What are you reading? Old Testament or New Testament?
'These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life n his name' John 20:31
Law (Gen- Deut)
History (Joshua - Esther)
Poetry & wisdom (Job & Song of songs)
Prophecy (Isaiah - Malachi)
In all the above ask the question what is the original setting and what it meant to the first hears
Law (Gen- Deut) A moral law for all time? A sacrificial or social law? Is there a general principal to consider?
History (Joshua - Esther)What happened? Where? Why is the story there? Is there a lesson for you?
Poetry & wisdom (Job & Song of songs)Poetry is a picture language. Allow yourself to enter into the emotion of the words as you read.
Prophecy (Isaiah - Malachi)What is the setting? Is the language sybolic or direct? What response should the passage evoke?
'The unfolding of your words give light; it gives understanding to the simple' Psalm 119:130
New Testament to follow....