Isaiah 28:9-11 9Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
The bible is more than a collection of religious books and letters. To us, believers, it’s the road map to Heaven.
We need to make sure, we understand what it means if we want to follow what it says.
- I know nothing: The first thing is to empty ourselves of all old teaching, prejudice, and self justification. Let’s understand, that we know nothing. That the knowledge we are looking for, is in this book. It is not in what we already know, or what we think we know.
Pray: Since we know nothing, let’s ask the one who knows. Let’s pray, and ask our Father for wisdom, so he can open our minds and we can understand.
- Let’s focus: Sometimes our minds are traveling while we are reading. If this is the case, let’s keep reading until we are sure we are paying attention to what we are reading.
- Word meaning: If there is a word that we are not familiar with, let’s get the meaning in the dictionary. It would be better to use a bible dictionary, but a regular dictionary may also help.
- Dig into: While we read, let’s ask ourselves questions like why, how, where? For example, if we are reading on David and we find that he was betrayed by his own son. Let’s read farther and try to figure out why this happened?
We are going to find out that everything seems to have a reason why.
- Compare stories: Look for patterns, meditate in the stories.
- concordance: If you are concentrated in the reading of a specific passage, try different bible versions. Try also to analyze the words and their origin. Also study the historical contest. What was going on at that time? What happened before? What could be the mentality of the person in the story?
- Do not try to speculate: If is not there, do not create anything. Be honest to yourself and others when you share the word of God. Do not be afraid to say, I do not know. Remember that this is the word of God, not ours.
The fact that we are Christian does not mean that we need to know what we do not.
- Study Help: Also study other books of help, but do not relay completely on any book. Remember that the source is the bible.
- Complement the bible study: Study the history of the church. It comes very handy to understand our current situation. Also to study the fathers of the church help us to understand the Apostolic church and what was really the primitive church.
Another important aspect to consider is the location of books in the bible.
If you who are new to the bible, you need to know that the bible is divided into two major portions
The old testament and the new testament.
The old Testament is divided :
The Old Testament contains 39 books.
Books of law: Deuteronomy, Leviticus, Numbers
Literature or poems: Psalms, Proverbs, Songs of Songs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations
Prophets: Major and minors
Then The New Testament:
The New Testament contains 27 books which are mostly letters.
4 versions of The Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Book of Acts, Book of revelation and in between many letters written by The Apostles to the churches. Most of the letters where written by Paul.