How do we know if a verse from the Old Testament—or even the New Testament—applies to you and me?
Consider an example from Jeremiah 33:3. The verse says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Is this verse talking about prayer, or something else?
When considering any verse or passage of Scripture, the most important thing we can do to arrive at the correct interpretation is to consider the context.
Without context, we could never know who was being addressed, what that person’s situation was, what the culture was like at the time, where the individual was located, etc.
In other words, since all proper interpretation of Scripture requires first determining the context, you could say that context is king!
Thus, we can discover some things about the situation Jeremiah was in, and what God was communicating to him in this verse.
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