When you’re studying the Bible, look for what I call The Ripple Effect.
In previous posts I’ve talked about the fact that the Bible is not written for the purpose of giving us a lovely little collection of historical events or stories about God. 
Instead, the Bible was written, and given to us, so that we could know God and understand the one big story: God redeeming man back to Himself.
The Bible’s message is cohesive and ripples throughout the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.
J. I. Packer states this quite nicely, so I’m just going to borrow his words:
“Every text has its immediate context in the passage from which it comes, its broader context in the book to which it belongs, and its ultimate context in the Bible as a whole; and it needs to be rightly related to each of these contexts if its character, scope and significance is to be adequately understood.” ~ J.I. Packer (“The Interpretation of Scripture” )
Let me demonstrate by following one ripple out. [Read more…]