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O Word of God incarnate, O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, O Light of our dark sky:
We praise You for the radiance that from the hallowed page,
A Lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.
The Church from You, our Savior, received the Gift divine,
And still that Light is lifted over all the earth to shine.
It is the sacred Vessel where gems of truth are stored;
It is the heaven drawn Picture of Christ, the living Word.
The Scripture is a banner before Godís host unfurled;
It is a shining Beacon above the darkling world.
It is the Chart and Compass that over lifeís surging tide,
Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, to You, O Christ, will guide.
O make your Church, dear Savior, a lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations Your true light as of old.
O teach your wandering pilgrims by this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended, they see You face to face.
A very good source of understanding the Bible from Genesis to Revelation quickly, is "The New Panorama Bible Study Course #1". By Fleming H. Revell division of Baker Book House Grand Rapids, Michigan 49516 ISBM 0-8007-1578-0 It's a visual aid to bible study. It's a book of about 15 pages (8" x 16") When each page is spread open you'll be able to visualize about a 1,000 years of Bible history. Then starting with the creation until the new heavens and earth it's a summery of the 6,000 years of Bible history. It's like a road map it gives a birds eye view of the entire Bible. Following the creation story, it begins with Adam and Eve and throughout all of the pages a red line is used to show how God used various individuals until the birth of Christ followed by His ministry then up until the present day. The study is very effective to visualize and understand what will take place during the Great Tribulation period. In picture form along with the accompanied Bible verses it explains what the Bible is all about.----After knowing this then yes if you are Christian ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read the Scriptures and don't get bogged down when you don't understand something because the next time around you'll get it. Ed O.
As I was praying for you, something occured to me:
Do not worry so much about what you DON'T understand. Instead, worry about what you DO understand.
That is always the starting point. Read the Scriptures and absorb what is clear. Ask the Lord to grant you grace to change your life according to that truth. That which you understand will be the point at which God will work with you. The Holy Spirit always and ever will direct us to the Word -- and He will convict you from the Word. He will lead you into greater understanding, but He has already started to lead you through His Word. That is why you came here to ask about it. (John 8:31-32)
We understand that the Bible is the source of all authority. How we feel and what we experience is not the thing of primary importance -- not by a long shot. Those who walk in the Word will be taking that extra step to be praying for you.
When Jesus left us He said He would send us a teacher the Holy Spirit.
And Jesus did! However we seldom allow the Holy Spirit to teach us.
There are many excellent resources available to aid us in the study of scripture but the best and least used is the Holy Spirit.
Before you start your study stop and take time to pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to quicken your senses, to open your understanding and to illuminate the truth God has for you in scripture. Then as you read take time to stop and reflect on what it is you just read, allowing the Holy Spirit to quicken you mind to points and truths you would have missed in the natural.
Once you develop a working teaching/learning relationship you will have the best and greatest resource for understanding scripture there is, your own personal tutor the Holy Spirit.
The truths of God will literally jump off the pages at you and will find yourself growing by leaps and bounds.
Good, Jalek... this is what is called the historical-grammatical method of interpretation. That is an essential presupposition to the doctrine of sola Scriptura.
"It will greatly help you to understand scripture if you note not only what is spoken and written, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows." --Miles Coverdale (1488-1569)
Studying the Bible is easier than many people like to claim. However, you are right. You can study the Bible all your life and still get something new out of it every time you open it.
First thing to remember when it comes to studying the Bible is perspective. You aren't reading a book written to the 21st century Christian. Most of the time, you're reading documents with an intended audience. Romans, for example, was written to the Roman church of the 1st century. As a result, trying to understand the passage from the perspective of the intended audience helps. Books such as Eerdmans Handbook to the Bible or Holman Bible Dictionary will provide insight into terms and topics used in the passage. Another useful resource is vine's complete expository dictionary.
Second thing is to remember the language. The Bible wasn't written in Elizabethian English like the King James. The Bible was written originally in Hebrew, parts in Chaldean, and the new testament in Greek. If you don't have a solid background in greek and Hebrew, then having something like a Strong Concordance will help compensate, as will some of the resources listed above.
Thirdly, you'll come across passages that will be hard to interpret even with the resources listed above. Sometimes turning to a few commentaries will help gain perspective. One that I've come to trust is the Expositor's commentary series.
When studying the Bible, you should also keep the context in mind. Keeping a passage within the context will eliminate a lot of interpretation problems. The context is more than a paragraph, but the entire topic at hand. Like the Beattitudes in Matthew 5, for example. The context isn't just Matthew 5:3-12, but the entire sermon on the mount which is from Matthew 5:1 - 7:29.
"Could ye not watch with me one brief hour? Could ye not pity my sorest need? Ah! If ye sleep while the tempests lower, surely, my friends, I am lone indeed."(The Agony from the Cruxificion by John Stainer)
What a lonely Jesus, sorrow Jesus! Yet, He is the Joy of men's desiring....
Following Christ has great cost associated with it. For some it can mean the loss of their homes, the loss of their families, and the loss of their possessions. It is the abandonment of the temporal things of the world for the eternal things of the Kingdom of God (cf Matthew 19:27ff).