Bible Study

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105Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Proverbs 1:15-16 (KJV)

 9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. Job 37:9 (KJV)

 9 But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it. Ezekiel 46:9 (KJV)

Bible study will be important during the Tribulation. Everyone wants to know what's happening next. The spiritual leader of every group is going to probably be very busy. Personally, I'd find ways to leave the spritual leader out of the survival chores, on the grounds that they're going to be busy as it is planning what will probably be daily lessons. You want your spiritual leader to be very versed in the Scriptures... if they're spending 8 hours a day harvesting water, food or firewood... then they're not going to have time.

Some keys to Bible study...

  1. Take the Bible literally unless it says not to. The Bible is very good about telling you something is a vision, and very good at telling you when not to take it literally. Unless you see something in the passage telling you what the key is in that passage, such as "I will shew you the meaning of the..." - take it literally. you cannot go wrong that way. All of the prophecies of Jesus Christ were fulfilled literally. That tells me that the rest of the Bible is to be interpreted literally as well
  2. Read the Bible in context. Most cults lose their powers over people when the people notice that the Bible tends to talk about something for a while. If a verse seems to talk about something, and the verses before and after it are all talking about something else, it;s a good bet that verse 14 is talking about the same topic that verses 1-13 and 15-22 are all talking about. That may seem simple and obvious, but cults like Messianic Judaism wouldn't have EVER gotten started if people had just read their Bibles.
  3. Compare Scripture with Scripture. These first three rules will explain most of the Bible difficulties you run into. You'll need lists of cross references - the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and a topical Bible go a long way towards helping to find he answers.
  4. The Lesser Clear verses give way to the more clear. I have found since graduating with my Ba. Div., that the less clear verses make perfect sense when you've first read all the clear verses on the topic. It's the subtle wording in those verses that make it clear. When you're not sure, and you have, say, 99 verses that say a Church is a local body and 2 verses that seem to indicate it's universal - trust the majority of the verses.

Helpful tools

  1. Bible Encyclopedia. A good Bible encyclopedia will go a long way towards making things understandable. The best one I've seen is the Way of Life Encyclopedia. I also recommend from the same website "Things Hard to Be Understood" and the "One Year Discipleship Course".
  2. Topical Bible. Be aware first that these tend to reflect denominational biases of the authors, so take them with a grain of salt. Torrey's is recommended and Nave's as well (be aware Nave has biases towards his denomination).
  3. Cross References. You can get a whole book of them, the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge.
  4. Webster's 1828 Dictionary.Really helpful for understanding words. The Websters (as opposed to Miriam-Websters) actually has Bible verses to help demonstrate the meaning of the words.
  5. Concordance. Most people use Strongs, which is good - but I also like young's. 
  6. Commentaries. If used properly, and used with an awareness they too are prone to doctrinal biases, can be helpful.

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