Context Is Key

Brother bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime
His sister had another one, she paid it for a lime
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up

This is a very popular song. You probably sang along as you read it. Unfortunately, this is the only part most people know. One day, a few years ago, I went to visit my aunt. She was in bed with a stomach ache and in a lot of pain. She’d remembered those lyrics and wanted to try it. If only she remembered the next lines…

She put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up
And said, Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take
I say, doctor, to relieve this bellyache?
I say, doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take
I say, doctor, to relieve this bellyache?

Without the proper context, you can get hurt. My aunt was physically hurt by not listening to the context of a song. You can be spiritually hurt by not listening to the context of the Scriptures.

If you see a random verse, even if it makes sense, it’s always best to read the entire chapter. Or at the very least the verses before and after.