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Character Study

This method is a little different from the others. It will make use of Strong’s, but not as a primary source. This method will focus on the study of a character or person in the Bible. We need to keep in mind that all the people in the Bible are real as are their situations. Thus, we can learn from each one. The length of this study will often depend upon the character chosen.

Begin by selecting a single character from the Bible. It could be someone as well known as David or someone as little known as Abigail, David’s wife. Focusing on one of the saints or one of the pillars of our faith is a good place to start. Yet, do not forget the lesser-known characters.

Next, using the concordance or topical Bible, list all the verses about your character.

Record what you already know about your character. This can be detailed or very general statements. If this is the first time you have studied this character, you may not have much to record at this time.

Read all of your verses as if you were reading a biography. Read the verses through at least once without taking notes. Doing so will give you a good overview of the character.

After reading the verses, make another list of your observations. One great aspect of the Bible is that God does not cover up anyone’s mistakes or shortcomings. Thus, we will read about the good and the bad, the acts of faith and the lack of faith. However, we can learn from all of this. Therefore, make two lists. In one, list the positive qualities of this character. In another, list the negative.

Reread your lists. Write down some areas about your character that would like to study in more detail.

If you feel led, read the scriptures again. At this time, I would suggest that you look into some other resources. Study Bibles will usually have profiles on major characters. A Bible handbook will contain information about the people in the Bible. A good commentary will add information. The internet can be another source. Also, there are numerous books about the people in the Bible.

Remember, use these other sources to complement the scriptures, not to tell you what to think. Remember that some of these sources will contain the conclusions that other people have reached about this character.

Now, go back to your list of insights on your character. Add to the list. Write down some of the main points you have learned. Keep in mind, we can learn even from their mistakes. So, our conclusions can be "I have learned to do this" or
"I have learned not to do this."

Finally, how can you apply what you have learned? What has the Lord revealed about this character that can help you with your walk with the Lord?