This is an ongoing series of meditations on faith, in response to readings from the articles that preface The Oxford Study Bible.
I will trust the reader to dig up the context if the meaning is unclear.
It seems that so much of biblical interpretation in the early church was an attempt by Christians to find themselves in the Hebrew Bible: to prove it a mirror in which their reflection was clear, a prophecy of self. A validation of their belonging.
What does a relationship with this text look like if that's not what you're after?
Do you still belong if you allow it to be only itself?
Can you have a friendship with someone and let them have their own life? Must you continue to tell them that only in becoming your friend have they consummated their identity in this world?
I'm interested in a friendship of freedom.