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Context. What does it mean? And why is it important when reading the Bible.
Context is basically the world and the words that surround the text. This is where we look at where it took place, the historical circumstances that it reflects and addresses and how it sheds light on the passage you are reading. It is important when looking at context to see how the passage before and after shed light on the current passages meaning. In a more broader sense, how does the book I’m reading fit and flow into the Old and New Testaments? And at what point in the salvation story does this book I’m reading come into play – before or after? (Word Filled Women Workshop, 2017).
We are going to break this down a little at a time together.
Context can often be hard to find in certain passages but don’t lose heart. It plays a large role in how we read and understand the passage we are reading and also in the gospel story itself.
Let’s Take a Look at Ruth:
1. For context, what time period is Ruth taking place? What is going on in the land (hint: this plays a large part in the whole story)?
2. How does each chapter of Ruth fit into the story itself? For example – Chapter 1 is an intro to where Ruth is from and where she comes into the scene of the story and the circumstances that led to Naomi and her meeting.
3. Your turn. What do you think about Chapter 2 – how does it relate to passage 1 and 3? Keep going for passage 3 same how does it relate to the story and the chapters before and after it? What about Chapter 4?
4. How do you think the book of Ruth as a whole, fits into the Bible’s story line of redemption? (If you look back at some of the live videos, I have mentioned this)
I hope that you don’t struggle too much but if you do please leave a comment below and I can help you along. Also, feel free to come join the Learning Grace Thru Motherhood Facebook page and see some live videos to help you along.