Some Rules For Bible Study

Eugene Britnell

1. Realize that the Bible must be studied and rightly divided. (2 Tim. 2:15.)

2. Realize that the Bible contains the mind and will of God. (2 Peter 1 :2 1.)

3. Approach the Bible reverently and humbly. (I Thess. 2:13.)

4. Have profound faith in ALL it says. One cannot accept only a part of the Bible as being inspired. We must accept it all or reject it all.

5. Let the Bible speak to you-not you to it.

6. Study for profit and with an earnest desire to know more of God’s will, and not just to argue or endeavor to justify yourself.

7. Be willing to obey implicitly what God commands of you. (Matt. 7:21 ; Lk. 6:46.)

8. Use common sense in your study. For example, some contend that the word “water” in John 3:5 does not mean water, but common sense will convince us that it does. The letters w-a-t-e-r spell water in any other book, and there is nothing to indicate that it is used figuratively in this passage.

9. Observe who is speaking. All of the Bible was written by inspiration but that does not mean that all the statements recorded therein are true or were spoken by inspired persons. Example: Job 2:9 and Psalms 14:1.

10. Observe to whom each statement is addressed. Whether to the alien sinner, Christian, unfaithful, etc.

11. Observe why each book was written. For example, the first four books of the New Testament were written to produce faith in Jesus as the Son of God, the book of Acts records the cases of conversion of the apostolic age and a history of the early church, the next twenty-one letters are instructions to Christians, and the book of Revelation is a book of symbolic teaching showing primarily thing., that are to come and offering encouragement to the early Christians under severe persecution.

12. Study and interpret each passage in light of its context or setting. Failing to do this, some have argued that Paul teaches in I Cor. 1:17 that baptism is not essential, but the context shows that he did baptize some, and the reason he was glad he hadn’t baptized more was “lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name.”

13. Realize that there have been three distinct dispensations of religion-the PATRIARCHAL (from creation to Sinai), the JEWISH (from Sinal to the cross), and the CHRISTIAN (from Pentecost of Acts 2 until the coming of Christ). The New Testament is our guide in this dispensation.

14. Study the meaning of the titles of the books of the Bible.

15. Consider the history and chronology of the events of each book in the Bible.

16. Do not interpret one passage of scripture so as to contradict the teaching of another. For example, one cannot correctly interpret Romans 5:1 or Acts 16:31 to teach salvation by faith only for that would contradict James 2:24 and Gal. 5:6.

17. Determine if the language is literal or figurative. Take all passages as literal unless the context forces a figurative interpretation. To illustrate, it is clear that the “water” of John 3:23 is literal, while the context and wording shows that the “water” of Rev. 22: 17 is figurative.

18. Don’t read something into the text which is not there. Be content with taking only what it says.

19. Harmonize the Scriptures, taking ALL God says on any subject, letting all obscure passages be understood in light of the plain.

20. Have the proper attitude toward the Bible and how it teaches. Produce the scripture for ALL you do in religion, and don’t appeal to the SILENCE of the Bible for authority for anything. The Bible furnishes us completely (2 Tim. 2:16-17). We must not pervert it (Gal. 1:6-9). We must not go beyond that which is written (I Cor. 4:6). We must not add to or subtract from its teaching (Rev. 22:18-19).

Truth Magazine III:10, p. 1
July 1959

Bible Reading Schedule

January 

01 Gen 1‐3
02 Gen 4‐7
03 Gen 8‐11
04 Job 1‐5
05 Job 6‐9

06 Job 10‐13
07 Job 14‐16
08 Job 17‐20
09 Job 21‐23
10 Job 24‐28
11 Job 29‐31
12 Job 32‐34
13 Job 35‐37
14 Job 38‐39

15 Job 40‐42
16 Gen 12‐15
17 Gen 16‐18
18 Gen 19‐21
19 Gen 22‐24
20 Gen 25‐26
21 Gen 27‐29
22 Gen 30‐31
23 Gen 32‐34

24 Gen 35‐37
25 Gen 38‐40
26 Gen 41‐42
27 Gen 43‐45
28 Gen 46‐47
29 Gen 48‐50
30 Ex 1‐3
31 Ex 4‐6

May 

01 2 Sam 5:1‐10, 1 Chr 11‐12
02 Ps 133
03 Ps 106‐107
04 2 Sam 5:11‐6:23, 1 Chr 13‐16
05 Ps 1‐2, 15, 22‐24, 47, 68
06 Ps 89, 96, 100, 101, 105, 132
07 2 Sam 7, 1 Chr 17

08 Ps 25, 29, 33, 36, 39
09 2 Sam 8‐9, 1 Chr 18
10 Ps 50, 53, 60, 75
11 2 Sam 10, 1 Chr 19, Ps 20
12 Ps 65‐67, 69‐70
13 2 Sam 11‐12, 1 Chr 20
14 Ps 32, 51, 86, 122
15 2 Sam 13‐15
16 Ps 3‐4, 12‐13, 28, 55

17 2 Sam 16‐18
18 Ps 26, 40, 58, 61‐62, 64
19 2 Sam 19‐21
20 Ps 5, 38, 41‐42
21 2 Sam 22‐23, Ps 57
22 Ps 95, 97‐99
23 2 Sam 24, 1 Chr 21‐22, Ps 30
24 Ps 108‐110
25 1 Chr 23‐25

26 Ps 131, 138‐139, 143‐145
27 1 Chr 26‐29, Ps 127
28 Ps 111‐118
29 1 Kgs 1‐2, 37, 71, 94
30 Ps 119:1‐88
31 1 Kgs 3‐4, 2 Chr 1, Ps 72

September 

01 Ezek 18‐19
02 Ezek 20‐21
03 Ezek 22‐23
04 Ezek 24‐27
05 Ezek 28‐31
06 Ezek 32‐34
07 Ezek 35‐37
08 Ezek 38‐39
09 Ezek 40‐41

10 Ezek 42‐43
11 Ezek 44‐45
12 Ezek 46‐48
13 Joel 1‐3
14 Dan 1‐3
15 Dan 4‐6
16 Dan 7‐9
17 Dan 10‐12
18 Ezra 1‐3

19 Ezra 4‐6, Ps 137
20 Hag 1‐2
21 Zech 1‐7
22 Zech 8‐14
23 Est 1‐5
24 Est 6‐10
25 Ezra 7‐10
26 Neh 1‐5
27 Neh 6‐7

28 Neh 8‐10
29 Neh 11‐13, Ps 126
30 Mal 1‐4

Febuary 

01 Ex 7‐9
02 Ex 10‐12

03 Ex 13‐15
04 Ex 16‐18
05 Ex 19‐21
06 Ex 22‐24
07 Ex 25‐27
08 Ex 28‐29
09 Ex 30‐32
10 Ex 33‐35
11 Ex 36‐38

12 Ex 39‐40
13 Lev 1‐4
14 Lev 5‐7
15 Lev 8‐10
16 Lev 11‐13
17 Lev 14‐15
18 Lev 16‐18
19 Lev 19‐21
20 Lev 22‐23

21 Lev 24‐25
22 Lev 26‐27
23 Num 1‐2
24 Num 3‐4
25 Num 5‐6
26 Num 7
27 Num 8‐10
28 Num 11‐13

June 

01 Ps 119:89‐176
02 Sng 1‐8
03 Prov 1‐3
04 Prov 4‐6
05 Prov 7‐9
06 Prov 10‐12
07 Prov 13‐15

08 Prov 16‐18
09 Prov 19‐21
10 Prov 22‐24
11 1 Kgs 5‐6, 2 Chr 2‐3
12 1 Kgs 7, 2 Chr 4
13 1 Kgs 8, 2 Chr 5
14 2 Chr 6‐7, Ps 136
15 Ps 134, 146‐150
16 1 Kgs 9, 2 Chr 8

17 Prov 25‐26
18 Prov 27‐29
19 Eccl 1‐6
20 Eccl 7‐12
21 1 Kgs 10‐11, 2 Chr 9
22 Prov 30‐31
23 1 Kgs 12‐14
24 2 Chr 10‐12
25 1 Kgs 15:1‐24, 2 Chr 13‐16

26 1 Kgs 15:25‐16:34, 2 Chr 17
27 1 Kgs 17‐19
28 1 Kgs 20‐21
29 1 Kgs 22, 2 Chr 18
30 2 Chr 19‐23

October 

01 Luke 1, John 1:1‐14

02 Matt 1, Luke 2:1‐38
03 Matt 2, Luke 2:39‐52
04 Matt 3, Mark 1, Luke 3
05 Matt 4, Luke 4‐5, John 1:15‐51
06 John 2‐4
07 Mark 2
08 John 5
09 Matt 12:1‐21, Mark 3, Luke 6
10 Matt 5‐7

11 Matt 8:1‐13, Luke 7
12 Matt 11
13 Matt 12:22‐50, Luke 11
14 Matt 13, Luke 8
15 Matt 8:14‐34, Mark 4‐5
16 Matt 9‐10
17 Matt 14, Mark 6, Luke 9:1‐17
18 John 6
19 Matt 15, Mark 7

20 Matt 16, Mark 8, Luke 9:18‐27
21 Matt 17, Mark 9, Luke 9:28‐62
22 Matt 18
23 John 7‐8
24 John 9:1‐10:21
25 Luke 10‐11, John 10:22‐42
26 Luke 12‐13
27 Luke 14‐15
28 Luke 16‐17:10

29 John 11
30 Luke 17:11‐18:14
31 Matt 19, Mark 10

March 

01 Num 14‐15, Ps 90
02 Num 16‐17

03 Num 18‐20
04 Num 21‐22
05 Num 23‐25
06 Num 26‐27
07 Num 28‐30
08 Num 31‐32
09 Num 33‐34
10 Num 35‐36
11 Deut 1‐2

12 Deut 3‐4
13 Deut 5‐7
14 Deut 8‐10
15 Deut 11‐13
16 Deut 14‐16
17 Deut 17‐20
18 Deut 21‐23
19 Deut 24‐27
20 Deut 28‐29

21 Deut 30‐31
22 Deut 32‐34, Ps 91
23 Josh 1‐4
24 Josh 5‐8
25 Josh 9‐11
26 Josh 12‐15
27 Josh 16‐18
28 Josh 19‐21
29 Josh 22‐24

30 Judg 1‐2
31 Judg 3‐5

July 

01 Obad 1, Ps 82‐83
02 2 Kgs 1‐4
03 2 Kgs 5‐8
04 2 Kgs 9‐11

05 2 Kgs 12‐13, 2 Chr 24
06 2 Kgs 14, 2 Chr 25
07 Jonah 1‐4
08 2 Kgs 15, 2 Chr 26
09 Isa 1‐4
10 Isa 5‐8
11 Amos 1‐5
12 Amos 6‐9
13 2 Chr 27, Isa 9‐12

14 Mic 1‐7
15 2 Chr 28, 2 Kgs 16‐17
16 Isa 13‐17
17 Isa 18‐22
18 Isa 23‐27
19 2 Kgs 18:1‐8, 2 Chr 29‐31, Ps 48
20 Hos 1‐7
21 Hos 8‐14
22 Isa 28‐30

23 Isa 31‐34
24 Isa 35‐36
25 Isa 37‐39, Ps 76
26 Isa 40‐43
27 Isa 44‐48
28 2 Kgs 18:9‐19:37, Ps 46, 80, 135
29 Isa 49‐53
30 Isa 54‐58
31 Isa 59‐63

November 

01 Matt 20‐21
02 Luke 18:15‐19:48
03 Mark 11, John 12
04 Matt 22, Mark 12
05 Matt 23, Luke 20‐21
06 Mark 13

07 Matt 24
08 Matt 25
09 Matt 26, Mark 14
10 Luke 22, John 13
11 John 14‐17
12 Matt 27, Mark 15
13 Luke 23, John 18‐19
14 Matt 28, Mark 16
15 Luke 24, John 20‐21

16 Acts 1‐3
17 Acts 4‐6
18 Acts 7‐8
19 Acts 9‐10
20 Acts 11‐12
21 Acts 13‐14
22 Jas 1‐5
23 Acts 15‐16
24 Gal 1‐3

25 Gal 4‐6
26 Acts 17‐18:18
27 1 Thes 1‐5, 2 Thes 1‐3
28 Acts 18:19‐19:41
29 1 Cor 1‐4
30 1 Cor 5‐8

April 

01 Judg 6‐7
02 Judg 8‐9
03 Judg 10‐12
04 Judg 13‐15
05 Judg 16‐18
06 Judg 19‐21
07 Ruth 1‐4
08 1 Sam 1‐3
09 1 Sam 4‐8

10 1 Sam 9‐12
11 1 Sam 13‐14
12 1 Sam 15‐17
13 1 Sam 18‐20, Ps 11, Ps 59
14 1 Sam 21‐24
15 Ps 7, 27, 31, 34, 52
16 Ps 56, 120, 140‐142
17 1 Sam 25‐27
18 Ps 17, 35, 54, 63

19 1 Sam 28‐31, Ps 18
20 Ps 121, 123‐125, 128‐130
21 2 Sam 1‐4
22 Ps 6, 8‐10, 14, 16, 19, 21
23 1 Chr 1‐2
24 Ps 43‐45, 49, 84‐85, 87
25 1 Chr 3‐5
26 Ps 73, 77‐78
27 1 Chr 6

28 Ps 81, 88, 92‐93
29 1 Chr 7‐10
30 Ps 102‐104

August 

01 Isa 64‐66
02 2 Kgs 20‐21
03 2 Chr 32‐33
04 Nahum 1‐3

05 2 Kgs 22‐23, 2 Chr 34‐35
06 Zeph 1‐3
07 Jer 1‐3
08 Jer 4‐6
09 Jer 7‐9
10 Jer 10‐13
11 Jer 14‐17
12 Jer 18‐22
13 Jer 23‐25

14 Jer 26‐29
15 Jer 30‐31
16 Jer 32‐34
17 Jer 35‐37
18 Jer 38‐40, Ps 74, Ps 79
19 2 Kgs 24‐25, 2 Chr 36
20 Hab 1‐3
21 Jer 41‐45
22 Jer 46‐48

23 Jer 49‐50
24 Jer 51‐52
25 Lam 1:1‐3:36
26 Lam 3:37‐5:22
27 Ezek 1‐4
28 Ezek 5‐8
29 Ezek 9‐12
30 Ezek 13‐15
31 Ezek 16‐17

December 

01 1 Cor 9‐11
02 1 Cor 12‐14
03 1 Cor 15‐16
04 2 Cor 1‐4
05 2 Cor 5‐9
06 2 Cor 10‐13
07 Acts 20:1‐3, Rom 1‐3

08 Rom 4‐7
09 Rom 8‐10
10 Rom 11‐13
11 Rom 14‐16
12 Acts 20:4‐23:35
13 Acts 24‐26
14 Acts 27‐28
15 Col 1‐4, Phm 1
16 Eph 1‐6

17 Phil 1‐4
18 1 Tim 1‐6
19 Titus 1‐3
20 1 Pet 1‐5
21 Heb 1‐6
22 Heb 7‐10
23 Heb 11‐13
24 2 Tim 1‐4
25 2 Pet 1‐3, Jude 1

26 1 Jn 1‐5
27 2 Jn 1, 3 Jn 1
28 Rev 1‐5
29 Rev 6‐11
30 Rev 12‐18
31 Rev 19‐22

Some Rules For Bible Study

 

Eugene Britnell Tuckerman, Arkansas 

1. Realize that the Bible must be studied and rightly divided. (2 Tim. 2:15.)

2. Realize that the Bible contains the mind and will of God. (2 Peter 1 :2 1.)

3. Approach the Bible reverently and humbly. (I Thess. 2:13.)

4. Have profound faith in ALL it says. One cannot accept only a part of the Bible as being inspired. We must accept it all or reject it all.

5. Let the Bible speak to you-not you to it.

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