Hermeneutics: How to Read
and Understand the Bible
RULE #12: Observe the Emphasis of Scripture.
- The Bible may state an emphasis expressly by comparing one thing as superior to other things.
- Some things are more important than others, and we want to follow God’s priorities.
- Some things are more important than others by God’s inspired statements of priority.
- Private holiness is more important than public worship (Isaiah 1:10-17; 58:1-7).
- Mercy in emergencies is more important than rigid sacrifice (Matthew 12:7).
- Judgment, mercy, and faith are more valuable than tithing (Matthew 23:23).
- Charity is more important than faith and hope, according to Paul (I Cor 13:13).
- Proverbs is chock full of comparative statements using “better” (Pr 3:14; 15:16).
- Just a study of comparative words like “better” and “more” can be profitable.
- The Bible may show an emphasis of some thing over other things by more extensive treatment.
- If the Spirit inspired three times more about one thing than another, we should notice.
- The death and resurrection of our Lord are emphasized more than his birth and youth.
- The teaching ministry in the church is emphasized far more than the singing ministry.
- Submission to authority is emphasized far above exceptions teaching holy rebellion.
- Some subjects are treated more extensively in certain passages. Use those passages heavily.
- If you are studying the resurrection of the body, you must read I Corinthians 15.
- If you are studying faith, you must read and study Hebrews 11; Romans 4; and James 2.
- If you are studying church judgment, you must read and study I Corinthians 5.
- If you are studying election and salvation, you must read and study Romans 9.