5 Questions to Ask when Reading Scripture
1. Is there a Command to Obey?
The first thing that I ask myself when reading scripture in my quiet time is, is there a command to obey? For example,
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
2. is there a promise to claim?
Is there a promise that God has given you, that you can claim?
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
This is an amazing promise that we can ask for at any point and God, will generously give it unto you.
3. Is there a sin to avoid?
Is there a command for you to avoid sin? Does God want you to run away from a sin that you have been struggling with?
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.
Scripture is blatantly telling us to flee from sexual immorality. When we read scripture, be watchful for areas that are telling us to flee from sin.
4. Is there a Godly example?
This one is really cool because this can be seen in messianic figures. Such as Moses, or Jacob, or David. All of these messianic figures are Godly examples. Even Paul in the New Testament tells people to follow him because he follows God. Seek the scriptures for instances where people are following God, and imitate their faith.
5. Is there something awesome about God?
A lot of the time there is just something amazing about God and his character. Make sure to notice these things when reading scripture. Learning new things about God is imperative and reading scripture is one of the main ways that we can know more about Him.
God is awesome, I hope these hermeneutical tips aid you not only in your scripture reading life, but also in your walk with God.