Seek Understanding

Have you experienced doubts about the Scripture? Do you need someone who can help explain it to you? Have you asked someone to help you understand? Do you know someone you can trust to explain it well?

Scripture can be challenging to understand when you first start reading it. It can appear to be fragmented, cryptic, and confusing. Yet, a little explanation is all it takes to get you started down the path of understanding.

The Bible is a thick book. Some of us have never read a book with that many pages nor that many stories in it. Hebrew poems, once translated into English, won’t rhyme like we think poems should. Prophecy can be difficult to piece together when it is scattered in different books within the Bible. Thankfully, there is help available.

First, there are good people in our churches who have spent years studying the Bible. Not only have they read it multiple times, sat through multiple Bible studies, but they also read scholarly commentaries. Most of them are more than willing to sit with us to answer our questions, helping us understand the message being presented.

Speaking of commentaries, we can read them for ourselves. However, they also can be a bit challenging for a beginner to understand. But there are numerous Christian authors and a plethora of books available. The one caution is this, go to someone in your church you trust to ask who they recommend. Not all authors are trustworthy.

We may even have an experience like the two men on their way to Emmaus. Though we may not have Jesus walk alongside us to explain the Scripture, the Holy Spirit is always with us and will help us understand if we will only ask. We will feel the same burning inside. We will experience the thrill of understanding. Excitement will fill us as we grow in knowledge.

I pray we all choose to spend more time reading our Bible. I pray we ask someone we trust to help us understand. I pray each one of us will seek knowledge and understanding of Scripture. Desire to understand Scripture. Reach out to someone you trust. Participate in Bible classes. Read Christian authors. Ask questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to help.

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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