that you are entering into your study time with the correct presuppositions necessary to rightly divide the Word of God!

Forever In His Grip,
Pr. Shon

1Duvall, Scott J, Hays, Daniel J. Grasping God’s Word 2nd Edition (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1 2005), 95.

Trustworthy Teachers, Preachers, and Authors


Geerhardus Vos
Name:  Geerhardus Johannes Vos

Birth-Death:  March 14, 1862 - August 13, 1949
Spouse:  Catherine Smith

Children: 4

Nationality:  Dutch

Geerhardus Vos was a Dutch-American theologian.  He is sometimes called the father of Reformed Biblical Theology.  Exceptionally talented, Vos earned his bachelor's degree in a single year at the age of 19 and was appointed by the Curatorium to be the instructional assistant to the president of the assembly.  During his second year, he was paid as a lecturer.  By the time he was 21, Vos had already mastered German, Dutch, Latin, French, English, Greek, and Hebrew.  He requested to enter Princeton Theological Seminary as a second-year student, and his senior paper was awarded the Hebrew fellowship prize.  He went on to receive his doctorate in Arabic Studies from Strassburg University.

  • Theologische School (later rename Calvin Theological Seminary), Grand Rapids, MI (1881-1883)
  • Princeton Theological Seminary (1883-1885)
  • University of Berlin (1885-1886)
  • University of Strassburg (1888)

Occupations/Professional Experience: 
  • Professor of Didactic and Exegetical Theology -- Theological School at Grand Rapids (1888-1892)
  • Professor of Biblical Theology -- Princeton Theological Seminary (1892-1932)
  • Author

Books:  A few of Vos's books are listed below.  There are also many that were published after his death.

  • The Idea of Biblical Theology as a Science and as a Theological Discipline: The Inauguration Of Rev. Geerhardus Vos, Ph.D., D.D., as Professor Of Biblical Theology. New York: A. D. F. Randolph. (1894)
  • The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God and the Church. New York: American Tract Society. (1903)
  • Grace and Glory: sermons preached in the chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformed Press. (1922)
  • The Self-Disclosure of Jesus: The Modern Debate about the Messianic Consciousness. New York: George H. Doran Co. (1926)
  • The Pauline Eschatology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. (1930)
  • Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments. Philadelphia, PA: Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church. (1934)
  • The Teaching of the Epistle to the Hebrews. Philadelphia, PA: Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church. (1944)

Quotes from Old Dead Guys

It is also true that we do not have an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of God. All our knowledge, even with regard to created things, is in part. This is even truer of God. We only know Him insofar as He reveals Himself, that is, has turned His being outwardly for us. God alone possesses ideal knowledge of Himself and of the whole world, since He pervades everything with His omniscience.

~Geerhardus Vos~

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Starvation Dieting

1.  Which of the four horsemen in Revelation spreads famine on the earth?
2.  Who moved with Naomi to Moab to escape famine?
3.  Who was food storage supervisor in Egypt when famine came?
4.  What nation was the victim of a seven-year famine during Elisha's ministry?
5.  Where did Abram go when famine struck?
6.  What New Testament prophet predicted a worldwide famine?
7.  Who went to live with the Philistines during a famine?
8.  What two plagues probably caused famine in Egypt?
9.  What king's reign saw a three-year famine that ended when Elijah said rain was coming?
10.  What figure in a parable found himself the victim of famine?
11.  What king endured famine because Saul had slain the Gibeonites?
12.  In the time of the judges, what marauders plundered so many crops and livestock that they probably caused famine in Israel?
13.  What Babylonian king caused famine in Jerusalem?
14.  Who sent his sons to Egypt because of famine in the land?

1.  The rider on the black horse (Revelation 6:5-6)
2.  Elimelech (Ruth 1:1-2) 
3.  Joseph (Genesis 41)
4.  Israel (2 Kings 8:1-2)
5.  Egypt (Genesis 12:10)
6.  Agabus (Acts 11:38)
7.  Isaac (genesis 26:1)
8.  Locusts and hail (Exodus 10:14-15)
9.  Ahab's (1 Kings 17:1; 18:44-45)
10.  The prodigal son (Luke 15:14)
11.  David (2 Samuel 21:1)
12.  The Midianites (Judges 6:3-6)
13.  Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 25:1-3)
14.  Jacob (Genesis 42:1-2)



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