As you spend quiet time with God, studying His Word, do you ever wish for a better understanding? Seek to really KNOW what God is saying in the passage, and how you can better apply it to your life? I do. I am often not satisfied with merely reading, but need to truly understand what is being said. This can mean not only finding out the original Greek or Hebrew of the text, but also understanding in what context it was originally written, who it was originally written to, and in what circumstance the receivers were in that they needed those particular words at that particular moment in time. Incorporating the Bible Knowledge Commentary into my study times; gives answers into the background information of a book or passage and insight into the original text.
Based on the NIV, the Bible Knowledge Commentary is a wealth of knowledge from a conservative, evangelical, premillenial perspective that is both brief and to the point, yet gives the reader a clear understanding and in-depth insight into the passage or verse. Even with a limited knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, a non-scholar studying the Bible can receive clear and concise information for a better understanding.
Recently our church did a series of sermons on Habakkuk (yes that really is a book in the Bible!) Here is just a sprinkling of what I learned about Habakkuk from the Bible Knowledge Commentary, and believe me, there is A LOT more! A little book, about a prophet who instead of raining down divine justice, looked around at an evil and wicked world and pleaded with God for divine justice. Ever look around at the injustice and evil in the world and wonder WHY? Habakkuk did, and through conversations with God, God revealed to him judgements to come on the wicked and eternal reward for the righteous. And there is more: through a general introduction, information about the author, setting, date and message, I began reading Habakkuk with a clear understanding of the times he lived in, his worries, fears and message of faith. And what is his message of faith? “Habakkuk’s book begins with an interrogation of God but ends as an intercession to God. Worry is transformed into worship. Fear turns to faith. Terror becomes trust. Hang-ups are resolved with hope. Anguish melts into adoration. What begins with a question mark ends in an exclamation point. The answer to Habakkuk’s “Why?” is “Who!” His confusion, “Why all the conflict?” is resolved with his comprehension of who is in control: God!” (Bible Knowledge Commentary, 2000). What a wonderful message to learn! And an intro that makes me want to read the book all over again!
Following the introduction for each book, is an outline of the book, breaking down topics by verse, followed by commentary on the verses, with references to original Hebrew and Greek as well as other verses throughout the Bible. Bible Knowledge Commentary also makes use of helpful charts to illustrate the meaning of text and summarize important facts.
I find the Bible Knowledge Commentary to be an extremely valuable tool in my studying of the Bible and seeking to learn all I can about the God who wrote it. If you enjoy “learning the facts” – I think you will too.