For the first time in my life I read the entire Holy Bible through from Genesis to Revelation. For me that was a huge accomplishment. I can’t begin to say how many attempts I had at that effort. I think that was the problem; it was an effort or I approached it like an effort.
Boo and I talked about reading the Bible through in July 2014. We both had tried unsuccessfully in the past to read the entire Bible but both of us had failed, usually making it no further than Deuteronomy or maybe Leviticus. I’ve even tried reading a combination of Old and New Testament. Again with no success.
Now I will say that I have read certain books of the Bible through completely. In the Old Testament; Genesis many times, as well as Psalms, Proverbs, Ezekiel and Daniel. Perhaps (but I don’t really know) Isaiah and Jeremiah. Now in the New Testament I have probably read most books through entirely but not all together. I did have success at the Gospels once. And I’ve read Revelation several times.
Now the neat part of reading through the whole Bible; I began to see how things fit together. No I didn’t understand but a small fraction I’m sure but with the help of the Holy Spirit I was able to start connecting the dots, so to speak.
Boo and I would discuss what we read and often consulted commentaries. That’s a neat thing about electronic books, they’re all at your fingertips. We use Pocket Bible by Laridian and have several Bible translations, but only 2-3 we regularly use, as well as a wealth of commentaries, dictionaries and Strong’s.
So what does one do after reading the Bible through? Start again. We started reading again before we finished the first time and have already finished 50+ days. We are seeing new things we missed the first time through as well as clarification and discernment on difficult passages we read previously.
We have fallen in love with the Book of Books, the Holy Word of God.
If you have never attempted to read through the Bible in it’s entirety (or have but not been successful) I encourage you to do so. Yes at times it might be difficult. At times you’ll miss a day or two. Some parts are hard to read (we used “YouVersion” in those chapters and listened to the passages read to us). Don’t give up and I promise you the blessings you will get from reading God’s Word will be tremendous.
Paul penned these words in 2 Timothy, “16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17, NIV). We have experienced the truth of these words through our reading this past year.
Finally I leave you with these words, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22 NIV) Truly your life will be blessed if you do what it says.
Blessings in Christ Jesus,