Reading the Ingredients: Observing the Text

By Charles R. Swindoll


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Psalm 119:18; Proverbs 2:1–5

To observe is “to inspect or to take note of something, to watch carefully, with attention to details.” Detective Sherlock Holmes was quick to point out, “Watson, you see but you do not observe.”

Don't you sometimes wonder how a person can pull something from the Bible that you have looked at many times but weren't able to see? In this message, you will learn to work your way through the process of being able to do that on your own. The first step in getting to know your copy of the Scriptures is observation. Many people want to know the meaning of the Bible so much that they rapidly pass beyond observation and plunge into interpretation, and that is the formula for error. Through observation we discover what the Bible says . . . and that is foundational.

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