Good contextualization is hard work. Like an onion, there are so many layers to consider when communicating the message of the Bible. If you miss just one of these layers, your message could end up falling flat. And contextualization isn’t just a modern concept; the Old Testament prophets are instructive when it comes to preaching. They were commissioned by God to convey his Word to his people at a specific time and place. That commission hasn’t changed in the thousands of years since then.