Below are tomorrow's notes:
1. Observe: What does it say?
2. Interpret: What does it mean?
3. Apply: What do I/you/we do with this?
1. Pray: It’s a “team” effort.
2. Start with Bible.
3. Ask questions.
4. Consult references (e.g., Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary, Mounce’s Dictionary of OT/NT terms, Internet sites (trusted, please!).
5. Begin answering questions.
Cover Many Bases: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, So What? (Professor Howard Hendrix/Dallas Theological Seminary)
E.g., Mark 4: 35-41
Who: Textual Context: Verse 34 explains “them” in verse 35. Jesus is talking to His disciples.
What: A summary in your own words. They (Jesus & disciples) are leaving a large crowd and preparing to cross a lake when a violent storm hits. The disciples awaken Jesus, who was sleeping, and accuse Him of not caring about their welfare. Jesus uses three words to calm the storm then questions the faith of His students. The disciples are terrified and astounded.
When: Verse 35 tells us it is evening. Can you imagine the amplified terror of this scene in darkness?
Where: We go back to the beginning of the chapter (4:1) to learn that the crowd was so large, Jesus took a boat out onto the lake to make room for more people on land. The disciples have joined Jesus in boats. They are preparing to go from one side of the lake to the other. What lake? See 2:1. Geographical context: Capernaum/Sea of Galilee, a location known for especially violent squalls when cool mountain air meets shallow, semi-tropical waters (The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands).
Key Words: Two other Gospel accounts: (Matthew 8:22-27, Luke 8: 21-25). “Very much afraid” versus “amazed” (Mt.)?
Why: Why is this story important? What can we deduce? Is this a story about boating? Or storm preparedness? Or is it more likely a message about faith?
So what (Application): What’s the take-away? What are we to learn in 2008 from God's revelation? Are there furious storms in your life? How do you respond? Do you worry? Are you anxious? Or are you stepping out and abiding by faith?
Next Time: Read, analyze and interpret Hebrews 2:18. Who is this about? Any key words? What is the context? Is there application value for us today?