Monday, March 20, 2006

I Answer Part 2 -- Can This Person Even Read?

Now for the second question and I must admit that I am a bit perplexed, not by what the prophecy is about but how in the world did our questioner ever come to the conclusion he came to.

Our questioner said "Prophet Isaiah peace be upon him prophesied that two leaders whom he called "Chariot" would come -- one riding a donkey, and another riding a camel:

"And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed: (From the King James Version Bible, Isaiah 21:7)"

When I read Isaiah 21:7 I read this.

And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:

I suppose it is possible to read this differently, but I read that he saw 4 people there, (2 horsemen, a chariot of asses and a chariot of camels - as horsemen and chariots are two completely different things.) But he proceeds to say quote John 12: 14 which says "And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon as it is written". He then claims that the "as it is written" points back Isaiah 21:7 but our challenger apparently did not bother to read the next verse (John 21:15) which says "Fear not daugher of Sion; behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt." which is a somewhat paraphrased quote from Zechariah 9:9 (Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion,shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy King cometh unto thee; he is just and having salvation; lowly, riding upon an ass and upon the foal of an ass.) Apparently our challenger did not expect us to read the next verse. He associated the fulfilled prophecy with the wrong verse.

As far as his question goes, he wants to know if Jesus came on a donkey, which religious leader came on a camel in fulfillment of Isaiah 21:7 and I respond that verse he points to had nothing to do with Jesus riding a donkey, but rather, if you read the context -- always read the context - basic rule of Biblical Hermeneutics -- that verse points to an army on horses, asses and camels (ie the Medians and Elamites - named earlier in Isaiah 21) attacking Babylon. It is a totally senseless question that would not be even asked if he would have read both verses in full context.

Which religious leader came on a camel to fulfill prophecy? Simple -- There is no such prophecy. This is not even a strawman; it is simply absurd. Second question answered by context.


Blogger armed_and_christian said...

The first rule of Hermeneutics: A text without a context is a pretext.

I followed the link you told me about,but the site was just too disturbing.

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