Ultimately, any interpretation of a biblical passage is incomplete until it asks:
1. How does this passage function in God’s plan of redemption for his people, and where does it fit into the unfolding of that plan in history?
2. How does the passage point to Jesus Christ; i.e., how does this (OT) passage participate in the entire OT’s movement toward, and focus on, Jesus Christ; or, how does this (NT) passage build on the fulfillment of God’s plan in Jesus Christ?
3. How does this passage, having been focused on Christ, instruct those who are in Christ, the church; how does it help us to follow him, know him, or grow in him?