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So here we see this great seasoned student of the Scripture saying "I've got to read it repeatedly and the more I read it the more I observe." That's the genius of the Word of God and why it is unlike any other book.
(Tried by Fire - Exposition of 1 Peter - Long for the Pure Milk) Recommended Resource: ! Always begin your Bible reading with prayer for divine guidance.To help facilitate this goal of knowing God better (John 17:3) and growing more like his Son (2Peter -note), be alert for the "periodic pit stops" which we call - these junctures will give you an opportunity to practice what you are reading and this in turn will help you to "internalize" what you are reading and will increase your retention and your confidence to apply these techniques in your daily time with God in His Word.As you become more comfortable with these techniques, you will increasingly experience the joy of self discovery of precious nuggets of Truth.We live in a fast paced society and honing the vital skill of observation is not the natural inclination for most of us.We want answers fast (How many times have you heard someone say "Just Google it"?Is not this the approach we should take to "the letter" called the Bible written by the One Who "demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Ro 5:8-note)?
(aorist imperative) the deeds you did at first or else I am coming to you, and will remove your lampstand out of its place-- unless you repent." (Re 2:4-note; Re 2:5-note) TWO PREREQUISITES - For Productive Inductive Bible Study Martin Luther whom God used to return His church to a Sola Scriptura approach (only the Scriptures) which birthed the Reformation, described what in essence is an inductive approach to Bible study when he said... First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest might fall .
) and are loathe to linger too long observing a section of Scripture.
But frankly, what better object to linger upon lovingly and long, than the eternal Word of Truth, the very revelation from the Creator to His creatures! And so we need to learn and practice the art of observation for as Yogi Berra once said... Dr H T Kuist would agree with Yogi for he defined observation as "the art of seeing things as they really are." Kuist goes on to add that observation entails seeing "impartially, intensely and fearlessly." Robert Traina rightly concludes that the goal of observation "is to enable one to become saturated with (Ed: filled completely with so that it permeates or pervades one's entire being) the particulars of a passage so that one is thoroughly conscious of the (object being observed).
Do you remember how you responded when you received that letter? And when it did come, you blocked out everything, opened the envelope and devoured every word, every nuance, every innuendo, as you read the letter from your beloved..you read it not just once but over and over and over.
You permitted nothing to interfere with reading the letter from beginning to end.
The text will be illumined by the context, or scripture immediately preceding and following.