Pray So That…Chapter 3: Verse Mapping

UPDATE: I want to welcome all the P31 OBS Blog Hoppers!! I am so thrilled that you have dropped by! Below is my post from just a few days ago on verse mapping this weeks verse.

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A new week, a new verse to memorize and map! This week, our chapter focuses on prayer and why we should pray. Besides God telling us we should, I see no other reason needed.  Prayer is our open dialogue and conversation with God.

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God Spoke So That…Memory Verse

I’m beginning Chapter Two today from “Living So That. Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life” by Wendy Blight. The book is a scripture based bible study that focuses on “so that” verses. Last week, my posts were around the reasons why Jesus came to earth.

This week, we are going to look at reasons why God Speaks (Spoke). Topics this week will include The Word, Established in the Truth, and The Word as spoken through Luke, John, and Paul. I have a feeling there will be some major conviction this week from the Holy Spirit, but isn’t that way we study the Bible? So that we know what is expected of us. I hope you will join me.

Today’s post will be a verse mapping of the memory verse. I also want to promote a website I found that is for memorizing scripture. I encourage you to check it out and begin your journey of memorizing scripture so that you can hide and carry God’s Word in your heart. The site is called Memverse, and it is completely free, but a valuable bible study tool. You can find the site here.

Ok…let’s get to this week’s memory verse:

16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of Godmay be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV)

I also looked up The Voice’s version which I am finding offers great depth, especially when comparing it to another version:

16 “All of Scripture is God-breathed; in its inspired voice, we hear useful teaching, rebuke, correction, instruction, and training for a life that is right 17 so that God’s people may be up to the task ahead and have all they need to accomplish every good work.” (The Voice)

What a verse to unpack! I like The Voice, but I’m going to verse map the NIV as I feel The Voice is actually already mapped. I can immediately see where I can put my name and really personalize this verse. Verse 16 I want to look up the words teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training. Verse 17 is what becomes so personal as I am the servant of God!

“so that, Jayne, a servant of God, may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

God is personally equipping me by handing me His Word. Sixty-six books that tell an amazing story and God wants me to know every part of it. He wants to “equip” me. Let’s look some of these words up.

  • Equipped: supply with the necessary items for a particular purpose.  prepare (someone) mentally for a particular situation or task. Also means: provide, furnish, supply, issue
  • Teaching: ideas or principles taught by an authority
  • Rebuking: express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions
  • Correcting: put right. to tell someone they are mistaken
  • Training: teach (a person or animal) a particular skill or type of behavior through practice and instruction over a period of time

So, God supplies us with the necessary item (His Word) for a particular purpose (able to do every good work). He’s preparing me mentality through His Word, and thus I take that ideas and principle taught by God out into the real every day world which is completely against me. When I let that world rule my thoughts and actions, God expresses His sharp disapproval, and tells me of my mistake and puts me back in the rights. This practice continues day and night for my eternal worldly life, SO THAT everything I do, I do with God first.

God spoke so that I would be fully equipped to do the will of God.

Verse Mapping John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

It’s important to know that there is no right or wrong way to verse map. Some verses lend themselves to some very deep verse mapping, while other are more simple. My friends, do no overlook the simple. We get stuck in the rut of thinking we have learned all there is to learn. Something so familiar becomes something we don’t give a second thought to, but just let the words roll off our tongues. This verse is way to important to become mundane and something we just repeat without truly meditating on and continually having a new hunger build inside of us. Let’s break this very familiar, and probably one of the most memorized verses, John 3:16.

The first way I verse map is to look at the verse and see if there is anywhere I can replace pronouns with proper names. Most are God of course, but sometimes the verse is speaking to or about me. This verse is no exception.

For God so loved Jayne that God gave His one and only Son, so that, Jayne, who believes in God, shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Put your name in place of mine. The verse still fits and is still relevant. God loves every single one of us, and He knows each of us by our name! You can personalize that verse specific to you! I love that.

Next, I pick out words that really stand out to me and look them up in a dictionary and thesaurus. Loved, believes, perish, and eternal stand out. Let’s break them down.

Loved:  an intense feeling of deep affection

Believes: accept as true

Perish: suffer death, typically in a violent, sudden, or untimely way

Eternal: lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning

Wow! God had such an intense feeling of deep affection for me, that as long as I accept that as truth, I won’t suffer death, but rather I will last forever! Makes it so personal and has such deep meaning when it’s all written out in that way!

For God had such an intense feeling of deep affection for Jayne, that God sent His one and only Son. As long as Jayne accepts this as truth, Jayne will not die, but rather exist forever in God’s presence!

Verse mapping in the simplest of way for the deepest of meaning.

Verse Mapping

“Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” ~Isaiah 49:23b NIV

This is the second have of verse 23, in which the Lord is talking about the restoration of Israel. Two important things stand out to me. First, this part of the verse starts with the word “then”.  The meaning of this is preceded in the first half of this verse.

The complete verse reads as:

Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

I looked the verse up in the Reformation Study Bible to find an more clear understanding of the meaning, and that led to finding out about a promise the Lord had made back in Genesis to bless those who bless you but curse those who curse you. That you will find by reading Gen. 12:3:

“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Knowing this, verse 23 delivers on that promise and the commentary explains the meaning of Kings in the verse:

Kings. Nations that formerly oppressed Israel will serve Christ and His Church, the true Israel, and in doing so find salvation.

And hope comes because of the promise that is fulfilled. As the promised is fulfilled, it is realized that the fulfillment could only be made by the Lord…the One True Lord. Not by an idol or false prophet. The promise being delivered brings the hope and the deliverance of the promise that Israel could put all there hope in the Lord.

The deliverance of a promise shows us who is the Lord. We don’t have to question who He is…we know! It says we will know! And because of our faith in that promise, the Lord delivers and because the Lord is faithful, we will not be disappointed.

Now, it is very important to remember that this verse does not in anyway deliver a promise that we will NEVER experience disappointment! The verse states that by putting our hope in the Lord, He will deliver! We never need to wonder about that deliverance!

This weeks verse gives me comfort in waiting on the Lord. Because of that hope, I never have to wonder if the Lord will deliver on His promises. He will. He has said He will and the Lord is forever faithful.

Such comfort to hold within my heart.