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Basic steps to Bible Study

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Bible Study

John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

Luke 11:28 “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”

Not all Bible versions are the same and the version we choose is critical for sound doctrine. When studying the Scriptures is always good to compare the version we are reading with other good translation, that will give us more understanding on some words, or you can also use a bible dictionary.

The King James Bible is one of the best translations in the English language. Other Bibles translated from the Textus Receptus or Received Text (Majority Text) are also good but there are just a few bibles left today. Example: ‘The Interlinear Bible’ by Jay P. Green Sr. ; George Ricker Berry, Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, World Publishing, 1997, 1999 ; the ‘New King James’ Bible & the ‘Modern English Translation‘.

What it’s important to look for is that the bible version we use is translated from the Received Text (Textus Receptus or Majority Text). Most modern translations like New International Version, The Living Bible, New Revised Standard, etc. have many parts translated from a corrupted manuscript or minority text, that comes from Alexandria Egypt and are not reliable translations, you will see some examples below. Also the Greek Interlinear by Wescott & Hort is corrupted, they used the minority text manuscripts and most new modern translation used this Wescott & Hort interlinear to translate their versions (this corrupted interlinear is used also by the Jehova’s Witnesses because attacks the Divinity of Jesus Christ).  A quick test we can do : Any version of the Bible which omits Acts 8:37, and/or the word “through his blood” in Col. 1:14 evidently has for its foundation a corrupted manuscript. Check this chart for more information: Bible Version Comparison.

Some bible verses that talk about the importance of keeping the Word of God pure:

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” Deut. 4:2 –  Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32, Proverbs 30:6, Galatians 1:8-9 ;Revelation 22:19; Acts 17:11.

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Psalm 23

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Bible Study

We are going to use the same 4 steps mentioned previously, to study PSALM 23:

1/ Setting the context: (abc’s)

Author — King David

Background — When did the author live? In what culture? Born in 907 BC, he reigned as king of Israel for 40 years, dying at age 70 in 837 BC. He was a farm boy, a shepherd &  a musician, then became a warrior & a king. David had a heart for the Lord.

Context — Book of Psalm, Chapter 23:1-6 The Christian sees in this Psalm a wonderful foreshadowing of “The Good Shepherd” Jesus Christ, (John 10) who gave His life for His sheep & watches over them even now.  

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice,Psalm 95:7

2/ What does the passage say? (observation)

Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Read Prayerfully. Re-read the passage.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


Questions we may ask: 
What is a shepherd?
shepherd is a sheep farmer, a pastor.
What are some of the duties of a Shepherd? Their main duty is :
-To guide the sheep safely from one place to another.
He has to make sure that he leads them to:

-graze, ( eat right food )
-drink good clean water, ( right water ), they get sick easily when water is not good.
make them rest and then return them to the pen for safety
-He is responsible for protecting the sheep day & night, from wolves or other predators,  
-to examine & keep them healthy, 
protect them from eating poisonous plants,  
-to take care of the wounded & heal them, etc.
Sheep are not ferocious animals and have no ways to defend for  themselves from any predators, they depend on their shepherd for survival. The Shepherd knows what is best for the sheep and always acts in their best interests.
 
Locate and mark any key words, repeated words or phrases, and commands: In Psalms 23 -The Lord & me.

What David realized and wrote  so beautifully is that your Shepherd loves you.  Really loves you.

 

3/ What does it mean? (meaning)

-Carefully examine the text and let it speak for itself.  Let Scripture interpret Scripture
-What is the main idea or lesson that the author/God was trying to communicate? – The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want (or lack anything)
-You can make an outline and/or write down the general idea: In this Psalm King David begins by illustrating the provision of the Lord, both physical and spiritual (1-3). David then describes the protection & provision of the Lord, as he travels through dangerous places and in the presence of enemies (4-5). The psalm ends with an expression of faith and hope in the Lord’s care, that God will furnish the goodness and mercy needed throughout life, so that he made abide in the house of the Lord forever (6).

-Look for scriptures that relates to the passage (cross-references).

 

OUTLINE

1. The Shepherd’s Provision & guidance (23:1-3)  
The source of provision & guidance is God’s presence, Josh.1:5-9

a. Physical, soul & Spiritual Provision (1-2)

1. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (Is.40:11, Lk12:22-32, Heb.13:20, Jer.23:4)

2. He makes me to lie down in green pastures (Ez.34:14-15; Matt.11:28-29)
3. He leads me beside the still waters ( Rev. 7:17)

b. Soul Restoration (3)
1. He restores my soul (Psalm 51:10, 1 Peter 2:25)
2. He leads me in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake 
(Psalm 5:8, 19:7, 143:11; 1Co 10:13)
 

2. The Shepherd’s Protection (23:4-5)  

a. His faithfulness through difficult times (4), (Valley of the shadow of death, Job 3:5) 

  1. I will fear no evil, for He is with me (Matt. 28:20; Psalm 27:1-2,138:7)

  2. His rod and staff comfort me (Lev. 27:32), (Ex. 4:2, Exodus 4:20) (Num.17; Eze. 20:37)

b. In the presence of our enemies (5)

  1. He prepares a table before me in their presence (Psalm 78:19, Jn 16:33)

  2. He anoints my head with oil, my cup runs over (Psalm 16:5, Eph 3:19-21). 
Oil : Healing, James 5:14, Luke 10:34 & Consecration: 1 John 2:27, Exodus 29:7, 30:22-31,Exodus 40:9; 2 Kings 9:6
Ecclesiastes 9:8; Acts 10:38.

3. The Shepherd’s Everlasting Care (23:6)

a. All the days of one’s life (6a)
1. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
2. All the days of my life (2 Ti 4:18)

b. Forever (6b)
1. I will dwell in the house of the Lord
2. Forever (Jn 14:1-3)

– STUDYNG VERSE BY VERSE:

 

1. “The Lord is my Shepherd; Relationship, If we believe & follow Jesus, then we become one of His sheep. Then we can say, “The Lord is my Shepherd”. The central image that the author/King David uses to describe how the Lord relates to him is a shepherd to his sheep, remember David was a shepherd, and he understood very well that relationship. But God in the Old Testament compares himself to a Shepherd and Jesus in the New Testament in John 10:11, describes himself as the ‘GOOD SHEPHERD’. Jn 10:11-15, 25-30; He 13:20; 1Pe 2:21-25; 5:4; Is.40:11, Lk12:22-32, Heb.13:20, Jer.23:4.

I shall not want! Provision on every area of my life. When the Lord is my Shepherd, I will lack nothing for only He can bring satisfaction and I find that my satisfaction is in Him not in things. Matt. 6:25 – 34; 1 Tim.6:8; 2 Pet.1:3-4; Revelation 7:15-17

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God will come soon & will not keep silent

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Bible Study

Brothers & sisters could  you please prayerfully read &  meditate upon this Psalm  today? These are the words of  Almighty God to us that have a covenant with Him!

Psalm 50  is talking about God coming to judge His people. Judgment begins at the House of God before He judges the world.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?1 Peter 4:17.

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