21 Things I Learned by Reading Individual Bible Books in One Sitting
My goal is to read the whole Bible in 2 months. More than that, my more complete goal is to read each of the 66 books in one sitting whenever possible. Some of the books took 2 days or so to read. I figured if I could spend hours at a time reading a novel, I could certainly do the same with the Bible.
I am almost done with month one and I will start Esther today.
Read on for what I’ve learned or have what I’ve been reminded of so far. . .
- The Bible is a story.
- It is more than literature and more than history. It is about God. It has the ability to change my thoughts.
- The story is more alive – like a movie in my head – when I read it in chunks.
- The story is in my head during the week.
- God is involved and wants to be involved in the lives of men and women.
- There are lots of names – more than just in the genealogies.
- As I take the time to read the names, it makes me curious about the people attached to the names.
- God cares about individuals. Why else would so many individual names be in the Bible?
- I am spending time with God.
- God is spending time with me.
- People are more alike than different.
- Good parents have bad (adult) kids. Bad parents have good (adult) kids.
- The God of the Old Testament cannot be defined or confined to a single definition.
- It is easy to be disobedient. It takes diligence to obey.
- I found myself rooting for the “good” kings, hoping they wouldn’t do something sinful and thus tarnish their example.
- It is worth my time to read the Bible.
- I am seeing the big picture of the Old Testament. I am looking forward to seeing how this will influence my reading of the New Testament.
- I am not getting lost in the details. I am not stopping to underline, take notes, write questions, or research the passage I am reading.
- I am seeing the themes of the books more easily.
- It has been cool to catch the flow of the drama because I am not starting and stopping so many times.
- This concentrated reading schedule has wakened a deeper desire to know more about the Bible. I am looking forward to when I can underline, take notes, write questions and do research.
Your Turn . . .
- Have you read the Bible this way?
- What did you learn?
Try This . . .
- Bible Summary has an index of tweets of the Bible, one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day. Go here for the tweets.
- The PodBible is the Bible read by real people, many with an accent (at least according to this American).