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.
We are going to use the same 4 steps mentioned previously, to study PSALM 23:
1/ Setting the context: (abc’s)
A) – Author — The Holy Spirit inspired King David to write this psalm.
B) – 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.
C) – 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
Basic steps to Bible Study, review
To study the Bible we can follow this 4 steps:
1/ Setting the context: “ABCs”
2/ What does the passage say ? (Observation)
3/ What does it mean? (Meaning)
4/ How does the principle apply to one specific area of my life? (Application)
2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Psalm 25 is a beautiful prayer that reminds us that God fights on our behalf, that He can guides us, teaches us and instructs us if we ask Him. It reminds us that God can rescue us, protect us & keep us safe. God love us and is faithful in all His ways. If we live by faith (trusting Him) and we humble ourselves before God, He’ll answer us when we pray for His forgiveness, deliverance and protection.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise“. Psalm 51:17
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
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.
Great peace have those who love Your law, ( instructions, teachings H8451)
And nothing causes them to stumble.(H4383)‘. Psalm 119:165
With so many religions in the world, but even with so many different denominations & interpretations among Christians themselves, how do we know that what we have been taught about Jesus Christ is the truth?
How to start studying the Bible ?
1/ As we mentioned in Pt. 1 first than anything, we need to be born again in order to receive the Holy Spirit of God who will teach us and help us understand His Word.
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
After our Lord’s resurrection, the first instructions or commission He gave to His disciples was:
Then the eleven disciples went away to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him. But some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples (G3100) of all nations (G1484=Non Jewish, gentiles, heathen world), baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:16-20