The Word Hand
The Word Hand

The Word Hand shows us the five methods of learning from the Bible. Each of these methods is

Hearing the word from godly pastors and teachers provides us insight into others' study of the
Scripture as well as stimulating our own appetites for the Word.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Reading the Bible gives us the overall picture of God's Word. Many find helpful a daily reading
program which takes them systematically through the bible.

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and
keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Studying the Scriptures leads us into personal discoveries of God's truth. Writing down these
discoveries helps us to organize and remember them better.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word
with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Memorizing God's word enables us to use the sword of the Spirit to overcome satan and
temptation, to have it readily available for witnessing or helping others with a word in season.

Psalms 119:9, 11 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto
according to thy word.  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Meditation is the thumb of the Word Hand, for it is used in conjunction with each of the other
four methods. Only as we meditate on God's Word - thinking of its meaning and application to
our lives - will we discover it transforming power at work in our lives.

Psalms 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in
the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the
LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by
the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.