21st August 2018

Detail and Overview

“Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
1 Timothy 4:13 (NKJV)

Several years ago, I obtained a New English Bible. For this Bible, many scholars were used in groups to translate the copies of texts available to produce a version as accurate as they could. It was carefully researched, but its primary aim was to produce a Bible that was meant to be read, so literary style was just as important. I find it helpful that the chapter and verse numbers are placed in the margin so the text appears more as a regular book, and therefore also more like the text in the scrolls as it was originally written. This has made it a very easy translation to read, so much so that I regularly read between 3 and 5 chapters at a time.

Studying the Bible is rather like looking at the details in a painting—to see them clearly, we need to get really close. But in doing this all the time we cannot see where the details fit. It helps to step back, to take in the whole picture. That’s when we can see where all the details belong, and how it all fits together. So, the more we read the Bible the better understanding we have of both the bigger picture and all the details in it.

Prayer
Father in Heaven, help us as we study your Word, the Holy Bible, to see both the details and the overall picture; to see how it applies in our lives today and your loving plan for the future that it contains. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Rosemary Gent

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About the Author:
Rosemary Gent attends Nottingham Grace Communion.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane
Beeston
NOTTINGHAM
NG9 5HZ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Richard White
Email: nottingham@gracechurch.com

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