How to Get More Out of Your Bible
- Friday, August 02, 2013
The Herod who tried Jesus Christ and the Herod who murdered the babies were two different Herods.
We must be careful to know the correct meanings of words. In the King James Bible Hebrews 13:5 is translated: "Let your conversation be without covetousness." That seems simple enough to interpret. It obviously means, "Don't talk about money." But when this passage was written the word “conversation” meant lifestyle, or behavior. The proper interpretation of this verse is, "Let your lifestyle be without greed."
In the same version, 1 Peter 3:1 is translated,"Let the husband be won by the conversation of his wife." Most men will never be won to Christ by the talking of their wives. But, they well be won by observing the Godly lifestyles of their wives.
You Say, “Well How Can I Know All Of This? I've Never Been To Seminary Or A Bible Class?”
The best way is to buy some good Bible tools, dictionaries, translations, and commentaries. If you want to fix a car, you need tools. If you want to build a house, you need tools. If you want to properly study the Bible, you need tools.
I’m not saying that you can't get a spiritual blessing from the Bible without books. I am saying that you'll get a greater spiritual blessing from the Bible with books.
Of course, you don’t have to buy all of these tools as books anymore, most of the answers you need are easily found on the internet.
In prison in Rome Paul wrote to Timothy, "It's cold; bring my coat before winter, and bring my books, and especially the parchments." Paul wanted his books.
If we fail to make proper observations with accuracy regarding people and places, then we can rest assured that our Biblical interpretations will usually be inaccurate.
I think you'll appreciate a little essay by a ten-year-old boy which illustrates what can happen when we violate the Accuracy Principle.
The cow is a mammal. It has six sides, right, left, and upper and below. At the back it has a tail on which hangs a brush. With it, it sends the flies away so that they do not fall into the milk. The head is for the purpose of growing horns, and so that the mouth can be somewhere. The horns are to butt with. The mouth is to moo with. Under the cow hangs the milk. It is arranged for milking. When people milk the milk comes and there is never an end to the supply. How the cow does it I have not yet realized. But it makes more and more. The man cow is called an ox. It is not a mammal. The cow does not eat much but what it eats it eats twice so that it gets enough."
“B”: THE BACKGROUND PRINCIPLE: Be sure to understand the context and the background of the passage before interpreting any THING.
Enemies of the Bible say, "You can prove anything by the Bible!" Now, that's true if you take things out of their context. Psalm 14:1 says, "There is no God!" But the whole verse says, “The fool says in his heart there is no God.”
It's a very serious offense to take verses out of the Bible and twist them and turn them. We study every verse in light of the whole chapter; every chapter in light of the entire book, the book in light of entire Bible. Martin Luther said, The Bible is like a tree. See whole tree, not just leaf. Don't read the Bible by verses, read it by paragraphs, books and chapters.
We can take some verses out of context from the Book of James and say that we must work to earn our salvation: "Faith without works is dead." But, before we latch onto that interpretation we had better read whole chapter. The theme of James is that there is no saving faith unless it changes your life.
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