Chances are that if you are a jigsaw puzzle expert you first look for the corner pieces and the border pieces. Their unique shapes make it easier to define the outline of the puzzle’s picture. Then you probably sort the pieces by color, looking for shapes that might go together. You may not realize it but what you are doing is following one of the most basic principles of Bible interpretation—known by the fancy name of hermeneutics (pronounced Herman-knew’-ticks). Don’t ask me who Herman is and why he knew so many troublesome pests!
The principle tells us to let the Bible interpret the Bible. Okay, so what does that mean exactly?
We’ll look at an example in the next post. It will show us how to make sure we're on the right path--the biblical path.