Multiply – Why study the bible?

 

2 Timothy 3 Why study the bible?

Sunday 1st March 2020

 

TESTIMONIES : Breathe camp – Introduction

 

 We live in very challenging times and in order to be good stewards of the scriptures and committed disciple makers, we need to be aware of why the study and not just the reading of the bible is critical? Paul describes his situation 2000 years ago, but not much has changed.

Terrible times in the last days – people lovers of self-money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful.. not lovers of the good, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

Having a form of godliness but denying its power – this really struck me as a deep challenge in the church.

Always learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth !!! Study that leads us to truth that sets us free!!!

Teachers who oppose the truth – their folly will be made clear to everyone. TV is quite good for this.

We also need to find the balance between : Truth and holiness and Love and unity – Michael Cassidy. “The Word,” of course, is Jesus, and John tells us more about Jesus’ coming into the world later in his prologue: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:14). When John describes the beautiful life of Jesus, he says that Jesus came with both grace and truth. LOGOS,PATHOS,ETHOS,THEOS.

You however (Timothy) –

Paul shows Timothy how to study the Bible through :

  1. WAY OF LIFE

    2. PURPOSE – FAITH PATIENCE LOVE… FRUITS NB

    PERSECUTIONS – LIVING GODLY LIVES WILL LEAD TO PERSECUTION.

    3. CONTINUE IN WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED AND HAVE BECOME CONVINCED OF – THIS IS SO POWERFUL. THE BEST MESSAGES COME OUT OF A CONVINCED HEART. LIFE-CHANGING TESTIMONY.

    4. KNOW THE ONE- JESUS AND THE ONES THAT HAVE TAUGHT YOU – EXAMINE THEIR LIVES – EXAMINE THEIR WORDS AND BE DISCERNING

    5. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE SCRIPTURE AS BEING GOD BREATHED – INSPIRED BUT ALSO BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE READING AND THE LITERARY STYLE THE WORD IS WRITTEN IN:

     

    There are many different literary styles that God used in bringing His word to us. He has done this, in part, because some styles are better at conveying a certain message than others.

     

    It is important to interpret Scripture according to its literary styles so we might better grasp what is being said. For example, when the Bible says that God “shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge…” (Psalm 91:4), it’s imperative to understand that poetic language is being used, and not historical narrative.

     

    It’s also important to know that some books of the Bible even contain different literary styles within the very same book.

     

    6.Let’s take a look at some of those styles found in God’s Word:

     a. Law/Statutory

     

    Much of the first five books of the Bible is statutory in nature. Old Testament laws are worth understanding, as they show us what God required of His people. Although many of the laws are no longer applicable (such as priestly laws), they still teach us what God is like and help us understand what He desires of us. This understanding is called “The Threefold Purpose of the Law”.  The first purpose of the Law is to be a mirror, reflecting both the perfect righteousness of God and the sinfulness of humans. The second purpose of the Law is for the restraint of evil. The third purpose of the Law is to show us what is pleasing to God. If we view the Law in this manner, we then have a better understanding of ourselves and are able to follow God more faithfully.  Examples of the books of the Law would be Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

     

    b. Genealogical

     

    Genealogies, in the Bible, are lists that document a family lineage. These lists of names cover many generations (sometimes even skipping generations), showing lines of descent over many centuries at times. They provide us with an important historical record that is sometimes used to prove who someone is.  In the case of Christ, it demonstrates his lineage according to prophecy.  Genealogies are found in Genesis 5, Matthew 1, Luke 3, etc. Numbers

     

    c. Historical Narrative

     

    Historical narratives are factual accounts, written in prose, of what happened at a certain time and place, and involve people, nations, and events. The writers of these historical records often did not make judgments on what was happening.  They only reported what actually occurred, both good (healings, miracles, etc.) and bad (murder, theft, etc). With that being the case, when making judgments, historical narratives must be viewed and interpreted in the full light of Scripture.  Historical books are Joshua, Ruth, Esther, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, etc.

     

    d. Poetry

     

    Some of the best poetry ever written is found in God’s Word. Some books in the Old Testament are written entirely in poetry. Hebrew poetry does not have a rhyming structure in the way much of the poetry in English does. Instead, Hebrew poetry is based on the structure of the text, with meter and rhythm (as well as the use of a variety of literary techniques) often being the important elements that make up the structure of the poem. There is a wide variety of poetic types found in Scripture, particularly in the Psalms.

     

    e. Prophecy

     

    A prophetic utterance in the Bible means “to foretell or proclaim.” The prophets acted as God’s spokesmen, prophesying His message (which was usually a warning and a call to righteousness).

    Almost every book of the Bible contains some kind of prophecy. Often times, a prophecy had immediate relevance to the people to whom it was given. But many prophecies have two fulfillments, the initial fulfillment shortly after they were given and a longer-term fulfillment. Because of that, when we read prophecy it is important to consider how the original readers would have understood it. By placing prophecies in this context, it prevents the mistake of looking for modern “fulfillments” which were never intended.  Some prophetic books would be Daniel, Ezekiel, Revelation.

     

    f. Proverbial/Wisdom Literature

     

    Proverbs and wisdom literature are short statements of truth for common and general rules of life (which have exceptions). The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes contain many such sayings that deal with a variety of aspects of daily living that can be used as a general guide.

     

    g. Parable

     

    Parables are a unique style of communicating stories and are used to illustrate a single point. They were often used by Jesus in the Gospels. There are also a few parables in the Old Testament (Trees making a king, Judges 9:7-15; The Parable of the Ewe Lamb, 2 Samuel 12:1-4, etc.). Although parables always had a message, they were often designed to prevent some people from correctly understanding what was being said at the immediate time (Mark 4:10-12).   Some parables in the New Testament can be found in Luke 18:9-14, Pharisee and Tax Gatherer and Luke 10:30 -37, The Good Samaritan.

     

    h. Epistle/Letter

     

    Epistles were personal correspondences written to a particular party. They were written for a particular church or individual, and often addressed several topics. These letters were written with a familiarity of the areas or problems being discussed and with an apostolic tone of authority. We find value in these epistles in that they provide us with timeless truths on difficult issues that still arise today.  Some of the Epistles are Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, 1 &2 Timothy, etc.

    CONCLUSION

    Last but not least let us not underestimate the power of God’s living Word to transform lives – if we are not sharing The Word like this then nothing is changing because we are showing a form of godliness but denying its power. May we be a people who are more and more convened of the transforming power of the Word of God and may we study it to be found : 2 Timothy 2:14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 

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