Why Study Bible Passages? Isn't Reading Enough?

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At first glance the bible may look like a book that was taken from the shelves of an ancient library. Lots of words and not even one picture!

With only 24 hours and so much to get done, studying the bible may seem like an unnecessary burden in our Christian lives, when we can just read a few verses and just call it a day.

Can’t we just skip studying all together?

In this post we will talk on what makes the bible so different; share some essential reasons why we should begin studying today; and offer a tip on how we can get started.

What is the bible?

First lets talk about what the bible is:

The word bible comes from the Latin term 'book'. And it is a collection of books written by several persons as God inspired them. It not only documents history but present and future events.

Imagine, the things of the world are unraveling exactly how God intended it to be.

The main purpose of the Bible is an introduction to God: who he is, and his plan and purpose for mankind.

What makes the Bible so different from other books?

The Bible is simply the written Word of God. And that by itself makes it different from any other book.

Think about it …

If someone told you this won’t you be interested to know what God had to say?

I know I would.

Right after getting over the initial shock and question of whether God physically wrote it himself! lol

When I began studying my bible it was life changing

I can join with Jen in realizing that there is very real power in sitting at the feet of Jesus.

I started studying ( more like trying to study :) ) my bible in early days of my Christian walk.

Not because I was told that I should, but because I was simply curious. I had ( and still have) questions about everything and I wanted to find the answers myself.

I was not the type to accept anything at face value, just because it came from a preacher’s mouth. I wanted to ‘find God’ for myself.

I wanted him to teach me…himself.

To open my eyes so that I can see the truth of his word …. himself.

That might sound a little bit rude, but I call it radically.

Isn’t that what Paul told Timothy? To ‘study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not be ashamed…”

When I listened to a message:

I thought, 'well God, if you can open that preacher’s understanding, then why not me?'

Yes my bible studies started out rocky at first but it did not take long for me to realize that I really enjoyed the 'seek-and-ye-shall-find' process. And with that, several other things happened to me:

  • I grew a tremendous love for His Word: craved it like food; like water; like sunlight. It became my friend: literally. Through any trial, I knew that I could find solace, direction, and comfort in His word. I knew that Jesus Christ had my back!
  • I realized that the Word built a defense around me. When trials came in as a flood, the word within me kept me strong and confident.
  • I learned to appreciate God for who He is
  • I became stable: not easily swayed by other's opinions and interpretations of the Word

Surely, if these happened to me while studying the bible, I can happily say that your walk with God is about to take on a new spunk if you choose to do the same.

I know what you are thinking ...

The Bereans did it in the book of Acts:

Acts 17: 11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

You see, it is one thing to be informed of something remarkable ( in a sermon for example) and its quite another situation when you are first hand witness.

Because when God open your eyes and you saw it yourself, or it was given to you no one, and I mean no one, can take that away.

No one can dissuade you.

And that’s what I wanted.

Not just random, not-quite-sure-whether-it’s-correct information from Google or anyone for that matter.

Like an archeologist, I wanted to dig and find the treasure myself!

Seriously Joan, I have some mighty fine reasons for wondering why study bible passages

You probably do have some good reasons. Do they fall into one or more of these challenges below?

1.     Time: It's difficult to find time while juggling all obligations that are stacked up against me right now. Why study bible passages when I can just read a few verses?

 2.     Unsure: why study bible when I am not even sure how to begin? The fear of misinterpreting the scriptures can hinder even the strongest of us

3.     Why study bible: it's just honestly boring, Joan: I fall asleep just thinking about reading a chapter. I don't understand a thing!

4.     Why study bible when its just impractical: Certain things in the Bible just seem unrealistic and hard to believe.

5.     Why study bible, it's History: I hated history in school! This is all about past events. What does that have to do with my present or my future?

6.     Why study bible, when it's just one contradiction after another: After all, why did Solomon get away with having soo many wives and concubines and I have to stick with one spouse?

( let me share a secret here --- it's probably for the best. lol. )

 7.   Why study bible: Is it going to pay off?: After spending all that time studying the bible what will be the end result? What good will that knowledge do?

Reasons why you should study the bible

Apart from the reasons listed above there are three more important reasons to consider

Why Study Bible #1: Are you trying to know and understand God's will for your life? Then just study the word of God because the Word of God IS the Will of God.

Deut 28: 9 - 12 says:

9 "The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow."

I had to write the whole scripture!

I had to let you see the Will of God for our lives. It's written right here is this scripture and all over the bible. He clearly show his intentions for his people and that's his will.

So you do not have to go far. You do not have to wonder any longer, all you have to do is study the Bible. Fill your spirit with His words, walk in His Word, speak His words in prayer over your life and future; and you will be walking in his will!

Imagine, it is that simple.

What a blessed God we serve!

Why Study Bible #2: Why would God think it's important to have his Word written down for us to read?

In Habakhuk 2: 2 God told the prophet

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it

God told Habakkuk to write everything down so that the message can be clear and accurate for anyone that reads it.

But if we were to dig a little deeper into ‘he may run that readeth it’ you will realize that he was not just talking about anyone, but heralds or carriers of a message.

Heralds were persons officially tasked as messengers of news. Whose complete purpose was to take news from one area to another.

So of course the message had to be clear so that the herald does not misinterpret and carry the wrong message. Right?

Well herein lies a powerful answer for anyone wondering why study bible passages. For we are his messengers today. His heralds.

How will we know what message to carry unless we read? How will we understand the message unless we study?

Our purpose is to be true witnesses; carriers of the message that Jesus saves and delivers. That he is still in the healing business and the delivering business. That God is not dead, he is fully alive!

But how can we carry a proper message to others unless we ourselves understand?

It is our purpose to make sure that the message we carry is correct and true.

We must also have answers for anyone that might ask questions

That’s why we must study the Word.

And that lead me to the next reason …

Why Study Bible #3: It's written in God's Word

Paul told Timothy

2 Timothy 2:15 to “study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth

Wow, there is so much that can be unraveled just from this one scripture. But this is not a bible study lesson and for fear that I get carried away, I will say just this one thing:

Paul used the word ‘study’ not read.

Study means ‘devoting time and attention to acquiring knowledge on a particular subject’

So its not a one time thing. Or just reading a few passage of scripture each day. It’s a desire to know and seek after God's will. It’s constant.

The scripture goes on to say in other words that ‘God approves’. This process is well pleasing to God.

He wants each and every one of us to know him. To really know him. To have an intimate relationship with him. And we can only achieve that if we spend time with him in his Word.

Finally …

Why Study Bible #4: We would starve

Three simple words ‘we will starve’ but so powerful.

We are more than just flesh and blood. We are spirit. And when we chose salvation through Jesus Christ our spiritual man became renewed. So we begin to hunger for him.

To hunger for His Word.

To thirst after Him just like dry and barren land thirst for water.

I know it happens to you because it happens to me all the time.

We are no longer satisfied with just listening to messages, we want more.

We are hungry!

And the Word of God is our Food.

If we do not eat of it, we would feel empty and bare and frustrated. We would starve.

That’s why you are on the internet right now, looking for either bible lessons or wanting to have your own personal bible study because your spirit man wants to be fed!

Listen to what Jeremiah say:

Jeremiah 15:16 “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts”

When you feed yourself through the word, you will begin to get stronger. Not only stronger but you will begin to get ‘sensitive’ to the things of God.

You will know when and how he wants you to move, and what he would like you to say. He will begin drawing you to him. Your desire for prayer will shoot through the roof!

It’s all in the plan of God.

If we don’t eat of his word through studying, eventually the desire for more of him will begin to dwindle.

My oh my, David penned it so beautifully when he said:

Psalms 119:103 “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

It really does taste that sweet: like honey!

My heart's desire is that you would come to know that taste. Wow, it is delicious!

I hope that I have managed to renew your desire to seek of God through his word.

Let’s see if we can begin making some time to do so daily.

This tip below might help ...

Tip on Why Study Bible passages: Finding Time For Study

Why not try using your lunch hour?

If we were to carry our lunches with us, it would only take about 15 minutes to settle down and eat our meal. Now we have 45 minutes to spare. Instead of using that time to do what we usually do which is

  • Catch up on work
  • Relax
  • Run errands
  • Check in on the kids

Why not make this a time for Bible study?

It does not have to be every lunch hour. Just schedule one or two days per week for bible study and use that time to not only feed your body but your spirit.

Before choosing a day. Do these first:

Scope out the area that you are going to use: Is it safe? Is it quiet? Will there likely be any disturbances? Is it well lit? Does it have wifi so that you can log on to online bible resources?

Pack your bag with bible study necessaries ( a mini bible, notepad, pen, maybe a bible study aid …or you can opt to use google)

Now that you have chosen a day:

Prepare and pack your lunch ( this not only saves you money but time. So you will not have to use precious minutes getting something for the tummy)

Now you are ready for your bible studying session!

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