Archives For Scripture

I Don’t Read My Bible Enough

September 5, 2018

Feeling like we miss the mark when it comes to Bible reading is a common struggle.

There are many reasons for this:

  • I’m too busy.
  • It’s boring.
  • There is so much strange stuff in there.
  • I don’t understand it.

As I have grown in my understanding of the Bible, my favorite part is seeing the big picture messages and how things fit together from cover to cover.

Especially when you come to books like Leviticus or Judges, it is easy to write them off and wonder what their point is.

I want to recommend a great resource to those of you who can relate to any of the preceding feelings.

The Bible Project is a great tool to understand what the Bible is all about. You can get the big picture of books or an overview of the major themes throughout Scripture.

Read One More Verse

June 14, 2012

Often in Scripture, things are not as they seem at first glance. Unfortunately, too many of us stop with the first glance.

We practice “Bible Roulette” and grab one verse at a time without considering what the author meant.

Context is the tool for this in Bible study. This is the second most important principle in understanding the Bible. The most important truth is the Bible was not written for us, it applies to us. But, that is for another post!

Context is reading five to ten verses around the verse in question. Ideally one would read the entire book or letter, but at a minimum the surrounding verses.

Sometimes, things change if we read one more verse.

partofthepicture

Here are three examples where we see viewing only part of the picture is not an accurate representation.

1. Wives Submit to Husbands – Ephesians 5:22

How do we inspire a love for the Bible in our children, while dealing with its dark side? The people, events, and stories reflects topics we might not be ready to talk to our kids about.

We read a Children’s Bible to our kids as well as allowing them to listen the NIV Audio Bible Dramatized CD. They love it! The first time we played it on for our oldest, he walked around the house listening to the entire book of Genesis! My Bible School students have nothing on my son!

Granted, after this, he had some very interesting questions for us out of Genesis. Do we need to protect our kids from the reality the Bible shows us? I mean there are certain questions I would rather not answer.

I would rather have my kids learn about the dark side of life from the Bible, than the playground.