In ancient Israel, watchmen were tasked with guarding Jerusalem’s gates. When Isaiah and Jeremiah spoke of them, however, they did so metaphorically - as those who guarded and sought Israel’s understanding of God’s voice.
Catapulting to today’s world this charge remains: How do we hear and interpret God’s written word? This challenge, to read and discern, is broadly focused by two strands within Christianity. There are those who rely primarily on a literal rendering of the Bible (surface level meaning), contrasted to those who view the Bible’s text more metaphorically, as a symbolic pathway to that truth.
The mission of Watchman Calls is to respond to this discussion. At heart is the question, How is the Bible to be read and interpreted? What strategy does a believer use when reading Scripture?
This question calls readers to recognize the Bible's literary environment and value its significance when constructing meaning.
Photo: The Watchman, in Zion National Park, Utah. Courtesy and with permission of Andy Cook, “Autumn Watchman;” visit www.RockyMtnRefl.com .