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Reading the Whole Story

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How do you read the Bible? A little bit of this, a little bit of that? A verse here a verse there? Some folk slice and dice it – treat it like a piecemeal diet. What about you? Is your Bible reading just the bare necessities – a text with a blessed thought that’s easily digested in two-minutes?

Scripture should be read holistically. The Bible shouldn’t be reduced to a depository of spiritual truisms or selected nuggets we occasionally mine. When we read the Bible we must read texts in their contexts and stories within the framework of the grand Story. Why? Because the meaning of the texts and stories are accurately gleaned only when we read with a clear understanding of the larger context and themes of the books and Bible as a whole.

God speaks to us through His Word. When texts or stories are read in isolation they can be interpreted with meaning they were never meant to convey. God wants us to know truth. When we de-contextualize Scripture or read passages divorced from the overarching narrative we may miss out on what God is really saying. So let’s make sure we don’t short circuit the process of God speaking to us – let’s read the whole Story.

© Scripture Union Canada 2013

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One thought on “Reading the Whole Story

  1. Hello,
    Your post today pricked my conscious. I enjoy sharing verses within the public group that I am a member of; however, it is required to keep what is shared relatively short because members may not read it. I pick and choose verses with a theme I am chewing on in a given week. I do read the Bible chapter by chapter to digest the context. I don’t want to short circuit the Lord’s speaking. Do you have any suggestions as to how this can be avoided, without misleading or missing out on the message the Lord is truly trying to convey? While writing this I may have answered my own question. But I would like your input.

    God bless

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