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Basic steps to Bible Study

This entry is part 1 of 5 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 5 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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Psalm 50: God will come soon & will not keep silent

This entry is part 3 of 5 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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Psalm 24: King of Glory

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Bible Study

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 24  (Audio) – A Psalm of David. (video song)

1 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof;
the world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas,
and established it upon the floods.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?
or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart;
who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord,
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him,
that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Outline of Psalm 24

I. The King of Glory—Psalm 24:1-10

A. Worship of the Creator through the observation of His creation–(vs.1-2)

1. “The earth is the LORD’s” Psalm 24:1
-The LORD has ownership over the earth–(vs.1a)
-The LORD has ownership over the world and all the people (animals, etc) within it. –(vs.1b) Psalm 50:10-11;
Job 41:11; 1 Cor.10:26; Psalm 89:11

2. For He has founded it & established it –Psalm 24:2 -(Gen. 1:9, John 1:3, Col.1:15-23; Psalm 104; Prov. 3:19)
-The LORD has the ownership because He is the creator of the earth and all within it. (vs.2)

B. Who can stand in God’s presence (vs.3-6)

– “Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? or Who shall stand in His holy place?” (vs.3) (mount Zion), (Were the ark of God’s presence rested) (Psalm 15:1; 2:6; 65:4)

Answer: (vs.4 & 6) (Requirements to come to God’s presence or to worship Him)
1. He that hath clean hands, (vs.4) or has not done evil, Job 17:9, 22:30
2. and a pure heart; (Matthew 5:8; Proverbs 4: 23; Acts8:22; Psalm 51:1-3,10-11 )
3. who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity,
4. nor sworn deceitfully
5. who seeks the face of God (vs.6) through His son Jesus Christ in the New Covenant (John 14:6)

Now through faith in Jesus Christ we are able to receive the blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of salvation to all who believe (Rom. 3:22), Is.46:13; psalm 25:5

C. Honor the King of glory— (vs. 7-10)- 1 Cor. 2:8, James 2:1, Rev. 19:13-16

1. **Open the gates “that the King of glory may come in” – (vs.7, 9) (The temple is now our hearts: Rev.19:13-16).
2. “Who is the King of glory?” –( vs. 8, 10)
3. “The LORD…He is the King of glory!” –(vs. 8, 10) Let us worship our Lord & King!! O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him, all the earth“. (Psalms 96:9)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.
2  Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night declares knowledge.
3  There is no speech and there are no words; their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)

 

Psalm 25: Always seek God’s Guidance

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Bible Study

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

 

PSALM 25 (Audio) – A Psalm of David

Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
2  O my God, I trust in Thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
3  Yea, let none that wait on Thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths.
5  Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.
6  Remember, O Lord, Thy tender mercies and Thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
7  Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to Thy mercy remember Thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.

8   Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will He teach sinners in the way.
9   The meek will He guide in judgment (H4941: justice, rectitude) and the meek will He teach His way.
10  All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 F or Thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
12  What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose.
13  His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
14  The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will shew them His covenant.
15  Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.

16  Turn Thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
17  The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring Thou me out of my distresses.
18  Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
19  Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20  O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in Thee.
21  Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on Thee.
22  Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Outline

A prayer for direction, forgiveness & deliverance

I. Looking to God for direction

a. Trust in God (1-3) David chose to trust and depend on God in facing his enemies.
b. Show me Your ways (4-5) He prayed for direction. ‘And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search  for me with all your heart‘ Jeremiah 29:13
c. Remember your tender mercies (6) 2 Corinthians 1:3 but Remember NOT the sins of my youth (7)

II. In these verses, David turns from a request of God to reflections about God. (8-15)

a. God is good and upright (8) Matthew 19:17.
He guides the humble (meek) (9) and teaches them. -‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth‘. (Matthew 5:5)
He is merciful to those who keep His word. (10) We can’t expect His mercy if we keep rebelling against Him (Matthew 7:21-23, Hebrews 12:14).
b. Pardon my iniquities (11) David asks forgiveness for his sins. Those who confess & forsake their sins will have mercy (Prov.28:13)
c. He who fears the lord (12-15) God gives further knowledge and understanding to those who are reverent & respectful of Him; to ‘fear’ the Lord is to be respectful of the Lord, His son Jesus, His Word.
The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, they will understand ( Matthew 13:10-15)
‘He shall pluck my feet out of the net’ We look to the Lord for deliverance.

III. David pleads for forgiveness & deliverance (16-22)

a. David ask the Lord to bring him out of his distress (16-17)
b. Again he asks for forgiveness (18) & again, he asks the Lord to deal with his enemies.(19)
c. He keeps trusting in Him. He prays for protection & deliverance & he is willing to wait. (20)
d. Let integrity and uprightness preserve us. (21)
David concludes not thinking just about himself, but about all of those who
belong to the Lord & have a covenant with Him (22).

 

Conclusion

David was not without sin. He made many mistakes, & some very big ones, but God forgave & restored him, because He loved David’s  humble heart towards Him.

Let us approach God in the same spirit of humility and reverence as king David did, believing in God’s goodness as we make our requests known to Him.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but who so confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. (H7451-adversity)” Proverbs 28:13-14

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