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Memorizing the Bible is one of the most important things that a Christian can do in his/her life and in their walk with God. In Psalms 119:11 King David says “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” When someone comes up to you with a question about God, the Bible, or a problem that they are having in their life, you need to know God's word to be able to advise them in a way that would be pleasing to God. Your personal opinion in the matter may not be the same as God's opinion. When that happens, you need to tell them what God says in His word.
You never know what the future may bring. In other countries, the Word of God has been taken out of the hands of the people. It has been made against the law to even have a copy of God's word in your possession. If that were to ever happen to you, where ever you may be living, wouldn't you like to know someone that could tell you what the Bible says from the beginning to the end? Better yet, how would you like to be that person? With this section of Make it Clear, you could be that person.
Many people would like to memorize the Bible, but don't know how to do it. In this section of Make it Clear I will share some memory techniques that may help you to remember the Bible. The technical term for this is mnemonics. We will start out with some easier memory systems and then move on to some that are a little more complicated but will help you to be able to commit the entire Bible to memory. I learned this in Bible college. My teachers name was Jack Lannom . He is the founder of a company that helps Christians to use their memories for the Lord. You may notice that I have a lot of quotes by him on the quote page. He is the person that told the class that everyone should write down quotes that they hear that they really like. Jack said to share this with other Christians so that they also could memorize Gods Word.
You may want to check out Jack Lannom's online store. He has a couple of courses on CD that will go into much more detail than these couple of pages on my website. The name of these courses are “You Are A Genius®” which is for children and “Memory Genius®” which looks like the course that I took in Bible College. Check them out if you are interested.
Charles Swindoll, Insight For Living/Dallas Seminary, said “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture…No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified.” “Seasons of Life” p 53
“I am convinced that one of the greatest things we can do is to memorize Scripture.” Billy Graham, Personal Thoughts of a Public Man p. 88
First of all you need to realize that there is no such thing as a bad memory. Many people can't remember things because they have bad techniques of remembering them. This may surprise you, but you don't have a memory. The word was coined many centuries ago to describe an imaginary place in the brain where bits of information were stored. Many people still think of the word as a particular place in the brain. Don't think of memory as being a substance like a muscle within the brain which can be strengthened with exercise but rather a series of activities or processes whicn enable the mind to retrieve, record and recall past experiences. Memory is a function, not a place. Things that we remember are put on mental pegs. When we want to remember it, we go to the mental peg and pull it off just like you would put a coat on a coat rack and then later go to the rack and pull it off. Often when we try to memorize something, we don't properly put it on a peg.
This can be a lot of fun. The first thing to remember is that you must have a pretty good imagination. You must see these objects in your minds eye. If you can visualize it, you have half of the battle won. I will be giving you pegs to hang what you want to memorize on. There are a couple of things to do if you want to remember these things. Here are a couple of suggestions for you as you get started.
Exagerate things. Make them bigger than they are. Make many of them in your immagination if you want to. Just anything that will help you to remember it. i.e. If you want to remember a fly, see the fly as being six feet tall wearing a suit and tie. If you want to remember locust on your list you might think of millions of them instead of just a couple of them. You can make a car or a tree on your list come alive and talk to you if that will help. Use humor. Humor is great for helping you to remember things. In many cases, the more ridiculous things are, the easier they will be to remember.
This system is by far the hardest to learn and master. However the rewards far exceed the other systems of memory. With this system you can memorize the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. You can also take this system and apply it to other parts of your life. Depending what you want to do with it, you could memorize all of your credit card numbers, all of the telephone numbers of your friends and relatives, memorize your favorite novel from cover to cover (Have someone open it up and read a couple of sentences to you and you will be able to tell them what page they are on and what the rest of the page has to say). You could read a magazine and then tell people what is on each page of it after you get through. It is up to you. We will of course be concentrating on Bible memorization here.
The way that this system works is that each consonant in the alphabet is given a number value. The vowels and the word “why” are not given a number value but are used as fillers in words that will be used as your mental pegs to draw from. Once you learn the values for each letter (which we will help you with by association) you will be amazed at what you can learn.
This system1) will take a little more work to master but it will be well worth the trouble.
Remember that A, E, I, O, U, & W, H, Y have no numeral value to them. These will be used as fillers. The consonants are grouped together by their sounds. A hard c and k sound alike. A hard g, q, and x sound are grouped together with the c because they have a similar sound (We will also be putting ng in with this group). This is how it was done with all of the letters.
The first thing that you need to do is to memorize which letters are represented by which numbers. We will do this by a little rhyme. The letter B is represented by the number 1 so we need some way to associate B with 1. Here is how the rhyme works. The word Bun starts with a B and rhymes with 1. To remember the association, say to yourself one,bun. Here is the list to get you started.
After you memorize that, we can help youto memorize all of the numbers. Of course if you have your own method for remembering it, use it. It's whatever works best for you. Here are some things that may help you out. Let's see.
1. Picture a Bun in the shape of a Parachute.
2. Picture a Cuestick in the Ground. You Kick it and hurt your foot, so you go to a Quack to get an X-ray and look at it when he haNGs it up to see it.
3. Go to a 3-D Theather and buy a Ticket.
4. The Floors in Phenox are rouGH because of the Volcano.
5. See the Gypsy Jiving (means to talk funny - without making a lot of sense) on a SHip eating CHeese.
0. Put a thermometer in the Sea. It measures Zero in Centigrade.
Learning what letters represent which numbers is the hard part. After you do that, the fun will begin. Here is how the system works. We will use the Gospel of John as an example. The Gospel of John is probrably the first book of the Bible that a Christian should read and become famaliar with. I would recemond that it is the first book that you try to memorize. How much you memorize it will depend on just how much you want to. You can stop with the main thought (or story) for each chapter of the Bible or go on to memorize it word for word. Realize that the more details you want to learn the more time it will take to memorize it.
The Gospel of John is the forth book of the New Testament. We want a peg that will tell us about the first chapter of John. The peg for John chapter 1 is VIP. If you look at the chart (or better yet, if you have it memorized) you will notice that V represents the number 4. I is a filler in this peg and is only there to help the peg make sense. P represents the number 1. So V(4) I P(1) stands for the forth book of the New Testament and the first chapter. Right away we know that this peg tells us there is a VIP in chapter 1. If you look in John chapter one you will see that it says “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. It goes on to tell us that this word made ALL things and that through Him is life (Life on this earth and eternal life). It tells us that the Word is Jesus. Jesus is the VIP that John chapter 1 tells us about.
The peg for chapter 2 is “SAVE GOOD WINE”. Save comes out to the number 04 which tells you that it is John. Good comes out to 23. There are several thngs to remember here. First of all John doesn't have 23 chapters so you will know right there that this stands for John chapter 2. After you are a little more famaliar with this, you will automatically stop at the letter G, knowing that it stands for John 2. The rest of the peg helps you to understand what the chapter is about. The chapter is about the “marriage at Cana”. If you will remember, Jesus and others were invited to a marriage in Cana. After a while they ran out of wine to serve the guests. Jesus took ordinary water and turned itinto the best wine that they had ever tasted. The govenor of the feast complimented the bridegroom saying that most people serve good wine at the beginning of the feast, then after everyone is drunk and can't tell the difference or don't care they serve the cheep stuff. But You have “saved the good wine for now”.
The peg for chapter 3 is “HAVE ETERNAL LIFE”. In chapter 3 we have Nicodemus comming to Jesus at night to talk to Him and ask Him many questions. Jesus tells him how that he can have eternal life (John 3:15-18). The word have comes out to 4 and the word eternal tells you that it is chapter 3. So you now know that John chapter 3 is about the conversation that Jesus had with Nicodemus.
The peg for chapter 4 is FIVE HUSBANDS. In chapter 4 Jesus meets and talks with the woman at the well (The woman of Samaria). He tells her many things about her including that she has had five husbands and is now living with a man that she is not married to.
I think that you should be getting the hang of this by now so here are the pegs for the book of John.
Now if you want to (I did), you can make up a little story to help you to remember the pegs. Try this to get you started. The VIP will save good wine to have eternal life. There is a woman with five husbands. One of them is a heavy jew that ate too much and now is filled with fame for his finger that he can point at someone to cause fear. But there is no reason for you to be afraid because you are in safe pastures.
Is is starting to make sense to you now? I sure hope so. After you learn the pegs for the books of the Bible, you will notice that your mind will start linking chapters together in the Bible that have things in common. You will know that Matthew 28 (Becon Jesus), Luke chapter 24 (The cave), and John chapter 24 (Fog sepulcher) all talk about the day that Christ rose from the dead.
Here are the pegs for the book of John and what they stand for.
Keep checking with Make it Clear as I will keep adding Bible pegs to this section so that you will be able to have the entire Bible down. Remember that if you don't like a peg, change it to something that you like better. If it doesn't work for you, it isn't good. These are only suggestions to help you to get started. The New Testament has all of the pegs for it. I am working on pegs for the Old Testament. If you can come up with any other pegs for either the Old or New Testaments, please feel free to e-mail me and I will put them on this site. Click on the link below for the all of the pegs for the New Testament.
Matthew / Mark / Luke / John / Acts / Romans / I Corinthians / II Corinthians / Galatians / Ephesians / Philippians / Colossians / I Thessalonians / II Thessalonians / I Timothy / II Timothy / Titus / Philemon / Hebrews / James / I Peter / II Peter / I John / II John / III John / Jude / Revelation
You should already know this book from the instructions of how this system works.
I am working on the pegs for the Old Testament. Right now I only have a few. If you can come up with any on your own and want to share them with the rest of us be sure to e-mail me and I will put them up on this page. I appreciate all of the help that I can get with this project. Good luck memorizing the Bible. Let me know how you are progressing with this. - Brother Hugh
The topical system was used over 2,000 years ago to help people to remember. It's purpose is to help you form fixed positions in your mind which will allow your mind to act as a filing cabinet, so you can take information and file it into those positions for quick retrieval, storage, and recall. This system has been used by people to remember speeches so that they can give a speech without having to use notes. Nobody likes to hear a speech where the paper for the notes make as much noise as the person giving the speech. It will also allow you to be able to remember 20 facts after hearing them only once. It is used for remembering itemized accounts, statements, lists, and so on. First of all lets look at the symbols themselves. Then we will apply it to a situation so that you can really use it.
Here are the first 10 mental pegs for you.
First of all you need a way to remember the pegs. We can do this by making a little story. Picture yourself comming home. You stop at the mailbox to see what mail you got today. Go up the driveway and park your car, get out and walk up to the front porch and walk through the front door. Hang your coat in the closet and have a seat in the lounge chair (to look at your mail or relax). Turn on the lamp and read the newspaper. When you get through reading you move to the couch to watch some T.V. After a while you go to the kitchen table and pull out a chair to sit on. Grab a pan out of the kitchen sink and get some food out of the refrigerator to heat something up on the stove. After you eat you go take a shower, get your toothpaste out of the medicine cabinet to brush your teeth. By now its getting late so you go to bed and read a chapter or two of a good book, set your alarm clock and go to sleep.
Now lets see if we can apply this system so that you can memorize something.
Here is a grocery list.
With these items in mind, you take yourself on an imaginary tour of a wild excursion in your home. It should be seen as humorous, exgerated, and wild.
You drive home and stop to get the mail. When you open the mailbox, gallons of milk drench you to the bone. You look bewildered and get into your car. Immediately you brake the car because your driveway is blocked by thousands of eggs. You get out and walk to the front porch. Instead of the porch that you expect to see, you step down knee deep, into bacon strips. Huge ones that dangle all over the porch. You grab for the door, which has become a cheese wedge. You rush in and are greeted by the hall closet that is bubbling off its hinges with shampoo. The coat hanger is really a tube of shampoo. You rush over to the lounge chair and sit down trying to calm your nerves. You sink into a large can of Alpo dog food. A hundred dogs circle the chair with forks in their paws ready to eat. You jump up and turn on the light which sheds beams of orange juice instead of light. You grab the newspaper, hoping to calm yourself with the news (yea right) and are shocked by the large amount of butter covering the pages. You jump to the couch with the paper still sticking to your fingers. You flop down and come up now soaked with the gravy from the roast that is now the couch. Finally you decide that television can't be all that bad so you turn it on. Long strands of crest come squirting out at you through the screen.
The idea here is to make it funny and exciting. This will set it in your mind. By now you should have the general idea ( and also have the list memorized) and be able to come up with ideas for what ever you may want to memorize.
This system is called the Visual Symbol System.
I hope that these pictures will help you out. You can memorize a list and be able to not only give the list, but also be able to tell someone what #7 is on the list or any other number that they may ask you. This can come in very handy as you will see.
Here are the first 10 mental pegs for this system that you will be using. Each one of these pegs will look like or have something to do with the numbers that they represent. They are-
Here is an example of how this system works. The 10 plagues of Egypt are-
You can read about the plagues in Exodus 7:14-12:36
Here are some suggestions of how you can remember the plagues. These may not all work for you. If not, think of some that will work. These are only examples for you to see how that I use the pegs. This will work with anything that you want to remember. Espically if you want to remember it by its number. TRY IT. It really works. In about 5 minutes or less, you can know all of the plagues of Egypt in order and know what number that it is. It may take you a little time to get used to remembering things this way but after you get used to it, it will be worth it. It is very important to remember to actually visually see it in your mind. If you can't picture it in your mind you wont remember it.