As we begin to study our Bible, the first thing we need to do is Observe what we are reading.
When we are driving in a car, what do we do at a red traffic signal? We stop.
Likewise, God wants us to stop when reading His Word and look at the facts. We need to stop and observe what we read before we move on to the interpret phase.
We use questions to help us stop and really observe what we are reading. Start with the basics of who, what, when, where, and why. Also ask the “how” question. Ask other questions. What do we see? What’s going on? Are there any comparisons? Are there any contrasts? Are there any lists? Are there any repeated words or phrases?
If you’re using an Observation Worksheet, you can use Bible marking techniques to assist you in identifying important facts that would otherwise be missed. Throughout the lessons you might be asked to underline or circle certain words or phrases. Other times you might draw symbols near words or phrases. Making lists in the margins or highlighting are also good techniques to try.
You might consider visiting Precepts Ministries at http://www.moodychurch.org/static/uploads/sub_site_precept-bible-studies/orientationinductivebiblestudy.pdf where you will find some suggested Bible marking symbols in a convenient downloadable handout. Interaction with God’s Word helps point out things we might otherwise gloss over.