By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
"We need to ask the Holy Spirit's guidance each time we pick up God's Book."
We also need to approach the Bible with clear and rational thinking. Recognize the difference between a figure of speech and a stated fact. For instance, when Jesus said, "And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out" (Mark 9:47), He did not literally mean for us to mutilate our bodies.
We must also pay attention to the historical and cultural context of the Bible. Many Biblical encyclopedias and handbooks provide a comprehensive look at the world in the Old and New Testament periods. Knowing the context will give us a deeper understanding of the text.
Prayer: God, help me to never take Your Word out of context. Help me to have a clear understanding of what Your Word is saying and to apply your Truth to my daily life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart" (Psalm 119:34).