As you read a passage of Scripture, it's helpful to stop and ask a few questions to make sure you have the gist of things. The old news reporter formula – Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? – is a great way to interrogate your text and get the details you need. Once you have the details, it's much easier to interpret the passage correctly. Last week we looked at using the first two questions- who and what. This week- where and when.
- Where are or will the events taking place?
Inside, outside, city, country, in a boat, at the temple, in Gentile country, in heaven…
- Are folks moving from place to place?
(For this one, you can even check your maps or a pictoral guide/Bible dictionary to help build a mental image.)
- When did OR when will the events occur?
- Is there are sequence of events?
Remember, these may not be specific times but a sequencing markers like we saw in the time markers post.
After these things
when the Chief Shepherd appears
(Speaking of when… Today is my husband's birthday! Have a great day, Jon! Love you!)