A Framework for Understanding Scriptures

Just as context is of paramount importance in properly understand scripture so to is the intended audience. In general we have two primary audiences to consider Israel and Messianic Gentiles.

Consider this as a framework (subject to modification) by which and through which we would examine, interpret, understand, and apply scriptures. 

The Bible should be read and understood from the perspective that:

  • Genesis 1 to 11 - was written with a focus on all of human kind
  • Genesis 12 to Acts 9* - was written with a focus primarily on true Israel—the elect
  • Acts 10 to Philemon - was written with a focus primarily on Messianic Gentiles
  • Hebrews to Peter - was written with a primary focus on Messianic Israelites
  • John to Jude - was written to all the saints
  • Revelation 1 to 3 - was written with a focus primarily on Messianic Gentiles
  • Revelation 4 to 18 - was written primarily to true Israel as "the elect"
  • Revelation 19 to 21 - applies to all, finally united as one new man.

The basis for this framework comes from Jesus’ words when confronted by the Gentile woman, But He did not say a word in answer to her. And His disciples came and asked Him [repeatedly], "Send her away, because she keeps shouting out after us." He answered, "I was commissioned by God and sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Matthew 15:22–24 AMP.

Hence, Jesus’ words and message were given exclusively to Israel.

*The one exception might be where, in the gospels, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. There his words could apply to those, "other sheep, which are not of this fold." (John 10:16 NAU)

What does the framework mean or how does that affect our reading of scriptures?

While it is a given that "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness" (2 Tim 3:16) it must be "accurately" handled (2 Tim 2:25).

Give thought to this framework and how this might influence the interpretation and accurate handling of scripture.

©2017, Dr. Steven Bydeley.

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Steven is the author of Fathered by God and with his wife Dianne, co-author of Dream Dreams and Dreams the Heal and Counsel. He has been a guest on the Miracle Channel, Trinity Television, and Crossroads Communication, and have taught internationally on various topics.

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