It’s a big question for a lot of people – what’s the big deal with exegesis and/or theology?
“I don’t care about all that theology stuff, I just believe what the Bible says.”
“Don’t listen to doctrines of man, just listen to Jesus.”
Trouble is, of course, that the moment you make those sorts of statements – about believing the Bible and listening to Jesus – you’re entering into the world of biblical interpretation, exegesis, and theology. Whether we are aware of it or not, theology is always at work when reading the Bible. Here’s an introduction to how some of that works out: