A year ago today, I posted on my intentions to read the Bible all year. I hereby report: it was FANTASTIC! I greatly benefitted from reading the Word directly and from hearing it explained by my paper pastors, old and new. I’m also convinced that many pages in my Bible were thrilled to receive air and light after such a long time. I have every intention of continuing this practice, and heartily encourage others to do the same.
At the risk of stating the obvious, it wasn’t easy. How did I get through the boring, obscure and revolting sections of the Bible? I kept reminding myself of three passages in Scripture, which I trust will also help you in your Bible reading:
- Luke 24:44– Christ told His disciples that the Scriptures pointed to Him. (Incidentally, if I could ever travel back in time, I’d go to the scene in Luke 24:36-49 for the best Bible study ever. Picture that—studying the written word of God with the incarnated Word of God!)
- 2 Timothy 3:15-17– Paul told Timothy that the Scriptures are able to make the reader wise for salvation through Christ
- 1 Peter 1:10-12 – Peter tells his readers that God revealed His coming salvation to the prophets, who, though they didn’t fully understand it, were pointing to Christ
In short: it’s about Jesus.
Now that I’m done (and I have 65 posts to prove it) there remain some battles for me to fight:
- Pride, or thinking I’m better than other Christians who haven’t read the whole Bible.
- Thinking there’s nothing new left for me to learn. I mean, I studied some books pretty exhaustively, and even blogged about them!
- Always expecting something exciting every time I read the Bible. There will be days when the word of God will simply remind me of what I already know (2 Peter 1:12). And there will be days when the Holy Spirit will add to what I know. Both are necessary.
- Loving the Bible more than the Author. The Pharisees knew a lot of Bible (John 5:39), but it didn’t transform them.
Again stating the obvious, there’s much, much more I could say. However, I shall refrain because I’d like to have something to say in future posts! 🙂