Chuck Swindoll has a friendly chat with Rhome Dyck, who provided Chuck with valuable assistance and editing in the writing of Chuck’s book Searching the Scriptures. They discuss the contents of both this book and the Book of all books, the Bible. For more information, see the Searching the Scriptures website at https://sts.insight.org
When you pick up a newspaper, you grab the section most in line with your interests: sports, arts, opinions, or news. Rhome and Chuck explain how the Bible also has categories and sections.
How is the New Testament laid out? Is it mostly history or instruction? Is there prophecy in it? Rhome and Chuck give an overview of the 27 books you’ll find there.
A common question a brand-new Christian asks about the Bible is, “Where should I read first? Should I just start in Genesis?” Rhome tackles this question and gives his recommendation.
If you want to understand our times, you should read your newspaper first, right? Not necessarily, says Chuck. The Bible has context, roots, and timeless wisdom your paper lacks.
People often ask Chuck how he draws the kinds of insights he does out of the verses he reads. He wrote this book to help us each “open our eyes” and learn how to make the same discoveries.
Chuck explains how they chose the analogy of preparing a meal for their book on studying Scripture. The ingredients in our kitchen have great potential, if we know when to use them.
It’s possible to miss important details from passages we’ve read the most times. That’s why we must take our time as we read and ask the same basic questions of observation every time.
Every word in the Bible is chosen for a reason, so we must ponder over each one. And we learn much from noticing all mentions of a person throughout Scripture to learn their full journey.
Rhome points out how the Bible quotes itself often. Jesus Himself quoted the Old Testament to explain His words. Chuck says the Bible forms a bridge to carry us from the old words to the new.
We can greatly benefit from the hours of time and research others have put into studying the Bible. How? By availing ourselves of the kinds of resources Chuck and Rhome mention here.
Why are there so many translations of the Bible, and which are the best to use? Chuck shares which ones he uses and why and also gives a bit of history behind Bible translations.
As satisfying as it can be to unravel the deep meanings behind Bible verses, Chuck says God gave us the Word for another reason. We must keep it in mind both when reading it and when sharing it.
Chuck explains how a correct interpretation of a passage—and there’s only one—comes before application. But then the ways Scripture can be applied are numerous.