Email Tips: Write Your Own Commentary

This "tip" was originally delivered on Saturday, September 5th, 2009 .

Have you started your own commentary yet? It’s easy
and will help your understanding.

As you read through a passage, journal as if you are
explaining the verses to someone else. Write as if you
are trying to explain it to a 10 year old child. Children are
smart but have less tendency to appreciate lofty sanctimonious
writing. You do not want to sound like a dusty scholar.

If you get to a part that is a little confusing resist the
temptation to look at another commentary. Use your own
thoughts. Write your own words. List cross-references
and external sources if you need to.

After you have written your thoughts, then check another
commentary. Does it line up? Should it line up? Remember
commentaries are just another man’s thoughts.

What you are doing is establishing your own record of
your understanding of God’s word. You can refer to it later
if you forget. Your children can use it as a reference.
Your grandchildren will see it as a treasure.

Teachers have long known that explaining to other people
is the best way to learn. Use this technique to your spiritual
advantage, start a commentary!

Justin Johnson Commentary Vol X. Ch. II

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