by Stephen Whitney

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Series: II Timothy
Stephen Whitney
II Timothy 2:14-18

In the middle ages the Scripture was read in Latin which the common people didn't understand. Those who did have access to a Bible were not encouraged to read it. It was looked upon as a
dark and obscure book which only the priests read. The first time Martin Luther saw a Bible was in a University library when he was 20 years old and he read the story of Hannah in I Samuel 1.

During his first year in the monastery each priest was given a Bible
and encouraged to study it. Years later Luther claimed that he had read that Bible so thoroughly he knew what was on every page. When a passage was mentioned he knew immediately where to find it. Unfortunately at the end of his first year of training this Bible was taken from him as they studied other subjects. But whenever he could, he would go to the monastery library to read the Bible there.

On October 18,1512 Martin Luther received the doctor of theology degree which gave him the full rights to teach. He accepted these obligations with his usual intensity and sincerity. He believed the church had set him apart to teach. He felt an apostolic authority lay behind his work of exposition in teaching the Bible.

As a young priest he came to love the Psalms so it is no wonder that the first book he taught was the Psalms. For two years from 1513 to 1515 he lectured on the Psalms. His method was to have a copy of the psalm on his desk before him. The copy he used had to be printed a month before he began to lecture. It had wide spaces between the printed lines. Luther wrote his comments and notes between the lines of the Psalm. He strove to bring out the meaning through good study of the text.

Luther's verse by verse teaching of the Bible helped his students
to uncover what the Scripture meant and to understand God. He changed the focus from keeping tradition to understanding the Scripture so a person could decid ...

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