Notes on a sermon on how to study the scriptures, and the attitude we must take when reading the Word of God.
The value of observation.
2 Timothy 2:15
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." NIV
Study: the diligent pursuit of knowledge of a certain subject.
1 Peter 3:15-16
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."
God's Word, the Bible, is our moral compass, to give direction and meaning in life. It is the answer to the meaning of life.
9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.
13 Now all has been heard;
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
Psalms 119 is about the benefits of studying and following God's edicts.
excerpt, verses 33-40:
33 Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;
34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
40 How I long for your precepts!
Is it enough to be a "good" Bible student?
Sherlock Holmes once said, "You see, but you do not observe..."
There are driving tests that challenge you on your power of observation of road signs, and the test will start out by asking, how good are your powers of observation?
Just as Jesus said in Matthew 13:16 " But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear."
The prophet Elisha's servant had such an experience in 2 Kings 6:15-18.
16 "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them."
17 And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, "Strike these people with blindness." So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
While we may not see something as dramatic as the LORD's army, we can gain insight and understanding from the scriptures in the same way. By praying and asking God for the ability to be enlightened by his Word.