The Second Touch
Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Mark 8:25.
Which statement below most accurately reflects your feelings?
“Bible study is the most exciting portion of my day. I look forward to it as much as anything else I do.”
“Bible study is rather boring, uninteresting, and certainly not exciting. I sort of force myself to do it because I know I should, but I don’t enthusiastically anticipate it.”
Sometimes we need the second touch. Today’s Bible verse tells of the blind man whose eyes Jesus touched twice before his vision became crystal-clear. We too may need to see with new eyes. Here are two powerful Bible study techniques that will help you discover new gems of truth in God’s Word. Applying these two simple principles will transform your attitude toward your Bible study time. The “eyes” of exciting Bible study are visualization and identification.
As you read the stories of the Bible, attempt to picture each scene in the narrative. Visualize the man stricken with palsy, shaking from head to toe as Jesus approaches. Picture the crowded marketplace in Jerusalem. Look through Jesus’ eyes at the hungry multitude seated on the grassy slopes near the sea of Galilee. Rather than hurrying through a passage to get to the point, pause for a moment to observe these important scenes. As you visualize each scene, picture it in your mind, and try to identify with the Bible characters in the scene.
Imagine that you are the woman caught in adultery. Imagine that you are the thief on the cross. Imagine that you are the Roman centurion crucifying Christ. Get inside these characters. What would you feel if you were in their place? What would you be thinking if you were experiencing what they were going through? What if you were Daniel, unjustly condemned and thrown into the lions’ den? How would you have felt if you were Moses, placing your feet in the Red Sea as it parted? Analyze the thoughts and feelings of the Bible characters. Put yourself in their places. Weep as they weep. Rejoice when they rejoice. Let your spirits soar with their triumphs and crash with their defeats. Seeing through new eyes will transform Bible study into an exciting adventure in faith.
from On Solid Ground
Mark Finley | Review & Herald (2003)
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