Welcome to Week 6 of our online Inductive Bible study at the Women’s Bible Café, “How to Study Your Bible” by Kay Arthur, David Arthur and Pete DeLacy. We are half way through our study and have unpacked many new Bible study skills that will carry us through a life time of studying God’s Word for ourselves.
This week we are going to study how to correctly interpret a parable. Jesus used parables many times to teach a moral lesson for His listening audience. We need to understand the meaning behind the parable so that we do not distort His intended meaning.
“Parables amplify or affirm doctrine rather than establish it, because parables are more obscure than clear doctrinal passages.”
We will also study how to accurately handle prophecy in Scripture. Since the Bible is filled with prophecy from Genesis to Revelation, we need to know when a prophecy is forthtelling (the present or immediate time) or foretelling (the future).
Kay Arthur writes:
“The Bible is not some kind of crystal ball wherein we can see–or predict–what specific things God will bring to pass in each of our individual lives. But God does give us a glimpse of the “big picture” as He shows us what is in store for those who love Him.”
Do I hear an Amen? We hold in our hands the truth of God’s Word, His love letter to us, and when we study it for ourselves, we can glean wonderful truths about God’s redemptive plan for mankind and His promise of a wonderful future for those who love Him and believe in Him.
Our daily reading lessons this week includes:
- Chapter 9: When One Thing Represents Another
- Chapter 10: Unraveling Revelation
- Jeremiah, Chapter 1
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- This is worth repeating: Always begin your Bible study by praying and asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and to open your mind and heart for understanding.
- Read Chapters 9 and 10 in How to Study Your Bible.
- Read and observe Jeremiah, Chapter 1 in your Bible (any version you have is okay). Mark the Lord and Jeremiah. In your notebook or journal, make a list of what you learn about Jeremiah and the Lord.
- Read Jeremiah 1 again and mark key words that have to do with judgment. In your notebook or journal, list any principles you learn about judgment.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):
- How can a fictional story, such as a parable, be helpful in teaching a truth?
- What can we do to stand firm on God’s truths in our society that says it’s okay to follow our hearts and do whatever makes us happy?
- Based on our observations of Jeremiah 1, we read that God brought judgment on Israel because of their wickedness and offering sacrifices to other gods. What are some modern day idols that separate us from God? How can we put God first in our lives in a world that pulls us in so many different directions?