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How does the Bible say the Bible should be studied?

Q4: How does the Bible say the Bible should be studied?

Hypothesis: How does the Bible say the Bible should be studied?

Introduction: Many people assume they can read their Bible anyway they like, and get any message they like. Will this lead to "truth" ? Not really. You can prove anything you like from Scripture if you doubt it's power. So it's important we ask the Bible itself how the Bible books should be read.

Method: See the Bible passages from one place in one Book.

Conclusion: The Bible method for reading Scripture found across one passage of two chapters of Scripture is as follows:-

  • (1) Measure truth using big and little marks..
  • (2) Build truth from the standard of Jesus.
  • (3) Plumb the truth against the judgement of other marks.
  • (4) Plough deeply until ..straight, soft and humble
  • (5) Beware of human traditions and false prophets..
  • (6) Behold the miracle wonder of meekness during study..
  • (7) Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit..

    Discussion:


    In the beginning...it's OK to start on milk..

    Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

    Here the passage begins, from the book of Isaiah how to read our Bibles. We start off the idea we are babies drinking milk.

    It's OK to read our Bibles as milk if a beginner.

    Here we see the first poetry picture simile. When a baby begins as a babe, only milk is used, but as the baby matures stronger foods are used, as nourishment.

  • Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
  • Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

    It is a very sad day indeed to see adult people still feeding upon the milk of the word, especially claiming to have spent years growing in Jesus.


    (1) Measure truth using big and little marks..

    Isa 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

  • Here in this verse are many Hebrew words that mean "marks" like on a "ruler". The measurement we have in mind is lined up with the big marks and little marks on the ruler.

    Here we see another poetry picture simile. When you measure something you start from a fixed known mark and measure from big marks and little marks until your object is judged by the big and little marks on your measuring standard. Thus when measuring any object, your need a standard and big and little marks that all must line up with what you're measuring.

    This poetry picture simile means to look up all references on whatever measuring of a word topic your studying and compare everything with that topic with everything the Bible has to say about that topic. That makes logic sense.

    Of course if you wanted to make a biased assessment, you would deliberately avoid other marks and choose the ones you want to exaggerate because you have some agenda already in mind. Thus highlighting one text over another, you can make any measuring of truth look towards your viewpoint.

    The Bible says instead, to look at all the evident marks on a topic before making a conclusion. Not only that, the Bible has many other passages to speak about how to read it's holy Scriptures.


    (2) Build truth from the standard of Jesus.

    Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

    When you read any measuring topic against the marks of other Scriptures, always cross reference the marks back to the chief corner stone, who is called Jesus. Since the Scripture Torah was written with Jesus in mind, it makes sense that every topic should be related to Jesus in some way. Thus Scripture should be Christ centered.

    Here we see another poetry picture simile. When building a building from stone, each stone is aligned back to the corner stone, so the message of the wall is straight true and without error.


    (3) Plumb the truth against the judgement of other marks.

    The "plummet" was a "weighted mark" used to make a building go up straight and true, that all the building blocks under study were found aligning themselves to the truth of the measurement.

    Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet:

    Isa 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

    Various building poetry pictures are presented here, all giving the simile of measuring truth, is found by measuring truth against all the big and little marks found on the topic of study. The message is study everything on the subject, not just here and there. Look up every reference. Than plumb the new theory of faith with the older known theories of faith, so we do not disregard the old building blocks in our wall of truth.


    (4): Plough deeply until ... straight, soft and humble...

    Isa 28:23 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech. 24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?

    Plough deeply the Words of the Bible, break down every clod into Hebrew meaning, and make sure you have the fine tithe of meaning, pure, uncluttered and unbiased. Ploughing removes the pride from our soils, so the tilth is soft enough for others to receive. Ploughing develops the humility required to be our brother's keeper.


    (5): Beware of the traditions of men..the false prophets..

  • Isa 29:4 And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.
  • Isa 29:9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink
  • Isa 29:10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
  • Isa 29:11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

    The Bible is not sealed that none cannot read it or understand. For the Holy Spirit will bring all who read the Scriptures into present truth.

  • Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
  • Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

    Beware of the traditions and commandments of men, false prophets who do not read Scripture correctly. Trust only in your Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to teach you, not a human priest.

    Mt 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

    Mt 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    Isa 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

    Beware of those who pretend to do good, but they are two faced, mouse water, skin deep Christians who teach only the commandments of men.


    (6):Bible study is a miracle wonder producing meekness..

  • Isa 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
  • Isa 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD,

    Bible study promises to not only grind your pride into fine tilth, and make you humble before GOD, it also comes with the miracle of meekness, being fixed on Jesus power flowing through your life.

    Isa 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

    Such Bible study promises to keep your erring and to help you see the true doctrines of the LORD.


    (7): Finally ask the Holy Spirit to talk to you..

    Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

    Beward of false smooth messages that deceive and seek to gain from you...

    Isa 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

    The Holy Spirit talks to you guiding you into all truth.

    How do you know you have the real Spirit talking to you? By your fruits, ye shall know them. Test yourself, how is my character? Is it like Jesus ?

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