We posted this last year November but think that with regard to the pandemic; and politicians, governors, and mayors trying to exert their power; and earthquakes, hurricanes and wild fires raging the world; it would be helpful to be reminded how to rightly divide God’s Word.
The article below was written by Rick Morse in the Nov-Dec 2019 issue (pg 4+5) of Cornerstone Magazine. We hope you enjoy it.
10 COMMANDMENTS for BIBLE STUDY
“Be diligent to present thyself approved to God –
a workman irreproachable, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15, (Young’s Literal Translation)
In His wisdom, our God has placed what we might consider three “sentinels” in His Word – one at the beginning, one in the middle, and one at the end (Deut. 4:2; Prov. 30:5- 6; Rev. 22:18-19). It is to warn all who read it to neither add nor take away from what He has chosen to reveal. He also inspired Paul to exhort Timothy to study the Word of God with diligent care, to pursue an orderly and consistent approach to discovering its truths (2 Tim. 2:15). Out of gratitude to those have mentored and nurtured my own interest in Bible study, I offer these ten “rules of thumb”. If observed, they will enable the eager Bible student to rightly divide the word of truth, and to avoid many popular but harmful bypaths which are so readily available today.
1. Observe What The Text Says
Forcing a preconception on what is written usually leads to error. Reading and re-reading a portion slowly, and out loud, is the best way to take in every word. Notice every detail, verb, order, progression, pattern, etc. God does not do things haphazardly. Before we even begin thinking about what the Bible teaches, we need to first establish what the Bible says.Continue reading “10 COMMANDMENTS for BIBLE STUDY”