How To Make The Bible More Interesting To You

Here are a few ways that I believe will make the Bible more interesting to you.

Buy a Study Bible

I love my study Bible because it has a lot of commentary about the historical background, the audience to whom the book or letter (epistle) is being written to, and the purpose of the verses you’re reading. It can illuminate the meaning in some cases to know what happened before this and if it is meant for us or if it’s simply historical. The author’s notes are not inspired but they might be inspiring but also they might tell you something about the author or setting that you didn’t know about. It could help to clear up some verses that you’re puzzled by. There is safety in the multitude of counselors (Prov 11:14) and that includes the author’s and editors of some study Bibles.

Prescriptive and Descriptive

There is a difference in how you read Scripture. Some verses are prescriptive and some are descriptive. In other words, some Bible verses are prescriptive or prescribed for us to obey like in Mark 1:15 where Jesus said that the gospel of the kingdom is about repentance and belief or where the Apostle Paul tells his Greek audience that “God commands men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30) . That is prescriptive or prescribed for all of us just as if a doctor prescribed something for you but in some cases, it may be only for you. Then there are Bible verses that are descriptive like with the historical accounts of the ancient Israelites or on the Day of Pentecost. We can’t try to go to the Red Sea and raise our arms and staff to part the waters and we can’t claim that every time someone receives the Holy Spirit that an actual cloven tongue of fire will appear over them. Some writings in the Old Testament are written with qualifications, such as “Say to the children of Israel” so we can’t presume that everything in the Bible is prescriptive for us. In some cases, Bible verses are both prescriptive and descriptive like in the Book of Acts.


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