This brings me a classic example of the importance of reading Scripture within in it’s own context – the book of Ecclesiastes. To understand Ecclesiastes, it has to be read in the context of the rest of Scriptures. This seems logical and perhaps should go without saying. Reality is – people need to be reminded constantly that Scripture interprets itself; therefore we need to read all Scripture within the context of itself. Read on its own, Ecclesiastes can paint a picture of God, the purpose for His creation, and our lives that is not very complimentary and inspired. But when read in the context of the rest of God’s Word, Ecclesiastes’ purpose become much clearer and we learn something fundamentally important about God. Reading pericopes (small sections of Scripture) has it’s value, this is not an argument against this. What it is is a corrective to the practice of most evangelicals who tend to read smaller passages and perhaps miss the forest for the trees.
The rule stands – the more Scripture you read, the better you understand it, the better you understand the sense of it, and the better you understand the God who communicated it.