Read and Study
Read the Bible and study it. Perhaps the greatest testament to study of the
scriptures is by Paul who in 2 Timothy 4:13 wrote "when
thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the
parchments." Here's the man who wrote most of the New Testament, the
man who had seen and spoken to the Lord Jesus and he wanted his copy of the
Scriptures. We should read the scriptures, meditate on them, read about them,
and memorize them. Read what else Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 4:12-15.
1 Timothy 4:12-15
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of
the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith,
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation,
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given
thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them;
that thy profiting may appear to all.
Verse 12 says that age does not equate to wisdom although many times it does.
I can be wiser in the ways of God if I dedicate time to study His word each
day at the age of 15 than a 65 year old who only eats of scripture on Sunday
mornings. In verse 13 Paul tells Timothy to read, preach, and study the word.
He goes on to say down in verse 15, meditate on Scripture and make time for
study so all can benefit from it.
According to results of a Gallup Poll in Focal Point magazine:
Book sales increase year to year but 80% of all books are read by 12% of
the American people
Only 58% of Americans have ever read a complete book
Only 1% of Christians ever visit a Christian bookstore.
Tim LaHaye in "How to study the Bible for Yourself" lists seven
things scripture memory can do for you
It will give you victory over sin.
It helps you overcome worry.
It will give you confidence in sharing your faith.
It speeds up the transforming process.
It assists you in discovering God's will for your life.
It helps in your other Bible Studies.
It outfits you for unlimited service to God.
Don't just read also memorize it; as the Psalmist wrote: "Thy word have I
hid in my heart." Remember the entire Bible is good for something.
2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All scripture is given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness:" Even "the boring begats", he begat
so and so who begat so and so, contain good things. Buried in there are a
lot of historical information and some good instruction. In it we are able
to know that Jesus was a descendant of Abraham, Jesse, and David as the messiah
must be. Also buried in there is the prayer of Jabez, which has become a
phenomenal piece of scripture to study in recent years.
Charles Spurgeon - "A Bible which is falling apart usually belongs to someone
who is not". I have heard another person say that we should try to wear out
a Bible once a year from use. I have had my current Bible since 1989 and
it is worn around the edges but far from worn out. Maybe it is the Bible
of Steel or maybe I don't use it enough.
A 5 year old asks her 7 year old brother "Why does grandma read her Bible
so much?" With all the wisdom of his extra 2 years he replies, "I guess she
must be cramming for her finals"
There is no final but there is a grade and it is pass or fail. We will pass
or fail in the judgment. That is why we must "Study to
shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15).