How to Study the Bible

Introduction - Lesson  #01
Commands to Study,  Levels of Responsibility


Almost the entire book of Deuteronomy is the last speech that Moses gave to the Jews before he died.  Moses had led the Jews out of slavery in Egypt, they had spent 40 years in the wilderness area south of present day Israel, and now they were about to enter the land that God had promised to them.  But before they took possession, Moses wanted to remind them of their recent history and the agreement that they had made with God.  Chapters 29 and 30 list some of the blessings that the Jews had received from God, and what further blessings would come from obeying God's law.  It also stated the problems that would come for disobeying it.  Then God stated several things about his law in chapter 30:

We live today in a world where most people can read, and a printed Bible is easily available in most countries.  However the Jews who listened to Moses were uneducated slaves.  How could God keep his promise to make the law easily available, and insure that a nation obeys his laws?


  1. The basic message of the Bible can be understood by everyone
  2. God intends his word to change our behavior
  3. Parents have a responsibility to teach God's concepts to their children
  4. Fathers have the greatest responsibility within a family to know and teach God's word
  5. All of the Bible should be periodically read
  6. Leaders in the church, or in government, need to be people who are committed to study God's word regularly
  7. Teachers need to be committed to Bible study, and to live an example of the life they are asking others to assume

Last Update:    10/28/2002
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