Language is our chief way to communicate ideas. Therefore, words become important. But words over time can be the teacher’s tool or the teacher’s frustration. For example, what does it mean when someone is “cool”? Below normal temperature? Someone with a frosty disposition? Someone socially acceptable—even admirable? Yes, to all. The phrase “I love you” can mean: “I am in love with you.” “I appreciate you.” “I will put a roof over your head and protect you.” There are so many ways to interpret words. As teachers, what you mean by what you say is crucial. In understanding the Bible, finding out what the Bible writers mean by what they say is essential to understanding the story. Make a word study reference tool or a commentary your friend!