READING IN CONTEXT // PROPER BIBLE OBSERVATION
The Bible is God’s Word – One Book containing 66 smaller books. These books were not originally written with “verse or chapter numbers.” This tells us that there are connecting truths and themes based on a larger context.
Context refers to reading, studying, and meditating on overall themes and truths in the Bible. We shouldn’t just read the Bible in sentences or even paragraphs. If we are short on time and read a few verses, paragraphs or a chapter, we should realize there is a larger context or storyline. Thus we need to be careful not to make quick, unwise conclusions of single verses or paragraphs, without considering the context of the chapters or book.
The Bible is the story first and primarily about God, who He is as the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. His nature, character, will and ways are described in the Bible.
I say the Bible is not primarily about me or us as mankind, but of course God includes us in His story of redemption or salvation. He does teach us how to live, for Him on this earth, connected to His eternal plans and purposes.
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