Bible Reading

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'Reading through the Bible'

by Bro. Andy Strevens

Bible Reading is an essential part of our Christian discipline. "Faith comes by... hearing... the Word of God". But how many have read through the entire Bible? There are many wonderful verses tucked away in some seemingly boring-looking books. Did you know that in the King James Version, there are 31,102 verses of scripture? If you read a verse a day, you could complete the whole Bible in just over 85 years! (Some of us haven't got that long). If you read 85 verses a day, on the other hand, it would take you a year. However, there is no hard and fast rule, and it is better to read it at a pace that you feel happy with, but I would heartily recommend it. My mum used to read several chapters aloud each day, and when she had finished the whole Bible, she started again at the beginning. In her fifteen years of Christian life, she must have read through the Bible at least ten times, and possibly more. Her life bore witness to the effectiveness of it, and her godly influence has caused me to also read through the Bible, and, especially in recent years, to read it out loud, as well. At first I had two readings a day, one from the Old Testament, and one from the New. But then I got a 'computerised' Bible Reading program, which meant that I could make my own plan of reading, and choose the order in which I read the various books. Obviously, a lot of the books, especially in the Old Testament, are best read in sequence, because of the historical aspects, but there are plenty that can be read independently.

If anyone is interested in more information on a Bible Reading plan, then please let me know. I'm not suggesting that everyone reads their Bible aloud, as I do, but that they try to read the whole Bible, at least once. I must say that I found it very hard going to read through the Bible in a year, so a more flexible approach was preferred. It's best to use a plan that can be re-adjusted if certain days are missed, rather than have to read 50 chapters in a day to catch up!!

Have you ever noticed how Satan hates two books of the Bible more than all others? Through liberal theologians and pseudo-scientists he is always attacking the Book of Genesis and the Book of Revelation. In both of these books we find Satan's origin, his awful ways and his destruction. That is why he attacks them. He hates to be exposed, and in those books he is exposed for exactly what he is. Jesus said about Satan, "He has no part in Me and I have no part in him." The devil would like to prove that different; but he cannot, so he does all he can to destroy confidence in the Word. But when the church disbelieves Satan and believes the Spirit's revelation of the Word, the gates of hell cannot prevail against her.

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Genesis Revelation

Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Luke 17:30