In the Air Force, it was repeatedly drilled into us: “The right tool for the right job.” That phrase stuck in my mind. Through the years I’ve been amazed to see guys (okay, especially boys) use screwdrivers (or a hammer) for just about every job when another tool would have been more appropriate. The right tool would have done a better job without collateral damage.
I greatly appreciate the focus on Scripture at our new church (Due to Covid our other services were shut down). The pastor teaches a class on hermeneutics (the science and art of interpreting Scripture.) The book we are using is Basic Bible Interpretation by Roy Zuck. As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are dependent on a correct understanding of the Bible in order to correctly apply it to our lives. If you have never read anything like this before, I highly recommend it.
Additional tools that will help in your Bible study:
- Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, James Strong
- An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, W. E. Vine,
- Nave’s Topical Bible, Orville Nave or The New Topical Textbook, R. A. Torrey,
- Matthew Henry’s unabridged commentary or a commentary by a conservative author,
- Olive Tree Bible software, which offers the above tools less expensively and all in one application.
Invest in good tools!
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).