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My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,
delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.
knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.
For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
(2 Peter 1:20-21).
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
(2 Peter 1:3-4).
1. It cannot be understood with being read.
2. It must be read the same way one would read any other book.
The Bible is to be taken literally unless something in the
context demands a figurative explanation.
1. In Scripture – up is up and down is down.
2. A tree is a tree, birds are birds, days are days, weeks,
months and years are weeks months and years.
3. Water is water, animals are animals and humans are
1. Each book is an entity unto itself.
2. Though connected to the whole each
must be read for its own contribution to
1. The Old Covenant consists of 39
2. The New Covenant consists of 27
3. These two divisions are also called
2. The first 5 books are called The Law
a. These books are Genesis – Deuteronomy.
b. They were written by Moses.
c. They cover the beginning of the world and all things Genesis.
d. They end with Moses’ death and the second generation of Israelites poised to enter the Promised Land.
These books are Joshua – Esther
a. These are written by various writers.
b. They cover the conquering of the land through
Joshua to the carrying away of Israel into captivity and
c. The 10 northern tribes were carried away by the Assyrians
d. The 2 southern tribes were carried away by Babylon 697, 686,
e. The returns are covered in Ezra and Nehemiah.
a. These books are Job – Song of
b. These books are Divine wisdom, wise counsel from God on
how to live life.
c. Topics include:
2. evil men/women
3. fear of the Lord
8. Life’s meaning and more.
a. These books are Isaiah – Daniel.
b. These books were written by those
whose name they bear.
c. Lamentations is written by Jeremiah.
d. These prophets prophecy to Israel
concerning captivity, exhorting them to
turn away from idolatry and back to
a. These books are Hosea – Malachi.
b. These are written by those whose names they bear.
c. The last three are post exilic (after the exile)
d. There is no difference in Major or Minor prophets
The minor prophets are so designated because they
are generally shorter.
2. These books are Matthew – John
a. These books were written by those whose names they bear.
b. The gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
c. These books record this information.
d. They begin at his birth and end at his resurrection just prior
to his ascension.
e. There is only one gospel there are four accounts of the one
a. This book is written by Luke, the Physician
and author of the gospel of Luke.
b. The book of Acts is the one book of History in
the New Testament.
c. It covers the birth, growth, and spread of
the church, via the gospel of Jesus Christ.
d. The commission given to the apostles at the end
of the gospel is lived out in the book of Acts.
e. The book largely breaks down into events in the
life of Peter and Paul.
a. These are the books of Romans –
b. They were written to individuals and
congregations of the Lord’s church.
c. The epistles further reveal the mystery
of God, they exhort Christians to
live holy lives and correct errors from
a. The one book of prophecy in the New Testament.
b. The book is written by the apostle John.
c. It is written to the 7 churches of Asia concerning
things which must shortly come to pass.
d. The book vindicates the apostle’s and prophets, the
church is triumphant and the enemies of the Lord