THE VALUE OF A DEVOTIONAL COMMENTARY
The Bible is an exciting book. It’s not simply a book of history or of doctrine. Nor is it a guide to moral living. The Bible is a love letter, a message from God to the whole human race, and to you. In Scripture God speaks with a very personal voice, sharing just the information you and I need to understand to develop a personal relationship with the Lord, and to deepen that relationship. In the Scripture, God’s voice speaks to us with encouragement, with comfort, with guidance, and at times with rebuke. For our every experience, for every situation, God has a personal word in His Word for you and for me. It’s this, the voice of God, His personal word to us as we live our daily lives, that this Devotional Commentary is designed to help you hear. Book after book, chapter after chapter, paragraph after paragraph, the personal meaning of the Scriptures are explained. As you read through the Bible, guided by this unique devotional commentary, you will become more sensitive to God’s voice, and hear Him speaking to you in His Word.
This 365-Day Devotional Commentary covers the entire Old and New Testaments, with a clear focus on what each book and passage is saying to you, personally.The 365-Day Devotional Commentary divides the Bible into 365 daily readings, so that you can cover the whole Bible in a year. The Commentary guides each day’s reading by
(1) giving you an overview of the whole passage,
(2) giving background information on history, the meaning of key words, etc., to deepen your understanding of the passage, and
(3) providing a commentary on chapters you read which will help you focus on the personal meaning of God’s Word for today.
For those who don’t have time to explore the larger section, this Commentary selects a “core passage”that sums up the message of the larger portion of Scripture. In an Old Testament selection of several chapters, the “core passage”may be a single chapter; in a New Testament passage, perhaps a few key verses. Each day’s reading then provides a Devotional based on that “core passage,”with a specific suggestion for Personal Application and a quote from a saint of the ages. If you lack time to read the entire daily passage, just read the shorter “core passage”in your Bible, and follow it up with the Devotional and Personal Application thought in the Commentary.
What’s the best way to use this Commentary?
Each time you do your Bible reading, FIRST, read the “Overview”in the Commentary to see how the whole passage fits together. SECOND, read the Bible itself, and refer to the Commentary when you want to explore the Personal Application of a passage or event that particularly interests you. THIRD, read the “Devotional,”and spend some time in prayer. If you are hurried, read the “Overview,”and turn directly to the “core passage”on which the day’s “Devotional”is based. Read that passage and the Devotional only, and spend time in prayer.Richards, Larry: