Principle for Bible Reading
There are often riches and depths of meaning in the simplest verses. Luke 12:32 is one verse with two short propositions, but there are riches buried in its simplicity. Pastor John gives a few tips for meditating on verses like this and seeing all that’s really there. In this case, it reveals several reasons not to fear.
Tips for Meditation (00:36–08:29)
- Take words or phrases in your passage and restate them in your own words (e.g. “fear not”).
- Ask yourself why the writer chose the words he did (e.g. “flock”).
- Look for meaningful connections between words and phrases in a passage (e.g. God as a Shepherd, a Father, and a King).
- Identify individual propositions (subject + verb) and the connecting words between them (e.g. “for”).
- In God, we have a Shepherd, Father, and King.
- He enjoys freely giving us the kingdom at great cost to himself.
- Therefore, we should not fear.
- What pictures or metaphors are used to describe God in Luke 12:32?
- How is “for” connecting the two propositions in Luke 12:32?
- Take the verbs in Luke 12:32 (“fear” and “give”) and restate them in your own words (other words that mean the same thing). What do you learn?
- How many reasons not to fear do you see in Luke 12:32? What are they?
Piper: “Do not fear. God is our Shepherd, our Father, and our King.”