Sometimes we skim through the Bible not taking anything in, there is a very simple thing we can do to get the most out of passages and verses that we are reading.
Asking these simple questions and filling in the blanks can really open up the word of God and help you understand what is going on.
On Friday we used this technique to look at Acts 3 – the encounter at the beautiful gate.
From just the first 2 verses, we can glean so much! and this jsut shows you how helpful this little skill can be.
“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.”
– Acts 3:1-2
Who? – Peter and John and the Crippled Man.
Where? – The Temple, more specifically the entrance to the Temple, The Gate called Beautiful!
When? – 3 O’clock in the afternoon… hmm a special time of day maybe? Did you know Jesus died at 3pm, and the temple curtains tore… little details.
What? – Peter and John were heading for Prayer on a divine appointment, and the man at the gates was crippled and had been carried to the temple gates by friends.
Why? – The man was there to beg, he had no other method of income, he was carried there, everyone going in to the temple would have come through these temple gates.
How? – How long has the man been crippled? Since birth, how does he make his way to the gate? Friends carry him.
Just by using these simple questions, we can gain a deeper understanding and look further into the God breathed passages!
Awesome ain’t it!