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How To Study The Bible
I was asked today how to study the Bible. It is a very complex
question because it depends what one is seeking. If you are an archeologist
you study the names of cities, rivers and other geological features that could
be indicators of the identity of a specific Tel. If you are an historian you pore
through the details of the genealogy chapters trying to fit the names of kings
into ancient king lists. If you are a philosopher you ponder the metaphysics
of Paul. If you are an English major you examine the meter of the Psalms.
If you are someone seeking the answers to great theological issues you
spend much time in Romans and Galatians. If you are a person seeking to
be as much like Jesus as possible you refrain from getting lost in cultural
specifics and pray for help to understand the underlying principles inherent
throughout God's Word.
It's a tough question to answer because before I could tell someone how to
study the Bible I would need to know them very well. Some of the most
meticulous students of the New Testament are not Christians. That is
difficult for us who are Christians to grasp. We want to assume someone
could not resist Jesus if they studied His life. Unfortunately some manage
not to yield to His power because they have other agendas.
In an effort to answer my friend I need to ask, "What are you looking for?"
If you are looking for a deeper walk with Jesus, you will find it in the
Gospels and Paul. Jesus said, "Seek and ye shall find." He gives
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