Straight-lining the Psalms?

14 Jun

How easy it is to ignore the context of the Bible passages. And it’s convenient too…

Watumishi wa Neno

When we look at New Testament letters, for example, many of us are quite familiar with the idea of ‘travelling to Corinth’.

Travelling to Corinth

That is we recognise that 1 Corinthians, for example, was a real letter written by a real man to real people living in a real place with real problems and questions that are being addressed. It is not a collection of spiritual truths floating around. It is not first and foremost about me or written to me (even though it is ultimately for me). What I need, if I am to really hear the riches of, e.g. 1 Corinthians 13, is to read the passage in the context of the whole letter and put myself in the shoes of the Corinthian believers hearing it read the first time, hearing it speaking into their context of division and pride and unlove. That’s when I start to feel the cutting edge…

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