One of my small group brothers IN Christ, Philip, read through the entire Bible for the first time over the past year. And his example has served as an inspiration for me to take a journey through the entirety of Scripture … albeit I am going to do it at a bit slower pace. I have read through the Bible in a year before … although I have to admit it has been a decade … or more … since I last completed that journey.
Since there are 1,189 chapters in the Bible, this means one who want to read thru the Bible in a year must read approximately three chapters a day … or you can take three years and read a chapter a day … I have chosen the latter pace.
In recent years I have used the NASB and ESV (typically what I use on the blog) as my primary Bible translations. But in the preaching/teaching at the church I currently find myself a member of, the primary translation used is the New International Version (NIV).
(A little personal note on Bible translations … no doubt there are certain Bible translations that have a more literal translation from the Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic than others but I figure that if God, through the Holy Spirit, inspired the 66 authors of the Bible to record what they did, then that same Holy Spirit can teach me those truths … regardless of the translation. If we are depending on our human intellect to interpret and understand Scripture, we’re doomed anyway … just sayin’ …)
So I asked my wife for a leather bound, single column, extra large print (Confession: I recently started using 1.25 reading glasses) NIV reading Bible for Christmas which she happily gave me … I love it!
And this Bible includes a two-track plan for reading through the Bible. Track 1 is an Introduction to the Bible and takes you thru key passages every Christian should know. I’m starting with this first track and then when I finish it I will start the three year Track 2 reading plan which will take me through every word of Scripture … looking forward to how God might use this time to enlighten and encourage me.
Last night I got started with the first chapter of Luke for the Track 1 reading plan and I was absolutely amazed at how much I had missed in that one chapter in past readings … I got out my red pen and that chapter now has all sorts of underlines and notes. It was exciting to be taught by the Holy Spirit and enlightened!
Philip, thanks for being an inspiration!
Sheryl, thanks for the gift of a new Bible!
Lord, thanks for the gift of Scripture and the teaching of the Holy Spirit!
So what are you doing on a day-to-day basis to draw close to God?
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8 (NASB)
P.S. Over the next 3+ years, feel free to ask me how my Bible reading is coming … hopefully I’ll have something to share … and if per chance you’ve caught me slacking, hopefully that will challenge me to get back on ‘track’.