Go Deep Into The Bible
Matthew 4:4: But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
There are many beneficial ways to study the Bible. Whatever method of Bible study the Lord gives you will be a rich blessing. My first time through it I rushed through so I could say that I had read the whole Bible. I don*t know how many times I have read through the Bible but I do know that I have listened to it on tape over a hundred times. I discovered that Bibles on tape consisted of about 50 cassettes with about 90 minutes on each tape. That meant that I could listen to the entire Bible in about 75 hours. When it took about an hour one way to get to work I could listen to the entire Bible in about 75 workdays or about 15 weeks or about four months. The Lord gave me one job on which I was permitted to listen to the Bible on tape much of the time as I worked. Some read through the Bible every year. Some memorize large passages from the Bible. I have studied the Bible with a Concordance and a Bible dictionary near at hand. I study it with a Power Bible CD on my computer which cost only $7. It gives me quick access to 15 or 20 commentaries as well as the definition of every word in the Bible in their original language. When we memorize passages we focus over and over on words and phrases. Some are able to do that with just a few repetitions and others of us need many repetitions.
Recently the Lord has given me a new way to study the Bible. I read and study each phrase and each verse several times, much the same as I would if I wanted to memorize it. But I have a different goal than just memorizing it. I want to learn everything the Lord wants to teach me about Himself from every phrase. I want to be reminded of all truth about Him. I want to learn what He wants to teach me about myself and those around me from every phrase. I want to learn of every promise in every phrase. I want to learn everything about how He wants me to live and have relationships. I want to squeeze everything out of the Bible that He wants me to have. I am careful not to take these things out of context and I remember the context better.
As I study the Bible this new way it seems that the Lord is nearer and speaks more to my heart than ever before. It holds my interest more than other methods and I have far fewer distractions. When I am distracted I can get back into the Bible quicker. I go deeper into the Bible rather than wider. I am getting more quality from the Bible rather than just more quantity. Because it is more interesting I do get more quantity as well. Because it is more interesting I find that my Father who gave it is more interesting too. You might try it. The closest method to my present one was spoken about some years ago by John MacArthur. He would read a short book or section of a book in the Bible every day for a month. By the time the month was over he had gotten a great deal out of that book or section. If you know of other methods that delight you and bless you, I would love to hear about them.
John 3:3, 5: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. . . . 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Individuals who have not received Jesus and become born again will be unable to go deeply into truth about the Kingdom of God since they cannot see it or enter it. Just as they cannot see the inside of a house they are not in, they will be unable to see the inside of the Kingdom of God.