Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Fruitful Vine + A Bible Study Method

This week, we are looking at the wife in the marriage couple. I am also sharing a Bible Study Method with you that I have used for a long time.

Do you have a favorite way (method) of studying the Bible? I thought we would change things up a little bit. I will share a method with you that works for me. We will apply it to a verse and just see how things go.

You will have to forgive me as this study method does not have an acronym, but it is something that I have used for a very long time.

Bible Study Method

1. Pray

Pray that God will join you during your bible reading time. Ask Him to open your eyes to see what He wants you to see. Ask Him to open your mind and your heart so you can understand what He wants you to know and know how He wants you to apply it to your life.

2. Write

Write the verse(s) that God reveals to you.

3. Ask

Ask questions. Are there things in the verse that you do not understand? Jot that down.

4. Look Up

Look up words in a dictionary and/or thesaurus. Do a cross reference of the verse(s). Look at other bible translations.

5. Paraphrase

Put the verse(s) in your own words. Be careful not to change the meaning.

6. Write/Pray 

Write the verse(s) in a prayer back to the Lord.

This week, for our marriage study, we are looking into Psalm 128:3:


Psalm 128:3 NIV Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

1. Pray --  Dear Father, please be with me during this bible study time. Father, please open my eyes to see the things that You want to reveal to me in this verse. Please open my mind and my heart so I can understand what You are revealing and know how You want me to apply it to my life.

2. Write the verse out.

3. Ask -- what does it mean that as the wife I will be like a fruitful vine? What does it mean that my children will be like olive shoots?

4. Look up --  fruitful-  producing good results; beneficial; profitable; abounding in fruit, as trees or other plants; bearing fruit abundantly; producing an abundant growth, as of fruit

Synonyms for fruitful - profitable, rewarding, successful, breeding, childing, reproducing

Antonyms for fruitful - unprofitable, barren, unproductive

Cross References:

Genesis 49:22 NIV “Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall."

Job 29:5 NIV when the Almighty was still with me and my children were around me,

Psalm 52:8 NIV But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.

Other translations of Psalm 128:3:

NLT Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table.

CEV Your wife will be as fruitful as a grapevine, and just as an olive tree is rich with olives, your home will be rich with healthy children.

5. Paraphrase  --  As the wife, I will flourish and be fruitful, my children will grow and be healthy.

6. Write/Pray --  Dear Father, thank You for always being there. Thank you for my husband. Father, I pray that I will be fruitful in everything that I do. Help me to always bring honor to You, my husband, my home. Help me to nourish my children on Your word, Lord. I place them in Your hands. I know that they are like healthy olive shoots around my table. Thank You for the grace You have revealed to me in this verse. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading:

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Don't Leave A Gap

Let Go Of Hurt Feelings

Your turn:

Do you have a favorite Bible study method that you use?
Did you enjoy the method that I shared?
What was your take away from this verse?
If, if did enjoy this method, will you share it?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,

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