January 21st, 2017: How do I understand what I just read in the Bible?

Have you ever read a passage and sat and thought- I have no idea what I just read?! Don’t just move on. Take some time to soak it in… read on to today’s blog post for 2 easy tips to get you started. 

Saturday. I love Saturdays. Full of morning snuggles and birthday parties. I found some time this evening to get my reading in. I admittedly haven’t SOAP journaled, but that’s okay. I’ll write my SOAP tomorrow. Tonight I wanted to share my verse and a slight insight to Bible translations. Tonight I started Exodus! 

Exodus 1-2, Psalm 88 and Luke 21

My verse tonight was 
Luke 21:14-15 NKJV

14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.

A small insight on observation: this is Jesus speaking about the end days. Christians will be persecuted and Jesus says not to worry about what we will say. 

Something I’ve been wanting to share is how to get more out of reading through the Bible. I did a Bible study a few years ago called “How to Read the Bible for Life”. If your church ever offers a class on how to understand the Bible, take it! It was so full of great wealth. Here are a few tips to understand a passage better, most of which I got from that class I took in 2012. 

Here are 2 Simple ways to understand better:

#1: Understand the context of your passage. This is a lot of what the “O”, observation, of SOAP journaling is about. Who is writing? Who is the passage about? What event is being written about? Go a little Deeper and read the notes in the beginning of the book you’re reading if you have a study Bible. These are a wealth of knowledge. 

#2: Look up other translations. Some examples are word for word from the original languages while others are paraphrased. Reading a verse or chapter in a new translation can help you understand because of the word language  chosen may be easier to relate to or understand. 

Here is an example with my verse from today. 

LUKE 21:14-15

New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.

New International Version (NIV)

14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
English Standard Version (ESV)

14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
New Living Translation (NLT)

14 So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, 15 for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!

I hope these tips help you to dig deeper while reading. 

Happy Saturday,

Jessica 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s