- Matthew 13:1-9
One of the leading failures to understand the word of God is the attitude for which one approaches the study. Why Use Parables?
- Verses 11-13 -- it is unto you to know the mysteries.
Jesus spoke in parables so that only those who had a heart to know God would know the truth. Only those who had a heart and eyes to hear and ears to hear would have understanding.
- Vs. 14-15 Many Jews didn’t understand Christ’s teachings because they did not have a heart to know God.
- Vs. 16-17 Many prophets longed to hear and to know. But, blessed be those disciples who had a heart to know and to learn so they could understand.
We must likewise prepare ourselves to have the right attitude when it comes to Bible study.
#1 Be Willing to Work at Studying the Bible
It takes work, diligence, when it comes to studying God’s word.
- Galatians 6:7
How much do you put into your study. For what you sow you will reap.
Those who seek any branch of knowledge whether it’s Bible study, or math, or any educational pursuit is limited by how much you put into it. We can’t learn the Bible by osmosis. Bible knowledge takes work to gain it.
- Genesis 3:18-19
Of the sweat of the brow you shall eat. That basic principle regarding the work for physical bread appies to the gaining of spriitual bread.
Bible study must be a habit, an obsession not just a whim.
- Hebrews 5:13-14
Getting to the meat of the word takes work to grow in Bible knowledge. One who always seems to have the right verse, the right knowledge is gained by hard work.
#2 Trust the Word of God When Studying the Bible
We must study the Bible never wavering in our faith that it is the word of God. Doubt, unbelief will cloud the mind.
- 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
The gospel is revealed to us in the Word. We’ve got to have faith in it, and believe it in order to be able to obey it. We’ve got to come tot he word as if we are a little child.
- Mark 10:13-16
We’ve got to be humble, approaching the word of God, as a little child trusts his father. He who mistrusts will never be in the right frame of mind in order to understand God’s will.
Many, who do not believe, know the words of the Bible, but use it to try to support their own purpose. But, they can’t comprehend the truth of the Bible without faith, without a willingness to see the truth of God.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:13
The Thessalonians accepted the word. We need to have that same king of trust in the word of God.
#3 Show Reverence for the Word
We’ve got to have reverence for the word of God. This involves a fearful awe of God’s word.
- Hebrews 12:28
This self discipline must be applied whenever we study God’s word. It is more necessary than anything else in life.
- Job 23:12
Job loves the Lord, the word of the Lord is more precious to him that the very food he eats.
- Matthew 4:4
Like Job, Jesus says that life is more than eating. We’ve got to have the recognition that the spiritual food we eat is of the utmost importance.
In this country many hold in reverence the Constitution. But, we should hold up to an even higher reverence and that is the Word of God.
- Deuteronomy 4:2
How can we keep God’s word if we keep changing it?
- Proverbs 30:5,6
- Revelation 22:18-19
His word is a pure, a shield, to those who trust in Him. And ever word is pure and must be preserved. We must not take away from it, or add to it.
#4 We Must Expect to Delight in the Word
To delight in the word, goes a long way to help us to have understanding
- Psalms 119:162
The psalmist states that it is valuable.
- Psalms 1:2
To delight is to enjoy it, to want to be involved in it. To make Bible study a dutiful task full of drudgery is to miss the delight of God’s word. It can become joyful and delightful if you let it.
God knows how to impart real happiness to His children.
Solomon worked hard, and had wealth and everything he could have wanted. But, yet in Ecclesiastes he declared it all vanity. But, finally concluded that the whole of man is to fear God and keep His commandments.
The word of God can lead us to love God more.
#5 We Must Love God’s Word
Your study of the word should lead us to love God more.
- Matthew 6:19-21
Where we put our treasure, the think we place the most value upon is what we will work hard for. If we love God’s word, if we love laying up treasure in Heaven, we will do the work to get there.
- Psalms 119:16
- Psalms 119:97
- Psalm 119:113
- Psalms 119:159
The psalmist loved the word of the Lord, he delighted in it. He says he meditated on it all the day long. He was thinking on it, and making application from it. Vain thoughts, the teachings of men, the psalmist says he hates, but loves the law of God. He loves the precepts of God. He asks God to make him alive, spiritual life, because of his love for the precepts of God’s law.
These five attitudes can help us to grow in study of the word.
Knowing and growing according to God’s word unless we dive into the word of God. He who comes to God must come to know him. We can’t have faith without hearing, but we have to hear the word of God. We must be willing to work at it, trusting that it is the word of God. We must delight in it loving His word.
We must believe that his son, Jesus is the Lord, and once believing we must repent of our sins, confessing the name of Christ. Once we believe we must obey His word. We need to have the faith to do what He says, trusting that He says we must be baptized for the remission of our sins. We must trust that He knew we would need a savior, and thus, he sent Christ into the world to be that sacrifice, to take on the sins of all the world.
He loves us that much. We can have everlasting life. He made it possible that if we believe and obey His word we can be saved.