- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about the Bible
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 15:35
First, carefully read the text. To Timothy, Paul said, "Give attendance to reading" (1 Timothy 4:13). Admittedly, this was public reading, but the principle applies. Again, "Consider what I say (AV), for the Lord will give thee understanding in all things" (2 Timothy 2:7, JND). The understanding will be from the Lord by the Holy Spirit, but not without careful mental application on our part. Second, meditate on the text (Joshua 1:8). This was the constant exercise of the fruitful man in Psalm 1:2. Jeremiah spoke of finding God's words and eating them examination and assimilation (Jeremiah 15:16). Third, have a prayerful spirit. Psalm 119, which celebrates the supreme delight of an Old Testament saint in God's Word, is saturated with prayer. As we listen to God speaking to us, we in turn speak to Him. Fourth, submit your will to God. The Lord Jesus said the secret to knowing doctrine was a willingness to do His will (John 7:17). Bible study that is merely technical is not enough. The secret of knowing more is to practice what we already know. Such techniques produce ready scribes like Ezra, who "prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach" (Ezra 7:10).