I read more about this technique from Pastor Rick Warren’s “40 Days in the Word” which taught 6 devotional methods of Bible study. But I first discovered this study method from a school teacher, named Stacy, in one of my small groups. One time we had her lead the Bible study.
She would ask questions, as we read a section of Scripture, to get you thinking about what it might have been like to live back in the days when the Bible was written. We talked about the type of clothing the people wore, how they would prepare their food, what type of food they ate, and how their living conditions may have impacted how they responded to Jesus Christ and His message.
Stacy really engaged us in Bible study because she was able to get us to picture in our minds what it must have been like to live back then. Her questions helped us put our self in the middle of the story we were studying.
For example, say you are reading the section of the Scripture where Jesus is at the temple on a Sabbath Day and decides to heal a man with a withered hand. Now pick a character from the story and imagine the scene unfolding from that person’s perspective. Imagine you were the man who was healed. What would you be thinking? Or imagine you were the Pharisee just waiting for Jesus to break the Sabbath. What would be going through your mind? Maybe you are one of Jesus’ disciples who was with Him when He healed this man. How would you have felt seen this miracle?
Picturing yourself in the story can really bring the Bible to life. Try it for yourself.