Simply reading the Bible isn’t an end in and of itself.Why do we read, to eventually live it.Step 2, understanding it, is what helps us cross from step 1 to step 3.
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How in the world are we, normal people, going to understand the Bible?Anyone can read and understand their Bible.
Genesis – Creation, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, JosephIsrael in Egypt – MosesThe Law~ Characterized by sacrificial system and other laws~ Given to the newly founded nation of Israel / and now is fulfilled~ Some commands are in the NT~ We can still learn much from them today about God
The history of the nation of Israel
It is important to remember that these books in the OT have a lot to do with Israel as a nation.
Sword Drill - 1 cor 10:6
Many other parts in the Bible dealing with end times
Step 2 is to understand, but let’s not get crazy. We can still live it… we won’t ever understand everything perfectly.Focus illustration next
Illustration – have three kids come up and read parts of three books
Writing your thoughts down helps~ you think through the passage~ solidify what you’re learning~ makes sure you actually understand it
Some Bibles include this before each book.Commentaries.Study Bibles.Online.Call a girl up for example
Call kid upLight - DarknessHate - Love
There’s only one main point to each passage, with lots of smaller points.Don’t rob God of His Word.SWORD DRILL – 2 Timothy 2:15
Study Tips Know thebackground The author 1 Corinthians 11:5-6 – But The audience every woman who prays or prophesies with her head The setting uncovered dishonors her The genre head—it is just as though her head were shaved.
Study Tips Context is key! Example: Jesus said, ―If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters . . . He cannot be my disciple‖ (Luke 14:26).
Study Tips Use scripture to check scripture Example: Ephesians 6:2 – Honor your father and mother ....
Study Tips Look for repeated words 1 John 2:9-11 – Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Study TipsSearch for the real meaning Not – ―What does this mean to you?‖ What does it mean and how can you apply it? 2 Timothy 2:15 – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.
ToolsConcordances Large books Back of your Bible? BibleGateway.com
IlluminationThe Holy Spirit, the author ofScripture, helps us understand it.1 Corinthians 2:10-12 – These things God hasrevealed to us through the Spirit. . . No onecomprehends the thoughts of God except theSpirit of God. Now we have received . . TheSpirit who is from God, that we mightunderstand the things freely given us by God.