Interpretive Journey Paper
1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”.
BIBL 350-D08 spring 2015
Dr. Marshall Wicks
1 Peter 5:6-7 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” This verse is an amazing verse of reminder to Christians that we need to humble ourselves to the Lord and allow ourselves to be dependent upon him. I often find myself struggling with the theological principle this verse holds. Following the Interpretive journey process throughout this passage helped me to gain a clearer understanding of this scripture and how it applies to my life today.
Step 1 Grasp the text in their town
The first step in the interpretive journey process is to take the text and search for the original situation surrounding it and to search for how the text was interpreted by the biblical audience, thus grasping the text in their town. First Peter was written in Rome from “the late A.D. 50s or early 60s.” Apostle Peter wrote 1 Peter as a letter addressing the Christians in the Asia Minor who where undergoing persecution, to encourage them and to teach them “holy conduct” that they should practice during this time of suffering. The meaning for the biblical audience was intended to remind them to put their