I have been reading the Bible a lot recently. As a matter of fact since 2001 my goal has been to read through the Bible each year. In 2001, my daily checklist had more books and chapters unchecked and unread than read. In 2002, I made a seventy five percent completion of my goal. In 2003, I made it all the way through the Bible. I read the whole thing through from cover to cover. In 2004, I read the Bible through three times. In 2005, IвЂ™m on track to read it through two times.
Now this is not a totally new thing for me to read the Bible through. I had read it through before. One year, some years ago, I read the Bible through two times in about 45 days.
After reading the Bible this much you would think you would become a completely new person. I find that I have improved in some areas of my character, and I find much that much still needs improving, but IвЂ™m not a completely new person. I have gained a greater understanding of the Old Testament and IвЂ™m not nearly as confused about the Kings of Israel and Judah as I used to be. I even see the usefulness of all those names and numbers in the books of Moses. I know more about the words of Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel and how they fit it with the fall of the nation of Israel. When I reach the New Testament I find a great shifting of gears. You go from reading of the intimate life of a nation that failed to follow God to God trying to speak to a whole humanity that ignores him.
In my reading I have found that the words of Jesus to his contemporaries are true. He told them, вЂњYou search the scriptures because you think you find life in them, but life is not found in the scriptures, it is found in me.вЂќ IвЂ™ve discovered that at times, IвЂ™ve idolized the Bible and made it God when the Bible is really a book that tries to teach me how to discover God.
Am I going to stop reading the Bible? No, IвЂ™m going to continue to read it. And as I do, I believe I will understand more about the God who inspired it and more than just know about the God who inspired it, I will know the God who inspired men to write the Bible. I donвЂ™t know everything there is to know about how the Bible came together. I donвЂ™t know everything there is in the Bible, but I do know the God who had men write the Bible said to us in it that you can go through your life on this earth and think you know all about me, but I will say to you on the judging day of your life, вЂњI donвЂ™t know you.вЂќ So IвЂ™ll continue to read the Bible because I want God to know me.
To be continued