Thursday, February 14, 2008

How To Study the Bible: Session 5

Notes for those who missed our awesome meeting on Tuesday...

The Questions…

Who, What, When, Where, Why (observation/interpretation), How, So What ( interpretation)?

… that comprise these tasks:

1. Observation
2. Interpretation
3. Application

Let's keep observing the text... going a little deeper:

o Key Words (“save” in Luke 23: 32-39, "love" in John 21: 15-17, "rested" in Genesis 2:2-3)
o Advice, Admonitions, Warnings, Promises (“Behold!” “You shall not…” “Woe to you [Scribes & Pharisees]”)
o Reasons, Results (… “therefore,” “because”)
o Contrast, Comparisons, Illustrations (Mark 12: 41-43: widow’s “penny” versus all other contributors)
o Repetition and Progression of Ideas (…Ro 1: “…God gave them over to…)
o Questions (Jesus and the Sadducees… Matthew 22.)
o Connectives
o Grammar
o Atmosphere/Feeling
o Literary Form (genre)
o General Structure (e.g., theme stated up front or text culminates in main idea at end?)

Helpful to “bracket” sentences when looking for and analyzing key points:

(Note: blogging does not allow proper formatting/indentation of what follows... please ask me for hand-out or refer to Wald's example on page 20 in Discovery book. Also see that I inserted green brackets.)

Matthew 6: 25-34

25.{ "Therefore I tell you,
do not worry about your life,
what you will eat
or drink;
or about your body,
what you will wear.
Is not life more important than food,
and the body more important than clothes?}
26. {Look at the birds of the air;
they do not sow or reap
or store away in barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?
27. Who of you by worrying
can add a single hour to his life?}
28. {And why do you worry about clothes?
See how the lilies of the field grow.
They do not labor or spin.
29. Yet I tell you
that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these.
30. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field,
which is here today
and tomorrow is thrown into the fire,
will he not much more clothe you,
O you of little faith?}
31. {So do not worry, saying,
'What shall we eat?'
or 'What shall we drink?'
or 'What shall we wear?'
32. For the pagans run after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows
that you need them.
33. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things
will be given to you as well.}
34. {Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.}

For Next Session:

1. Underline in Scripture above any word you think might be especially important, including words that are repeated. Then, go through again and try to identify key words.

2. Questions are the bridge between observation and interpretation. Note any questions you have of the above text. (Don't provide answers just yet... we are still observing!)

Random Comments

Don't worry... there's a distant "click."

It's your recipe! (No way... it is not.)

When you read this in Greek... you see that the word "love" means something different in the way Jesus is using it versus Peter! (KP... this was stunning... thank you for sharing!)

"What game are we playing today?" asked the pastor in passing.

Where is Evelyn?

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