Asking questions is one pf the simplest method of learning. When we want to know about certain topics events, or places, we ask questions. We may even ask questions as to why somebody did this and do that. We ask because we need to be informed. If we do not want to lose our way when travelling, we ask somebody who actually knows the place. Before we buy something or accept somebody’s offer, we may need to ask how much it would cost us, because we do not want to lose money.
The same principle can be also applied when studying the Holy Scriptures. It is essential to ask the right questions. There are a number of ways we can study the Bible, but one of the most effective and simple approach to reading and understanding the Word of God involves 3 simple questions:
- What does the passage say? We need to observe what is said, how it was said? to whom it was said?
- What the passage means? How can we interpret the passage? Are we getting the right context? Is there any reference to other passages that I can look up to?
- What is it for me about what the passage is all about? What Am I going to do about what it says and meant?
Involving these questions in our study of the Bible might really help us learn more about God. Although most of the time, the Scriptures is what it says it is, plainly – there will be some passages that will mystify or confuse even the keenest observer, and that is where our passion of knowing more about God will be tested. We may just need to meditate and trust God to enlighten us.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3”