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) in which and through which we would examine, interpret, and understand scriptures. Scriptures 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 as finally united.

*The one exception might be where, in the gospels, Jesus is speaking to His disciples. In that case his words would apply to even to those "other sheep, which are not of this fold." (Joh 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.

Without Prejudice. © 2012, Steven., house of bij de Leij., of man.