When studying the Bible obviously understanding the grammar is necessary to understand the words God has spoken. But if that's as far as we get something is missing. The Bible is a book about Jesus. In it we see Jesus. When people see Jesus this is what happens...
- "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined!"
- When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.
And need to be reminded that the one they see can provide atonement, has risen from the dead and holds the keys to death itself. That's how it went for Isaiah and for John.
The alternative is for me to be hard-hearted. That happens too. That would be Bible study that leaves ambivalent, or offended, or unaffected.
I want to read the Bible with an Incline-my-heart, savour-the-taste, fall-down-dead kind of attitude that encounters Jesus, worships him, delights in the atonement he provides and is transformed to live.