That against which we are here protesting is the God-dishonoring idea that His Word is merely a piece of literature, which may be "mastered" by a course of "study." That which we would warn against is an undue occupation with the technical aspects of the Bible. God's blessed Word is not for dissection by the knife of cold intellectuality -- but is to be laid to heart. It is not given for us to display our cleverness and "brilliance" upon -- but to be bowed before in true humility. It is not designed for mental entertainment -- but for the regulation of our daily lives.
Far, far more important than "method" is our motive when approaching the Word. What we should seek is that which will subdue pride and bring us as supplicants to the footstool of mercy -- not to acquire that which will puff us up in our own conceit. Of what value is a knowledge of the original Hebrew and Greek, or a thorough acquaintance with the history, geography and chronology of the Bible, if the heart be left cold and hard toward its Author?
I seriously doubt if God has called or requires us to [merely] "study" His Word. What we need to do is feed thereon. "Nourished up in the words of faith" (I Timothy 4:6). "Desire the sincere [pure] milk of the word, that you may grow thereby" (I Peter 2:2). This is the only nutritive food for the soul. By all means, "Search the Scriptures daily" (Acts 17:11) in order to test all you hear and read. Above all, beg God to write His Word more legibly and fully upon the tablets of your heart. Put the precepts into practice, heed the warnings of Scripture, and then you will assimilate what you have fed upon.
Concluding Note: May we humbly hear these words by Mr. Pink, adapted from an Editorial in his magazine, Studies in the Scriptures. This should cause us to never argue the Bible in a heated debate, nor should we ever read or teach Scripture from mere intellectualism, for "God resists the proud."