Wednesday Worship

Tsadhe

Righteous are you, O Lord,
and right are your rules.
You have appointed your testimonies
in righteousness and in all faithfulness.
My zeal consumes me,
because my foes forget your words.
Your promise is well tried,
and your servant loves it.
I am small and despised,
yet I do not forget your precepts.
Your righteousness is righteous forever,
and your law is true.
Trouble and anguish have found me out,
but your commandments are my delight.
Your testimonies are righteous forever;
give me understanding that I may live.

Psalm 119:137-144 (ESV)

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How to Study the Bible: Introduction

One of the most popular methods for studying the Bible is the inductive study method. A brief overview of that method can be seen here. Biblical illiteracy seems to be very prevalent these days and a lot of people seem to have never been taught how to study the Bible for themselves, but rather they just expect to learn what they need to know from their pastor or teachers on TV. As a result, people are not learning for themselves about the Bible but are getting spoon-fed by others. In a day and age where we have the advantage of being able to read and have the Bible available to us in our own language (multiple translations at that), we have unprecedented access to the greatest book on earth, yet we are not taking advantage of its treasures.

There are a lot of Bible study guides available and these can be useful in helping to dig into the Bible. But there is something exciting about digging into the Bible for yourself without the help of a study guide – learning how to interpret it and understanding what it’s saying. Before jumping in though, why is it so important that we learn to study the Bible for ourselves?

One reason is that it is commanded: 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us (NASB) “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

Another reason is that it reveals who Jesus is, so that we can have eternal life: John 20:30-31 (NASB) “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”

And, it helps us to grow in our Christian walk (it equips us): 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB) “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

There are a lot of different methods that can be used in studying the Bible. The primary method we will look at is probably the most popular method and that is the inductive study method. What does inductive mean? Inductive is starting from a general overview and then narrowing down to the specifics. In further blog posts, I’ll go into more detail on this method but here is a quick overview.

Step 1: Observation
Asking questions of the text, looking at what it says (not trying to get meaning out of it, just blanket observations)

Step 2: Interpretation
Taking the observations and extrapolating the meaning – based on what is observed, what does this text mean?

Step 3: Application
After understanding what the text means, we look at how we can apply it to our own lives.

Before we can begin our study however, there are some factors we need to consider. The Bible is a book that was written by various authors over a period of a few thousand years. It was written to different people in different cultural settings and historical backgrounds. And the type of literature varies from historical narrative to poetry to prophecy to letters. We live in a different place and time from the original authors and audiences. All these different factors play a part in how we interpret the Bible. In the next post in the series, we’ll look at some of these factors – the importance of context and understanding literary genres in the Bible.

*Source material for this blog series came from a variety of sources.
Living by the Book by Howard and William Hendricks
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkins
Lord, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days by Kay Arthur
Credo House Bible Boot Camp video series (link is broken, no longer posted)
Secret Church: How to Study the Bible series
How to Read the Bible by A.J. Conyers (out of print, but seemingly available used)

Wednesday Worship

Pe

Your testimonies are wonderful;
therefore my soul keeps them.
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.
I open my mouth and pant,
because I long for your commandments.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as is your way with those who love your name.
Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Redeem me from man’s oppression,
that I may keep your precepts.
Make your face shine upon your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
My eyes shed streams of tears,
because people do not keep your law.

Psalm 119:129-136 (ESV)

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery!

The theology of this song is rich!

The words (found here):

VERSE 1
Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity

In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us
VERSE 2
Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin

See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

VERSE 3
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory

See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold

VERSE 4
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes

– Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker, Matt Papa 2013

Wednesday Worship

Ayin

I have done what is just and right;
do not leave me to my oppressors.
Give your servant a pledge of good;
let not the insolent oppress me.
My eyes long for your salvation
and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
and teach me your statutes.
I am your servant; give me understanding,
that I may know your testimonies!
It is time for the Lord to act,
for your law has been broken.
Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.
Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:121-128 (ESV)

Questions to Consider in All We Do

Good questions to consider as we go throughout our day

Sojourner Between Worlds

EdificationWill this activity produce spiritual benefit?

EnslavementWill this activity lead to spiritual bondage?

ExposureWill this activity expose my mind or body to defilement?

EsteemWill this activity benefit others, or cause them to stumble?

EvangelismWill this activity further the cause of the gospel?

EthicsWill this activity violate my conscience?

ExaltationWill this activity bring glory to God?

From <https://www.gty.org/Blog/B151030>

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Wednesday Worship

Samekh

I hate the double-minded,
but I love your law.
You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word.
Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God.
Uphold me according to your promise,
that I may live,
and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
Hold me up, that I may be safe
and have regard for your statutes continually!
You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,
for their cunning is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,
therefore I love your testimonies.
My flesh trembles for fear of you,
and I am afraid of your judgments.

Psalm 119:113-120 (ESV)