A person must learn how to read the Bible. The Bible is not like any other Book. It is a living being, a person if you will. How to read the Bible is so very important because you want it to become a living part of you.
The Bible Is Living
For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (NIV84)
This is an awesome passage that you should spend a whole lot of prayerful reading time on. You need to meditate on every Word that this passage is saying. This, in fact, is how every passage in the Bible should be absorbed. We see in this passage that not only is the Word of God living it is also active.
The Bible is Active
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my Word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (NIV84)
Every Word of the Bible has all the power of God behind it, and they cannot fail. It doesn’t matter if you can grasp this idea or not. The power comes from God, and He is the one that powers it.
Sharper than Any Double-Edged Sword
Saying that it is sharper than any double-edged sword means that it cuts both ways. What I mean is that when the Bible says Blessed are the Meek, then Cursed are those that are not Meek. The same “sword” that makes the blessing also brings the curse. I can’t think of a single passage that doesn’t work both ways.
It Penetrates Even to Dividing Soul and Spirit, Joints and Marrow
This means that even your most subtle questions that you ask God in faith about He can answer through the Word of God. I’ll ask you a question and leave it to you to get the answer: Why did Jesus, as he was dying on the cross, say, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit,” ([Luke 23:46] NIV84) instead of saying, “Father, into your hands, I commit my soul.” Understanding can be very subtle, and the active Word of God has within it the power to answer.
It Judges the Thoughts and Attitudes of the Heart
If you want to learn how to read the Bible, you must let the Word cut through all the lies you tell yourself. God knows what you really believe and think, and why you really do what you do. You can lie to yourself, but you cannot lie to God. The Bible, as you prayerfully approach it will illuminate the truth in you if you will open your heart to God and be totally honest with yourself.
Nothing in All Creation Is Hidden from God’s Sight.
Notice that [Hebrews 4:13] says that nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight when it is talking about the Word of God, the Bible. Consider what this means. Pray about it. Do you know that the Bible says that the Word of God, the Bible, is the same as Jesus Christ?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. (NIV84)
The Word became a human being, and his name is Jesus Christ. Read also [Revelation 19:13].
Jesus also told us this…
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (NIV84)
The First Axiom of Bible Interpretation
What this means is what I call the First Axiom of Bible Interpretation: The Truth is that which agrees with every verse in the Bible. This understanding is so very important to anyone that wants to understand what the Bible really means for themselves. I filter everything others tell me about the Bible through this axiom, and you should too.
The Second Axiom of Bible Interpretation
The Second Axiom of Bible Interpretation: There are no spare parts in the Bible. Every verse is true, and if it relates to a future event, then that event will happen.
If the scholars, scribes, and teachers of the Law in Jesus’ day on earth had applied these rules to their Bible reading, then they would not have ignored [Isaiah 53] and [Psalm 22]. We cannot pick and choose what Bible verses we like and ignore any others.
I wrote a paper called Immigrating to Bibleonia, and you might consider reading it. The idea is that you have to live in the Bible like an immigrant until you can speak the language like a native. When you can speak Bible like a native speaker, then you will be able to see things that the foreigners cannot see, the subtle things. This takes time.