The past few weeks we considered the context of scripture. The Primary Context involves determining things like the use of words in the context and application of that context. The Expanded Context requires us to ask questions of the paragraph we are studying. As we pull our focus out beyond the Primary and Expanded context we notice the Book Context.
An easy way to find the Book Context (if you can spare an hour and fifteen minutes) is to read the book of Mark in its entirety in one sitting. The book can be broken down into four sections or acts.
Preparations (Chapter 1)
Conflict (Chapter 2-13)
Tragedy (Chapter 14-15)
Triumph (Chapter 16)
Only reading part of any book disconnects the reader with the rest of the message of that book. The same is true with the word of God. So many times we hear verses that are pulled out of context to support a various point or doctrine. When we go back and investigate the verse we notice that time, people and writers were disregarded. All books of the Bible were written by a specific person to a specific people at a specific time. We must always keep this in mind.
Next week we will continue to look at the Book Context (Part 2) regarding important structural concerns.