Reading the Bible

 

To Shuppim and Hosah the lot came forth westward, with the gate Shallecheth, by the causeway of the going up, ward against ward.  Eastward were six Levites, northward four a day, southward four a day, and toward Asuppim two and two.  At Parbar westward, four at the causeway, and two at Parbar.

1 Chronicles 26:17-18 KJV


Reading the Bible is a great way to learn to follow Jesus.  Many avoid this endeavor believing that it will make as much sense to them as the verses above. Understanding a little about its history can make the journey less daunting.  The Old Testament is the history of God's covenant with Abraham and the “Children of Israel”. Quiet literally, as Israel (Jacob) was the grandson of Abraham.  It was, and still is, the basis for the Jewish faith.  The early Christians who were not Jewish had no Bible, only the eyewitness accounts and letters about the most incredible event in human history- the death and resurrection of Jesus.  These accounts and letters eventually became the New Testament. First century Christians read the Old Testament with the perspective of searching for Jesus and found Him everywhere, as well as God's incredible love for His people.  Like a never ending love letter. 


Perhaps your next step in following Jesus is to blow the dust off your Bible and dig into some solid food for your soul.


"Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.  I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it." 1 Corinthians 2:1-3


Consider a daily reading plan.  Now is a great time to get started. There are a lot of them out there.  Many free online plans can be found here. You can read online, have bite size portions emailed to you, or listen to a podcast.  You can also get a hard copy book like The One Year Bible from Amazon or other bookstore.  Many plans provide commentary and background. If you take this journey through God’s word you will find yourself changing, growing in wisdom, and there will be a whole new person looking at you in the mirror this time next year. 


For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12


If you have accepted Christ as your savior, you have the spirit of God living in you, giving you a built in aid to understanding this guide book that we are blessed to have in our lives.


What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:12-14


Bon appetite!