How to Read the Bible – Part 3 – Student notes 3
But it’s a lot more than that. In the 1st century, when pious Jews passed thru Gentile territory, they would shake the dust off of their feet to show their _____________ for the Gentile practices. But the disciples were witnessing in Jewish towns. Jesus makes it clear that the Jews who reject His message were no better in God’s eyes than the ____________ were in Jewish eyes. This was a real slap-in-the-face to these self-righteous Jews. After all, they considered themselves to be ‘God’s Chosen People’. In our world today, there are seemingly religious people, even many who call themselves Christians, who reject the message of the gospel. Some even accuse us believers of _______________ the message. They, not us, are responsible for what they do with the gospel message, as long as we have faithfully presented it. We shouldn’t let their reaction stop us from evangelizing.
Commentaries can also be useful in studying the bible. Here are some free commentaries:
1) www.studylight.org/commentaries These are older commentaries. For newer ones, you’d have to buy them or take them out from a library.
2) www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries You can check out the few commentaries they have listed or you can click on the Bible Book list. Then click on the desired book of the bible you want and the chapter, then click on the blue Study This icon. Then scroll down to study bibles, commentaries, dictionaries or encyclopedias. Please note that you have to buy some of these (they are marked with a $ sign).
3) For a very good laymen’s commentary, go to http://www.biblestudyemail.com/index.php
Further bible study methods and aspects:
English Word/Phrase study:
- Look the word/phrase in a concordance.
- How does the author use the word? Does it have a ______________ or
- What actions or consequences accompany this word?
- Example…”filled with the Spirit”.
- go to www.biblegateway.com
- under the Search bar, type in “filled with the Spirit”
- under the bible translation, click on “New International Version”
- under Bible Book, click on Luke