Perhaps you have come across the “Five Looks” approach to Bible study? It is a clear and helpful approach credited to Andrew Reid of Ridley College, Melbourne. Here is a brief synopsis:
1. Look Up – We need to receive the Bible as the word of God. This implies a commitment to prayer and faith.
2. Look Down – We must recognize the Bible as the work of human authors. This implies careful consideration of the deliberate communication as designed by the human writer. So, exegesis is about considering and understanding the text itself, while also adding in two more looks…
3. Look Back – We need to see a text in its biblical context by looking back to what has gone before, and:
4. Look Forward – We need to see a text in its biblical context by looking forward to what comes after the text.
5. Look Here – Finally it is important to apply the text today and consider it’s application in today’s world.
This is a helpful approach. Tomorrow I will add a post commenting on this approach to Bible study in light of my post from yesterday. Feel free to comment in the meantime.