"Part of the problem is the way we use Scripture. We mistakenly treat the Bible as if it were arranged by topic -- you know, the world's best compendium of human problems and divine solutions. So when we're thinking about marriage, we run to all the marriage passages. But the Bible isn't an encyclopedia; it is a story, the great origin-to-destiny story of redemption. In fact, it is more than a story. It is a theologically annotated story. It is a story with God's notes. This means that we cannot understand what the Bible has to say about marriage by looking only at the marriage passages, because there is a vast amount of biblical information about marriage not found in the marriage passages.
In fact, we could argue, to the degree that every portion of the Bible tells us things about God, about ourselves, about life in this present world, and about the nature of the human struggle and the divine solution, to that degree every passages in the Bible is a marriage passage. Every passage imparts to us insight that is vital for a proper understanding of the passages that directly address marriage, and every passages tells us what we should expect as we deal with the comprehensive relationship of marriage.
One of our problems is that we have not used the Bible biblically, and this has set us up for surprises we shouldn't have had."
Andrew Hughes | Category: Theology for Life
In his book, What Did You Expect?, Paul Tripp discusses how we can often use the Bible unbiblically when it comes to the topic of marriage. This is great application to many other topics in Scripture other than marriage as well:
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