First we will establish each word then establish a good working knowledge of how these two things can work separately and together to grow our faith and confidence in our Creator.
From G4710; to use speed, that is, to make effort, be prompt or earnest: - do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavour, labour, study.
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Feminine of H7879; reflection; by extension devotion: - meditation, prayer.
Psa 119:97 MEM. O how I love thy law ! it is my meditation all the day.
As we see there is a difference between Study and Meditation. Many believers have missed the importance of study because they have not known that difference. With each of these actions there are different outcomes and blessings. These both can work well together when one knows the difference and how to use them individually and together. Today we will focus on study we believe it is the least understood by believers and has been mixed up with meditation.
So what is it to study God’s word? Study is an in-depth intense pursuit of knowledge and understanding. In order to fully begin to grasp the Scriptures we must take into account many different aspects such as history, culture, and the context in which they are written. The origins are in Hebrew and the Hebrew language and culture. The other cultures are mixed and varied and so we must use all our resources to dig out the many hidden gems and meanings in order to gain what we seek.
You will not gain spiritual insight without the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Spirit of God) and much effort. You must also use all of Scripture to verify your conclusions and insights. Both the old and new covenant writings together.
Act 17:10-12 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
Study is seldom with instantaneous results as we see above it was a daily pursuit. If you relate your earthly pursuits weather it is schooling, work, craftsmanship, or relationships etc… much daily effort is put into these things over a lifetime why should it be any different when we study the Scriptures. When we recognize that we are building up eternal benefit from studying Yah’s (God's) Word it should be all the more worth all the in-depth effort we can give it.
Look for our Weekend Word segment for next week on meditatation.
Baruch (blessings) to you
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