This blog is designed to encourage you to read the Bible daily and reflect on at least one to three verses that you find particularly needed in your life. It is not necessary that you read my thoughts and comments, but I hope you will read God’s Word and seek to apply it to your life and circumstances.
What is the Bible and why should we read it?
To me, as a Christian in the reformed tradition, the Bible is the Word of God. It is a book inspired by God and recorded by human writers. The thoughts are God’s not those of the writers who recorded them. Thus, the Bible gives us information we could not have known (things that took place before human history began or that take place in invisible spiritual realms) apart from God revealing it. For example, we learn in Genesis how the earth began. We learn why it began and what Man’s role in it is. We also learn how evil and death came into the world and we begin to see what the solution is for it. In Revelation, we get a picture of what is going on in heaven and what will happen as human history ends and the eternal state begins.
I read the Bible because it instructs me as to how I may be saved from the just consequences of my sin. I read the Bible to gain understanding as to how I should live my daily life in this world. I read the Bible because God has commanded it in the Bible.
For the classic statement on Scripture see Chapter One of the Westminster Confession of Faith by clicking on this link.
How should we read the Bible?
If I believe that the Bible is the Word of God, I will read it diligently. It is a very long book containing a variety of types of writing (called genres): history, law, poetry and prophecy. Some passages are easy to understand; others are not only difficult but controversial. I will not let this deter me but seek to read daily and attentively.
When I began reading the Bible on a daily basis almost 50 years ago, I was not certain I believed it. I thought I should read it to be educated but not necessarily to be changed. Through God’s grace to me, I was changed by it.
There are a number of approaches to Bible reading. Here are two:
1. Parallel Plan. This plan, which I will be using here in 2017, has you read from the Old and New Testaments simultaneously each day. On January 1 you begin in Genesis and Matthew. On December 31 you conclude with Malachi and Revelation. You can see the schedule by clicking here.
2. Cover to Cover. This Bible reading plan which is used in my book, is the simplest as it begins on page one and continues straight through to the end of the Bible with daily readings of approximately 85 verses. The reading schedule was set up using Logos Bible Software and uses paragraph (pericope) divisions not verse or chapter divisions (although the readings may end at a chapter break). The advantage of this is that the length of each daily reading is about the same.
There are many, other Bible reading plans available online [click here]. Some have you read the books of the Bible in chronological order as they were written. Some have you read in several places each day working your way through different genres of the Biblical literature. I have used a number of approaches over the years and all are useful. If you read the Bible repeatedly you will probably want to use different approaches for variety.
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations on this blog site are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
My sincere thanks to my faithful wife, Mary, for her editorial skills to many of the posts.
May God bless your reading and study.