One of the first things a preacher has to learn is to talk to his texts.They talk to you, and you must talk to them.

  • Put questions to them. This is a most profitable and stimulating procedure.
  • But at the same time never force your text.
  • An idea may occur to you and it may excite you and thrill you; but if you find that you have to do some manipulating or forcing in order to make that fit into this particular text, don’t do it.
  • You must sacrifice a good sermon rather than force a text.
  • After this, or while doing this, you must check this understanding you have arrived at by consulting your lexicons and commentaries.

Martyn Lloyd Jones, Preaching and Preachers