Don Heberly
by Bro. Don Heberly
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"STUDY . . . THE WORD OF TRUTH." - 2 Timothy 2:15 (2)

Let's comment on the word "Study". It is used in the old, as well as the New Testament. Proverbs15:28 says in part "The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; . . .". "Studieth" carries the meaning of thoughtfulness or meditating. It is different from just reading and passing on. I have read the Bible times when such a program was promoted.

I often found myself getting off schedule because I stopped to study along the way. I dare say, I do not doubt that many, many others have the same experience.

Ecclesiastes 12:12 says ". . . much study is a weariness of the flesh". Study is not easy; just reading, may be. The renowned Solomon gave us these two passages --- about study, in which he envoked study. In both cases it was an application of thought and meditating. As Christians we are too often lazy about spiritual matters. It should not be so.

Our text verse tells us to "Study", 2 Timothy 2;15. When one is young in the Lord,it is difficult to pronounce some of the Bible words, let alone understand them. They are not always ones in our normal useage; or, in our secular educational systems. There are some good helps to be had.

There are many 'helps' that only confuse ". . . the faith once delivered unto the saints.", Jude vs 3. Many mature 'laymen' or pastors and teachers would be glad to help you understand certain words or passages of Scripture. Experience tells us that the Bible is the best commentary on the Bible: ". . . comparing spiritual things with spiritual. This word is given us by the Lord through the apostle Paul.

With a little investment, you can buy a concordance of the Bible. Young's Analytical Concordance to the Bible; or, Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible can be a great help to the student of the word.

If any reader wishes to know how I use concordances in my studies, contact me and I will see that you get a copy. DDH.

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