The main rule for interpreting Scripture is a simple one.
- Where does the topic or conversation begin and end? It may be several chapters before or after your current passage.
- What prompted the topic? Was there a situation or a question?
- What type of book is the passage in? Prophecy that may have metaphors and symbols? A history book or a gospel narrative? Or a doctrinal epistle?
- Who is speaking? What is the occasion? Who is the audience?
Becoming aware of context is the first step. Next week we'll look at more context clues.