Monday, June 29, 2015

Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper: Reading the Bible in Context

The intention behind words is a great thought to keep in mind as we dig deeper into our Bibles using Bible Study Skills … Reading a Verse in Context.

If you’re like me, then there have been many times you have been misquoted or something you said was misinterpreted. I have walked in at the end of a conversation, only to catch the last sentence. I assumed I knew exactly what the entire conversation must have been about, but when I spoke up, the person talking said, “But that’s not what I meant!”

I wonder how many times God thinks that when we read our Bibles?

Did you know there over 800,000 words contained in the 66 books of the Bible? God is the Divine Author, but He used humans to do the actual writing … around 40 of them! Forty people each with their own personality, writing style and way with words.

 It blows my mind to consider that the Bible was written over the time span of around 1,600 years!! The message stayed the same, but the culture and events of the day certainly changed during that time! People, temptations, trials and influences changed and the authors had to bear this in mind as they wrote the Words of Truth from God to His people.

Reading the Bible in context is like zooming out and seeing the bigger picture … the surrounding facts.

 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 (NIV)

Let’s dig deeper! These are some questions I like to ask when I am studying any verse …

·        WHO was the author of the book of the Bible it is in?

·        WHO were they writing to?

·        WHEN did they write it?

·        WHY were they writing?

·        WHAT were they trying to say?

Here are a couple online resources to find this information …

Click on these links - Bible Gateway and Bible Hub

{For Bible Gateway click on “STUDY THIS,” then “ENCYCLOPEDIAS,” then “Encyclopedia Of The Bible,” then “Epistle to Galatians.”}


So are you ready to dig deeper?
Click here to download the .PDF you can print to help keep note of all you find out!


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