Thought for today – 09/25/2011

INVESTIGATE

“One of the most critical skills needed in reading the Bible is the ability to see the details. Most of us read the Bible too quickly and we skip over the details of the text. However, the meaning of the Bible is intertwined into the details of every sentence. Our first step in understanding a biblical text is to observe as many details as possible. At this early stage of analysis, try to refrain from interpreting or applying the text. These steps are important, but they come later, after the observing step. Our first step is to read seriously, to note as many details as possible, to observe our text as closely as Crime Scene Investigators do a crime scene.”
~J. Scott Duvall & J. Daniel Hays, Journey into God’s Word: Your Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible

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