I love school supplies. Although by the time you're my age, they should probably be called "office supplies." But this lifelong student tries to find some excuse to buy at least a new binder or a pack of pens at the beginning of each semester. I only wish graduate school professors assigned more posters and artistic work so that I could justify a brand new pack of magic markers.
Bible study requires office supplies too. Sometimes we need a pen, a notebook, and maybe a highlighter. But unfortunately we can bring some other supplies to our study that may actually prohibit us from learning all that we can. What's worse, these extra supplies are all in our heads! Here are three office supplies that you'll want to leave behind when you sit down to study the Bible.
I've mentally taken a bottle of glue to my Bible on several occasions. Perhaps you've done it too. We find a section of the Bible that seems uninteresting or difficult, and we mentally glue the pages together so we can skip over them to get to the "good parts."
Not long ago, I found one section of my Bible that I'd mentally glued shut—the Minor Prophets. Maybe you've heard of them: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. They live in between the Major Prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel and the New Testament. I really never read them because I didn't understand them. To me they were short yet cryptic.1