Saturday, October 11, 2008

Reading the Bible

Jeremy Kingsley is famous for always saying, "When you read the Bible you should read to change; don't just read to finish." I always make this my ambition when reading the Bible...trying to find at least one truth that I can immediately apply to my life that day. But lately, I'll have to be honest with you, it's been hard. Here's why...
This year I decided to read through the Bible, beginning to end, in one year. I've attempted to do this many times, and have come very close, but I always get bogged down in the books of prophecy at the end of the Old Testament. But this time I am determined to finish. The Bible that I'm using is a Chronological Bible that puts the Bible in the sequence in which the events actually took place (as opposed to dividing the books by genre which is how a regular Bible is organized). It segments the reading into daily assignments which works out to be about 3-4 chapters a day.
Well, I am still in the Old Testament! It is never ending! If you stick to reading plan, you should read Old Testament from January 1-October 14! Then from October 15-December 31 you finally get to read the New Testament. Ten months of Old Testement and 2 months of New Testament. That's crazy! I never realized what percentage of the Bible is Old Testament.
So, after 10 months of Old Testament, you could say that I'm ready to start reading about Jesus' life and ministry! That is why I find myself in the state that I am currently in...just reading to finish. I fell a little behind in my reading, but I REALLY want to get to the New Testament so I have been reading 3 days worth of reading every day! That's about 10-12 chapters a day which is a chunk for me. I'm almost caught up, so by the end of this week, I will be diving in to the Gospels and I am very excited about that!

1 comment:

Shannon said...

I hear ya, sister! I am soooo tired of Ezekiel...and it is a forever long book! I'm going through a plan that allows you to read through the OT once and the NT and Psalms and Proverbs twice in a year. I get a little bogged down sometimes so I've just been reading the OT portions figuring reading the NT and psalms and proverbs once will be enough...but come on! Ezekiel is 48 chapters! Whew! That's a lot of negative prophecy to read.... It helps to listen to the dramatized version while reading. And I like the reminder you give to apply it to my life. If I'm honest, I have just mostly been reading to finish.