Jun 22, 2021
The epistles are what I like to think of as “big-word books.” They teach us about abstract concepts like propitiation, redemption, atonement, and righteousness. This can be intimidating, but also enlightening.
Today’s spiritual practice gives us grace for when we encounter big words in Scripture or big ideas. Our goal today is to also build our ability to sit in not knowing “the answer” and discovering new ideas about God or new understanding in our relationship with God by simply engaging with His Word.
A Reading from Jude from the ESV translation
Predictions of the apostles
Names in the passage
Read through one of the letters of the New Testament or a chapter of the Bible
(Romans is always a good place to start if you aren’t sure where)
Focus on a word or phrase you don’t understand or are simply intrigued by
Look at context
Scripture interprets Scripture
Look up cross references in your study Bible or on a Bible app or concordance
Ask a friend about it
Post on social media to hear other people’s thoughts on the word (considering the source and with the filter of the Word of God) or bring it up somewhere else
Pray for God to direct you in His Word to knowledge and understanding about this concept.
Ask a pastor or other theologian about Hebrew and Greek
Find the other related narratives in Scripture
Concordia Commentaries - https://amzn.to/2TTtzck
People’s Commentaries - https://amzn.to/3j3urWb
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