Currently I am reading through the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament. I’m a guy who’s grown up in church, even been to seminary, and I still have to slow down and think through some really hard to grasp passages. Ezekiel no doubt is an entire book that takes some extra time and thought – what is this about, who is it written to, what do these visions mean, how does it apply to me? If it is difficult for a seasoned believer to understand complex Bible passages or books, imagine being a new believer or unchurched? Wouldn’t it be great to have some tools to help in the journey of understanding God’s Word? Here are four great tools to get in anyone’s hands to help in understanding the Bible.
The Bible Project. Just this morning while reading through Ezekiel, I clicked on youtube to this great resource, pulled up the comprehensive flyover of the book and got my bearings on the who, what, when, where of this important writing. The link I gave here takes you to their actual website. Simple, clear, and visual, this tool is like a quick map to gain your bearings, and even today I learned new things.
The Bible App. Thank you LifeChurch for your creation of and investment in this app. I use it daily, weekly! From looking up a passage in relatively any translation or even language, to unique Bible studies and reading schedules, this app is the ultimate. I use it for my daily reading using my favorite format that is reading through the Bible in chronological order.
Understanding the Bible by Max Anders. The Bible is a library of books in your hands; sections of history and poetry, prophecy and letters. One thing it is not is a novel. It does not read in sequence according to years, it is chopped up. Anders takes the Bible and helps the reader grasp the grand sweep of history through the Bible, how all the books flow from creation to eternity, where and how a minor prophet relates to Moses and the Gospel writers. This book is a must for new believers or seasoned saints.
Logos. The new believer to the mature can certainly use Logos and its tools, but this is likely more appropriate for the deep divers, pastors and teachers who rely on the languages behind the Bible translation used and technical commentaries. It certainly is for the Bible student who is looking to offload a library full of physical books for an even bigger digital library; a library that instantly pulls a search or query from all those books into one click. It really is incredible and I am grateful for this amazing tool.
There you have it. Four powerful resources to help anyone get to know the Bible better!