Asking Questions and Using Cross References
Often when reading the Bible, you have to dig a little deeper to get the meaning behind what you are reading. Journaling can give you an overview, but with this next challenge, dig a little deeper using cross references.
The interesting thing about cross-references is that they demonstrate how interconnected and consistent the Bible is even though it was written by many different authors over a long, long period of time.
For this challenge, journal what you read if you wish, but we will use the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge to find out a bit more about what we are reading. This is a book-length collection of cross-references which links up every passage in Scripture with other verses which relate somehow. It is an index of related ideas. It was published a long time ago (around 1830) and can be an extremely useful tool.
If you are reading a Bible which includes cross-references (those little letters beside some words that you connect with the matching letter usually either in the middle column of your Bible or along the bottom of the page), you can use them as a resource also.
If you are working online, you will want to use www.blueletterbible.org.
If you prefer to work offline, you will want to download e-sword on to your computer. This download includes the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.
Get your notebook and pen and we’ll start June 1st.