R-3 Relate, R-4 Record, and Summary

R-3 Relate

Definition:

The Noah Plan© defines the word relate as follows: “To tell or recite; to apply fact and truth to life and knowledge (p22).”   In terms of the Four R’s, it is logical for R-3, Relate to follow R-2, Reason.  In R-2 we find answers, the next step is to apply those answers in our lives.

The Webster’s II New College Dictionary lists several definitions tor the various uses of the word “Relate”.  For R-3 purposes, the Webster’s definitions that are helpful include:

  • “To tell or narrate.”
  • “To bring into logical or natural association.”
  • “To have connection relation, or reference.”

For of this series, relate will be defined as:

Relate: To tell logically explain how Biblical truth applies to the world and times in which the student lives.  This results in a Biblical worldview.  After relating truth generally, the Christian should develop personal convictions and personal applications.

Being able to relate Biblical truth well depends on the effectiveness of the student’s research (R-1) and ability to reason (R-2) through issues.

Some significant verses that explain and demonstrate the relation between Biblical truth and the world and times include:

  • “And of the children of Issachar, which were men of understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; … (I Chronicles 12:32).”
  • “And that knowing the time, that now it high time to awake out of sleep: … (Romans 3:11)”
  • “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).”
  • “Walk in wisdom to those who are with-out, redeeming the time (Colossians 4:5).”
  • “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter days some shall depart from the faith… (I Timothy 4:1).”
  • “Know this also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (II Timothy 3:1).”
  • “How that they told you that should be mockers in the last time … (Jude 18).”

 There are many opportunities to relate Biblical truth to a Biblical world view.  Significant components of a Biblical begin in Genesis and are expanded throughout scripture.  Here are some components of a Biblical worldview that are rooted in Genesis:

God: God is the first cause and is the ultimate answer to all the questions of humankind.   God’s ultimate form of communication is speaking clearly.  God communicates by speaking and can speak reality into existence. God orders His creation.  God created the heavens and earth in the time frame of six days of ordinary length. God, the Holy Spirit was active in the creation process.  God has a singular and a plural nature.  God blessed both animals and humankind.

Creation: Creation centered on the earth. Creation was good.  The dominion mandate authorizes humankind to manage creation and to subdue it.  The implications are that this management will result in a productive garden.  The Dominion Mandate is the basis for human government and human learning.

Humankind: God created humankind, both men and women, in His likeness. Humankind has a singular a plural nature.  Man and woman are singular but when joined in marriage become one flesh.  Biblical marriage is between one man and one woman.  Humankind was given the Dominion Mandate by God.  Humankind has been given the Dominion Mandate.  The diet of humankind was initially restricted to plant material.

Biology: God’s initial classification of all living things is according to “Kind.”  The distinguishing mark of a “Kind” is its ability to reproduce after its “Kind.”

Astronomy:  The earth was created before the sun, moon or stars.

Geology: Gold is mentioned in Genesis 2.

A Biblical world view expands as the student continues to study the Bible.  Christian apologetics requires being able to explain the Bible in a worldly setting.

R-4 Record

Definition:

The Noah Plan© defines the word “record” as follows: “To write a regular, authentic, official copy for preservation of what was studied (p22).”   In terms of the Four R’s, it is logical for R-4, Record to follow R-3, Relate.  In R-3 we find develop a Biblical worldview, the next step is to record that Biblical worldview with all backup information.

Some significant verses that explain significance of recording include:

  • “And then the LORD said to Moses, Hew thee two tablets of stone like the first: and I will write upon these tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which thou brakest (Exodus 34:1).”
  • “…the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tablets of stone like unto the first…and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets…I turned and came down from the mount and put the tablets in the ark… (Deuteronomy 10:1-5).” – These words include the 4th commandment and the reason for it “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is within them is, and rested on the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it (Exodus 20:11).”
  • “… and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder (II Samuel 8:16).”
  • “… and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder (II Kings 18:18).”
  • “That a search may be made of the book of records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of records… (Ezra 4:15).”
  • “… and therein was a record thus written: (Ezra 6:2)
  • “… he commanded to bring the book of records … (Esther 6:2)”
  • “And I bought the field of Hanameel, my uncles son…and weighed him the money…So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which is sealed according to law and custom, and that which is open:” (Jeremiah 32:9-11)”
  • “And this is the record, that God hath given us eternal life and this life is in his Son. (I John 5:11).
  • “Who bear record of the word of God … (Revelation 1:2).”

The Webster’s II New College Dictionary lists several definitions tor the various uses of the word “Record”.  For R-3 purposes, the Webster’s definitions that are helpful include:

  • “To set down for preservation in writing or other permanent form.”
  • “To register.”
  • “To register in permanent form by electrical or mechanical means for reproduction.”

For of this series, relate will be defined as:

Record: To make a permanent reproducible record of a study.  Currently, this means an accessible computer file with a hardcopy backup.

Recoding for permanent record is very significant from a Biblical perspective.  God demonstrates this in the Ten Commandments which written in stone by God Himself. The Ten Commandments were then stored in a safe and holy place, the ark of the covenant.  Record keeping is an important function of government, even self-government.  The passage in Jeremiah shows a real estate transaction accomplished by standard procedures.  These procedures are like those used today.  Rulers to read and check past actions.  Finally, the Bible is God’s the record of God’s covenant with humankind.

Summary:

The Noah Plan ® “Four-R’s” provides a good frame work for self-directed study of any subject. The student’s first step is R-1, Research.  In research, the student acquires knowledge.  This knowledge is then organized into timelines, glossaries, and lists of contributors.  The student’s second step is R-2, Reason.  In reasoning, the student works through the issues of “why.”  This results an understanding of why things are the way that they are.  The student’s third step is R-3, Relate.  In relating, the student develops a Christian world view.  The student’s fourth step is R-4, Record.  In recording, the student develops finalized records of their work.  These records should be stored in a safe place yet be easily accessible.

The “Four-R” approach may be used to study any subject.  This approach is particularly recommended for the study of creation.