The Importance of Knowing to Whom a Scripture Passage Is Written
Many times we miss out on a fuller understanding of the Word of God because we do not stop to consider to whom a passage of Scripture is written.
- When preparing to teach a letter or a book or a chapter of the Bible, it is very important to know to whom the letter, the book, or the chapter is being written.
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians was obviously written to the church body located in Colossae. However, after careful reading, we also find that the letter was written to the church body at Laodicea.
Why is this type of information important?
- The destination of a letter directs us in seeking information about the culture of a particular group of people living during the time frame in which the letter was written.
Information contained within the letter may give clues as to the culture.
Secular history may also give additional needed information that can help us in understanding the mindset of the people who lived in the area.
Where did these people live?
In a large metropolitan area or in the wilderness? By the seaside or in the mountains?
What was the main occupation?
Fishing or farming, shepherding or trading in goods?
Was the location of political or religious or economic importance?
What major events may have happened there?
Were they a city-state governing themselves or were they part of a large empire?
How did they bury their dead?
These and many other questions may pop into one’s mind. Seeking the answers to these types of questions will contribute to the understanding of the Bible passages we choose to study.
What questions pop into your mind?
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Copyright 2017 by Peggy Clark