The Word and Words
by Rev. Tom Gray
It’s easy to get bogged down while trying to read the Bible. There’s no one way to go about reading it. If we’re bogged down, perhaps we need to renew our enthusiasm.
An easy and interesting alternative to reading through a book involves doing a word study. At the back of many of our Bibles is a tool called a concordance. The concordance is an alphabetical listing of most of the words in the Bible. When you look up a word, like “love,” the concordance will give you a book, chapter, and verse of every occurrence of that word in Scripture.
I’ve found this to be a good way to recharge my interest if I’m mentally stuck. This word study gives a panoramic view of how God has used each word in scripture. Using such a study can revive your interest in the Bible while giving you new insights into God’s Word.
I do not recommend this as the regular, or only way, to study Scripture. It is an occasional enhancement—a tool to help you better understand how a word is used. Make sure that you don’t just read the verse containing the word you’re looking up; words and sentences are used in context and are best understood within that context.
As soon as you can, get back to the best way of reading your Bible—book by book.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)