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Ever Get Stuck While Reading the Old Testament?


On Sunday we took a different approach to our Sunday Message and dug into the question, "How do we explore passages like Exodus on our own in daily Bible reading?" I suggested three simple questions that can be used profitably for any Bible passage and also recommended some resources to give deeper into Bible interpretation.

My hope is that you would not just experience the truth of the Bible once a week at the church but daily in your personal life, with your family, and with your Community Group. May we all press on to dig deeper into Scripture and the truth of the gospel.


Before You Start Studying

Who is writing?
Who are they writing to?
What kind of writing is it?
What similarities and differences do we have to where they are in redemptive history?

Three Key Questions for Each Passage

1) What does this passage say about Humanity?

2) What does this passage say about God?

2) What does this passage say about Christ?

Reading & Interpreting the Bible (Hermeneutics)

  • One to One Bible Reading by David Helm: Great introduction to reading the Bible with some very basic ways of interpreting the text, plus lots of tips and encouragement for reading the Bible with someone else
  • Journey Into God’s Word by Duvall & Hays: A short introduction to Bible interpretation with specific help for reading different types of Biblical literature (letters, historical books, prophetic books, etc.)
  • Grasping God’s Word by Duvall & Hays: A longer, textbook-length treatment of Bible interpretation addressing hermeneutics in more detail and addressing some
  • The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable by F.F. Bruce: A great clear argument for why we can believe the Bible we hold in our hands. Slightly dated but rich and easy to follow.

God’s Character

  • The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul: An absolute classic. Sproul brings this often neglected aspect of God’s character to life in a very easy to understand and follow way. Video teachings on this topic also available for free online at
  • Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem: The section on God’s attributes and character is worth the price of the whole book. Clear, simple, great for reference.


  • Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory by Philip Graham Ryken: A thick but very readable commentary in conversational style that is a great reference for how to interpret Exodus devotionally.
  • Message of Exodus by Alec Motyer: A more scholarly commentary but still readable with surprising devotional insights.

Study Bibles

  • ESV Study Bible: My personal favorite study Bible. A great mix of scholarly insights and background information about the text and times of the Bible, as well as devotional insights. 
  • Gospel Transformation Bible: This Bible aims to connect the whole Bible to the gospel and then apply it for transformation. A great devotional tool.