Did you know that half of the Old Testament is written in poetic language? And yet, few of us have the expertise on how to fully appreciate the elegance and depth of these sometimes-mysterious passages.
The Psalms in the Old Testament are eloquent expressions of the heart . . . but sometimes the writer’s words are tough to understand!
Few things in life are more important than learning how to engage in the Scriptures . . . in order to hear God’s message just for you. And right now . . . we’re learning to appreciate the Psalms.
Ever find yourself trying to be on your “best behavior” when you pray? Wanting to say the right things . . . and finding it hard to be completely open and honest with God?
Every family has a story to tell . . . a history that’s passed down from generation to generation. And the story of God’s family is no different! Explore some of these personal moments in the Bible.
Some anecdotes in the Bible are straightforward . . . where the application is crystal clear. But other passages are ambiguous . . . leaving more questions than answers. Let's dissect two such examples from Scripture.
Part of the magic in storytelling is drawing the listener, or reader in, and giving them an active part in what the characters are going through. When that happens, we’re able to apply the truths of the story to our own lives.
Narratives make up a majority of the Scriptures. But often, these stories don’t provide a checklist of lessons we’re to learn from them.
So often we read the Bible in segments. We memorize a few verses or read a single story, but don’t connect the dots with the rest of the book.
Is the Bible a history book . . . showing us only what’s past? Or can the lessons in the Scriptures be as current as today’s newspaper?
When you hear the expression “It’s raining cats and dogs,” you don’t run to the window expecting to see animals falling from the sky! It’s just a figure of speech—common to our modern English language.
We use figurative speech all the time to help emphasize a point we’re trying to get across. We’d recognize a touch of exaggeration in a statement like “She’s been gone forever,” and interpret it without hesitation.
Our everyday conversations are filled with figurative language. But many of us hesitate when we get to the figurative language in the Bible.
It’s easy to misinterpret biblical passages when we don’t have a solid understanding of how to study the Bible. We may miss out on the very thing God wants to teach us!
The art of language has developed over the years, and yet, there are key styles of communicating that go back centuries. Story-telling, figurative speech, and exaggeration, all are forms of language we use daily.