How to Read the Bible (sequel 5)

To have words come deeper in you, when you read them a next time, you also for studying the Bible best can make use of handy tools like Bible markers and Bible concordances.

Each individual has to find a way for him or her to make Bible reading work. It might perhaps look easy to start reading the Bible, but what matters is to come to read the whole Bible, and not just some verses taken out of context, what we see happening in many churches. even in protestant churches, where at the beginning of protestantism the focus was on the word of God, lots of protestant churches do not spend much time any more in reading the Bible  and discussing the content of the Bible-reading. In lots of protestant churches we can find pastors (clergymen or priests in charge of a congregation) or vicars quoting lots of verses, but not presenting the whole paragraph and not presenting the whole chapter to their congregation. Taken out of context they often can twist around and make their congregating assembly or congregation or parishioners to believe whatever that pastor and his church wants people to believe.

What we see today is that not many churches make work of saturating their flock with Bible chapters. Lots of churches also do not work at it to give their congregation an idea how everything fits and how everything leads up to Plan of the Master Maker that has to come into fulfilment.

When reading the Bible you always should remember that it are God His Words and His life lessons which He gave to mankind so that we can come to know Him and can come to see what He wants from us and what He wants to do with us and with the world.

When you know that to read a chapter of Scripture aloud would usually take about five minutes of time, you should consider to have your bible reading also with others. When with more than one person to read the Bible each person can take five verses to read out loud. And when the chapter is read you can discus what each of you came to understand from that reading. Together such reading may bring more insight and will encourage all co-operating to continue.

When reading it as a project of studying it as well, you may find it handy to use special Bible markers to mark crucial words. You best draw lines in different and particular colours for certain things. Use one specific colour to underline what the Most High Elohim is saying, an other colour for what rabbi Jeshua is saying, again another colour to indicate places and an other colour to mark the given rules, regulationsdictates or commandments of God. You also may use again an other colour to mark other words and/or concepts.

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Bible journaling = reading and studying the Word, letting it lead you to be creative in the ways you memorize and record Scripture

Today in certain evangelical churches Bible Journaling is a hype, but making so many notations and drawings in one bible book may end up in not being able to concentrate any more on the bible text itself, it being blurred by your other personal thoughts and by those of other human beings. Such ‘journaling’ you better keep to a separate note book, which is ideal to accompany you on your quest for Biblical knowledge.

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When using fluorescent markers it can well be that the colour goes into the next page and that in the end pages get unreadable

Though if you love drawing in your Bible and want to make many notes you also can find special Bibles with enough space to do so. for this you best look for Wide margins Bibles.

In case you re looking for a Journaling Bible make sure you buy one with enough space to write notes and when there is an extra notes section at the end of each book of the Bible that would be a good asset.

An other very useful tool to do thorough Bible reading and Bible study is making use of a verbal index, to the Bible or Bible concordance. Such a guide book or alphabetical index of all the words in the Biblical text or corpus of texts, shall show every contextual occurrence of a word. Today there are also computer software programs and tablet and smartphone applications where also such index is produced so that by a search or by an alphabetically listing every word in the bible text can be compared with the same word in an other place of Bible book.

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Gerard Dou – Old Woman Reading a Bible – WGA06639 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are also bibles on the market which have at the end a small concordance or an alphabetical list of subjects or topics in the bible, which is often much more useful by the daily bible reading, than the list of phrases given in the full concordance. Also the Reference Bibles, translations with in the middle or at the site references to other places in scripture, without adding human notes, are very handy to make sure you shall not get indoctrinated by false teachings. In that instance you shall be able to compare the different quotes with each other and place them in context with the read paragraph and chapter.

A big concordance, like the Strong Exhaustive Concordance, giving the similarity in appearance of members of words and expressions, can bring you to different verses where the same word is used, so that you can come to analyse what the meaning may be. Such work can avoid that you just pick any meaning that suits you, buffet-style. Too many people say that denominations use their own bible because they do not use the same word as others and those “bible translators all changed the words according to their teaching”. When using a concordance you might find reference numbers which makes it possible how the translators went choosing words. As such you shall be able to find that it is often a matter of synonyms.

You always have to remember that God wanted to reach all people, educated as well as uneducated. The Elohim His infallible and inspired Word was given to mankind not in a very difficult to understand language, but written in human language using human vocabulary.

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Jerusalem regional adult bible quiz 2011; Binyamin Magentza, runner up in the 1959 bible quiz reading a poem while the judges check the answers of the contestants to the identical question. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whatever tool you want to use to help you in Bible reading and Bible study, always remember that it is just a human tool, but that the most power is to find in the bible Words themselves. You always should let the Bible speak. You also should be very careful when you use Study bibles that you do not start taking the added notes as part of the Bible. You always should check if those theologians their notes are in accordance with what is written in the Bible. For example when they say ‘god the son’ and there is written in the Bible text ‘the son of God’, please do accept what is written in the Bible text and do not think ‘god the son’. According the Scriptures there is the son of God but no second or third person in the One and Only True God. Therefore let yourself not been carried away by human doctrines like the Trinity matter.

You also do not need philosophical books to guide you through your bible reading. You should trust the Words of the Scriptures themselves and trust God. They can and shall reveal the truth. You only have to listen to those Words from the Holy Bible and insight and wisdom shall come to you.

May the Adonai, Elohim HasHem Jehovah be with you and give all guidance you need.

 

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How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 3)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 4)

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Additional reading

  1. The Bible & us
  2. Bible, God speaking words profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  3. Bible Word from God
  4. Inspired Word
  5. The faithful God
  6. No other god besides Jehovah who gives all explanation
  7. The Bible a book of books
  8. Collection of books
  9. Hidden books
  10. Collection to show God and His works
  11. Written and translated by different men over thousands of years
  12. Reliability of message appears from honesty writers
  13. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  14. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  15. Necessity of a revelation of creation 14 Searching the scriptures
  16. Essential to come to faith
  17. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  18. Creator and Blogger God 3 Lesson and solution
  19. Backbone-book
  20. The holy spirit will bring back to your minds all the things told
  21. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  22. Eternal Word that tells everything
  23. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  24. We should use the Bible every day
  25. Feed Your Faith Daily
  26. May reading the Bible provoke us into action to set our feet on the narrow way
  27. Hearing words to accept
  28. Genuine message of salvation
  29. God who knows the heart
  30. The Miracle of the Bible
  31. Recommended articles about the Book of books the Bible
  32. The Bible as a tool
  33. Bible in the first place #3/3
  34. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  35. How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together
  36. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  37. Finding and Understanding Words and Meanings
  38. Bible Translating and Concordance Making
  39. Concordantie Statenvertaling – concordance to the Old Dutch Staten Translation
  40. Human & Biblical teachings
  41. Approachers of ideas around gods, philosophers and theologians
  42. Which is worse–works without faith, or faith without works?
  43. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  44. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #8 Selective Bibles and selective people
  45. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #10 Journaling Bibles and illustrative women
  46. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #12 God Himself masters His Own Word
  47. First man’s task still counting today
  48. How do I know if I’m called to ministry?
  49. Inner voice inside the soul of man
  50. Looking for a biblically sound church
  51. When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church
  52. Introducing Logos Bible Software 5
  53. Trinity matter

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Find also

  1. Download a free Bible Journaling Workbook created by Laurel Keller to help get started in Bible journaling or give your current efforts a boost: Free Workbook
  2. myWSB (my WORDsearch® Bible) free web app created to help you read and study the Bible online
  3. The One Year New Testament for Busy Moms NLT -pdf excerpt
  4. ESV Pitt Minion Wide Margin Reference Bible – Hardback
  5. Bible – ESV, Journaling, Hardback
  6. The Action Bible
  7. Bible – AV, Hardback, Large Print, Wide Margin
  8. Bible – ESV, Wide Margin, Imitation Leather
  9. Bible – NIV, Leather, Wide Margin
  10. Bible – NKJV, Hardback, Wide Margin
  11. Bible – NKJV, Leather, Wide Margin

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Further reading
  1. Search The Bible…
  2. Compare translations
  3. Bible in more languages than Hamlet and Harry Potter put together
  4. Book Review | Translating Truth: The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation
  5. Girls Slimline Holy Bible
  6. ESV Single Column Reference Bible
  7. HCSB Notetaking Bible [Review]
  8. American Woman’s Bible, NKJV: A Short Review
  9. NKJV, American Woman’s Bible Women, Godly Virtues, and the Making of America Booklook bloggers review
  10. Created to Create
  11. Women’s Sanctuary Devotional Bible NLT
  12. How to Read The Bible Without Getting Bored
  13. Bible Study Helps
  14. My New Bible Study Tool
  15. 3 Creative Ways to Meditate on Scripture
  16. bible journaling
  17. Bible Journaling (From the heart)
  18. Journaling for Jesus
  19. Journaling Bible. 
  20. Journaling Bible Phenomenon
  21. Bible Journaling Is Back
  22. bible journaling // #1
  23. Bible Journaling Basics: Bible Flip Through
  24. Three Questions for Bible Journaling
  25. Bible Journaling Basics: What is Bible Journaling?
  26. What Is Bible Journaling and Why Should You Care?
  27. Why Bible Journal?
  28. Study, Practice and Apply
  29. Spiritual Nourishment
  30. Highlighting Your Bible
  31. The Benefits Of Bible Journaling
  32. Getting Creative with Your Quiet Time
  33. Brighten Your Bible Study
  34. Brighten Your Bible: Hosea
  35. How to Start Bible Journaling in 6 Easy Steps
  36. Bible Journaling Basics | Bailey Jean Robert
  37. Bible Journaling Basics: Art Journals
  38. Bible journaling – the beginning!!! 
  39. Bible Journaling Basics: Why do I Bible Journal?
  40. Bible Journaling Basics: How do I start Bible Journaling?
  41. Bible Journaling Basics: What do I need to start Bible Journaling?
  42. Bible Journaling Basics: How to choose a Journaling Bible
  43. Bible Journaling Basics: Supplies-Pens and Pencils
  44. Bible Journaling Basics: Supplies–Markers
  45. Bible Journaling | Stephanie
  46. My Creative Side – Bible Journaling
  47. Simple Bible Layout | Stephanie
  48. A Non-Artist’s Guide to Bible Journaling: Weeping
  49. Easy and Fun Faith Art
  50. Strong’s Concordance – a Good Tool Gone Bad
  51. Do You See It?
  52. getting organized | Ashley
  53. illustrated faith // human connections
  54. A Useless Commentary
  55. Lent: Let the Bible readings begin!
  56. 4 Keys to Seeing the God Do the Impossible
  57. Book Review: NIV Journal the Word Bible
  58. The Big Problem With Bible Study Guides
  59. Gospel: The Power of God
  60. Walking is of far more importance than talking
  61. How Does God Speak to Us Today?
  62. Digital Document Detective, Interlude: Online Bibles and Their Limits
  63. Start Your Year Right; Day5, Deepen Relationship with God
  64. 3 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible
  65. Using curiosity to study the Bible
  66. 2017 Goals – Bible in One Year
  67. “…concluding that God had called us”
  68. Setting Up to Love
  69. Book Review (Bible)
  70. Holiness of God
  71. Local Sunday School Teacher Unsuccessfully Searches Concordance for “It’s Not a Religion; It’s a Relationship.”
  72. Decisions Have Consequences
  73. A Concordance and a Mishap of Notes
  74. Why Are We Here?
  75. What Helps You Study?

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 3)

The many ancient books brought together as one unit are still relevant today. They are the best teaching tool and self-help book for life we can have. We only have to find a way to make time and to find a good way to read the Bible regularly, so that we can transform ourselves in the right way filled with positive expectations. For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

A Book about God written for us all

Though there are many issues of controversy and concern in the modern age that are not directly mentioned in the Bible we are able to find answers to them in the most sacred book of all times.

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the apostle Paul by Rembrandt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nearly two thousand years ago the Jewish rabbi Saul of Tarsus, today better known as the apostle Paul wrote to the Roman community

Romans 15:4 (TS98)
4 For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, that through endurance and encouragement of the Scriptures we might have the expectation.

Today, many may think the Bible was written to others and has no value for us today. Even when those writings are so old, they are still valuable today. When you want to take time to listen to those words you shall find that those ancient words shall also speak to you.

You shall come to see that Scripture frequently provides general truths that are broadly applicable to a variety of situations. The book of books brings an overview of human history, the way people related to other people and to nature and to the Maker of everything.  The Bestseller of all times leaves it to us to discern how the advice given in those old writings should be applied.
In Matthew 22:21, rabbi Jeshua says to give back to “Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Rather than giving us a list of what belongs to God and what is due the government, Jesus expects us to use godly wisdom to apply this general rule and work out the details for ourselves.

Each time we go reading in that ancient piece of literature we should remember that when it was written there was an other way of speaking than today. When not speaking the original languages of those works, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, you should try to come to understand the expressions of those times and of those people. You should come to see when idioms are used and what they mean. No matter what language you speak,even when there is no translation of the set-apart Scriptures, you should be able to find some good Bible translation in a language you should be able to understand.

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Gerard Dou – Reading the Bible – WGA06644 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may come to read one book after the other, or may come to read them at random. You may follow a reading plan. Whatever way you choose to explore the Bible best is to make sure you cover the whole book. Some may find it easier to follow when they use plans that match certain books together to give more of a chronological feel to the reading. I would recommend to make sure that you try to read the Bible once a year at least, with some portions read multiple times.

When focussing on a certain Bible book and letting yourself be carried away by the main subject you might find such an intense reading can be transformative.

You also could take up the book and let it fall open. Then reading that part as a matter of a devotional act for the day – in order to get a spiritual boost for that day. In such case remember that devotionalism is a way of reading Scripture for a lift rather than for truth. It’s reading the Bible as a self-help book designed to give you nuggets to get you through the day. When you do that, do not forget to take up the Bible in the evening to continue your daily portion of bible reading, which goes from one chapter into the next chapter.

I do know that there is so much else that is good to read and each of us has lots of things to read each day. Do know when reading the Bible it shall not take so much time as the other books. And when accustomed to the language of the Bible you shall even notice that your reading shall go smoother.

Naturally it shall be a choice every one has to make. How much time do you want to spend at reading the Bible, which would be the same as listening to the Most High HasHem. When you love somebody intense, I am sure it would not take any effort to read the letters of that loved one. The same for the Words of God, the Bible, which are His letters to mankind.

The Bible is God His letter to the world. It are letters about Him but addressed to you and me, and all those around us. When reading them you shall notice how they draw you in.

Your challenge is always to reapply Scripture afresh, time over and over again, because God’s purpose is always to rescript your life.

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How to Read the Bible

How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

How to Read the Bible (sequel 2)

Making Time for God is crucial

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Additional reading

  1. Devotees and spotters
  2. Written down in God’s Name
  3. A way to look for Christ, the Bible, Word of God
  4. No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation
  5. A masterly copied and reproduced Word to feed the minds
  6. Daily Spiritual Food To prepare ourselves for the Kingdom of God
  7. God’s never-ending stream of much-needed mercies
  8. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
  9. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #6 Words to feed and communicate
  10. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
  11. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  12. Unread bestseller
  13. Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  14. Written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope
  15. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  16. An uncovering book to explore
  17. Hearing words to accept
  18. Choose Green: Reading and talking about your ideas leads to success.
  19. Let us being filled each day by the Word of God
  20. Dedicated daily reading of God’s word to create a vibrant faith within us
  21. Genre – Playing by the Rules
  22. The Need to Understand Genre
  23. Necessity of a revelation of creation 10 Instructions for insight and wisdom
  24. Necessity of a revelation of creation 12 Words assembled for wisdom and instruction
  25. Not about personal salvation but about a bigger Plan
  26. We may not be ignorant to get wisdom
  27. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  28. Aim High: Examples of Godly Characters to follow
  29. God’s wisdom for the believer brings peace
  30. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  31. How to Choose a Bible for Preaching
  32. 2020 years since
  33. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  34. God who knows the heart
  35. Those who love Jesus
  36. God giving signs and producing wonders

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How to Read the Bible

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Today, in a short blog post, we are going to try to dive pretty deep theologically and philosophically. I want to begin with a quote from a pretty well-known Biblical scholar at Wheaton, named John Walton, who apparently Larry went to school with, which makes me quite jealous. Walton writes…

Though even the Bible speaking in an ancient Voice the Most High Creator took care that His Words would spread all over the world and would reach the many different peoples in a language they can understand.

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To be careful and to remember

John Walton writes

God … adopted the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.

or “we could say incarnated Himself” writes who regularly preaches at Bethany Community Church.  With that incarnation he probably does mean something different than what we would understand by bringing life into His Word. Naturally we do know the Almighty never incarnated into something or some one. But what God provided, was that God His Word came to the people

“in the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.”

or, as John Walton puts it,

“[The Bible’s] message transcends the culture in which it originated, but the form in which the message was imbedded was fully permeated by the ancient culture.”

We should believe the Bible is authoritative, and we should take the words of those 66 different books as containing all the necessary.

We may never forget that

We need to be open to letting the Bible speak in its own voice, not in ours.

This is so often forgotten by lots of people, who prefer to take all those added notes by theologians as more telling than the words in the bible text itself.

When reading the Bible we should know that we have God’s Word in our hands and that we should open our ears to what He is saying.  We should be humble enough not to think human beings who went to a theological college would know it better than Him. Reading the Bible is a way of  hearing God’s word when we are prepared to have our ears and eyes open for what the Most High wants to tell and show us.

We do have to allow Scripture to guide us on what to do and how to serve the Most High. Whatever happens and whenever in our life we can turn to the Bible. In times of sadness, joy, worry or bereavement there is He Who wants to talk to us. It is up to us to be willing to hear what God has to say.

Being humble with our interpretations, because we aren’t perfect, we always should remember that god’s Word is perfect and does not need any adding by human beings.

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How to Read the Bible (sequel 1)

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Find also to read:

  1. Absolute Basics to Reading the Bible
  2. Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe

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itsownvoice.pngToday, in a short blog post, we are going to try to dive pretty deep theologically and philosophically. I want to begin with a quote from a pretty well-known Biblical scholar at Wheaton, named John Walton, who apparently Larry went to school with, which makes me quite jealous.

Walton writes this, “We must notice that when God wanted to talk to the Israelites about their intellect, emotions, and will, he did not revise their ideas of physiology and feel compelled to reveal the function of the brain. Instead, he adopted the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.”

For me, that last line is incredibly important… “[God] adopted” – or we could say incarnated Himself – “in the language of the culture to communicate in terms they understood.” What this means is that the message of the Bible is imbedded and formed by the ancient cultures of…

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