Once you have completed digging through the biblical text, it is time to put down your tools and analyze what you have found. The Bible is God’s revelation to humanity and is one grand story of his love for us. It is important that we analyze each book of the Bible in light of the rest of Scripture.
Here is what you need to consider:
- The place of this book within the biblical story. Here we answer the question, what does this book of the Bible contribute to the entire story of Scripture? God wants us to learn about his nature and his character, and each book of the Bible contributes to this understanding. This is why all of God’s Word is valuable. It teaches us how he passionately pursues us.
- The culmination of the story. Finally, we answer the question, how does the story end? This helps us to understand each book of the Bible in light of the grand narrative.
- The relationship of this book to Christ. The pinnacle of God’s Word is the coming of his Son Jesus, who saves people from their sin. This is the gospel, the good news of Scripture. Our question here is, how does this book point to the coming of Christ?