Those of you who commented yesterday had some great questions! I was so encouraged to see that you are up for the task of “swimming in the deep end!” Which is good, because today requires some effort. You have a couple of options, but first, here’s what you need to do: Read 1 Peter 1 again, highlighting, circling, or underlining any key words. If you don’t want to write in your Bible, print out a copy of 1 Peter 1 so you can mark it up. How do you know what is a “key word”? Well, there are no right or wrong answers, but here are some things to look for:
- Words that relate to the themes of 1 Peter that we identified last week.
- Words that are repeated several times
- Words that indicate Peter’s line of thinking, including: “but,” “so,” “therefore,” etc.
- Words that you are not familiar with (they might not be key words, but we have a tendency to gloss over things we don’t understand. Fight that urge by bringing these to the forefront of your attention!)
This is a chance for you to love Christ with all your mind and go the extra mile by writing down definitions of the key words. (You don’t need to define “but” or “therefore,” but just try to pinpoint what they are referring to. This can be accomplished with two different methods, so choose the one that suits you the best (or do both!)
- Use the Blue Letter Bible Website to define each key word. If you don’t know how to do this, check out this tutorial. OR
- Read the passage in several different translations (You can do this on Blue Letter Bible, as well). This will give you an idea of how different people translated the same key word, which leads to a rough definition. Try using at least one from each category if possible:
- More literal translations: NASB, ESV, NKJV
- Easier to understand: NIV, HSCB, NLT
- Paraphrase: The Message
While defining key words may seem tedious, it is one of THE BEST ways to force yourself to think about the text. In addition, it might lead to knocking out a lot of the questions you generated yesterday!
What words stood out the most to you today and why?