Bible study 3

In bible study there’s such a thing as Grammatical Analysis.

Understand the Bible wasn’t written in divine or heavenly language. Divine truths were communicated through human words.

So although the Bible was inspired by the Spirit of God, it was written by men, for men with languages of men, hence the normal rules of man’s language and literature applies to the Bible.

When studying, you have to consider these important aspects:

WORDS
Sometimes to grasp the originally intended meaning of what is being communicated, you have to check the original words used. A Hebrew/Greek Bible Dictionary can be helpful in such cases. But all meaning of words must be understood within the context in which it was used.

TENSES
Always pay attention to the tenses and observe if what was said is past, present or future tense. As simple as tenses can be, this is a point where many stumble. For instance Colossians 1:13 is not a prayer point, it’s a past tense and hence an already accomplished reality.

Colossians 1:13
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son

PUNCTUATIONS
Sometimes punctuation can change the entire meaning of a text. For instance, in Luke 23:43 there was a punctuation problem with the KJV. The comma should have been placed after “today”, not before it. We know because Jesus didn’t go to paradise “today”.

Luke 23:43
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today thou shall be with me in paradise.

FIGURES OF SPEECH
Not all words or expressions in the Bible are supposed to be directly understood, some are figures of speech. Figures of speech are an accepted pattern of communication since world immemorial.

In scripture, you will find some of the following figures of speech and you aren’t expected to take them literally.
1. Idioms
2. Exaggeration
3. Metaphor
4. Oxymoron
5. Personification
6. Proverbs
7. Fictions

If you don’t know that these are used very well in the Bible, you will misinterpret many texts.

For instance, when Jesus said “I am the bread of life…” Was He saying He is actual bread?
No. That’s a figure of speech.

When John said “Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” Was he calling Jesus a goat or a lamb?
Of course not. That was a figure of speech. A metaphorical statement.

Hope you get the flow?

We continue…

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