“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Acts 17:11
Kelp is a giant marine forest-forming seaweed growing along ocean coastlines. Its tangled networks of filamentous “roots” are a holdfast anchor for the 200-foot-long algae in the cool, nutrient-rich currents. When these holdfasts wash up on the beach, they look like enormous masses of spaghetti. Upon closer inspection, you may discover little gooseneck barnacles, limpets, and skeleton shrimp clinging at the surface. Dig deeper and you observe brittle stars, bat stars, hermit crabs, and baby sea urchins. Investigate yet further into the network and you might find a baby octopus, a shark egg, a decorator crab, or a mantis shrimp! Diving into the Word of the Lord should be exciting like making discoveries in a holdfast of kelp. The first time you read a new passage, the Spirit may reveal one truth. But in broader context, you will see a wider, overarching truth. Just as a field guide may help you know what animal you have found, a commentary may enlighten some of the deeper truths waiting to encourage you as you read.

Scripture Focus

Matthew 13:31-35


Mix up your Bible study routine. Study deep and wide, looking at large sections of Scripture and sometimes diving into rich passages even further.

Bible In A Year

  • 2 Chronicles 31-32
  • Psalm 23
  • Mark 2