Learning to Rightly Divide

Learning to Rightly Divide

In my Bible study group at church, we are currently learning hermeneutics. This is the science of interpretation, which includes techniques to help us better understand the Bible. When we read, we’ve learned to ask ourselves the question, “What was the author trying to communicate to the recipients?”

Context is vitally important to understanding the meaning of scripture. Any passage of scripture needs the surrounding context in order to fully communicate its meaning. Sometimes the context is simply the surrounding verses, but it can also include entire chapters or more. In our group we have worked through many passages in which it would be easy to get the wrong idea if we only read one verse in isolation.

I find this line of study very interesting. I am more engaged during my daily quiet time when I am intentionally applying study methods. Reading to answer the questions, “Who was the original audience?” or “What was the original author’s message?” makes me more focused and alert as I read. Since I regularly do my Bible study at 5am, I need this very much!

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

In the book of Acts, the citizens of Berea were praised because they “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” They were rightly dividing the word of truth, which is what I want to do too. I pray God will help me learn and grow in this very important area of my Christian walk. The Bible is my chance to learn the mind of God; I want to make the most of this awesome opportunity!